The State Senate still intends to boot reporters out of rooms at the State Capitol that they've worked in for more than three decades -- it'll happen at the end of this legislative session, staffers say.
So, in the interest of preserving a (somewhat moldy) slice of history, here is a picture of what Capitol Media Services reporter Howie Fischer's desk looked like on a recent day:
What a frickin' sty! Not that ours is much better. But at least people can't just wander in off the street and photograph it for a blog.
This is the Arizona Republic side of the press room, with reporters Casey Newton and Matthew Benson toiling away in the background. Another room next door houses the broadcast folks -- they've already split.
Who won't miss the cleverly selected, yellowing clippings affixed to the walls? And, if course, the bumper-sticker-laden file cabinets:
Maybe some of this stuff will turn up on eBay...
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