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, February 09, 2006

    New in Capitol Weekly

    I have two stories in today's Capitol Weekly. The first is a look at the CTA and their endorsement process, called Going to interview with CTA? Be sure to look into the camera.

    Late last year, as dozens of Assembly candidates ushered themselves from one interest group interview to the next, almost all of them inevitably arrived at the door of the California Teachers Association (CTA), one of the most powerful and well-heeled political players in Sacramento.

    There, they faced something no other interest group in the state used: a video camera.

    The 335,000-member teachers union is the only major organization to videotape candidates, for the Assembly up to the governor's office, as they interview for the group's endorsement. The CTA has been videotaping candidates for more than a decade.

    Read the rest here.

    Also, I look at the Assembly races Richie Ross, the Democratic political consultant, is running this year in Ross lining up ducks for 2006 elections.

    Fabian Nuñez may be the longest tenured Speaker of the Assembly since Willie Brown, but more than two years before his term limits-mandated departure some say a quiet campaign has already begun to succeed him.

    As usual, veteran Democratic consultant Richie Ross is in the thick of it.

    Ross, who once served as chief of staff to Willie Brown, the legendary wheeler-dealer who outmaneuvered opponents to rule the Legislature's lower house for nearly 15 years, is running more candidates in open Democratic primaries this June than any other political consultant.

    Of the 25 races in which incumbent Assembly Democrats are either termed out, or opting to run for higher office, Ross has clients in eleven contests--double the next closest Democratic consulting firm.

    Read the rest of the story here.

    But more interesting for insiders, perhaps, is the list of Ross clients running. They are:

    For the Assembly
    Cathleen Galgiani AD 17
    Mary Hayashi AD 18
    Richard Alarcon AD 39
    Kelly Hayes-Raitt AD 41
    Scott Wildman AD 43
    Christina Chavez AD 45
    Andre Quintero AD 49
    Tony Mendoza AD 56
    Edward Hernandez AD 57
    Jeremy Baca AD 62
    Jose Solario AD 69

    Ira Ruskin AD 21
    Sally Lieber AD 22

    For the Senate
    Darrell Steinberg SD 6
    Rudy Bermudez SD 30
    Joe Baca SD 32
    Tom Umberg SD 34

    Sitting Senators (that will likely still be in office next session)
    Carole Migden SD 3
    Mike Machado SD 5
    Dean Florez SD 16

    For Statewide Office
    Deborah Ortiz Secretary of state
    Joe Dunn State controller
    Cruz Bustamante Insurance commissioner

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