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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 30 diaries.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Michelle Nunn (D) Wants To Ban Politicians From Becoming Lobbyists by poopdogcomedy - So Michelle Nunn (D. GA) has been running on a theme of government policy in her bid to succeed retiring Senator Saxby "Chicken Hawk" Chambliss (R. GA).  And she has some pretty good ideas.

(CA-25) War Profiteers have a sad, Buck McKeon Retiring! Progressive Running! by divineorder - Rep. Buck McKeon (R), Chairman of the Armed Services committee is retiring. Lee Rogers, a well-known doctor and a bold progressive who was already running a strong race against McKeon has picked up an endorsement from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Not surprising with comments like this, "As a doctor, I'm not campaigning just to defend the Affordable Care Act. I'm on the offensive -- campaigning to make the ACA better!"

(TX-AG) TX-AG: David Barton endorses candidate who favors secession and gives succor to extremist groups by Christian Dem in NC - Even by Texas Republican standards, Smitherman is a loonytoon.  Back in September, he told WorldNutDaily that Texas has made "great progress in becoming an independent nation" in the event the rest of the country becomes too far.

How to win Red States in 2014 by pollchecker - Diarist responds to Robert Reich's recent opinion piece entitled, 'Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest.' "Poor people don’t vote against their interests. Poor people don’t vote.   When poor people do vote, they vote overwhelmingly Democratic, not Republican." Now how do we get them to vote?


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Diaries: (30)
Senate: (12) posts, (7) states
House: (10) posts, (7) states, (8) districts
State and more: (6)
General: (2)


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Senate - 12


(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: Mark Begich (D), "Sarah Palin (R) Disconnected From Alaska, Not A Threat In Senate Race" by poopdogcomedy - Senator Mark Begich (D. AK) recently spoke his mind about former Governor Sarah Palin (R. AK) and her impact on the Alaska U.S. Senate race if she were to run against him this year:

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Michelle Nunn (D) Wants To Ban Politicians From Becoming Lobbyists by poopdogcomedy - So Michelle Nunn (D. GA) has been running on a theme of government policy in her bid to succeed retiring Senator Saxby "Chicken Hawk" Chambliss (R. GA).  And she has some pretty good ideas.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Dem Candidate Branko Radulovacki at Events with NAACP in Atlanta & Marietta - MLK Day Jan 20 by pipsorcle - Looks like Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Branko Radulovacki (aka Dr. Rad) is very much still in the race and has a full schedule coming up. For any of you who want to meet Dr. Rad in Georgia, you have several opportunities to do so this Monday, January 20th.  Dr. Rad is expected to be at a number of events in light of MLK Day, particularly with the NAACP and its representatives.

(ID-Sen) Nels Mitchell -Democratic Challenger to Senator Risch- Kicking off Campaign Today in Boise by pipsorcle - Idaho may be one of the reddest states in the nation, but incumbent Republican Jim Risch now has a Democratic challenger in Nels Mitchell. Viva the 50-State Strategy!

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell Sneaks Around Kentucky And Holds Captured Audience Closed To The Public Meetings! by Rural Progressive - Diarist covers Mitch McConnell holding closed meetings to control his message

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell Savior of coal, might be hoist on his own petard. by Mr. Tek - By filing a "resolution of disapproval" to stop the EPA from "imposing its anti-coal regulation" did Mitch McConnell (R) give Dems the ideal opportunity to attack him if he makes it through the Republican primary? Really, the very WEEK that many of his constituents are being poisoned by a chemical spill up river?

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Unveils Her Kentucky Jobs Action Plan by poopdogcomedy - Diarist forwards Alison Lundergan Grimes' (D) press release of her jobs plan which includes a link to her campaign site where you can view her plan which also recounts Senator Mitch McConnell's (R) failure on the jobs front.

(ME-Sen) "Shenna Bellows will surprise you." by slakn1 - You may have read about Bellows support for legalizing marijuana, or her work at the ACLU of Maine against drones and for cell phone privacy.

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Shenna Bellows, a grassroots phenomenon by Spud1 - Shenna Bellows will surprise you. The Democratic candidate for the United States Senate is a conservative champion of our Constitutional rights and freedoms. She is smart, personable, upbeat and very likeable, with a compelling personal story.

(ME-Sen) The First Senator To Support Legalizing Marijuana? (with Poll) by BellowsforSenate - Bellows explained that she envisions herself as a Senate leader on marijuana reform. “Right now on the Senate side, there doesn’t seem to be a leader who has the courage to move that forward,” Bellows said. “I would be that leader.”

(VA-Sen) VA-Sen: Shhhh, Ed Gillespie (R) Doesn't Want GOP Voters To Know That He Supported Immigration Reform by poopdogcomedy - “Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, has told senior members of his party that he will challenge Senator Mark R. Warner of Virginia and announce his candidacy as early as next week”

(NE-Sen) Move Over, Christi - The GOP Has a Rising Star and He's Going to Shove Common Sense Down Our Throats by - maxfolger - Diarist has a Video done By Ben Sasse (R) who is running for the Senate out of Nebraska. This is a must watch Video the diarist has brought to our attention.




