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Speaker Pelosi project bug
Speaker Pelosi Project:

CA-10: This is unusually whiny, even for a Republican. Rep. Jeff Denham says he'll sue the DCCC for running an ad against him that charges he "voted to keep his salary if the government shut down, but against a bill that would guarantee soldier pay." He says the ad is a lie. Except that there's the problem of his actual votes. They were both on motions to recommit, and he did cast both of the votes. I thought these guys were all about tort reform and ending frivolous law suits. Help boot this whiner, and elect a hero, astronaut Jose Hernandez.

FL-18: Patrick Murphy's campaign released internal polling from FrederickPolls showing his race against Allen West is all tied up at 47. Murphy has a 10 point advantage with independents. This one is going to be very tight. Help push Patrick Murphy over the top with your $3 donation.

FL-26: Rep. David Rivera's ethics woes just don't stop. I guess that's what he gets for being a crook. This time, it's the state that's hitting him. The Florida Commission on Ethics is charging him with 11 counts of allegedly violating state rules during his tenure in the Florida Legislature. Each count can be assessed a penalty of up to $10,000, and since it's from when he was in the state legislature, it won't matter if he's in or out of Congress. So he's facing this potentially very expensive state action, and an FBI investigation into the fake campaign he "master-minded" in the Democratic primary that could land him in prison. Losing this election is actually the least of his worries. Let's keep Rivera worried. Donate $3 to Joe Garcia.

NY-18: Tea party Rep. Nan Hayworth is going all conspiracy theory nutso in her latest fundraising appeal against challenger Sean Patrick Maloney.

In a letter to supporters on Wednesday, the Hayworth campaign asked for contributions from $25 to $100 to counter Maloney's ads, saying "George Soros and his son are flooding mailboxes with ugly pieces that accuse Nan—a doctor!—of trying to destroy Medicare. [...] The Democratic Establishment is driving busloads of paid workers from New York City to knock on Hudson Valley doors," the letter said. "And the nasty mail from the Soros Empire with its enormous resources, will inevitably take a toll."
Yes, she did vote to end Medicare. As for Soros ... yeesh. Maloney is closing in on her and she's going to tea party extremist. Surprise. Keep her panicked. Give $3 to Sean Patrick Maloney.

OH-16: This is very odd. GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, running against Dem Rep. Betty Sutton in a district that was redrawn to pit the two against each other, has pulled his advertising money out of broadcast television, focusing his ads on on cable. The campaign says that it's because "voters hate the ads and are tuning it out right now," and that they had to "adapt to the environment and be strategic about how and when we are talking to voters." Renacci doesn't appear to have money problems, but at any rate, Sutton's spokesperson Steve Fought seems to get this right: ”Renacci took his team off the field with two minutes left on the clock.” Strike while the iron's hot. Give $3 to Betty Sutton now.

Upgrade the Senate bug
Upgrade the Senate:

CT-Sen: Are you in or around Connecticut? If so, you can rally for Chris Murphy with the Big Dog himself, President Bill Clinton. And while you're waiting for Sunday to come, go read David Nir's write-up of Linda McMahon attempting to "unskew" today's Quinnipiac poll that has her down six points. It's worth it. Click here to help Chris Murphy bring this one home.

OH-Sen: This isn't really news, but it's Charlie Pierce talking to Sherrod Brown, and that makes it worth reading.

Brown [...] has been aided by his own unapologetic defense of his own record. That has made him able to link the power of corporate money in our elections to the power of corporate money in our government to the power of corporate money to cover up the crimes and malfeasance that almost blew up the world.
"I think our side did not do a very good job explaining what happened," Brown told me. "I don't think our messaging was anywhere near as sharp as it should have been as to what actually happened."

Let's keep Sherrod Brown in the Senate.

MA-Sen: So how exactly does this work? "U.S. Sen. Scott Brown hit the campaign trail with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday, casting himself as a bipartisan pragmatist." Because Chris Christie is such a moderate. Yeesh. Please contribute to Elizabeth Warren's campaign here.

Fight for Marriage bug
Daily Kos for Marriage Equality:

Washington: The polling is tightening on this one. Elway, a Washington state pollster, finds "[s]upport for Referendum 74 is under 50 percent, and the measure to legalize same-sex marriage enjoys only a narrow four-point lead." Polling on this issue is notoriously difficult, and another state-wide poll just last week, the Washington Poll, found equality ahead by 54-38 among likely voters. Nothing to do on this one but wait, and contribute.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:02:29 PM PDT

  •  Allen West is only down 10% with "independents"? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    peregrine kate

    Who are these people?  What would it take to get them to change their votes?

