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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 33 diaries.

(KY-Sen) KY-SEN: McConnell polls, glass half empty version by brooklynbadboy - BBB isn't so sure Mitch McConnell's (R) bad poll numbers show a potential game-changing win by his challenger Alison Grimes (D).

(PA-08) PA-08: Kevin Strouse (D) Calls On Mike Fitzpatrick (R) To Denounce The Hazardous Waste Incinerator by poopdogcomedy - Plans to build a 50,000 square foot hazardous waste incinerator in the district has Democratic candidate for Congress Kevin Strouse worried. Incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick has been silent about it.

(IL-Gov) Illinois GOP race for Governor replacing Doonesbury Fringe Walking Dead AND the Outer Limits by agnostic – A useful rundown of the “TeaBaggered wannabes” who are running in the Republican primary to determine who will oppose incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) in the general election.

K-12 Ed Policies on the line in Election 2014 by Desert Rose - Republican control in almost half the states allowed the Rs and their corporate partners to accelerate their attempts to destroy public education. As a result the NEA has decided to invest more than 80 percent of its 2014 election war chest in state races, the largest-ever percentage the group has devoted to state contests.


This is the 6th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, 2/9/14 through Saturday, 2/15/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (33)
Senate: (8) posts (5) states
House: (9) posts (6) states (7) districts
State and more: (11)
General: (5)


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Senate - 8


(GA-Sen) GA:Sen--Michelle Nunn sounds like a Republican. by hannah - Diarist brings Michelle Nunn's (D) 5 point Plan to fix Washington to dailykos.com for a discussion.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Branko Radulovacki at Feb 13 Events with GA House Democrats & GA Dem’s LGBT Caucus by pipsorcle - Democratic candidate for US Senate Dr. Branko Radulovacki to appear at several campaign events, weather permitting. Dr. Radulovacki is competing with Michelle Nunn for the right to face Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) in the November election.

(IA-Sen) IA-Sen: Bruce Braley (D) Tells The Tea Party Congress To Stop Threatening Social Security & Medicare by poopdogcomedy - Diatist has info on Bruce Braley (D) in the Iowa Senate race to replace retiring Tom Harkin (D).

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Senate Conservatives Fund attacks McConnell by blue aardvark - Diarist has info on the Kentucky Senate race with Jim DeMint causing trouble for Mitch McConnell (R). DeMint is backing Matt Bevin (Tea Party) Democrats have Allison Lundergan Grimes.

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen Rand Paul Struggles to Explain Why He's Supporting Mitch McConnell (R) by poopdogcomedy – Things aren't looking good for Senator Mitch McConnell R when his fellow Senator can't find a good reason to endorse him in his race against the formidable Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

(KY-Sen) KY-SEN: McConnell polls, glass half empty version by brooklynbadboy - BBB isn't so sure Mitch McConnell's (R) bad poll numbers show a potential game-changing win by his challenger Alison Grimes (D).

(LA-Sen) LA-Sen: PPP Shows This Race Tightening by poopdogcomedy - Sen. Mary Landrieu is slipping in the polls vs. her likely Republican challenger, Bill Cassidy. Last August polling had her up 50-40. The latest poll shows her lead down to a single point at 45-44.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: PPP Shows Thom Tillis (R) Continuing To Struggle To Win His Party's Nominee by poopdogcomedy - Diarist has Poll Numbers for the North Carolina Senate race with Incumbent Kay Hagan & several Republicans.




House - 9


(CA-33) Marianne Williamson a better independent Democrat runs for Congress in Los Angeles by Shockwave – The diarist supports the candidacy of Marianne Williamson who is not the "official" candidate for the re-districted 33rd district seat vacated by Henry Waxman after 40 years.

(CA-49) CA-49 Open House event for Dave Peiser Democratic Challenger Darrell Issa Feb 13th Vista CA by pipsorcle – An Open House for volunteers for Dave Peiser (D) challenger to Darrell Issa was recently held in Vista CA.

(FL-13) FL-13: House Majority PAC's New Ad Slams David Jolly's (R) Support For Privatizing Social Security by poopdogcomedy - Florida Republican previously worked as a former lobbyist and advocated Social Security privatization.

(IN-06) Luke Messer's "Jobs" Bills by laneforcongress - Candidate Lane Siekman (D) responds to Representative Luke Messer's (R) complaints that the Democratic Senate hasn't acted on the "jobs" bills passed by the House…of course the problem is the "jobs" bills don't create jobs.

(NE-01) NE-01: Meet Dennis Crawford -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry- Feb 16th in Wahoo, NE by pipsorcle - Tea Party Republican Jeff Fortenberry's extreme policies including supporting the government shutdown is one of the reasons Democrat Dennis Crawford decided to challenge him in this November's general election. Crawford will be at the Saunders County Democrats meeting Feb. 16th at the Wahoo Heritage Inn from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

[PA-08) PA-08: Kevin Strouse (D) Calls On Mike Fitzpatrick (R) To Denounce The Hazardous Waste Incinerator by poopdogcomedy - Plans to build a 50,000 square foot hazardous waste incinerator in the district has Democratic candidate for Congress Kevin Strouse worried. Incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick has been silent about it.

