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Samples of Today's 50 Diary Collection:

[MN-Sen] Meet Richard Hettler, the Daily Caller's Klobuchar source by aaronklemz - Diarist offers video and links about Richard Heller, source for conservative site Daily Caller's accusations against Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar. Republican Kurt Bills is her challenger.

[NH-01] For the Rest of Us by CarolSheaPorter - Democratic congresswoman Shea-Porter offers a list of very good accomplishments as reasons why voters should choose her over the Republican Frank Guinta.

[MT-Gov] MT-Gov: Rick Hill's Crimes Show He Failed Character Tests by blogswarm - Republican congressman and candidate for Governor Rick Hill has some legal troubles and ethics issues not even Republicans are surprised by. Steve Bullock is the Democrat in this race.

Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on October 25th till noon on October 26th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (50)
Senate: (15) posts, (10) states
House: (10) posts, (5) states, (6) districts
State: (5)
Ballot Initiatives: (3)
Various: (3)
General: (14)

More diaries and information about this project beneath the
Orange Squiggle of Down-Ticket Power

EDR compiles, describes and links election related diaries for down-ticket races through the closing months of election seasons. Down-ticket means any non-Presidential race.

This group was formed by the producers of a front page diary series that rescued election related diaries in 2006, 2008 and 2010. 2012 marks the first election since Daily Kos was born that there is blog devoted to election coverage - Daily Kos Elections.
Election Diary Rescue is proud to be a part of this project.

EDR chronicles the passion, power and effectiveness of political engagement and shines a light on candidates and issues that might be missed during an action-packed election cycle. It gives quick access to races, hopefully inspires people to write about contests that interest them, and has become an archive for thousands of election related diaries over the years.
The Diary List
for this project, founded by sidinny, links all the rescued diaries since 2006.

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Diarists can help the EDR mining team by identifying the race in the diary title, for example: (FL-14) or (GA-Gov) or (NY-Sen). Using the "Elections" tag is also helpful. New this year, you can write your first sentence or two as the synopsis you would like to see in the EDR description.

EDR's schedule for mining diaries is noon to noon. Our publishing schedule is in the evening. That means for example if you post your diary at 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday, we will include it in the EDR list in Thursday evening's post. If you publish your diary at 11:59 am on Thursday, it will be in the diary collection for Thursday evening as well.


[AZ-Sen] AZ-Sen: Jeff Flake (R) Is The Todd Akin Of The Desert by poopdogcomedy - Diarist reports that the DSCC has labeled Jeff Flake (R) as the "Todd Akin of the desert," and it’s not just because Flake and Akin are militantly pro-life. His Democratic opponent is Dr. Richard Carmona.

[CT-Sen] Linda McMahon and Donald Trump, sittin' in a tree.... by Joan McCarter - Linda McMahon (R) and her husband gave $5 million to the Trump Foundation. Chris Murphy is the Democrat in this race.

[IN-Sen] Mourdock's odds of victory dropped 50 points in 36 hours by Susan from 29 - Yahoo! News is estimating Richard Mourdock's chances of winning election to the Senate have dropped 50 percent since making his infamous "rape babies are a gift from God" statement.

[IN-Sen] Republicans determined to get Mourdock elected, God's rape babies and all by Laura Clawson - The Big Name Republican effort to salvage Richard Mourdock's (R-Taliban) Senate bid against Democrat Joe Donnelly is nothing short of amazing. Make them own Mourdock and all his precious rape babies by donating to Kos-endorsed women candidates.

[MA-Sen] Anti-choice groups spend tens of thousands supporting 'pro-choice' Scott Brown by Joan McCarter - The National Right to Life Committee has put $45K into Republican Brown's campaign. Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat in this race.

[MN-Sen] Meet Richard Hettler, the Daily Caller's Klobuchar source by aaronklemz - Diarist offers video and links about Richard Heller, source for conservative site Daily Caller's accusations against Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar. Republican Kurt Bills is her challenger.

[MO-Sen] Akin: Ties to Domestic Terrorist and Donation to His Congressional Campaign by RickinStLouis - Diarist reports on a series of Salon articles regarding Todd Akin's (R) ties to Tim Dreste, a former congressional candidate who was one of the leading anti-abortion radicals of the 90s. Akin is running against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D).

[ND-Sen] ND-Sen: Garrison Keillor Coming To Grand Folks This Sunday To Campaign For Heidi Heitkamp (D) by poopdogcomedy - Garrison Keillor is coming to Grand Forks, ND on Sunday to headline a hot dish fundraiser for Democratic senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp. Rick Berg (R-Teabagger) is her opponent.

[OH-Sen] Brown, Mandel meet for final debate, talk Social Security by Joan McCarter - Great quotes and links to articles about the final Ohio Senate debate between incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and challenger Josh Mandel (R).

