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    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

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    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

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    Thursday, November 03, 2005

    New in Print

    Democrats give money to slate mailer that calls for passage of three Schwarzenegger initiatives

    With the special election less than a week away, campaigns are using every available tactic to lure potential voters to the polls. For the No on 77 campaign, that includes bankrolling a direct mail piece sent to Republicans urging a "yes" vote on three-quarters of Gov. Schwarzenegger's special election initiatives.

    The mail piece, which was enclosed in an official-looking envelope with the words "JURY DUTY IS GOOD CITIZENSHIP" printed on the outside, urges Republicans to "Support Arnold's Reform Agenda, but Vote No on 77," which is the governor's redistricting initiative.

    "They are just trying to trick Republicans into thinking some
    Republican-oriented group is supporting all of the governor's initiatives," said Steve Poizner, who is heading up the efforts to pass Proposition 77.

    A slate-mailer group called the Citizens for Good Government, which has received $610,000 from the No on 77 committee and only $50,000 other groups, according to the latest filings with the secretary of state, produced the piece.

    Tom Kaptain, whose group created the mailer, claims that every initiative campaign contributed to the mailer, though current state records only identify two committees contributing.

    "We are a committee for No on 77 and our main concern is defeating
    Proposition 77," said Stephanie Williamson, a spokeswoman for the No on 77 campaign. "We are trying to exercise the most effective means to doing that."

    Does that mean a Democrat-funded committee is willing to subsidize a mailer urging Republicans to vote yes on Propositions 74, 75 and 76?

    "I wouldn't say we paid for it. I would say we bought on to that slate," said Williamson.

    The lion's share of the No on 77 committee's money came from Hollywood producers and Democratic mega-donors Stephen Bing ($4.25 million) and Haim Saban ($100,000). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, has herself donated $25,000 the committee, and helped corral donations from many of her congressional Democratic colleagues.

    But nowhere on the mailer does Bing's name, or any of the Democratic donors funding the piece, appear because the mailer was sent through an independent slate mailer committee.

    "Congressional Democrats are using clever techniques like going through slate houses to obscure who sent the mail," says Poizner. "There is no way they would send mail to Republicans if they had to disclose who paid for it."

    The focus of the mailer is clearly advocating a "no" vote on Proposition 77.

    "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Reform Agenda will bring a breath of fresh air to Sacramento," says the mailer. "Arnold deserves our thanks and gratitude. But Republicans should fear 3 randomly selected volunteer retired judges (with political prejudices) having all the power. No on Proposition 77!!"

    The piece goes on to quote Rep. John Doolittle, the only California
    Republican congressman to openly oppose the initiative, and a Republican State Senate caucus briefing book.

    According to Kaptain, the choice to include the No on 77 side in the slate mailing was strictly a business decision.

    "The people who are running the Yes on 77 campaign, they have purchased space on my slate in the past," said Kaptain. "By the time the Yes on 77 campaign said they were interested I was already committed on that measure." Poizner says such "business" decisions show Kaptain to be "a mercenary willing to sell any position on any issue to the highest bidder."

    "I find that whole part of the campaign industry distasteful," he said.

    The more than $600,000 the No on 77 committee spent on the Citizens for Good Government mailers is the organization's second largest expenditure, after a $2.25 million television ad buy. That ad features Judge Wapner, a former Los Angeles Superior Court judge better known as the man with the gavel in television show "The People's Court," urging voters to oppose Proposition 77.

    As for the controversial jury duty summons theme on the mailer's envelope, Kaptain says, "That's been done for years, going back to the 1940s as a way to get people to take a look inside the envelope. There is nothing immoral or illegal about doing that."

    Kaptain says his direct mail organization, still has three more slate mailers to mail out.

    "Shouldn't people who got that mailer understand who is paying for that piece?" asked Steve Poizner, who is heading up the governor's effort to pass Proposition 77. "Voters have a right to know who is paying for propaganda like that."

    The above first appeared in Capitol Weekly

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