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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 27 diaries.

(SC-Sen) Pseudo-Democrat got pulled from the Tea Party closet by regroce - Political activists had been warning Democratic voters in South Carolina about Jay Stamper, who's vying to be their candidate for US Senate. He has a questionable past and could be another fake Democrat plant whose only goal is to aid the Republican Party.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Elise Stefanik: A New York Congressional Candidate That Hasn't Lived In New York In 12 Years by Upstate Blue - Republican candidate Elise Stefanik doesn't own or rent property anywhere in the state of New York or the 21st Congressional District. Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf is a full-time New York resident, where he owns property and an organic market.

(WI-Sen) Three Seats to Flip: Taking back the Wisconsin State Senate by BlueSasha – Democrats currently hold 15 seats in the 33-seat Wisconsin State Senate. Due to redistricting, they will have to give up one seat made ultra-red by redistrict. This means they will effectively need to flip three seats to regain the Senate Majority. This diary is an analysis of the top three most likely seats to flip in November. With maps, and donation links.

Getting Out the Undeclared Voter by ohmydem – The diarist describes his Neighbors calling Neighbors project to increase voter participation in his precinct in Ohio.


This is the 18th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, May 4, through Saturday, May 10. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (27)
Senate: (4) posts, (4) states
House: (6) posts (4) states, (4) districts
State and more: (13)
General: (4)

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Senate - 4


(CO-Sen) League of Conservation Voters Ad Ties Cory Gardner (CO-R) To Kochs by pollwatcher - New ad from the League of Conservation Voters exposes the involvement of the Kochs and their dirty oil business with Republican Cory Gardner's campaign for Senate.

(HI-Sen) Sen Schatz shames his conserva-dem opponent into finally signing on to the assault weapons ban by Karen from Maui - Sixteen months after an assault weapons ban bill was introduced in Congress - but just days after a campaign ad from Sen. Brian Schatz calling for action on it started airing - Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) has added her name as a co-sponsor.

(NC-Sen) NC-SEN: So, RedState blew up over Tillis' win by Trosk - Judging by the reaction at RedState, Thom Tillis - who pushed through conservative education "reform," voting restrictions and anti-abortion laws after he became Speaker, and blocked Medicaid expansion in North Carolina - is not conservative enough.

(SC-Sen) Pseudo-Democrat got pulled from the Tea Party closet by regroce - Political activists had been warning Democratic voters in South Carolina about Jay Stamper, who's vying to be their candidate for US Senate. He has a questionable past and could be another fake Democrat plant whose only goal is to aid the Republican Party.




House - 6


(FL-13) Alex Sink Endorses Ed Jany, The Democrat Running With NPA, in CD 13 by saintpetersblog - Diartist has an endorsement for FL-13 with incumbent David Jolly (R) and Colonel Ed Jany (NPA).

(MN-05) Keith Ellison and the broken edge of the bottle by ericf - Diary includes video from the May 3rd MN-05 DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the Minnesota Democrats) convention where U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was endorsed to run as the DFL candidate for reelection. Ellison understands the importance of the ground game.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Elise Stefanik: A New York Congressional Candidate That Hasn't Lived In New York In 12 Years by Upstate Blue - Republican candidate Elise Stefanik doesn't own or rent property anywhere in the state of New York or the 21st Congressional District. Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf is a full-time New York resident, where he owns property and an organic market.

(PA-13) Daylin Leach running strong in lead up to primary by Joan McCarter - The primary race to determine Rep. Allyson Schwartz's successor to her seat in PA's 13th District is heating up, with less than two weeks before the vote. DKos endorsee Daylin Leach is campaigning hard on his strong progressive record.

(PA-13) PA13 Brendan Boyle is a Hypocrite When it Comes to Wealth and Campaign Funding by S Kitchen - Brendan Boyle, the "I'm the Middle Class" poser in the PA 13 primary race, launched another "wealth attack" on DKos favored Daylin Leach for the $250,000 home equity loan he took out to fund his campaign.

(PA-13) PA-13: New GOTV Opportunities For Daylin Leach's (D) Campaign, May 17-20 by poopdogcomedy - Here's some opportunities to help Pennsylvania's Liberal Lion Daylin Leach win his primary.




State, local and more - 13


(FL-Gov) We May Be Stupid, But We Aren't Idiots. New, Fake "Progressive" Group in Florida... by SemDem - A "liberal" group calling itself "Progressive Choice Florida" has suddenly arrived on the scene: a group which refuses to list their donors, has no contact information, and uses an insulting shell website. No real progressive group has ever heard of them, but the've lots of cash and are out for Charlie Crist's (D) hide...

