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Samples of Today's 51 Diary Collection:

[Var-Sen] Meet the Filibuster Reformers by Jeff Merkley - Here's the good news: Our campaign to reform the filibuster is picking up momentum. These nine candidates running for the Senate right now have committed to helping to fix the broken Senate by reforming the filibuster.

[FL-18] Allen West's primary opponent Bob Crowder, "embarrassed by the radical fringe", endorses Murphy by Hammerhand - Allen West's primary opponent Bob Crowder (R), has endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy. Endorsement text in diary.

[Marijuana-Var] Legalize Pot on Tuesday! by furpletron - OK Colorado, Washington & Oregon - Game On! An opinion piece yesterday by none other then CNN's LZ Granderson arguing for full legalization is an encouragement. Tuesday is less then a week away! Lets GOTV to legalize it with Colorado's Amendment 64, Washington's Initiative 502 & Oregon's Measure 80. These aren't medical initiatives, these are the full monty in one form or another. GOTV! Cue Peter Tosh!


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on October 31st till noon on November 1st. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (51)
Senate: (12) posts, (7) states plus various
House: (16) posts, (12) states, (14) districts
State: (1)
Ballot Initiatives: (7)
Various: (3)
General: (12)


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Senate

[IN-Sen] IN-Sen: Joe Donnelly still surging, Richard Mourdock cratering by pistolSO - A new Joe Donnelly commissioned internal poll is out.  A Global Strategy Poll that surveyed 600 likely voters found that Donnelly now has a 9-point lead over Richard Mourdock 47-38 (and a seven-point lead when Libertarian Andrew Horning is included 43-36-9). All kinds of helpful links included.

[IN & MO-Sen] REDSTATE: Go All in for Mourdock and Akin by volleyboy1 - Republicans have decided that they no longer care about "appearing" to be moderate and are all for the War on Women.

[MA-Sen] Did Brown just lose the journalists? by NeverThere - Scott Brown (R) is losing media support in his race against Elizabeth Warren (D).

[MA-Sen] Elizabeth Warren is About to Become a US Senator by jpmassar - Diarist posts Elizabeth Warren's final campaign video and points out that it all began 14 months ago with an amateur video.

[MT-Sen] MT-Sen: Tea Party Congressman Denny Rehberg (R), Big Fan Of Big Brother Government by poopdogcomedy - You know it's bad for Republicans when one of their own has to call in Presidential candidate Mitt Romney to do a campaign ad for you. This should be a sure sign that Tea Party Denny Rehberg is struggling in his race against incumbent Democrat Jon Tester.

[ND-Sen] ND-Sen: Rick Berg (R), Have An Abortion, Go To Jail by poopdogcomedy - Berg is no stranger to unenlightened views. Heidi Heitkamp (D) is his opponent.

[NE-Sen] NE-Senate: Chuck Hagel to Endorse Bob Kerrey by Omahan - The Omaha World-Herald is reporting huge news in Nebraska tonight.  Former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel is said to be endorsing Bob Kerrey over Republican Deb Fischer in the Nebraska Senate race.

[NV-Sen] NV-Sen:  PCCC Backs Shelley Berkley (D), Won't Support Cuts To Medicar & S.S. In Grand Bargain by poopdogcomedy - Good news!  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has endorsed and will campaign for Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in her tight race against incumbent Senator Dean Heller (R).

[OH-Sen] Columbus Dispatch endorsed Sen. Brown! by Madison County Mandy - Sherrod Brown (D) gains a big endorsement; Josh Mandel (R) is his opponent.

[Var-Sen] Upgrade the Senate with filibuster reform! by Joan McCarter - All of the Senate candidates Daily Kos has endorsed were asked to make this pledge: "If elected to the Senate, do you pledge to restore majority rule to the Senate and work/vote to end the filibuster?" And all of them did. - Donation link inside.

[Var-Sen] Meet the Filibuster Reformers by Jeff Merkley - Here's the good news: Our campaign to reform the filibuster is picking up momentum. These nine candidates running for the Senate right now have committed to helping to fix the broken Senate by reforming the filibuster.

[Var-Sen} Michael's Senate Ratings, 10/31/12 by Michael NY - Diarist provides their prediction of various Senate races.


House

[AR-02] Herb Rule for Congress AR-02 by josmndsn - Diarist has info on Arkansas 02 race between incumbent Tim Griffin (R) and Herb Rule (D).

