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But we still need more people highlighting those downticket races. If the words "Filibuster-Proof Majority" mean anything to you, please tell us about what's happening by diarying those House, Senate, and Local races, then join us for all of tonight's festivities below the fold.

Barack, Joe, and Howard will thank you.

(For all the introductory stuff and links to previous diaries in the series, please look below the jump.)

This Rescue Diary covers the period from 12:00 Noon, Monday, 9/8 to 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, 9/9

Today's Menu Includes:
30 Diaries Overall

- 18 On House races

- With 16 covering individual Districts in 12 states

- 2 On Senate races

- Representing 2 different states

- 3 On Various election races

- Encompassing Governor, Secretary of State, Local, and more

- 7 General election-related diaries

Follow us for more, come on in............

***Write the Diary!***
One of the downsides of the immense upswing of diary traffic of late is that it can be difficult to get even a good diary noticed. Those relating to specific candidates for a House, Senate or Local race in particular fall by the wayside, as they may connect with only a limited audience and thus receive few recommends.

That's why, in the 2006 Election cycle, Markos was kind enough to front page a modest effort to raise the profile of those races by "rescuing" them daily. Through the Election Race Diary Roundup, we were able to help keep so many diaries on those races in view and, perhaps, help just a little in what turned out to be several very close races.

While Brownsox' outstanding daily roundup highlights many of those races, it is you - the Daily Kos community - who can be on the ground to provide the insight and information to help grow our majorities at every level. The Election Race Diary Rescue is back, and now we need you to write those diaries.

A few gentle guidelines to keep in mind:

Diary Titles - If you are doing a diary on a candidate or race, please be aware of the standard Daily Kos formatting. For House races, please start your title with the two-digit state abbreviation followed by the district number (example: NC-08: Kissell Rocks Again!). For Senate races, just use state-Sen (example: OK-Sen: Inhofe is Still a Moron). If you're doing a local race, try to use some version of this format. This immensely helps the people sifting through hundreds of diaries to more easily identify appropriate ones and minimizes the chances that we'll miss you (our Miners are almost perfect, but, alas, human after all).

"President-Diary-Free" Zone - We all know who's at the top of the ticket and how important that is. But the Presidential election is getting ample play in all venues and to try to rescue those diaries as well would be overwhelming. At this point, and our aim is to raise the profile of other races that stand to, hopefully, give our new President a better working majority.

"Sarah-Palin-Diary-Free" Zone - Unless it relates directly to one of the appropriate Alaska elections, or directly to another one somehow, we'll be ignoring all SP diaries out of hand.

Volunteers - I am amazed to say that in just a few hours, most of the crew who worked together so incredibly last time has already committed to return. With that said, this project has always been about the opportunity to contribute and it's my aim to keep that door open for all who would like to be a part of it. If you have the time to spare and are interested, please email me (see my profile) and we'll get in touch with you.


This is an attempt to compile a fairly comprehensive listing of election-related diaries that have recently been posted. Most of them are House or Senate races but there are also some local ones, as well as the occasional 'general info' diary.

For all the introductory stuff and previous diaries in the 2006 series, please see:
Election Race Roundup (11/11 - Final 2006 Edition)

And for this year's previous diaries:
Election Race Diary Rescue (9/7 - 58 Days to Change)
Election Race Diary Rescue (9/8 - 57 Days to Change)

Incredible thanks to all volunteers: Land of Enchantment, ukben, welso, drchelo, randallt, Joy Busey, TruthOfAngels, eeff, Alma, Sylv, Nightprowlkitty, Spedwybabs and Turbonerd.

(12:00 Noon, Monday, 9/8 to 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, 9/9):  (30 diaries)

(Alphabetical, starting from D)

    House (18)

(FL-12) FL-12: Doug Tudor needs your help to upset GOP stooge Adam Putnam by boofdah - Introduces Democrat Doug Tudor, and his attempt to defeat the conservative Republican incumbent who, among other things, invented the claim that taxpayers foot the bill for Speaker Pelosi's travel.

(GA-01) GA-01: Bill Gillespie Keeps Getting Better by jayskew - The diarist recounts an appearance by Dem candidate Bill Gillespie at Monday night’s meeting of the Lowndes County Democratic Party.

(GA-03)GA-03 Stephen Camp to Lynn Westmoreland: Enough! by abrauer - Diarist asks for help for Stephen Camp (D) to push back against Westmoreland (R).

(IN-06) Indiana Congressional Candidate, Barry Welsh (HD 6) Supports Employee Free Choice Act! by Rita Dongas Labor 2008 - Short video of Democrat Barry Walsh speaking on Labor Day in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. Also a description of this important piece of legislation.

(MN-04) Republican MN-04 candidate Ed Matthews commits petty theft at RNC by The Big E - Diarist tells of getting MUGGED by Ed Mattews (R).

(NH-01) The irony writes itself! Phonegate Redux in NH! by shpilk – On the eve of the primary to determine who will run against incumbent Carol Shea-Porter (D), the Jeb Bradley (R) campaign suffers from phone shenanigans and blames opponent John Stephen (R).

(NM-02) NM-02: Talking About Guns, Tinsley Says He Has a "Rude Awakening" for Obama by barbwire – Republican candidate Ed Tinsley, running against Democrat Harry Teague, uses some violence-tinged rhetoric at a candidate forum, and it's not the first time.

