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Down-Ticket Races Get Really Exciting...



Tonight's sampling:

[IN-02] 4 Bombs, One in Indiana Dem Brendan Mullen's Mailbox, He's Running Against Tea Party Candidate by War on Error -  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating four explosions that have occurred in the last 24 hours in Indiana's 2nd CD, including one in Democrat Brendan Mullen's mailbox. Yikes!

[WI-Sen] Ed Show analysis: HOW the Thompson/Ryan/GOP plan would "do away with Medicaid & Medicare" by AnnieJo - Diarist offers video aired on Ed Schultz's show of Senator Tommy Thompson (R) explaining how he'd come up with programs to "do away with Medicaid and Medicare" and how that supports the Romney/Ryan plan.

[MI-Prop 2] Michigan's Proposal 2 and challenging the attack on workers by National Nurses Movement - Michigan Proposal 2 would permanently add collective bargaining rights to the Michigan Constitution, for both public and private workers. Diarist lays out the importance of passing this proposal.


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on September 25th till noon on September 26th.

This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners, for a total of (43) diaries:

Senate: (15) posts, (9) states plus various
House: (11) posts, (7) states, (10) districts
State: (2)
Various: (2)
Ballot Initiatives: (3)
General: (10)


More diaries and information about this project beneath the
Orange Squiggle of Down-Ticket Power

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EDR compiles, describes and links election related diaries for down-ticket races through the closing months of election seasons. Down-ticket means any non-Presidential race.

This group was formed by the producers of a front page diary series that rescued election related diaries in 2006, 2008 and 2010. 2012 marks the first election since Daily Kos was born that there is blog devoted to election coverage - Daily Kos Elections.
Election Diary Rescue is proud to be a part of this project.

EDR chronicles the passion, power and effectiveness of political engagement and shines a light on candidates and issues that might be missed during an action-packed election cycle. It gives quick access to races, hopefully inspires people to write about contests that interest them, and has become an archive for thousands of election related diaries over the years.
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Senate

[AZ-Sen] AZ-SEN: Dr. Richard Carmona (D) Hits Jeff Flake (R) Hard For Voting Against Veterans by poopdogcomedy - Diarist has Dr. Richard Carmona’s (D) new ad up in his race for the Arizona Senate seat against Jeff Flake (R).

[AZ-Sen] Carmona hits Flake on veterans' benefits by ThatPoshGirl - Richard Carmona's new ad hits opponent Jeff Flake on veterans' benefits. Carmona himself is a combat veteran who earned his G.E.D. while serving in the Army. He went on to become a Special Forces Medic. Ad and donation link for Dr. Carmona (D).

[CT-Sen] Linda McMahon says she can't be anti-woman because she is one so there by Kaili Joy Gray - Linda McMahon (R), Senate candidate in Connecticut, is none too happy that her Democratic opponent, Chris Murphy, is pointing out her rather extensive anti-woman record. Please give $3 to Chris Murphy to send a real pro-woman advocate to the Senate.

[MA-Sen] Is Scott Brown a Racist? by joelgp - Racial insensitivity seems to be feature of the Brown (R) campaign. Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat in this race.

[MA-Sen] Note to Scott Brown: My Native identity is more than skin deep by xopherma - Tribal identity is a more complicated issue than Brown (R) makes it out to be. Elizabeth Warren (D) is his opponent.

[MA-Sen] Scott Brown's own ancestral misrepresentation by seishin - The New York Times had to run a retraction on a 1982 article when it was found Scott Brown had misrepresented his relationship to Arthur Prentice Rugg, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

[MO-Sen] Claire McCaskill unloads a WORLD OF HURT on Todd Akin by cdub24 - You just have to see this ad to believe it. It is.... "eviscerating" as we say around here.

[MO-Sen] Todd Akin (R-MOran) explains how to communicate effectively by blue aardvark - Akin is for sale, and he's not shy about admitting it. Claire McCaskill (D) is the incumbent and his opponent.

[MO-Sen] Todd Akin is staying on the ballot despite Republican efforts to shut that whole thing down by Laura Clawson - So that's it: Todd Akin is the Republican Party's candidate for Senate in Missouri, he's not dropping out.