House - 10


(CA-01) CA-01: Fundraising Event for Heidi Hall -Rep. LaMalfa's Democratic Challenger- Jan 19 by - pipsorcle - Diarist has info on a Heidi Hall (D) fundraiser for her campaign in CA-01 against incumbent Doug LaMalfa (R).

(CA-25) War Profiteers have a sad, Buck McKeon Retiring! Progressive Running! by divineorder - Rep. Buck McKeon (R), Chairman of the Armed Services committee is retiring. Lee Rogers, a well-known doctor and a bold progressive who was already running a strong race against McKeon has picked up an endorsement from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Not surprising with comments like this, "As a doctor, I'm not campaigning just to defend the Affordable Care Act. I'm on the offensive -- campaigning to make the ACA better!"

(FL-07-09) FL-09: More Questions in FL-07 Democratic Candidate Nick Ruiz Challenging Rep. Alan Grayson Saga by - popsorcle The diarist lays out the dilemma Facing Democrats In FL-09 Between Alan Grayson & Nick Ruiz for the Democratic Primary.

(GA-01) Who is willing to run in the Georgia 1st District against Jack Kingston? by - Leftover - Diarist post a question, Is there anyone willing to take on Jack Kingston in GA-01?

(IL-15) IL-15: Meet Dem Candidate Eric Thorsland - Challenger to Rep. Shimkus - In Collinsville, IL 1/16 by pipsorcle - Information on Eric Thorsland's primary challenge against Rep John Shimkus, dates for meetings and more.

(NY-11) FBI Arrests Mike Grimm's (R) Big Fundraiser by poopdogcomedy - Whoops! Yet another Republican has a bad actor on their team! Domenic Recchia is challenging the sophomore Congressman from Staten Island.

(NY-21) NY-21 - What's Next for Democrats in New York's 21st Congressional District? by- Upstate Blue - Diarist examines Democrats chances in an New York's open district 21 for 2014 after Bill Owen (D) retired.

(PA-Var) Turning Pennsylvania Blue for Real by pierre9045 - In short, Democrats should have a viable candidate for every House district, and ideally, every State Senate and State House seat (Dems only need to pickup 2 Senate seats, and 10 House seats, to control the PA General Assembly). The filing deadline is March 11, so there's not much time left.

(PA-General) Redistricting Confusion by - SpringCityPADem - Diarist explains Pennsylvania's delayed redistricting dilemma.

(House-General) Monthly Roundup of 2014 Democratic Challengers To GOP In The House of Representatives by - pipsorcle - Diarist has a roundup for January of Democratic Challengers for the House of Representatives for 2014.




State, County, Local and More - 6


(GA-Gov) GA-Gov: Carter (D) To Target Gov. Deal's (R) Moral Failure In State Of State Response Tonight by poopdogcomedy - Diarist received email from State Senator Jason Carter's (D. GA) gubernatorial campaign who will be delivering his response to Governor Nathan Deal's (R. GA) State of State speech tonight.

(TX-AG) TX-AG: David Barton endorses candidate who favors secession and gives succor to extremist groups by Christian Dem in NC - Even by Texas Republican standards, Smitherman is a loonytoon.  Back in September, he told WorldNutDaily that Texas has made "great progress in becoming an independent nation" in the event the rest of the country becomes too far.

(TX- St Sen-9) Water! Water! It's about Water and Education for TX Sen 9 Candidate by FaithChatham - Gregory R. Perry is a quiet-spoken intelligent man. When asked why he is running for Texas Senate District 9, he replied: "Mainly Anger!"

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Learn More & Show Your Support For Wendy Davis' (D) “Great Teachers: Great Texas” Plan by - poopdogcomedy -Diarist has info on Windy Davis (D) Support for Education in her Campaign for Governor of Texas against Greg Abbott (R).

(VA-St-Sen) Misogynistic Republicans Turn to Attacking "Jinnie" Wexton as "Natural Blond" by - lowkell - Diarist has info on the Special election in Virginia State Senate Campaign of Jennifer Wexton (D) against John Whitbeck (R).

(WI-Gov) Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout will not run for governor. by - Mike Kahlow - Diarist has info on Kathleen Vinehout Bowing out of the Campaign for Governor of Wisconsin.




General - 2


How to win Red States in 2014 by pollchecker - Diarist responds to Robert Reich's recent opinion piece entitled, 'Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest.' "Poor people don’t vote against their interests. Poor people don’t vote.   When poor people do vote, they vote overwhelmingly Democratic, not Republican." Now how do we get them to vote?

Our Strategy in 2014 by Dewstino -  Like most of you, I get too many email solicitations from the candidates and causes I support. Most just transparently try to hitch their wagon to some piece of news and or outrage. Once you click to open the email, they hit you up for some cash. I understand, I get it and I support most of them, most of the time. However, every once in a while, I get something that's really worthwhile, like this...

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM PST.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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