State Lawmakers Knocked Off-Line

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    The State Capitol building in Sacramento.

    If you tried to reach out and touch your elected official in Sacramento on Friday, you probably did not have a positive outcome.

    An electrical problem at the California Legislature's data center shut down computers and blocked public access to websites for about five hours Friday.
      
    Jon Waldie, the Assembly's administrative officer, told the Associated Press that e-mails on both the Legislature's computers and BlackBerries went down in both the Capitol and district offices. Some phone lines also failed.

    Voters couldn't log on to Senate and Assembly websites during the outage.

    According to the AP, the governor's office wasn't impacted.
        
    There is no sign that the outage was any kind of attack and instead is being blamed on an electrical problem.