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
    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
    Lockyer 54.8
    Parrish 37
    Chiang 50.9
    Strickland 40.1
    Insur. Comm.
    Poizner 50.7
    Bustamante 38.9

    For complete election results click here.

    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
    Parrish 56.4
    Richman 43.6
    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, October 27, 2005

    'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'--on a 10-speed

    The following first appeared in Capitol Weekly

    A profile of Tom Torlakson

    With a shoulder rubbed raw, a gash in his thigh and blood caked onto his body, Tom Torlakson crossed the finish line. It had been about three hours since the wheels of his bike had skidded out from under him. He was midway through a Half Ironman triathlon, a grueling 1.2 mile swim, followed by 56 mile bike, and 13.5 mile run--most of which he completed while bleeding.

    "Take that same experience of him riding a bike and take that as a campaigner, as a legislator and you have Tom," said Andrew Acosta, a Democratic political consultant who managed Torlakson's 2000 Senate campaign.

    With a body and attitude built for distance sports, Torlakson still retains a boyish charm, speaking with an earnestness that is as disarming as it is rare in elected politics. And Senate insiders say the affable East Bay senator is in line for a Senate leadership position.

    On October 13, I joined the Antioch lawmaker for a bike ride--whizzing through the streets of Sacramento at 25 miles per hour. About five minutes in, he pointed out a pothole in the road. "I meant to call about that last time," muses the senator, who is also the chair of the transportation committee.

    Torlakson has a Mr. Smith goes to Washington air about him (Smith, one might recall, was also a fan of the outdoors). Besides calling about potholes, Torlakson's cycling group, to which lobbyists, staffers, legislators and journalists are all invited--often avoids long distances on bike paths, lest they exceed the 15-mile per hour speed limit. After nine years in Sacramento, Torlakson still very much remains the bright-eyed believer who introduced the maximum-allowed 40 bills in his first two-year term in the Assembly.

    But beneath that Boy Scout exterior is a ferocious competitor...

    Read the rest here.

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