[OH-Sen] I voted Today! (For PBO and Senator SHERROD Brown)- But Job is Not Over by ClevelandAttorney - Diarist urges Ohio voters to get their ballots market and mailed, many reasons to support Sherrod Brown (D) over his Republican challenger Josh Mandel.

[OH-Sen, IN-Sen] Josh Mandel and Mitt Romney Back Mourdock To The Hilt by First Amendment - Mandel (R) is running against Sherrod Brown (D) in Ohio, and Richard Mourdock (R) is up against Joe Donnelly (D) in Indiana.  Alas, the reader will already be aware of Romney.

[OH-Sen] Josh Mandel says Richard Mourdock is 'a class act' by Joan McCarter - Diarist reports that, despite Josh Mandel's (R) shifting claims, his actual position is pro-life with no exceptions. Mandel is running against incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D).

[OH-Sen] CWA President Cohen: Beware of 'fairy tale capitalism' by Kendra Marr Chaikind - Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen's remarks on MSNBC about CWA volunteers working the Democratic ground game in Ohio. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) is expanding a lead over challenger Josh Mandel (R).

[TX-Sen] Paul Sadler has Momentum in Texas! TX-Sen by tom 47 - Sadler (D) gains the endorsements of the El Paso Times and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Ted Cruz (R) is his opponent.

[WI-Sen] Firefighters hit Tommy Thompson on his 9/11 attack ad by Joan McCarter - Diarist reports that Tommy Thompson (R) might now be regretting his 9/11 attack ad on Tammy Baldwin (D), his Democratic opponent for the WI Senate seat. He's really going to be sorry when this ad from the IAFF Fire Fighters starts airing this weekend.


[CA-01] CA-01: Could LaMalfa's reboot signify anxiety over the state of the race? by maxnorton - Diarist has info on the California 01 District race between designated heir to the incumbent Doug LaMalfa (R) and Jim Reed (D).

[CA-49] * A voter from Darrell Issa's own Congressional District Speaks Out!! Harsh words indeed! * by pipsorcle - A constituent rips into Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and makes the case to elect Democrat Jerry Tetalman in California's 49th CD.

[CA-49] * BREAKING NEWS: Sandra Fluke endorses Jerry Tetalman vs. Darrell Issa for Congress! FIRED UP? * by pipsorcle - Darrell Issa's worst enemy, Sandra Fluke, is endorsing Issa's Democratic challenger Jerry Tetalman for Congress! Links to articles about Tetalman info.

[CA-49] *For Darrell Issa HATERS: Town Hall Meeting Tonight in California - Jerry Tetalman Speaks! by pipsorcle - Diarist covers a Townhall meeting with Jerry Tetalman (D) in his race for CA-49 against incumbent Darrell Issa (R).

[FL-18] A telephone town hall for Patrick Murphy by Laughing Vergil - Diarist covers a Tele Townhall of Patrick Murphy (D) in the race for Florida's 18th District with Allen West (R).

[MD-01] Video: MD-01 LaFerla v Harris 1 by dadadata - Andy Harris (R) has refused to debate any of the other candidates, but local newspaper conducted interviews with both Harris and Democratic challenger John LaFerla that voters should see.

[MN-08] MN-08: Chip Cravaack's False and Misleading Ad Reflects A Bad Case Of Steelworker Envy by keewatinrose - Cravaack (R) is implying support from steelworkers that he doesn't have. Rick Nolan (D) is his opponent.

[MN-08] Just got robo-polled by PPP in MN-08; Chip Cravaack vs Rick Nolan by ER Doc - Diarist tells us about being robo polled in MN-08 about the race between incumbent Chip Cravaack (R) and Rick Nolon (D).

[MN-08] MN-08: Cravaack's utter hypocrisy by northwoods1 - Diarist reports that, with the latest Star Tribune poll showing him down by seven points, Tea Party Congressman Chip Cravaack is attacking his DFL opponent, Rick Nolan, for supposedly breaking an agreement to leave their families off limits during the campaign.

[NH-01] For the Rest of Us by CarolSheaPorter - Democratic congresswoman Shea-Porter offers a list of very good accomplishments as reasons why voters should choose her over the Republican Frank Guinta.


[IN-Gov] * IN-GOV: Gubernatorial Debate: Rep. Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg ** by pipsorcle - Video of, and commentary on, the second debate between Pence (R) and Gregg (D).

[MN-StHouse] Northern MN State Legislative Debate by ImpeccableLiberalCredentials - Video clip of a debate for a Minnesota state legislature race that outlines the differences between the two parties.

[MT-Gov] MT-Gov: Rick Hill's Crimes Show He Failed Character Tests by blogswarm - Republican congressman and candidate for Governor Rick Hill has some legal troubles and ethics issues not even Republicans are surprised by. Steve Bullock is the Democrat in this race.

