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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    Saturday, December 24, 2005

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    2005 was a long year. Let it make you laugh. Read the Year in Roundup.

    Also, in his radio address the governor will wish Californians both a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. I will do the same. I hope everyone has a "terrific" season and comes back in January, ready for a "fantastic" new year.

    Here's a little Christmas poem from Ron Nehring, vice chairman of the California Republican Party. ( I will be more than happy to post a Democratic response, if I am sent one.)

    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the state
    We knew the Democrats were lurking, just lying in wait. 

    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In their hope that new taxes soon would be there.

    Those liberals were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of Rob Reiner danced in their heads.

    Angelides and Bustamante, Westly and Kuehl,
    All were taking some time to retool.

    When out on the Capitol lawn there arose such a clatter,
    They sprang from their offices to see what was the matter.

    Away to the windows they flew like a gang,
    Of union guys when the 5 PM bell rang.

    When, what their ears heard coming like thunder,
    Was a brand new green hydrogen Hummer.

    All were amazed and somewhat bewildered,
    To see a gang of Republicans emerge, led by a bodybuilder.

    McClintock, Poochigian and the others too,
    All had new offices they’re about to pursue.

    The Democrats emerged, all somewhat in shock,
    That the Republicans were here, as if taking stock.

    “What are YOU doing here?  We still have taxes to boost!”
    The liberals proclaimed, as they still ruled the roost.

    “Enjoy Christmas this year!” the Republicans said,
    While privately knowing, their terms would soon end.

     “The campaign, next year, is about to begin,
    And Californians know your ideas have worn thin.”

    “We came to give you one piece of advice,
    One we all believe and think will suffice.”

    “LEASE, don’t buy, for when we come back,
    It will be to clean out your office, and help you to pack.

     For the voters, we know, are already tired,
    Of your taxes and spending and will soon say, “You’re fired!”

    The Hummer doors opened and the Republicans climbed in,
    And set out for the campaign about to begin.

    The volunteers were ready, as were the donors,
    To give California back to its rightful owners. 

    All around the state, Republicans celebrated,
    With family and friends, most were elated. 

    That by when Christmas ‘06 comes next year,
    Democrats will have been thrown out by their ears. 

    And so we know the world will have been set right,
    The next time Santa says, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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