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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 38 diaries.

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Police Report Shows Erick Bennett (R) Threatened To Kill His Ex-Wife by poopdogcomedy - The Tea Party challenger to Main's Republican Senator Susan Collins in the primary this year has a record of violence against women that is ugly. Democrat Shenna Bellows does a good job defining her candidacy against Collins, the teabagger seems to be not very comic relief.

(IL-09) Illinois' 9th District - Loon central by agnostic - Self-described "God first" Republican candidate Susanna Atanus in Illinois' 9th CD claims lack of "respect for God," as demonstrated by marriage equality, is causing autism, dementia, and extreme weather events.

(FL-StRep-68) FL GOP House Candidate calls for Hanging Death of Obama, gets Secret Service Visit by tmservo433 - Joshua Black (R) say’s he’s not dropping out of the race so it might be an entertaining race to watch.

I Predict A Renewed Wave Of Political Activism In 2014 ♥  A Very Busy New Year by rebel ga - Following information on opportunities for activism the diarist provides links to important election information.


This is the 3rd weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, 1/19/14 through Saturday,  1/25/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (38)
Senate: (8) posts, (7) states
House: (10) posts, (8) states, (9) districts
State and more: (18)
General: (2)


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Senate - 8


(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: Rep. Don Young (R. AK-AL), "Mark Begich (D) Has Done A Great Job Representing Alaska" by poopdogcomedy - Info on the AK-Sen GOP primary candidates and our Dem up for reelection Mark Begich.

(AR-Sen) AR-Sen: Tom Cotton (R) Pushes Bill That Gives Constitutional Rights To Fertilized Eggs by poopdogcomedy - The Arkansas senate race is a matchup between incumbent conservadem Mark Pryor and Tea Party/Right-to-Life Rep. Tom Cotton uses the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to highlight his anti-abortion record, including his sponsorship of legislation declaring life begins at fertilization, and granting fertilized eggs constitutional rights. And then asks for money. Cotton is challenging incumbent Mark Pryor.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Paul Broun (R) Uses Campaign Website To Give Away An AR-15 Rifle by poopdogcomedy - Nutty Tea Party congressman (GA-10) Paul Broun invited supporters to enter a drawing for an AR-15 he will give away to show his support for the second amendment. Broun faces several other nutty teabaggers for the Senate nomination, so it will be interesting to see who out-crazies the rest.

(ID-Sen) U.S. Senate Candidate Nels Mitchell Charges Onto The Field by The Book Bear - Diarist introduces us to a new player on the field in Idaho!  Let’s make his challenge of Republican Senator Jim Risch a success!  This introductory bio is a good start along with a link to Mitchell’s website.  The Book Bear promises us more to come on this new entry!  Looking forward to it!

(ME-Sen) ME-SEN: Roe v. Wade; Bellows v. Collins by Illegitimi non carborundum - A clear difference on reproductive freedom between Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows and the incumbent senator, Susan Collins (R).

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Police Report Shows Erick Bennett (R) Threatened To Kill His Ex-Wife by poopdogcomedy - The Tea Party challenger to Main's Republican Senator Susan Collins in the primary this year has a record of violence against women that is ugly. Democrat Shenna Bellows does a good job defining her candidacy against Collins, the teabagger seems to be not very comic relief.

(MT-Sen) MT-Sen: John Bohlinger (D) Might End His Campaign If Lt. Gov. Walsh (D) Appointed To Baucus' Seat by poopdogcomedy - Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger says he may end his campaign for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate if current Lt. Gov. John Walsh is appointed to serve the rest of Max Baucus' term.

(TX-Sen) TX-SEN: Democratic Candidate Maxey Scherr Holding Fundraising Event Jan 27th in Austin, TX by pipsorcle - Looks like Democratic Senate candidate Maxey Scherr is everywhere in Texas these days raising funds for his campaign to win the nomination.