(TN-07) TN-07: Interview with Dan Cramer -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Marsha Blackburn by pipsorcle - Democrat Dan Cramer details his views on health care, a living wage, income inequality, climate change and other issues in this interview. Cramer is one of two Iraq veterans running in the Democratic primaryfor Tennessee's 7th Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R).

(TN-07) TN-07: Interview with Credo Amouzouvik - Democratic Challenger to Rep. Marsha Blackburn by pipsorcle - Diarist offers interview with one of the Democratic challengers to Blackburn, Credo Amouzouvik.

(TX-07) TX-07: Phone Bank for James Cargas -Democratic Challenger to Rep. John Culberson- Feb 15 in Houston by pipsorcle - Diarist has info about Texas District 07 with incumbent John Culberson (R) & Challenger James Cargas (D).




State, local and more - 11


(CA-San Diego-Mayor) Hey GOP: Stick a Rainbow On It. Love, San Diego by La Gitane - Diarist gives us the wrap on the mayoral race in San Diego.

(CA-San Diego-Mayor) On the topic of voter turnout by jabr314159 - Could voter turnout have changed this election result?

(FL-Gov) Charlie Crist's Cuba Comments In Line With Public Opinion, New Poll Says by saintpetersblog - Diarist has Poll numbers on America's relationship with Cuba, Charlie Crist (D) wants to normalize the relations with Cuba & the poll shows Americans & Cuban Americans agree.

(IL-Gov) Illinois GOP race for Governor replacing Doonesbury Fringe Walking Dead AND the Outer Limits by agnostic – A useful rundown of the “ TeaBaggered wannabes” who are running in the Republican primary to determine who will oppose incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) in the general election.

(MA-Gov) MA Governor Democratic Candidates' Forum on Energy by gmoke - Diarist offers notes and impressions of the Boston forum Thursday. Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are Joe Avellone, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman and Juliette Khayyem.

(MD-StSen) Md. Senator's Divorce? Secret. by dadadata - Tsk, tsk. Maryland State Senator Richard Colburn (R, District 37). Had a judge seal the records of his messy divorce on the grounds that if his constituents knew what a bad guy he is, he might not get re-elected this coming November. The sole Dem challenger is Cheryl Everman of Talbot County.

(OH-StSen) 2014 Ohio State Senate Races by js18 - Diarist handicaps the Ohio state senate races, pointing out that four Republican state senators up for reelection this year represent districts won by President Obama in 2012.

(SC-Gov) SC Gov. Nikki Haley backs bill allowing carrying guns without permits, training by GleninCA - Perhaps Haley is firing up the fringe of the fringe element among her Republican supporters, hoping to solidify her re-election in November. She is facing state senator Vincent Sheheen in that race.

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Wendy Davis (D) Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage & Medical Marijuana by poopdogcomedy - Diarist has info on the Texas Governor Race With Windy Davis (D) supporting Same Sex Marriage & Medical Marijuana with her race against Greg Abbott (R).

(TX-Judicial) A contested judicial primary in Houston by scott5js - Diarist provides a view into how an old grudge makes for dirty primary campaigning. Diarist links to the campaign of Steven Kirkland, the candidate he supports in the Democratic primary.

(WS-StSen) 2014 Wisconsin Senate Races by WisJohn - Diarist has info on Wisconsin State Senate races for 2014.




General - 5


K-12 Ed Policies on the line in Election 2014 by Desert Rose - Republican control in almost half the states allowed the Rs and their corporate partners to accelerate their attempts to destroy public education. As a result the NEA has decided to invest more than 80 percent of its 2014 election war chest in state races, the largest-ever percentage the group has devoted to state contests.

My Petition to Priorities USA by Rosalie907 – The diarist links to her Move -On petition urging the Democratic PAC Priorities USA to reconsider its decision to sit out the 2014 midterms.

Why the balance of power in the Senate could be decided well before November by Steve Singiser - Burgeoning optimism coming from devotees of the GOP for retaking the Senate in 2014 is not completely unfounded. But Republicans must survive the perils of primary season in order to put their best foot (and candidate) forward for November. And that's a problem.

Where do your political donations do the most in furthering progressivism in 2014 Let's find out by Stephen Wolf - There's no better time than now for you to choose which Democratic candidates to donate your limited campaign contributions to for 2014. The diarist provides a very detailed list.

Minority-Heavy Polling Places Eliminated in Florida County by Ismay - On a party-line vote, a Florida county’s Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee County’s voting sites.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 01:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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