Shane Goldmacher is a former reporter for Capitol Weekly. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he served as editor of the Berkeley Political Review.

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  • 1A: 76.9-23.1
    1B: 61.3-38.7
    1C: 57.4-42.6
    1D: 56.6-43.4
    1E: 64-36
    83: 70.6-29.4
    84: 53.7-46.3
    85: 45.9-54.1
    86: 48-52
    87: 45.2-54.8
    88: 23-77
    89: 25.5-74.5
    90: 47.6-52.4

    U.S. Sen.
    Feinstein 59.7
    Mountjoy 34.9
    Gov.
    Schwarzenegger 55.8
    Angelides 39.2
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 49.5
    McClintock 44.9
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 56.7
    Poochigian 37.9
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 48.5
    McPherson 44.7
    Treasurer
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Controller
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

    For complete election results click here.


    Gov.
    Angelides 48.2
    Westly 43.1
    Lt. Gov
    Garamendi 42.9
    Speier 39.3
    Figueroa 17.8
    Atty. Gen.
    Brown 63.2
    Delgadillo 36.8
    Sec. of state
    Bowen 61.1
    Ortiz 38.9
    Treasurer
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    Controller
    Democratic primary
    Chiang 53.4
    Dunn 46.6
    Republican primary
    Strickland 40.9
    Maldonado 36.9
    Insur. Comm.
    Bustamante 70.5
    Kraft 29.5
    Supt. of Schools
    O'Connell 52.5, avoids run-off

    For complete election results click here.


    73: 47.4-52.6
    74: 45-55
    75: 46.6-53.4
    76: 38-62
    77: 40.5-59.5
    78: 41.5-58.5
    79: 38.9-61.1
    80: 34.3-65.7

    For complete election results click here.


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    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    The Assembly Also Rises

    The following first appeared in Capitol Weekly

    Unions’ clout, term limits, Perata’s woes shift power to Assembly Speaker

    By Shane Goldmacher (published September 15th, 2005)

    In the last hours before the deadline to strike a special election compromise, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez was in constant communication with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Everything was on the table in their negotiations, from term limits to redistricting to the union-opposed "paycheck protection” initiative. And though their last ditch efforts were for naught, one lawmaker, Senate Leader Don Perata, was conspicuously absent.

    Sources close to the dealings say Perata, D-Oakland, was consulted throughout the process, but that Nuñez took the lead, meeting privately at least twice in Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles home and multiple times in Sacramento.

    The Speaker’s principal role in the negotiations is the latest signal of a sea change in the Legislature: The Speaker of the Assembly no longer plays second fiddle to the leader of the Senate.

    A confluence of personal, political and structural factors have led to the balancing out of power between the two legislative houses.

    Before Perata was even sworn in as leader, the FBI began issuing subpoenas in an investigation of his business dealings and associates. Ever since, allegations of financial wrongdoing have swirled around the Oakland Democrat, who earlier this year established a legal defense fund to combat the FBI probe. As of the latest available filings, that committee had raised more than $320,000, but legal bills were piling up faster than contributions.

    Perata’s legal defense fund was nearly $260,000 in debt by the end of June, despite an exemption from Proposition 34 contribution limits, and despite receiving a $50,000 donation from Sacramento-area developer and political donor Angelo Tsakopolous.

    Read the rest of the story here.

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    Anonymous Slob Rutzman said ... (9:26 AM) : 

    That "little labor leader" is a big pain. Thanks for doing some of my dirty work, Alisha.

     

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