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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 47 diaries.

(NH-Sen) SHHHH Scott Brown, the trick is NOT to remind them you're a carpet bagger by Clytemnestra - After being spurned by Massachusetts voters, Scott Brown packed up and moved to his summer house in New Hampshire and decided to challenge Jeanne Shaheen (D) so he can go back to the Senate. He'd have a better chance (maybe) if he didn't keep reminding New Hampshire's voters than he's not from there.

(AZ-01) Arizona Tea Party Candidate makes a Fool of Himself by Just Bob - Tea Party candidate for Arizona's 1st congressional district broke off an interview during an anti-immigration protest in order to block a bus full of immigrant children... only the bus full of children turned out to be from the local YMCA. The children were laughing and taking pictures of the dolts.

(MN-HD48B) Minnesota Tea Party Republican Channels The Ghost Of Joe McCarthy by TwoPuttTommy - Shiela Kihne, Republican candidate for state legislature didn't know the WayBack Machine means one's blog thoughts never really disappear from cyberspace. See some of her bizarre thoughts and ideas here.

Registered Voters Want Candidates Supporting Reducing Global Warming, Some Favor Civil Disobedience by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse - A recent national survey of registered voters demonstrates support for candidates who want to address global warming. Many Americans are so committed that they favor engaging in political actions in addition to voting. Details here.


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Senate: (15) posts
House: (9) posts, (7) states, (8) districts
State and more: (18)
General: (5)

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Senate - 15


(CO-Sen) CO-Sen: Mark Udall (D) Calls Out Cory Gardner's (R) BS Plan On Birth Control Pill by poopdogcomedy - Senator Mark Udall (D. CO) is smelling bull shit coming out of Tea Party Rep. Cory Gardner's (R. CO) latest action. Link to a petition on Udall's campaign site to support the "Not My Boss's Business" Act in response to the Hobby Lobby decision included in the diary.

(CO-Sen) SEIU ads target four House Republicans on immigration by Laura Clawson. The Service Employees' International Union is releasing Spanish language ads, focusing on immigration. In addition to Cory Gardner, the Republican who's challenging Mark Udall for the Senate, three sitting GOP House members are being targeted: Mike Coffman (CO-06), David Valadao (CA-21) and Joe Heck (NV-03).

(GA-Sen) The Georgia Primary: Y'all help Me Decide! by Risen Tree - The diarist gets to vote in the Georgia Republican primary next week. His goal is to elect the Republican candidate whom Michelle Nunn (D) has a greater chance of defeating in November.

(IA-Sen) IA-Sen: Bruce Braley (D) Pushes Back To Reverse SCOTUS's Ruling On Hobby Lobby by poopdogcomedy - Diarist offers a letter to constituents from Braley decrying the HL decision and offering a petition to support Cogressional efforts to fight back.

(ID-Sen) ID Election 2014: Idaho Statesman Affirms Risch’s “Dilettante” Rep by The Book Bear - Diarist has info on the Idaho Senate race between incumbent Jim Risch (R) and Nels Mitchell (D).

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell says he's such a huge feminist that he wants women to get paid more than men by Jed Lewison. Well deserved mockery for the current Senate Minority leader, now being ably challenged by current Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

(KY-Sen) Alison Grimes breaks Kentucky record raising $4 million in second quarter by HoundDog - Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes broke the state's fundraising record. Her challenger, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held the previous record during his 2008 re-election campaign. The race is pretty much a dead heat.

(MI-Sen) MI-Sen: "Netroots Nation is All About ME! So Donate!" -Terri Lynn Land by Arbo - Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land is using NN as a fundraising hook. Check it out!

(MS-Sen) Mississippi Democrats Made a Huge Boo-Boo by YeaYouRite - Diarist bemoans the fact that Democrats who crossed over to vote for Thad Cochran in the Republican primary against Teabagger Chris McDaniels made a big mistake. The Democratic candidate Travis Childers could easily have defeated McDaniels in the general, but is most likely to lose to Cochran.

(MT-Sen) MT-Sen: John Walsh (D) Hits Steve Daines (R) For Voting To Dismantle Medicare In New Ad by poopdogcomedy - The new ad and a campaign mailing about it.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: NC House Minority Leader Blames Thom Tillis (R) For Maneuvers To Stifle Democratic Voices by poopdogcomedy - Things are looking better for Sen. Kay Hagan (D) retaining her seat in her reelection bid against Thom Tillis (R).

(NC-Sen) Voting Isn't Finer As Of Now In Carolina by DGF6271951 - Diarist assigns blame for the recent NC voter suppression laws to Democratic Senator Kay Hagan's opponent, Republican Thom Tillis.