[CA-24 and CA-36] Coast and Desert: Analysis and benchmark double feature for CA-24 and CA-36 by DrPhillips - Diarist gives their analysis of these two House races in CA.

[CA-49] CA-49: New Radio Ads for Jerry Tetalman's campaign Against Darrell Issa! by pipsorcle - Diarist has the news from California's 49th district, it's a race between incumbent Darrel Issa (R) and Jerry Tetalman (D).

[FL-18] Allen West's primary opponent Bob Crowder, "embarrassed by the radical fringe", endorses Murphy by Hammerhand - Allen West's primary opponent Bob Crowder (R), has endorsed Democrat Patrick Murphy. Endorsement text in diary.

[FL-18] Patrick Murphy snags endorsement of Allen West's primary opponent by Joan McCarter - Republican primary candidate against Allen West endorses Democrat Patrick Murphy.

[GA-12] The Case for John Barrow by DrJohnB - John Barrow (D) is the incumbent for the 12th District, but the district has been changed twice since he was elected. His prospects for defeating challenger Lee Anderson (R) are good despite CW nay-saying.

[IA-04] Dear Steve King, Screw You by Mets102 - The people impacted by Sandy don't want Gucci bags or anything else fancy. They want the power back on. They want to be able to flush the toilet and use the tap water. They want to be able to put food in their fridges and freezers, and to cook it. Link to help Kings dem challenger, Christie Vilsack included.

[IA-04] IA-04: Outraged at Steve King? Don't wait until November 6th to vote for Christie Vilsack! by pistolSO - Vote early for Vilsack (D), running against King (R).

[IL-08] House Veterans Affairs Chair moves to swiftboat Iraq vet Tammy Duckworth by Brandon Friedman - Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has "enlisted" the help of fellow Tea Bagger, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, to try to discredit Democrat Tammy Duckworth's service to fellow veterans as Director of the Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the federal VA.

[MD-01] Video: MD-01 LaFerla v Harris Part 6 by dadadata - Link  to video interviews with John LaFerla (D) and Andy Harris (R).

[MN-08] Chip Cravaack is lying to Minnesota voters, or he lied to his mortgage lender by ImpeccableLiberalCredentials - Cravaack (R) is dissembling again. His opponent is Rick Nolan (D).

[NY-24] Spoiler in NY-24 by SRM - Ours is a rematch between Rep. Ann-Marie Buerkle, who is an Operation Rescue leader and member of the Flat Earth Five, among other extreme-right badges of "honor," and Dan Maffei, who was the Dems' reasonably progressive congressman from 2008-2010. Dan is a strong environmentalist and feminist who took brave votes for stimulus and health care reform in his one term.

[OR-49] Politifact's Latest Shark Jump by Mr Raymond Luxury Yacht - Politifact asks if Republican incumbent Matt Wand sided with anti-choice activists to limit access to abortions. Well, duh. Democrat Chris Gorsek is Wand's opponent.

[WA-01] GOP Candidate: ""Incest is so rare, I mean, it's so rare" Updated X 2 with audio & Donate link by newyorknewyork - Attempting to downplay his "no exceptions" stance on abortion, Republican candidate John Koster tries to change the topic by dismissing incest altogether. And winds up downplaying the significance of rape anyway. All in the span of two sentences. His opponent in this open seat is Democrat Suzan DelBene.

[WA-01] Men, Keep Your Mouths Shut about Rape by Dexter Louis - Republican candidate in the first congressional district John Koster has opened his mouth about both incest and rape, and firmly inserted his oversized foot. Suzan DelBene (D) is his opponent.

[WI-01] WI-01: The DCCC supports Rob Zerban? by pipsorcle - The diarist discusses a Seattle Times article about Zerban (D), running against Paul Ryan (R).


State:

[MI-SupCourt] Daily Kos, Michigan needs your help by Eclectablog - A look at an outside group that has put a million dollars into defeating Bridget Mary McCormack, Connie Marie Kelley and Shelia Johnson for the State supreme Court. Info about voting for judges needs to be disseminated so votes will not get lost.


Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Berkeley Measure S] Defeat Measure S (Berkeley, California) by blueoregon - Why voters should be concerned about Berkeley's laws against homelessness. Defeat Measure S!

[CA-Berkeley Measure S] The Lie Told By Measure S Proponents by breakingranks - While reading Berkeley's Voter Information Pamphlet for the upcoming election, diarist came across a very poor argument against Measure S. The measure would fine people who dare to sit down on sidewalks.