[NJ-Sen] - A political conversation with an undecided independent - my wife by agent - Diarist in Middlesex County, New Jersey got mail-in ballots today. The wife is a perpetually undecided and independent voter, get the conversation here.

[NV-Sen] (NV-SEN) PPP: Obama up 9 in NV (52-43 LVs), Berkley up 4 (48-44 LVs) by typo ink - Good polling results for Democrats in Nevada; Shelley Berkley (D) leads Dean Heller (R) in the Senate race.

[OH-Sen] "If your'e going to use my name to fundraise, ask for more than $5!" - Karl Rove by poopdogcomedy - Diarist points out that people powered politicos are not to be taken for granted, Rove doesn't get it, Senator Sherrod Bown does.

[VA-Sen] VA-Sen: Dirty Tricks & Text Messages by poopdogcomedy - It looks like Republicans are up to their usual shenanigans in Virginia. Tim Kaine (D), George Allen (R), Kevin Chisholm (I), Terry Modglin (I) and David Stroupe (I) are the candidates in this race.

[WI-Sen] Ed Show analysis: HOW the Thompson/Ryan/GOP plan would "do away with Medicaid & Medicare" by AnnieJo - Diarist offers video aired on Ed Schultz's show of Senator Tommy Thompson (R) explaining how he'd come up with programs to "do away with Medicaid and Medicare" and how that supports the Romney/Ryan plan.

[Sen-Var] Romney Is Toast - Let's Focus On The Senate by Dave G - It looks more and more like the real race is going to be for control of the US Senate. Diarist has set up an ActBlue page for Democratic candidates in this year's 12 most competitive Senate races.


House

[CA-49] CA-49 Congressional Race: Vote Darrell Issa out by electing Jerry Tetalman, a REAL progressive! by pipsorcle - Voters in California's 49th CD have the chance to replace Republican Darrell Issa with an "outstanding progressive," Democrat Jerry Tetalman.

[IL-08] Tammy Duckworth kicking Joe Walsh's scrawny ass by Bob Johnson - Duckworth (D) leads Walsh (R) 52-38 in a new poll.

[IL-13] Rodney Davis supports Bush economic policies on steroids and radical deregulation by Willinois - Republican Rodney Davis released an economic plan stating that we should reinstate the G.W. Bush policies that led to economic collapse. Dr. David Gill (D) is Davis' opponent in the race.

[IN-02] 4 Bombs, One in Indiana Dem Brendan Mullen's Mailbox, He's Running Against Tea Party Candidate by War on Error -  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating four explosions that have occurred in the last 24 hours in Indiana's 2nd CD, including one in Democrat Brendan Mullen's mailbox. Yikes!

[MI-08] Michigan alert! - Lance Enderle vs Mike Rogers tonight by JamieG from Md - Diarist alerts Kossacks to the Sept. 25th debate between Dem challenger Lance Enderle and incumbent Mike Rogers (R). "I hope that somebody gets this on tape."

[MN-06] Michele Bachmann feeling the heat of Jim Graves' challenge by Joan McCarter - Republican Michele Bachmann has gone from a national figure on a quest for the White House to just another embattled incumbent with her House seat under real threat from challenger Jim Graves(D). ActBlue donation page for Graves provided.

[MN-08] MN-08: Chip Cravaack Still Clueless After All These Years (Episode 2) by keewatinrose - Cravaack (R) doesn't display much sense when it comes to House deliberations; wouldn't Rick Nolan (D)  be better?

[NY-11] Michael Grimm's Mysterious Break In - Case Closed by SuzieQ4624 - The punch line, two 8 th grade boys admitted today to their school counselor that they were responsible for throwing chunks of cement thru the window. Simple case of adolescent hijinks. Democrat Mark Murphy is running in the 11th against Grimm (R, inc. NY-13).

[NY-24] NY-24: Good News in New DCCC-Sponsored Poll by Radical Parrot - Democratic candidate Dan Maffei leads 46-38 over incumbent Ann Marie Beurkle (R) in a new poll out by Grove Insight. The last publicly available poll by Siena had the race tied at 43-43.