(NH-Sen) SHHHH Scott Brown, the trick is NOT to remind them you're a carpet bagger by Clytemnestra - After being spurned by Massachusetts voters, Scott Brown packed up and moved to his summer house in New Hampshire and decided to challenge Jeanne Shaheen (D) so he can go back to the Senate. He'd have a better chance (maybe) if he didn't keep reminding New Hampshire's voters than he's not from there.

(WV-Sen) Elizabeth Warren shows her MOJO (maybe) by Jamesleo. The Senior Senator from Massachusetts is out on the campaign trail, including for West Virginia Democratic underdog, Natalie Tennant.

(Var-Sen) Women in the 114th Congress: Senate by HoosierD42 - Interesting look at the chance of Senate seat pick-up by gender instead of party.




House - 9


(AL-02) Erick Wrights letter to Paul Ryan and the Black Caucus by Erickwrightforcongress - Diarst writes a letter to Paul Ryan (R) and shares it on dailykos.

(AL-06, NC-06) Daily Kos Elections Alabama and North Carolina runoff preview by Darth Jeff - Voters in Alabama and North Carolina are back to the polls this week to decide their parties' nominees in several runoffs. In NC-06 the Republican candidates are waging a nasty fight. In AL-06 a low turnout Republican runoff is expected to confirm Gary Palmer. The Alabama Auditor's Republican runoff is a question of whether the most corrupt candidate wins.

(AZ-01) Arizona Tea Party Candidate makes a Fool of Himself by Just Bob - Tea Party candidate for Arizona's 1st congressional district broke off an interview during an anti-immigration protest in order to block a bus full of immigrant children... only the bus full of children turned out to be from the local YMCA. The children were laughing and taking pictures of the dolts.

(CA-Gen) November 2014 elections in California Part 1: Congress by kurykh - California Democrats are seeking to strengthen their grip on the nation's most populous state, while California Republicans desperately flail at any floating object that passes by. Maps and district analysis/predictions.

(FL-Gen) Judge strikes down Florida congressional map, but gives Republicans reasons for hope by Stephen Wolf - A look at the absurd map drawn by republicans, found last week by a circuit court judge to be in violation of the state's new Fair Districts amendment and therefore unconstitutional. See what it means for the future.

(IN-02) Time to shut up or put up by idbecrazyif - Diarist has an interesting idea to help Democrat Joe Bock take on Republican incumbent Jackie Walorski in Indiana's second district. Input requested.

(NC-08) Laura Fjeld (D) NC-06 calls on mainstream GOP to join campaign against "extremist" Mark Walker by Intheknow - Baptist preacher and rabid teabagger Mark Walker pulled somewhat of an upset in the primary runoff, beating establishment FOP favorite Phil Berger. Democratic candidate Laura Fjeld has called on Berger's supporters to join her campaign.

(NY-01) Walking a Republican Neighborhood Canvassing for an Incumbent Democrat by teaches! - A new Dkos diarist describes his experience walking a mostly unfriendly area of his Long Island district for Tim Bishop (D), a vulnerable House member.

(NY-02) Patricia Maher Announces Kickoff Fundraiser For Congressional Campaign by Patricia Maher for Congress. A Democratic primary candidate for the opportunity to challenge Republican Peter King extends an invitation to a meetup. While the event has already passed, there's info about the candidate and (surprise!) a link for donations.




State, local and more - 18


(CA-Local) Diary of a City Council Candidate #11: And so it begins!!! by BayAreaKen - In his 11th diary in a series, the diarist, Ken Rosenberg, candidate for the Mountain View California City Council, goes to Candidate School and learns how to run and think about campaigning. These diaries are an interesting, detailed, on-the-ground perspective on what it takes to mount a campaign for local office.

(CA-BallotInitiative) Tim Draper: The Once and Future Governor Vaporware by annieli - "Six Californias" is a proposed initiative launched by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, to be on the ballot this November or in 2016. The proposal would split California into six states. Or maybe just three. So California Republicans don't have to keep losing out to the majority Democrats. Or something...

(FL-Gov) Great News! Charlie Crist names Miamian Annette Taddeo as running mate! by VL Baker - Diarist covers Charlie Crist (D) announcing his running mate in the race for Governor of Florida against incumbent Rick Scott (R).

(FL-Gov) Equality, FL Gov Rick Scott Offers Word Salad by librarisingnsf - It's difficult to get a direct answer from Florida's Governor Rick Scott. When asked if he would fight the FL court decision in favor of marriage equality, he refused to do so. Democratic candidate Charlie Crist supports equality, and he's up on Scott by two.

