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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 36 diaries.

(KY-Sen) Update:Mitch McConnell asks"who do you want to lead the Senate"on FB. Commenters release the kraken by Onomastic - Diarist covers a story about Mitch McConnell (R) asking a question on facebook about leadership, in his race for the Kentucky Senate seat with Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

(LA-05) Congressman caught cheating on camera fires girlfriend, announces re-election bid by Jed Lewison. Given that Vance McAllister is from Louisiana, the state that re-elected diaper-boy David Vitter to the US Senate, it just might work.

(PA-Gov) PA GOV: One Pennsylvania & an Introduction by Allyson Schwartz - New Kossack and Gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz gives us lots of info on herself and her positions.  Head on over and give her some love.

Kansas: Kris Kobach's 2-Tiered Voting Plan Back Under Fire by tmservo433 - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's 2-tier voting program is being challenged by the ACLU for trying to restrict Kansans who use a national voter registration form to only being able to vote in national races (no state or local). Read about extreme voter suppression efforts in the heartland here.


This is the 14th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday 4/6/14 through Saturday 4/12/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (36)
Senate: (12) posts (6) states
House: (2) posts (2) states
State and more: (16)
Issues: (1)
General: (5)

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Senate - 12


(CO-Sen) Colorado Senate race 2014 by plf515 - Diarist  looks at Colorado politics, this year's senate race, and what the polls indicate.

(IA-Sen) IA-Sen: Sam Clovis (R), "Obama Is Dodging Impeachment Because He Isn't White" by poopdogcomedy - “So Georgia and North Carolina both have crowded GOP primaries filled with nut jobs competing to become their states next U.S. Senator.  But the race to succeed retiring U.S. Senate Tom Harkin (D. IA) is pretty crowded on the GOP side.  We've have Mark "The Way To Talk To Women Is On An 'Emotional Level" Jacobs, Joni "Hog Castration" Ernst and this guy:”

(KY-Sen) Update:Mitch McConnell asks"who do you want to lead the Senate"on FB. Commenters release the kraken by Onomastic - Diarist covers a story about Mitch McConnell (R) asking a question on facebook about leadership, in his race for the Kentucky Senate seat with Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell tells 402,000 Kentuckians they shouldn't have health care by Joan McCarter - As of today, 402,000 people in Kentucky have health insurance because of Obamacare. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is sticking to his repeal stance in order to win his primary and hang on to power.

(MI-Sen) MI-Sen: Peters (D) Pressures Land (R) To Denounce Right To Life's Attacks On His Daughters by poopdogcomedy - Michigan Right to Life accuses Rep. Gary Peters (D) of wanting to make abortion "cheap" for his two teenage daughters. Peters responded by calling for his opponent, former Terri Lynn Land to denounce the attack. Crickets from the Land campaign.

(MI-Sen) Despite getting pummeled by millions in Koch attack money, Michigan Democrat Gary Peters bounces up by David Nir. Good news! PPP polling shows the Democratic candidate in the lead in the race to replace retiring Senator Carl Levin. Other Michigan election poll results are briefly reviewed as well.

(MI-Sen) Terri Lynn Land (R), "Women More Interested In Job Flexibility Than Equal Pay" by poopdogcomedy. The diarist provides a compare and contrast focusing on one leading candidate from each party.

(MI-Sen) MI-Sen: Peters (D) Pressures Land (R) To Denounce Right To Life's Attacks On His Daughters by poopdogcomedy - Michigan Right to Life accuses Rep. Gary Peters (D) of wanting to make abortion "cheap" for his two teenage daughters. Peters responded by calling for his opponent, former Terri Lynn Land to denounce the attack. Crickets from the Land campaign.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: PPP Has Hagan (D) With A Slight Lead Over Tillis (R) But Still A Close Race by poopdogcomedy - The latest survey in the North Carolina Senate race from Public Policy Polling shows incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D) trailing all the potential GOP nominees except the one leading in the poll, Tom Tillis.

(NC-Sen) North Carolina senate race 2014 by plf515 - Diarist focuses on the NC race between Kay Hagan (D), sure to win the primary, and the 8 Republicans vying to challenge her. Polls and fundraising numbers tell the story.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: PPP Has Hagan (D) With A Slight Lead Over Tillis (R) But Still A Close Race by poopdogcomedy - Diarist offers the latest PPP poll figures on the Hagan-Tillis battle.

(NH-Sen) No, The Fix, Shaheen and Brown are not equally likeable by kos - Markos ribs another beltway hack for attempting to cast Scott Brown (R-Not New Hampshire) as somehow equally likeable as Jeanne Shaheen (D) despite what polls say.




House - 2


(LA-05) Congressman caught cheating on camera fires girlfriend, announces re-election bid by Jed Lewison. Given that Vance McAllister is from Louisiana, the state that re-elected diaper-boy David Vitter to the US Senate, it just might work.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Democratic Congressional Candidate Aaron Woolf Holds First Public Forum (with videos) by Upstate Blue - Last week, Aaron Woolf, the Democratic congressional candidate in New York's 21st Congressional District, held his first public forum at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, New York, delivering a well thought-out speech outlining his goals for the area.




State, local and more - 16


(Gov-Several) PPP: 5 GOP governors vulnerable in 2014 election by gnosticator - Recent surveys by Public Policy Polling shows five incumbent Republican governors vulnerable to challenges this year.

(CO-Gov) CO GOV: "This Honey Badger Is Ready To Fight!" by Cadillac64 - Colorado Secretary of State and hopeful GOP Governor Scott Gessler calls himself "The Honey Badger." Really. Dem incumbent John Hickenlooper, Jr. shouldn't have any trouble defeating this guy.