[TN-08] Republicans Propose a "Welfare Religion", and the end of Religious Freedom by twigg - In a stunning attack on the 1st Amendment, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R) introduced a House Resolution that would directly lead to the dismantling of the Constitution. His opponent in the general is Democrat Timothy Dixon.

[House-Var] US House: 71 Races Targeted by 9 Progressive Organizations – Corrected x3 by RandomNonviolence - Diarist offers a table listing 71 Democrats running for the House that have garnered an endorsement from one or more of 9 progressive organizations: DailyKos, Credo, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Blue America, Democracy for America (DFA), the League of Conservation Voters, Feminist Majority, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Alternet.


State:

[CO-StHouse] Retaking the Colorado House (September) by farleftfagala - On the day before the end of the 2012 session, the death of Civil Unions fired up the Democratic base like almost nothing else could. Redistricting also favors Democrats. Colorful graphics, info and projections for all 64 districts.

[State-Gen] ALEC: The Scheme to Remake America, One State House at a Time by Bill Moyers - Diarist invites Kossacks to view his show, United States of ALEC, about the national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations to remake America in its own image.


Various

[Var] Orange to Blue roundup, 9/25/2012 by Joan McCarter - As part of the Orange to Blue/Speaker Pelosi Project, Joan reports on 7 House candidates. 3 Senators are highlighted in Upgrade the Senate races, and 2 Marriage Equality initiatives receive notice.

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Comedy ensues as the GOP frantically try to 'un-skew' the polls by Steve Singiser - With just six weeks to go, it is now evident that there is a clear-cut way in which the 2012 election cycle is unique from its predecessors. And not, as it happens, in a particularly good way.


Ballot Initiatives

[CA-Prop 30 & 32] Californians: Yes on 30, No on 32 - Why it matters! by Chico David RN - Prop. 30 is the governor's tax increase initiative. Prop. 32 is this year's version of "paycheck deception" dressed up to look like campaign finance reform.

[CA-Prop 32] Prop 32 Panned Across California by UTBriancl - Proposition 32 'unfairly singles out' labor while giving a pass to big business.

[MI-Prop 2] Michigan's Proposal 2 and challenging the attack on workers by National Nurses Movement - Michigan Proposal 2 would permanently add collective bargaining rights to the Michigan Constitution, for both public and private workers. Diarist lays out the importance of passing this proposal.


General

A Tale of Two Voters by DLCC - Democrats are fighting to ensure that no person should be denied their fundamental right to have their voice heard; Republicans—on the other hand—are doing everything in their power to quiet voices of discontent all over the country.

Black Kos, Tuesday's Chile:National Voter Registration Day by Black Kos - Editor Denise Oliver Velez, "…I'm listing all of these organizations, and there are many more, nationally and locally who realize that we can't just sit on our assets thinkin' 'We got this'."

Election Fraud By Racist Ballot Bullies Fearing Fantasy Bus by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse - Catherine Engelbrecht is the president of True the Vote. Engelbrecht was apolitical until something clicked in 2008. Gee, wonder what might have caused that 'click'...

GOTV - I made a list (u can 2)! by pasuburbdem1 - Diarist offers a list of things we can all do to GOTV in our own areas from home.

I Voted Today by some other george - Diarist went down to the county office today and voted. It felt great!…In about half the states in the country, you can now vote early too.

Latino Disenfranchisment expected to effect 10 million Latino Citizens by jamess - A new report from the Advancement Project shows that voter suppression efforts disproportionately affect Latino voters, and could be enough to change the outcome of the elections in several battleground states.

Oligarchy like NFL owners; won't give up in this Election! by SeaTurtle - Diarist cites Joseph O'Shaughnessy on the several ways the rich and powerful will be attempting to manipulate November's elections in their favor.

PA Dept of State says it has met Supreme Court standard on Voter ID by jakewaters - "So they say."

Powerful tool from the League of Women Voters: vote411.org by CitizenJoe - Diarist links a powerful tool from the League of Women Voters for on-line registration and other information to help people be ready to vote.

Register the internet to vote by RachelLive - Registering and mobilizing voters through the internet could have massive impact on the upcoming GOTV efforts. The ground game is on now. Linky goodness inside.


* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, EvanInNY, foreverblue, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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