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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 44 diaries.

(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: What Are They Putting In The Water? by zenbassoon - Kathleen Tonn, bottom of the list of four seeking the Republican nomination for US Senate from Alaska this year, is a real piece of work. She has posted a video of herself speaking in tongues, diarist offers it so you'll be familiar with the phenomenon.

(WA-05) A Truly Outstanding Candidate for WA-5 Against McMorris Rodgers by peagreen - Of all the potential and wannabe candidates for this seat currently held by Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Native American leader Joseph Pakootas (D) looks to be a good one. Links to articles and Pakootas' campaign site.

(TX-LtGov) All four GOP candidates for TX lieutenant governor would have kept brain-dead woman on life support by Christian Dem in NC - The debate among the four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor opened with all the candidates siding with the hospital that tried to force a pregnant, but brain-dead, woman to remain on life support. The rest of the debate also sees the candidates agreeing on direct election of US Senators (they'd repeal it), immigration reform (they're against it), and evolution (they don't believe it).

Initial US Senate Race Ratings 01/2014 by Stephen Wolf - This is a don’t miss diary where Stephen Wolf takes a serious look at the state of the Senate elections for the 2014 cycle. He rates candidates on who's safe, likely or a tossup. A good read and good inspiration to get your electioneering gear out of the closet - it’s never too early to get to work! 2014 is critical in more ways than we can list!


This is the 4th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, 1/26/14 through Saturday, 2/1/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (44)
Senate: (13) posts, (7) states
House: (15) posts, (7) states, (10) districts
State and more: (13)
General: (3)


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Senate - 11


(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: What Are They Putting In The Water? by zenbassoon - Kathleen Tonn, bottom of the list of four seeking the Republican nomination for US Senate from Alaska this year, is a real piece of work. She has posted a video of herself speaking in tongues, diarist offers it so you'll be familiar with the phenomenon.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: PPP Has Michelle Nunn (D) With Slight Leads Over Her GOP Opponents by poopdogcomedy - Democrat Michelle Nunn is neck-and-neck with four top-tier Republican U.S. Senate candidates in hypothetical match-ups in polling by PPP, commissioned by Americans United for Change.  Link to Michelle Nunn's campaign site at the bottom of the diary.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Full-Interview with Democratic Candidate Branko Radulovacki (Recent Event Video included) by pipsorcle - Diarist has an interview with Goergia Senate Candidate Branko Radulovacki (D).

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Kingston's (R) Campaign co-Chair Tells "Whining" Atlantans Affected By Storm To "Be A Man" by poopdogcomedy - Oh, boy. One of the finance chairs for Rep. Jack Kingston's (R-GA) Senate campaign complained on Facebook about "'men' in Atlanta" who need to "drink less cosmotinis" and stop complaining about the city's response to the recent snowstorm.

(HI-Sen) HI-Sen: Brian Schatz (D) Introduces Bill For Discharged Gay Veterans by poopdogcomedy - Appointed in 2012 to finish Daniel Inouye's term, Brian Schatz is vying for a full Senate term this year. He demonstrates his Democratic bona fides in D.C. with this legislation. He faces Colleen Hanabusa (D) in the primary.

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell's Kentucky seat in serious danger of going blue by kos - PPP is out with a poll that couldn't have the race between Senator McConnell (R) and Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) any closer. Diary includes kos' analysis of issues that could lead to McConnell's downfall and a Democratic pickup.

(KY-Sen) Alison Lundergan Grimes: "I Believe In Increasing The Minimum Wage" Video by Rural Progressive - Diarist has a Video of Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Supporting a Minimum Wage Hike In her Campaign to replace incumbent Mitch McConnell (R).

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Grimes (D) Rolls Out New Website That Bashes McConnell's (R) Record On Job Creation by poopdogcomdey - Diarist covers The Kentucky Senate race between incumbent Mitch McConnell (R) & Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Shenna Bellows (D) Puts The Pressure On Susan Collins (R) To Vote To Raise The Minimum Wage bypoopdogcomedy - Democrat Shenna Bellows plans to deliver a petition to her opponent, Sen. Susan Collins (R) asking her to raise the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.

(ME-Sen) POW! David Beat Goliath in 4th Q ME-Sen Fundraising! by Illegitimi non carborundum - Susan Collins' (R) campaign team has been quiet for the past few weeks since Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows released her 4th quarter fundraising report. Now we know why: Bellows outpaced Collins for the period, with most of the money coming from Maine citizens rather than big donors.