(FL-Gov) Yes Ricky, they are laughing at you !!! by Vetwife - Florida incumbent Governor Skeletor... er, Rick Scott (R) is all about not answering questions about anything.

(FL-Gov) Rick Scott's Star Trek Problem: Lying is Not Logical by jamess - In case you missed it, Rick Scott went into "automaton mode" when he got caught breaking Florida Campaign Laws recently. Somehow his non-answers 'did not compute'... Diarist offers the gory media details.

(FL-Gov) Charlie Crist's LG Pick An Oddly Timed Decision Driven By Identity Politics by saintpetersblog - Crist (D) set no timetable for when he would decide whether he would run, nor was there rhyme or reason as to when he launched when he did. Diarist wonders why Crist chose to announce his LG pick in the middle of July, when nobody's paying attention.

(Gov-General) Stephen Wolf's Governors Race Ratings 07/2014 With Interactive Map by Stephen Wolf - Diarist has ratings of Governors Races for July 2014.

(HI-Gov) Inouye's Chief of Staff Manipulating Governor's Race in Hawaii by Karen from Maui - Inouye's hatchet man and former Chief of Staff has been using the late Senator's machine to manipulate politics in Hawaii.

(KS-Gov) KS-Gov: Over 100 Republican Officials Turn Their Backs On Brownback (R), Back Paul Davis (D) by poopdogcomedy - Democratic candidate Paul Davis now has more than 100 Republican current or past elected officials endorsing him over incumbent Republican Sam Brownback.

(KS-HD210) Changing Kansas: AFL-CIO endorsement changes race dynamic in Hutchinson by tmservo433 - Jan Pauls garnered national attention a few years ago as an anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-birth control Democrat in the Kansas state house. AFL-CIO has officially endorsed her opponent in the Democratic primary, progressive Brian E. Davis. Maybe Kansas can change!

(MI-Gov) MI GOV: Snyder(Rep)46%-Schauer(Dem)44% by gaspare - The Michigan Governor's race is very tight, with just a 2 point difference between incumbent Rick Snyder (R) and Dem challenger Mark Schauer. NBC/Marist poll results.

(MN-HD48B) Minnesota Tea Party Republican Channels The Ghost Of Joe McCarthy by TwoPuttTommy - Shiela Kihne, Republican candidate for state legislature didn't know the WayBack Machine means one's blog thoughts never really disappear from cyberspace. See some of her bizarre thoughts and ideas here.

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Ed FitzGerald (D) Comes Out Swinging In His First Campaign Ad by poopdogcomedy - Watch Ed FitzGerald (D) in his first ad in his bid to oust John Kasich (R).

(OR-StHouse) Oregon State House Races to Watch by James Allen - There are 60 Oregon state house districts, diarist offers details about the top races as well as the most interesting ones.

(SC-Gen) South Carolina Democratic Party Rising Stars by SCDem4 - Diarist offers up the goods on the 'hot stars' of the South Carolina Democratic Party and those parts of the state that do or might be persuaded to vote Democratic.

(TX-Gov) Wendy Davis volunteers have made 2 million calls! by TexMex - Diarist has a photo diary on Windy Davis (D) volunteers on the phones in here Race for governor of Texas against Greg Abbott (R).

(WA-LD30) Washington State 30th LD, Shari Son, State Senate by Karen Hedwig Backman - Diarist interviewed Washington State Senate candidate Shari Song (D) while attending an event for Roger Freeman (D), incumbent representative for the 30th legislative district.




General - 5


Primary palooza: A look at 2014's remaining primary races by Darth Jeff - Starting July 15, we have more primary action to look forward to. Several members of Congress will fight for renomination, open seats will be fiercely contested and incumbents will wait to find out who they will be facing in November. The diarist includes a chart with details of each race, along with Daily Kos Elections' general election rating.

Newsweek article: Dems making crucial inroads in the South by Tweedledee5 - Wouldn’t it be nice to pick up more southern seats?  It could happen.

This one thing will get more Dems elected in 2014 than anything else we could do by mdmslle - Diarist offers a "Nationwide Call Bank Army" and specifics on getting involved.

Getting Out the Vote by NCJim - Now is the time for every Progressive and every Democrat to work to get out the vote. There are only three and a half months left. Diarist lists the ways.

Registered Voters Want Candidates Supporting Reducing Global Warming, Some Favor Civil Disobedience by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse - A recent national survey of registered voters demonstrates support for candidates who want to address global warming. Many Americans are so committed that they favor engaging in political actions in addition to voting. Details here.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 04:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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