[CA-Prop 30, Prop 32] Popular education and electoral campaign by dcampbell - The diarist invites discussion on these two proposals and related matters.

[CA-Prop 37] Vote No on California Proposition 37: Genetically Engineered Food by Inoljt - Diarist espouses an opinion that is sure to generate some controversy.

[CA-Prop 37] You Don't Want To Know We're Putting In Your Food! by taztunes - Early polls indicated that 85% of Californians favored GMO food labeling, so the Billionaires for Biotech Bonanzas went to work fighting to keep the knowledge secret. Tongue-in-cheek take on the issue from the Billionaire's perspective.

[Marijuana-Var] Legalize Pot on Tuesday! by furpletron - OK Colorado, Washington & Oregon - Game On! An opinion piece yesterday by none other then CNN's LZ Granderson arguing for full legalization is an encouragement. Tuesday is less then a week away! Lets GOTV to legalize it with Colorado's Amendment 64, Washington's Initiative 502 & Oregon's Measure 80. These aren't medical initiatives, these are the full monty in one form or another. GOTV! Cue Peter Tosh!

[MN-Marriage Amendment] Chris Kluwe cuts a radio ad by Simul Iustus et Peccator - Link to an ad against the amendment which would ban gay marriage in Minnesota.


Various:

[IN-Sen, MN-Var] Meet 22 Minnesota Republicans who agree with Richard Mourdock by aaronklemz - There's a lot of agreement in the Republican Party with the views of Mourdock (R), running against Joe Donnelly (D) in Indiana.

[Var-House & Sen] CrossRove Moneybomb/final targeting -w/poll by Albanius - Those who can make final contributions should target close House races in states which are competitive for POTUS and/or Sen, so our small contributions do double and triple work. Otherwise, even victory will only get us more gridlock at a time of economic and ecological crisis.

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Romney has a bad polling day, plus is 'the map' truly expanding? by Steve Singiser - The rate of polling volume ticked up quite markedly, though there is still a bit of a hangover as the East Coast still tries to recover from Superstorm Sandy.


General:

90 Million Are Planning Not to Vote - Your Mission: Take Just One of Them to the Polls by Michael Moore - We all know the election next Tuesday is going to be very close. Moore offers an idea that could help put President Obama over the top...

538: Dem Majority in Senate Probability Over 90% by Gangster Octopus - While Nate's Presidential Forecast gets most of the notice, he also has a Senate Forecast and for the first time (actually updated a few days ago), the probabiliy of a Dem Senate Majority is over 90%.

CO Early Vote Update, conversation with political press reporter what it means w/historic data; GOOD by RWN - Breakdown of the early voting figures and recount of diarist's convo with a political reporter.

Colorado Early Voting Update 10/31 by Explorer8939 - It looks like OFA needs to work harder or smarter in Colorado.

Iowa Early Voting Update, 11/1/12 by FightingRegistrar - Latest figures on early voting out of Iowa, showing Dems still way in the lead.

NC - More signs stolen & intimidation at polls by XenuLives - In diarist's corner of NC the Republicans and Teajadists continue to steal signs, disrupt tables at early voting locations, and harass people at the polls. The Hickory Daily Record featured a front page article on the disenfranchisement efforts happening at polling locations. Call for volunteers.

Nevada Early Voting Update, 10/31/12 by FightingRegistrar - Latest early voting figures out of Nevada.

Phone Banking Out-of-State Close Races From Your Home When No Online Phone Banking Available! by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse - Diarist has info on how to GOTV from any State for any candidate.

President Clinton records GOTV call for Arkansas Democrats by DLCC - Arkansas' favorite political son Bill Clinton has recorded a GOTV ad for Democratic candidates in Arkansas. Video provided.

Some answers about Florida Elections by fladem - Lots of info on voting in FL.

There Are Undecided Voters in Virginia. Lots of Them. by Working America - Tales of door-to-door canvassing in Virginia, which is the only way to reach undecided voters who pay no attention to debates and commercials.

What will happen when it's not journalists who poll workers tell they must have a photo ID to vote? by Meteor Blades - Eventually, because Slater was a pushy reporter, Peggy's supervisor overruled her and he got to cast his ballot….As Slater wrote of the incident: "What if an elderly person or a citizen with English as a second language had done the same thing? Would they have been turned away? Would they have been intimidated and left?"


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

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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