(CT-StSen) Ted Kennedy, Jr. to announce candidacy for Connecticut Senate by bobswern. Another member of the Kennedy clan is stepping forward to run for public office, announcing for a district to the east of New Haven vacated by a retiring Democrat.

(FL-Gov) Tampa Bay Times: Scott worst Florida governor in modern times by VL Baker - In a blistering editorial the Tampa Bay Times eviscerates Florida Governor Scott, calling him a tin man without a heart. There is little suspense as to who the Times will endorse in November's election. Charlie Crist is the Democrat vying for the position.

(MI-Gov) MI-GOV: Democrat Mark Schauer Leads by Demanding State of Art Pipeline Stewardship from Enbridge by LakeSuperior - Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer's op-ed in the Detroit News has him in the position of environmental leadership as he challenges the Rick Snyder (R) administration on the Enbridge Pipeline.

(NJ-LD1) Breaking Down the NJ Legislature, Part 1 by Trosk - “I figured it would be a great idea to let people know about our state politics through our legislature, which is why I decided to start writing this series.”

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Ed FitzGerald (D) Calls For Federal Investigation Into Ohio Voting Restrictions by poopdogcomedy - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for governor, has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate Republican-backed voting changes that disporportionately affect Democratic voters. The request comes in response to a threat from Republican state lawmakers on Monday to slash Cuyahoga County’s state funding by $1.7 million if FitzGerald moves forward with plans to mail unsolicited absentee ballot applications.

(PA-Gov) PA GOV: One Pennsylvania & an Introduction by Allyson Schwartz - New Kossack and Gubernatorial candidate Allyson Schwartz gives us lots of info on herself and her positions.  Head on over and give her some love.

(PA-Gov) Progressive Ticket Forum: PA-Gov by pierre9045. The diarist sketches the Democratic field in the race, asking reader input on the best Progressive amongst them.

(SC-Gen) Complete Guide to South Carolina Races in 2014 by SCDem4 - Diarist offers a comprehensive guide to SC state races this year from US Senate to state House and everything in between.

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Abbott (R) Advisor Charles Murray, "No evidence that women are significant thinkers" by poopdogcomedy - Diarist has a story on the Texas Governor's race between Greg Abbott (R) and Windy Davis (D)

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Willie Nelson Lends A Hand To Wendy Davis' (D) Campaign by poopdogcomedy - Gregg Abbot (R) may have Ted Nugent, but Wendy Davis (D) has Texas legend Willie Nelson helping her raise campaign money.

(WI-Gov) In Wisconsin Governor's Race a Win for Sustainabilityby KiteFlyer - The non-partisan Mark Christopher Scheffler Foundation for a Sustainable Wisconsin recently conducted a non-scientific poll on the issue of sustainability in this year’s race for Wisconsin Governor. Respondents were asked five questions on sustainability, and produced some surprising poll results.  The surprise? Sustainability is an important issue, and independent non-partisan candidates are preferred over partisan candidates.

(WI-Gov) WI-Gov: Scott Walker (R) Wants To Finally Earn His College Degree (So He Can Run For President) by poopdogcomedy - “Hopefully after this year, Walker will have plenty of time to get his college degree, especially with Mary Burke (D. WI) starting to make waves:”

(WI-CD03) Wisconsin 3rd CD Democratic Convention- Forward! by Mike Kahlow – The diarist attended the 3rd Congressional District convention and gives a very detailed rundown on the candidates running for many state and local offices.

(WI-StSen) Yowsa! Friday News Dump! Wis GOP Leader Caught on Tape Drops Out of Re-Election Bid by Puddytat - Wisconsin State Senate leader Mike Ellis (R-D19), the guy who was recently caught discussing funneling money into a PAC to attack his Democratic opponent, has abruptly dropped out of his re-election bid.




Issues - 1


Maui Turns in 9,500 Notarized GMO Moratorium Initiative Signatures by Karen from Maui - Supporters of a genetically modified organism (GMO) ban have turned in 9,500 notarized signatures in their campaign to get a GMO moratorium on Maui County's ballot. Emboldened by Maui's success,  Kaua'i folks are looking at mounting their own GMO Moratorium initiative.




General - 5


Herding Cats: Progressive Massachusetts Holds Second Annual Conference to Standing Room Audience by Dr. Christopher Boerl - A few years back, some progressive Democrats were sitting around talking about important issues. Tired of mere talk, this group of committed social activists decided to do something about it, and thus Progressive Massachusetts was born. Here's the lowdown.

Building up Democrats - The Progressive Ticket by pierre9045 - Diarist offers an alternative to in-fighting with the progressive ticket. It's a crowdsourced list of political candidates with wide community support who are espousing progressive positions. Care to help develop the list?

Daily Kos Elections Senate Power Rankings: Inaugural April edition by Steve Singiser – The diarist uses 3 criteria to generate his top ten list; newsworthiness, competitiveness and pollworthiness. In the top ten were 2 races that Lean Republican, 3 that Lean Democrat, one Likely Republican, 1 Likely Democrat and 3 Tossups. You'll have to read the diary to find out which races made the list.

Kansas: Kris Kobach's 2-Tiered Voting Plan Back Under Fire by tmservo433 - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's 2-tier voting program is being challenged by the ACLU for trying to restrict Kansans who use a national voter registration form to only being able to vote in national races (no state or local). Read about extreme voter suppression efforts in the heartland here.

Are you of the same political party as your parents? by BFSkinner - Diarist polls the partisan "sameness" of Kossacks vs. their parents.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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