(NY-13) Primary Tomorrow w/Bush Democrat by Ahmed Kokon - An eve of primary review of the race to replace disgraced Republican Vito Fosella.

(NY-13) NY-13 Get Out And Vote by Travis Liles - Urges Kossacks in New York's 13th CD to vote in today's primary between Steve Harrison and Mike McMahon, for the seat being vacated by disgraced Republican Vito Fosella.

(NY-26) NY-26: This Is How It's Done ... by jerrikaiser - Photo-essay of Dem Congressional candidate Jon Powers out on the campaign trail in his primary race and hopeful challenge of Tom Reynolds (R).

(NY-26) Thoughts on the Primary in New York by Jon Powers - A diary written by a Dem candidate shares his thoughts on the eve of the primary. He's running to replace retiring Republican Tom Reynolds.

(OH-07) My Day with Sharen Neuhardt by Joe R - A day in the life of candidate Sharen Neuhardt (D), who is competing for an open Republican seat in Ohio against Repub Steve Austria.

(OH-13) Viagra, Caribou, and Steve LaTourette by Bill ONeill For Congress - According to Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette, "(The Trans-Alaska oil) pipeline is like Viagra for caribou." One more reason to support Dem Bill O'Neill for Congress.

(PA-05) McCracken for Congress -- Calling for a Rural Renewal in the 5th District -- September 7th, 2008 by vmo1701 - An overview of the district in which Mark McCracken (D) is running to replace retiring Republican John Peterson.

(PA-15) PA-15: Israel Salanter, Sam Bennett, and the essence of progressivism by plf515 - A summary of Sam Bennett (D) who is challenging Republican incumbent Charles Dent.

(UT-03) Rep. Honda Responds To 'Tent-City' Republican's Demand for Apology by Alex 2012 - Finally, a Democrat who doesn't cave when asked for an apology by a Repub! Dem Congressman Mike Honda pounds even harder when racist neocon Jason Chaffetz asks for an apology over Honda's criticism of Chaffetz' plan to imprison undocumented immigrants in 'tent camps."

(WV-02) Capito likes it when Bush plays politics with soldiers' lives by Carnacki - Shelley Moore Capito (R) seems to have things a little mixed up when it comes to how the Iraq war should go, Anne Barth (D) has a more clear-eyed, realistic vision of our role.

(CA-04) CA-04 Mud Potion Number 5 by AmericanRiverCanyon – Retiring Republican incumbent John Doolittle’s former chief of staff, Kevin Ring, is arrested in connection with the Abramoff scandal.  The diarist presents a fact sheet on Kevin Ring and a link to updated polling numbers that look promising for Charlie Brown (D) in his bid to fill the open seat.

   Senate (2)

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell’s chickenhawks come home to roost by cubswin39 - Tales of a GOP campaign behaving badly, with a challenge to the media to report more than just the campaign’s spin.

(OR-Sen) Merkley Takes on Free Trade and Taxes in New Ad by saralane - Netroots director for Merkley shows off the Dem's recent ad on free trade and taxes and writes a great in-depth analysis on how much better Merkeley will be for Oregon than Repub. Gordon Smith.

   Various (3)

(NY-Var) PRIMARY DAY IN NYC: VOTE!!! by mole333 - rundown of some of the down-ticket races in New York, including the diarist's friend Devin Cohen, who is running for Brooklyn's First Civil Court, his picks for the 13th Congressional District, the 64th State Assembly District, and 25th State Senate District, plus the slates of endorsed candidates from several reform-minded Democratic organizations.

(SC-Var) Focus on - - - SOUTH CAROLINA! (#37 in a 50-diary series) by Admiral Naismith - A thoughtful summary of races and election issues in the named state. Sadly, Election Race Diary Rescue resumed too late for most of the entries in this series, but the diary has links to all the previous entries.

(CA-Gov) Total Recall: Arnold Schwarzenegger Faces Removal From Office by eugene – After working for two years without a union contract, the California Correctional Peace Officers Organization launches a recall drive against the governor.

   General (7)

(AZ-Gen) Tuscon AZ Arrests Election Integrity Activist by revgerry - Diarist reports on the arrest of official election observer John Brakey as he raised questions about ballot tampering.

(CO-Gen) Colorado anti-choice initiative reporting anonymous donations by johne - Diarist does some in-depth investigaton of anonymous backers of Amendment 48 (the "egg-mendment"), which would define life as beginning at the time of fertilization and reports on the findings.

(OR-Gen) Fun with the OR Voter's Manual: Ballot Measure Edition by skywaker9 - reviews the upcoming ballot measures in Oregon.

(Voter Reg) ACTION: Register and Absentee by ksquire - A discussion of where an influx of volunteers this month

Ohio Secretary of State Brunner Does Right By Voters by Project Vote - Project Vote informs Daily Kos readers of the group's effort to urge Ohio's SoS about caging operations.

(CA-Prop 8) Another reason to GOTV in California by Killer - Diarist asks for support to defeat Prop 8, which would create a constitutional amendment that would overturn a recent California Supreme Court decision and ban gay marriage in California.

(GOTV)Canvass Diary - Week 6 by Heidiho610 - Diarist is much encouraged by her efforts in canvassing for Obama in her part of Ohio.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 08:00 PM PDT.

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