House - 10


(CA-36) CA-36: Darrel Issa Makes Fundraising Pitch for GOP Candidate Brian Nestande - Makes Major Fail by pipsorcle - Issa's fundraising pitch for Brian Nestande (R) hit some wrong notes. Diarist lists the ways.

(CA-50) CA-50: Democratic Candidate James Kimber Holding Kickoff Fundraiser - Jan 30 in Escondido, CA by pipsorcle - Details and links for James Kimber's (D) campaign kickoff event, in his challenge to incumbent Duncan D. Hunter (R) in the 50th district.

(CO-04) CO-04: Meet Vic Meyers -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Gardner- Feb 1st in Parker, CO by pipsorcle - A chance to meet candidate Vic Meyers at the on Feb. 1. Meyers is running to unseat Rep. Cory Gardner (R) in Colorado's 4th CD.

(FL-19) FL-19: Meet Democratic Candidate April Freeman Trey Radel's Challenger At Town Hall January 21st by pipsorcle - Former republican April Freeman is running as a Democrat in this red district to unseat the scandal plagued representative,Trey Radel (R).

(IL-09) Illinois' 9th District - Loon central by agnostic - Self-described "God first" Republican candidate Susanna Atanus in Illinois' 9th CD claims lack of "respect for God," as demonstrated by marriage equality, is causing autism, dementia, and extreme weather events.

(KY-06) KY-06: Campaign Kickoff Rally for Elizabeth Jensen Dem Challenger to Rep Barr January 25 in Lexington by pipsorcle - Elizabeth Jensen (D), Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Race for Education, is holding a kickoff rally for her race to unseat Andy Barr (R) in Kentucky's 6th district.

(MN-06) MN-06: Democratic Candidate Jim Read - Running to Replace Rep. Bachmann - Kickoff Event Jan 26th by pipsorcle - While the infamous Michelle Bachmann has 11 months left in her final term, Democratic Candidate Jim Read appears to be shoring up support as he kicks off his campaign at St. Cloud University.

(UT-01) UT-01: Meet Peter Clemens -Rep. Bishop's Democratic Challenger- At Kickoff Event Jan 31 in Ogden, UT by pipsorcle - Rep. Rob Bishop, who has served UT-01 since 2003, got re-elected in 2012 by 71.5% of the votes and the district has a PVI of R+27 per the Cook Political Report. That doesn't seem to be deterring Democratic Candidate Peter Clemens.

(WA-03) WA-03: Meet Bob Dingethal -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Herrera-Beutler- Jan 26 at Vancouver, WA by pipsorcle - Campaign kickoff event for Democratic candidate in Washington's 3rd CD highlights Bob Dingethal's willingness to fight for all the people of SW Washington state.

(House-Gen) Cris Hayes Hosts The Todd Akin Awards - 'Sugar Bubbas' Slated To Win; GOP Slated To Lose by Leslie Salzillo - Chris Hays does a perfect job of summing up this past week's crippling political blunders by Republican representatives against women.




State, County, Local and More - 18


(AZ-StSen) AZ State Senate Dist 2: vacancy to be filled Tuesday Support Clinco by manyamile – The Pima County  Board of Supervisors will select a  new  Arizona state senator to fill the District 2 vacancy on Tuesday, January 21st. The diarist, a supporter of Demion Clinco (D), gives him the opportunity to make the case that he be their choice.

(CA-Mt. View City Council) Beginning the Campaign. It's LIVE! by BayAreaKen - Longtime kossack BayAreaKen (UID 57762) is running for office and he has some info on his campaign to share.

(FL-Gov) The Charlie Crist Campaign Is Not "Shrinking" by saintpetersblog - 'No one could have foreseen' that just three and a half years after Rick Scott (R) was elected, he'd be trailing in the polls to now Democrat Charlie Crist, right? Nice update on where things stand at this point in the campaign.

(FL-AG) Just How AWFUL is Our Attorney General in Rick Scott's Florida? by SemDem - A comprehensive list of current Florida AG Pam Bondi's truly awful record and links to the two Dems running in the primary and hoping to take her place.