    See you in Heaven if you make the list. R.E.M.

    by Akronborn on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 04:36:35 PM PDT

    •  Rasmussen shows phony “surge” as predicted (0+ / 0-)

      Take a gander at the poll summary below, courtesy of Nate Silver, showing the two mysterious outliers in the presidential numbers that are skewing his (Silver’s) results.  Only Gallup (owned by an ultra wingnut) and Rasmussen (GOP PR central) show Romney ahead of the president substantially.  I predicted this is a diary last week (link below) and was laughed at.  >Sniff<

      If Gallup and Ras stay true to form, their Romney “surges” will grow and become more inexplicable, while they manage to drag some less competent pollsters along with them to Never-Never Land, hacks who are fearful they are missing a real effect in their numbers.

      (Sorry, I posted this earlier but to the wrong diary...)

      "The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity." --W. B. Yeats

      by Pragmatus on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:31:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mitt Romney still supports Richard Mourdock... (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder, does Romney also think rapists deserve visitation rights?
    Is Indiana available to become part of O2B?

  •  Chris Christie is a bipartisan pragmatist? (0+ / 0-)

    Well let's just agree to disagree then shall we.

    A solar spill is just called a nice day

    by furpletron on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:23:22 PM PDT

  •  Meh, Orange to Blue. (0+ / 0-)

    People here dissed the PA-07 race, said bad things about George Badey because he was a "mummer," although in September the DCCC added him to the list of Red to Blue, but recently stopped giving him money.

    Meehan voted for vouchers for Medicare.

    I have no respect for the the DCCC or the DNC.

    Smokes (with an s) and mirrors.  Disingenuous to say the least.  

    This is a "game" that I'm not interested in playing.  

    •  Here's a way for people outside PA-07 (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      to support Badey's candidacy: by doing Virtual Phone Banking for him.
      Anyone interested in doing so can get involved.
      Email or call Tim Brown at 484-432-6438.

      I just received this information and will post it in my update on the GOTV VPB process, but you get it first ;)

      I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

      by peregrine kate on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 08:33:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Maybe Brown and Christie... (0+ / 0-)

    ...could do a photo spread together!  Nothing like a little Repub-on-Repub action to turn out the vote.

    Seriously, what an idiotic move.  Scotty already has the Dennis and Callahan constituency sewn up, and everyone else will be repulsed by Chris.

    "Nonsense!" said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.

    by RIposte on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:37:15 PM PDT

  •  I guess the voters of Hudson Valley can judge (0+ / 0-)

    whether they're being inundated with busloads of paid NY workers.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:38:35 PM PDT

  •  WA will be an interesting ballot to follow, period (0+ / 0-)

    Ref 74 seems like a likely bet to pass, and I'd be stunned if Sen. Cantwell doesn't get re-elected.  So far so blue.  And it almost goes without saying POTUS should easily win WA, too.

    Initiative 502 (legalize pot) could go either way.

    On the other hand, I-1185 (2/3rds majority to raise taxes) seems like a likely bet, given the historical precident of this same issue getting passed and re-passed after the state hurries to void it as soon as possible.  Beyond that, I think Inslee's in for a tough fight to keep the governor's seat in Democrat hands--the Dems have had the big house for many many years now, and have a fair bit of explaining to do (massively increased spending while simultaneously slashing higher ed funding, etc).

    Could be a weird mix.  Then again, with the Seattle Times giving free advertising to McKenna (GOP gubernatorial candidate/current AG) while simultaneously endorsing Obama and Ref 74, I guess it should come as little surprise.

  •  Thanks for the update! (0+ / 0-)

    Just made another contribution for Patrick Murphy to defeat Allen West.  Can't believe this one is still so tight.

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:42:26 PM PDT

  •  Virtual Phone Banking is possible for three (0+ / 0-)

    of the House candidates in your diary tonight. What great timing!

    It just so happens that I've been contacting the campaign offices of the DCCC Red to Blue Candidates and fortunately I've obtained the contact info for Hernandez, Murphy and Garcia. They're all great candidates and could really use some more support.

    Jose Hernandez       CA-10
    Email Nick at to learn how to register and login to the system

    Patrick Murphy        FL-18
    Go to this link for immediate registration and login to do virtual phone banking

    Joe Garcia        FL-26
    Email Franco at to sign up to make calls starting now through the election and/or for a major DFA call session on Th. Nov. 1. (Spanish speakers are especially welcome.)

    Here's the link to my diary from earlier this evening with VPB info for 22 candidates.

    I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

    by peregrine kate on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:52:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm not sure that I buy those (0+ / 0-)

    numbers out of Washington but we've seen it happen b4. I just called my grandmother in Seattle and her and her friends will be voting to support her grandson's marriage. This may have to do with her wanting my spouse and I to move to Washington haha.

    Born in TN-05 and Live in TN-05, Went to college in TN-09 and TN-06, Married in IA-02.

    by zakandsantos on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:59:41 AM PDT

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