[PA-St House] /facepalm forever by CayceP - Diarist quotes article reporting that Pennsylvania state lawmakers don't want to provide increased benefits for families with newborns, but will make an exception if a woman has been raped and provides a police report that identifies her attacker.

[WI-SD-18] WI-SD-18: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce runs anti-Jess King ad featuring Jess King supporter by DownstateDemocrat - Diarist reports that a right-wing business front group in Wisconsin is running television ads in the 18th State Senate District of Wisconsin opposing Democratic incumbent Jessica King in her attempt to win a full four-year term in the Wisconsin State Senate. Her opponent is Rick Gudex (R).

Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Prop 34] A Real-Life Political Ad (For Once) by frankycarrillo - A diary in support of California's Proposition 34, which would abolish the death penalty in the Golden State.

[CA-Prop 34] Vote Yes on California Proposition 34: Death Penalty by Inoljt - Part five of a series analyzing California's propositions (with links to past installments).

[CA-Prop 37] Prop 37: two alternative viewpoints by pat of butter in a sea of grits - Both sides of the debate are presented here on California's Proposition 37, which would require labeling of GM foods as such.


[NH-Var] Backward Isn't Forward (in NH) by susanthe - Text of diarist's op-ed in her local newspaper in favor of Democratic candidates for Governor, Congress, State House and Senate.

[PR-Var] Puerto Rico's general elections - The Great Debate tonight by Lrios - The last debate between the six candidates for leading Puerto Rico. Diarist offers links and introduces the candidates/parties.

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: National polls, swing state polls, and a stubborn disconnect by Steve Singiser - On a day when the polling load was actually (for this late in the cycle) relatively light (just 36 polls in total), we nonetheless see the re-emergence of one of the dominant themes of this election.


Not Voting? The Koch Brothers Thank You by JenniferGranholm - GOTV Blogathon contributor Jennifer Granholm urges renewed effort to ensure our friends, families and neighbors vote.

Haley Barbour: Mourdock remarks 'kinda crazy', but no big deal by Joan McCarter - Support dKos-backed candidates for the House and Senate.

I attended voter protection training (NV) by MRDFS - Diarist describes OFA training for the job of protecting the voters and links so others can join.

I couldn't be prouder of my sister-in-law by gas28man - Diarist describes the method used to finally drag a hard core Republican Mom into the light of Democratic day.

I early voted today by minvis - Diarist takes a day off to vote early and volunteers to encourage others to do the same in inner city Milwaukee.

More Than 180 Voter Suppression Laws Proposed by ThirdandState - Diarist reports that more than 180 voter suppression laws were proposed in 2011 and 2012, according to The New York Times.

Operation Lemonade starts tomorrow by CocoaLove - Diarist introduces Operation Lemonade GOTV effort by Black clergy in Florida to defeat the GOP's slimy tactics to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

Projection excluding GOP pollsters: Little movement (+ bonus Palin map) by PALiberal1 - Diarist offers maps and poll analysis of standings without factoring the outlying GOP polls.

We are very close to Nightmare in America ... VOTE! by Vetwife - Diarist offers excellent women-specific reasons to get out and vote (or forever hold our peace).

Whether Its A “Frankenstorm” or Real Threat, Pls Prepare / Vote Early! by divineorder - Diarist covers the hurricane, the homeless and early voting.

In 2012, Women Must Make Their Voices Heard and Vote by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - While reminding us to GOTV because of what's at stake for women in this election, diarist points out that if Congress were 51% women, we wouldn’t be debating access to contraception, we’d be discussing jobs and the economy.

The Alignment Between Undecided and Base Voters by Mike Lux - Diarist distinguishes between GOTV efforts for base and undecided voters, then emphasizes that while Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Tammy Baldwin in WI, Tim Kaine in VA, and Shelley Berkeley in NV will all greatly benefit from the superior Obama GOTV efforts, incredibly important Senate races like the Elizabeth Warren race in MA, the Chris Murphy race in CT, and the Heidi Heitkamp in ND race need for their GOTV operations to be top-notch in order for them to win.

Why I Vote For Democrats: To Make Our Voices Heard ... Everywhere by JanF - Diarist urges people to vote even in red and purple states where there is little doubt about the outcome of the major races. Besides the obvious need to vote to elect Democratic candidates to school boards, city and county government, state legislatures, and congressional districts, there is another reason your vote matters: To make your voice heard.

GOTV Blogathon: Yes, Latinos Will Vote by Eliseo Medina - Diarist predicts that Latinos will vote in record numbers. The Latino community throughout America is no longer a sleeping giant; in fact, we are awake and we are cranky.

* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

EDR has rescued 1,367 Election Diaries since September 1, 2012.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Oct 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by I Vote for Democrats, J Town, DK Poli, and Daily Kos.

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