(FL-StRep-68) Florida State House Candidate Threatens To "Hang" President Obama by saintpetersblog - By now, you've probably heard that another Republican in Florida made another offensive statement, this time on a day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If not, here it is: "hang him high," says GOPer candidate Josh Black about our current President.

(FL-StRep-68) FL GOP House Candidate calls for Hanging Death of Obama, gets Secret Service Visit by tmservo433 - Joshua Black (R) say’s he’s not dropping out of the race so it might be an entertaining race to watch.

(CO-StRep-48) Colorado State Rep. Proposes all abortions should be Felonies by tmservo433 - "State houses never get enough respect." begins this diary about Rep. Steve Humphrey (CO-St Rep-48)'s proposal to make all abortions illegal. A fine example of why state and local politics are as important as any national race.

(IL-Gov) IL-Gov: Rauner Has Some Explaining To Do by Railfan - Noted rich guy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's investment firm linked to deaths in nursing homes - by the former general counsel of the Illinois Republican Party.

(IL-Gov) Four Illinois Gov Hopefuls Debated by rodseaney - Thursday night the four Republican hopefuls for governor debated in Peoria. Diarist gives the best of the blow-by-blow in how Republicans will pitch control of the state.

(NY-AD-113) NY-AD-113 - Carrie Woerner to run again; DC lobbyists pony up thousands to elect long-time GOP hack by Upstate Blue - Saratoga County businesswoman Carrie Woerner (D-Malta) recently announced she will run again for the 113th district state assembly seat vacated by incumbent Tony Jordan (R). Diarists list the lobbyists stepping up to support her.

(PA-Gov) "Most Progressive" PA Gov Candidate John Hanger on Marijuana, Fracking & Campaign Finance (VIDEO) by ProgressivePatriotPA - Podcast interview with Democrat John Hanger, the self-described "most progressive" candidate in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, explains his views on several issues.

(PA-Gov) PA-Gov: Ed Schultz Calls Out Tom Corbett (R) For Running Away From Students (Video) by poopdogcomedy - Pennsylvania Democrats have a new ad featuring a a segment of the Ed Shultz show, describing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's sudden cancellation of an appearance at Central High School in Pennsylvania when staffers discovered that students, parents and staff were planning to protest his $1 billion in cuts to public education.

(PA-Gov) Why Does Allyson Schwartz Keep Casting Bad Votes on the Affordable Care Act? by S Kitchen - Diarist brings up an interesting question about how Allyson Schwartz has been voting on the ACA - and, if she IS the progressive pick to challenge PA Gov. Tom Corbett, Do these votes matter?

(TX-Gov) Wendy Davis: "You’re damn right it’s a true story." by nomandates - The Texas GOP is trying to smear State Sen. Wendy Davis, insinuating that she is a bad mother and a liar. Stand with Wendy against mudslinging - donate through Davis' campaign site or ActBlue

(TX-Gov) Wendy Davis didn't live in a trailer Park long enough by Eric Nelson - Jess McIntosh of EMILY's List gives us the short version of the latest attack on Democratic State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

(TX-Gov) A Female Candidate in Texas by swrussel - Diarist goes into how Wendy Davis is being treated differently than a male would be about her statements that were just a tad off.

(VA-StSen-33) Breaking!!! VA Senate Candidate Jennifer Wexton is kicking ass in special election! UPDATE: WIN!!! by Loudoun County Dem - Yep, it's official!

(VA-StSen-33) 53% in and Jennifer Wexton ahead by 18 points! by Rouxgaru - Democrat Jennifer Wexton wins the special election for the Virginia 33rd State Senate District.




General - 2


I Predict A Renewed Wave Of Political Activism In 2014 ♥  A Very Busy New Year by rebel ga - Following information on opportunities for activism the diarist provides links to important election information.

Redistricting US House maps for NM and NV by abgin - Though a bit rife with misspellings, this is an interesting look at whether and how redistricting can redraw the map for a stronger Democratic outcome in two western states.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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