(WV-Sen) WV-Sen: Shelley "Repeal Obamacare" More Capito (R) Now Loves Expanding Medicaid by poopdogcomedy - West Virginia is a deep red state with two Democratic Senators. With Jay Rockefeller retiring, GOP candidate Rep. Shelley More Capito is backpedaling some Tea Party-esque positions. The diary offers a "compare and contrast" with Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant, current WV Secretary of State.

(Sen-General) Six GOP Senators Currently Have Zero Dem Challengers. Can't We Do Better? by pierre9045 - We've got to do better than this. Diarist looks at the problem in depth.




House - 15


(CA-33) Waxman retirement reflects end of era of effective Congress by Joan McCarter - Diarist covers Henry Waxman's (D-CA-33) announcement he will retire.

(CA-33) Sandra Fluke Considering Running For Congress by GlenninCA - As potential candidates for Henry Waxman's seat in this strongly Democratic district begin to line up, the HuffPo report that former Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke may enter the Democratic primary race offers the potential to see Rush Limbaugh's head explode. Which would definitely be worth the effort.

(CA-49) Issa opponent Dave Peiser touts Economy, Environment by Laura G - A brief diary links to an interview with Dave Peiser, challenger to the richest member of Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa. Diarist says Peiser is strong on the environment.

(OH-15) Meet Democratic Candidate Scott Wharton- Challenger to Rep Stivers- Feb 8th in Athens OH by pipsorcle - Ohio's 6th Congressional District isn't an easy district for the Democrats to win. Nevertheless, Democratic Candidate Scott Wharton is proceeding on with his campaign to unseat two term Republican Congressman Rep. Steve Stivers.

(NY-11) Congressman Michael Grimm NYCD-11 by Rosalie907 - I’m just going to say it. We deserve better. Last night, Michael Grimm (R) threatened physical violence to intimidate a reporter from doing his job. This is deplorable behavior and unbefitting of a United States Congressman. Domenic Recchia (D) is a former City Councilman who lives on the Brooklyn side of the District and is being supported by the DCCC.  He has an ActBlue page and you can find out more about him at recchiaforcongress.com.

(NY-11) NY-11: Let's REALLY make Grimm pay for last night--give to the Dem who will unseat him by Christian Dem in NC - Fundraising appeal for Democrat Domenic Recchia, who is running against the congressman who threatened to throw a reporter off the balcony of the Capital.

(NY-11) NY-11: Grimm's Fairy Tale Could Have a Happy Ending by Crashing Vor - Republican Michael Grimm, beneficiary of redistricting and a Giuliani endorsement in 2012, won't have as easy a time holding on to his seat for the 11th district. The strongest contender on the Democratic side is Brooklyn councilman Domenic Recchia.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Slick Marketing Campaign aims to turn a Wealthy DC Insider into a North Country Woodchuck by Upstate Blue - Albany County native Elise Stefanik (R) has been a DC political operative since prep school. Now she wants to 'represent' the middle and working class residents in New York's 21st district. Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens is not seeking re-election.

(PA-13) Dems Have Opportunity to Pick Progressive House Member for Decades to Come by S Kitchen - S Kitchen brings us first hand view of the PA 13th Congressional Democratic Primary debate.  She introduces State Sen. Daylin Leach, House Rep. Brendan Boyle and Dr. Valerie Arkoosh. SK reviews their performances and positions and who is willing to take on controversial issues.  S Kitchen asked an important question about “how far to the let” does PA-13 want to go. This is a good look at what is on the table for PA and the nation, as well!

(PA-13) PA-13: PCCC & Alan Grayson (D. FL) Proudly Endorse Daylin Leach (D) For Congress by poopdogcomedy - Diarist offers the campaign's press release about these endorsements in the race to succeed Allyson Schwartz (D) as she pursues the governorship.

(TN-06) TN-06: Meet Democratic Candidate Amos Powers -Challenger to Rep. Black- February 4 in Sparta, TN by pipsorcle - Diarist has info on a Challenger for Tennesse's District 6 Diane Black (R). Amos Powers (D) will take the challenge.

(TX-31) TX-31: Phone Bank for Democratic Candidate Louie Minor Tonight in Georgetown, TX by pipsorcle - Democrat challenger Louie Minor, challenging Republican incumbent John Carter hosted a phone bank in Georgetown on Monday evening.

(WA-05) A Truly Outstanding Candidate for WA-5 Against McMorris Rodgers by peagreen - Of all the potential and wannabe candidates for this seat currently held by Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Native American leader Joseph Pakootas (D) looks to be a good one. Links to articles and Pakootas' campaign site.

(House-General) Are we really this shortsighted? Dems may give up on The House. by AlexDrew - Politico is saying it, diarist calls attention to it. We cannot allow this kind of self-fulfilling prophesy to take root.