(IN-GA) Indiana Primary Preview by SouthernIndem - This is a preview of races for the Indiana General Assembly. Most of the challenges are from the right in Republican races. The outlook in this red state do not look to improve for Dems.

(KS-Gen) AfP/Koch Setup Anti-Renewable Energy PAC, Deny it, Get Caught, Change Story. by tmservo433 - Diarist has info about the Koch Brothers & how they are trying to kill Renewable energy.

(MA-Gov) GOP Bribery in Massachusetts Governor's Race by ericlewis0 - Massachusetts Republican Party officials are accusing Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher of demanding up to $1 million in exchange for dropping his legal challenge to get on the GOP primary ballot in September.

(NC-Orange County-Reg. of Deeds) A local race with big implications for marriage equality in NC by NCJim - It appears Mark Chilton has narrowly won the Democratic nomination in Orange county and faces no Republican opposition in a county that voted 70%+ against the marriage amendment and so it is likely that come next year we may see marriage licenses being issued for same sex couples in at least one county in North Carolina.

(NY-State Senate 41) NY GOP Candidate Calls Melissa Harris-Perry a "Damned Dirty Ape" by Mets102 - Dutchess County controller Jim Coughlan, a Republican candidate for the New York State Senate, decides that the best way to reform education is by hurling racial slurs at Melissa Harris-Perry.

(NY-State Senate 49) NY-SD-49 - Dem Primary Heats Up for the 49th State Senate Seat (Madelyn Thorne, Patti Southworth) by Upstate Blue - Diarist has info on a New York State Senate 49 Primary Election.

(NY-Var) The 5 State Legislators That Do The Biggest Dirty Work of the Fracking Industry in New York by Upstate Blue - Five New York state legislators, all Republicans, all of whom have no Democratic opponent in November, have received a total of over $400,000 in campaign contributions from pro-fracking interest groups.

(PA-State District-12) PA Election Watch 2014: State House District 12 by SpringCityPADem - Diarist covers a Pennsylvia State House District 12 with incumbent Daryl Metcalfe (R) and Lisa Inez Zucco (D).

(PA-Gov) PA-Gov: Tom Wolf isn't racist, but lacks moral convictions. by ckennedy. There's been some mud thrown around in the Democratic primary which decides who'll challenge the incumbent Republican Governor, Tom Corbett. This diary explores the related issues in some depth.

(TN-ShelbyCo.Mayor) STEVE MULROY SEEKS TO BECOME MOST PROGRESSIVE MAYOR IN THE SOUTH by Ellyahnna Hall - Diarist offers the progressive reasons Steve Mulroy (D) wants to win the nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Mark Luttrell.

(TX-Gov) TX: Wendy Davis Links Greg Abbott to Cancer Institute Scandal by Libby Shaw - Diarist has info on a Texas Cancer Research Project and how & where the money went. Greg Abbott (R) and Wendy Davis (D) Race for the Governor's Mansion in Texas.

(WI-Sen) Three Seats to Flip: Taking back the Wisconsin State Senate by BlueSasha – Democrats currently hold 15 seats in the 33-seat Wisconsin State Senate. Due to redistricting, they will have to give up one seat made ultra-red by redistrict. This means they will effectively need to flip three seats to regain the Senate Majority. This diary is an analysis of the top three most likely seats to flip in November. With maps, and donation links.




General - 4


Getting Out the Undeclared Voter by ohmydem – The diarist describes his Neighbors calling Neighbors project to increase voter participation in his precinct in Ohio.

Daily Kos Senate Power Ranking: May edition by Steve Singiser – Using competitiveness, newsworthiness, and pollworthiness as criteria in this analysis of the current state of play in races for the US Senate, we learn it would be inaccurate to say that the numbers support the foregone conclusion of a GOP-controlled Senate come 2015. But there is also absolutely zero reason for Democrats to feel any sense of comfort, since they are almost entirely on defense.

Why running against the Kochs is smart politics for Democrats by Joan McCarter –The diarist notes that people are riled up about inequality and about the influence of money in politics that's led to that inequality. It's really a no-brainer for Democrats to run against that, even it will mean a little soul-searching, and maybe some campaign finance reform, on their own parts. It's smart politics because the contrast couldn't be greater, which is proven with every Republican filibuster of the minimum wage or unemployment insurance, every vote the Republican House stages to repeal people's health insurance. Couple it with the backing the GOP has from the too-villainous-to-be-true Kochs, and Democrats might just be able to sway some voters their way.

Saving the 2014 Election by bobburnett - Six months out from the midterm, Democratic prospects appear grim. Three issues will dominate the discourse, and Democrats must seize the initiative on each. Here's the lowdown.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon May 12, 2014 at 02:38 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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