(House-General) Questions for those Democratic Party experts here by old mark - Diarist asks the question, the answers in the comments are very informative.




State, County, Local and More - 13


(FL-Gov) FL-GOV: Crist 46 Scott 38 (Quinn) by Davidsfr - Diarst has Quinn Poll numbers for the Florida Governors race between Rick Scott (R) & Charlie Crist.

(ID-Sup. of Instruction) Breaking: Idaho Supt. of Instruction Tom Luna will NOT seek re-election by The Book Bear - The top schools chief hasn't endorsed any other Republican for the office (three are already announced). Jana Jones is the lone Democrat vying for the job.

(IL-Gov) BREAKING: IL-GOV Republicans Eating Their Own by Railfan - Screw popcorn, this requires a good Chicago-style deep dish pizza! Republicans vying for the governorship, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner, engage in a brawl over which of them is the most corrupt.

(IL-HD-39) IL - 39 rep -- Canvassing for Guzzardi by Frank Palmer - NDFA (Northside Democracy for America) has been campaigning for Will Guzzardi (D), in his quest to be the Dem nominee to challenge incumbent Democratic rep. Maria Berrios.

(MI-Gov) MI-Gov: Mark Schauer (D) & The DGA's New Ad Slams Rick Snyder (R) Over Eduction Funding Cuts by poopdogcomedy - The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) will run a new ad during the Super Bowl that slams Governor Rick Snyder's (R) education cuts and promotes Democrat Mark Schauer's record on education.

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) Fundraises For Ed Fitzgerald (D) by poopdogcomedy - Former Governor Ted Strickland (D. OH) is back to help Ed FitzGerlad (D. OH) takedown his former rival, Governor John Kasich (R. OH). Donation link included.

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) Fundraises For Ed FitzGerald (D) by poopdogcomedy - Another campaign press release, with pics.

(PA-Gov) A Tale of Two Pennsylvanias: Labor & Community Groups Endorse John Hanger for Gov by S Kitchen - Community leaders across Philadelphia join PA Democratic candidate for Governor, John Hanger, for a tale of two Pennsylvanias and income inequality. Hanger hopes to be the Dem nominee to challenge incumbent Tom Corbett (R).

(TN-Gov) Where was Gov. Bill Haslam when President Obama visited Nashville yesterday? by Benintn - The entire Tennessee Republican delegation skipped Obama's Nashville event, but the most conspicuous absentee was incumbent Governor Bill Haslam. Whi is having some Christie and Christie-like problems of his own these days. Even his Tea Party constituents are demanding answers.

(TX-LtGov) All four GOP candidates for TX lieutenant governor would have kept brain-dead woman on life support by Christian Dem in NC - The debate among the four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor opened with all the candidates siding with the hospital tried to force a pregnant, but brain-dead, woman to remain on life support. The rest of the debate also sees the candidates agreeing on direct election of US Senators (they'd repeal it), immigration reform (they're against it), and evolution (they don't believe it).

(TX-LtGov) Republican picks for Texas lieutenant governor all want creationism taught in schools by Hunter - Once again, a set of dull-minded fundamentalists insists that their version of Christianity can be the only true one, and that all of America should naturally bow down before it, and that anyone with religious beliefs that differ in even the slightest fraction to their own should be driven from the public square so that their religion, their scientific ignorances, their moral decisions can be erected over the top of the nation like a gallows and noose.

(TX, PA-StAssembly) Daily Kos Elections Tuesday open thread: special legislative elections in PA and TX by Darth Jeff - Quick summary of two special elections for the state legislatures of Pennsylvania and Texas.

(Gov-General) Complete Analysis of the 2014 Gubernatorial Elections by SCDem4 - People across the country are realizing that Tea Party governors have NOT benefitted their state, and now is the time to dispose of them.




General - 3


Initial US Senate Race Ratings 01/2014 by Stephen Wolf - This is a don’t miss diary where Stephen Wolf takes a serious look at the state of the Senate elections for the 2014 cycle.  He rates candidates on who's safe, likely or a tossup. A good read and good inspiration to get your electioneering gear out of the closet - it’s never too early to get to work! 2014 is more critical in more ways than we can list!

Voter Fraud! Voter Fraud! Voter Fraud Found. by triumph110 - The republicans are always saying we need to stop this voter fraud thing. Of course when they are asked for examples they usually can't cite any…So I found an example of voter fraud for them.

On Ballots and Bravado by adennak - Analysis of an essay on Politico making the case against early voting. It's just more suppression.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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