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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 34 diaries.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: It's Time for Michelle Nunn to Microwave the GOP Senate Primary by LeftOfYou - The New York Times says that Michelle Nunn (D) has only a narrow path to victory in November, if any. I say that with the right opponent, the road to Michelle Nunn's election, and holding on to the Democratic Senate majority, could become a six lane freeway. Diarist talks strategy. Links to Ms. Nunn's campaign included.

(CA-33) LA Kossacks rock! Next - Saturday Sandra Fluke and Matt Miller (videos of last meeting) by Shockwave. Shockwave is busy combining LA Kossack meetups with candidate forums. This diary reviews the last one featuring Alan Grayson, Betsey Butler and Marianne Williamson, the latter of which is running to replace Henry Waxman in CA-33. Upcoming: Matt Miller, also running in CA-33, and Sandra Fluke, candidate for California State Senate.

(TX-Gov & LtGov) Texas GOP: No Blow is Too Low. Bring on the Boats, Hoes and Abortion Barbie by Libby Shaw - Diarist looks at the sleaziness of the Texas GOP. Links to help the Texas Democratic Party, Battleground Texas, Wendy Davis who is running for governor and Leticia Van de Putte, running for Lieutenant Governor, included in the diary.

The Obvious Reason Tea Party Candidates are Losing to Similar Establishment Republicans by bluto211 – The diarist posits that because so called mainstream, aka “respectable” Republican candidates have moved to the right on a number of issues, it is becoming harder for Tea Party candidates to prevail in primaries. The Texas primary is this Tuesday and is portrayed as a Tea Party last stand.


This is the 21st weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, May 22, through Saturday, May 28. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (34)
Senate: (10) posts, (8) states
House: (1) post
State and more: (17)
General: (6)

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Senate - 10


(AR-Sen) Kochs try to make Arkansas forget about Tom Cotton's farm bill vote by Joan McCarter - Diarist covers how the Koch brothers are trying to use their $$ to scrub out Tom Cotton's (R) on the farm bill in the Senate race in Arkansas with incumbent Mark Pryor (D).

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: It's Time for Michelle Nunn to Microwave the GOP Senate Primary by LeftOfYou - The New York Times says that Michelle Nunn (D) has only a narrow path to victory in November, if any. I say that with the right opponent, the road to Michelle Nunn's election, and holding on to the Democratic Senate majority, could become a six lane freeway. Diarist talks strategy. Links to Ms. Nunn's campaign included.

(IA-Sen) GOP Senate candidate describes mass murder as an 'unfortunate accident' by Laura Clawson - Iowa Republican Joni Ernst was asked Thursday about a campaign ad in which she's shown shooting guns while a voiceover talks about "unloading" on Obamacare. Does she regret in in light of the UCSB shootings? Heh...

(IA-Sen) IA-SEN: Joni Ernst of "Unfortunate Accident" Fame Rises to the Bait by LeftOfYou - Iowa Democrats came out fighting in response to Republican Joni Ernst's description of the killings in Santa Barbara as an "unfortunate accident" during a recent debate.

(MI-Sen) U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land: "Give me your internets, yearning to be free" by Electablog - Diarist has info on the open Machigan Senate race between Gary Peters (D) & Terri Lynn Land.

(MS-Sen) Thad Cochran tries to capitalize on scandal over photos of bedridden wife by Jed Lewison. Mississippi isn't in the queue for a Democratic pickup, but the ugly Republican infighting is irresistible.

(NC-Sen) Moral Mondays: Thom Tillis--Senator for some? by NCJan - Thom Tillis (R), Kay Hagan’s (D) challenger, refused to meet with peaceful protesters.

(OR-Sen) Merkley is trouncing Wehby in Oregon Senate Race by SantaFeMarie - Jeff Merkley (D-OR) leads Republican nominee Dr. Monica Wehby by double digits according to Rasmussen.

(SC-Sen) South Carolina Democratic Party endorses one candidate, rejects another by regroce - In a May 28 meeting of its executive committee, the South Carolina Democratic Party endorsed one of its primary candidates for what might be the first time in its almost 200-year history. The vote to stand behind state Sen. Brad Hutto (Orangeburg) over candidate Jay Stamper for U.S. Senate was unanimous.

(Sen General) Wang/Princeton: Dems Have 67% Chance of Retaining Senate UPDATED Sam Wang in Comments by ericlewis0 - Diarist has pollster numbers from Princeton giving Dem's a 67% chance of holding the Senate.




House - 1


(CA-33) LA Kossacks rock! Next - Saturday Sandra Fluke and Matt Miller (videos of last meeting) by Shockwave. Shockwave is busy combining LA Kossack meetups with candidate forums. This diary reviews the last one featuring Alan Grayson, Betsey Butler and Marianne Williamson, the latter of which is running to replace Henry Waxman in CA-33. Upcoming: Matt Miller, also running in CA-33, and Sandra Fluke, candidate for California State Senate.




State, local and more - 17


(AL-Gov and StHouse-93) Doctor! Doctor! Who's Got the Cure…for Alabama? by Karen Hedwig Backman - As far as I know at present, there are three medical doctors running for public office in the State of Alabama in 2014.

(CA-StSen26) Los Angeles Meets More Candidates
by susans - LA Kossacks lateste meetup on May 31 featured State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke.

(CA-StSen26) What Defines Me by Sandra Fluke - Diarist and candidate for California State Senate offers the issues she supports and will work for.

(CA-SecState) Derek Cressman; a much better Democrat for CA Secretary of State by Shockwave - Diarist offers reasons why Derek Cressman should be the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State over corporate Dem Alex Padilla.

(FL-Gov) "Gov. Scott, what’s your plan for climate change in Florida?" You get $100 for his response by VL Baker - The What's Your Plan, Gov? campaign is offering a $100 reward to the first ten individuals who send in usable video footage of you or a friend speaking with the governor in person and capturing his response to the question, "Gov. Scott, what’s your plan for climate change in Florida?"

(FL-Gov) Rick Scott Leading Charlie Crist, But Not Just For The Reasons You Think by Diarist has poll numbers for the Florida Governors race between incumbent Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist.

(FL-Gov) Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg backing Charlie Crist for Florida governor by saintpetersblog. A short diary which takes note of some notable endorsements from Hollywood liberals.

(FL-Gen) Florida Gerrymandering Goes to Trial by jtietz - The trial grows out of a suit contending that the design of Florida's congressional districts violates the state's Fair Districts amendment, approved by voters in 2010.

(GA-Gov) A Rasmussen Poll to Enjoy (Carter Leads in GA!) by dangeo _ Diarist has poll numbers from a Rasmussen survey in the Georgia Governor's race between incumbent Nathan Deal (R) and Jason Carter (D).

(GA-Gov) The New South? Carter Up 7% In GA-Gov by Reinvented Daddy. While the GA-Sen has been sucking up a lot of oxygen, Jimmy Carter's grandson isn't doing badly against incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal, if a recent Rasmussen poll is to be believed.

(GA-Var) Operation Chaos was a Herring it's actually Operation Mason Jar by jeana brown - Who's pulling the strings in Georgia's Democratic Party?

(MI-HD 40) A Personal Request: Please Help Mary Belden by Brainwrap - Vote for Mary Belden (D) and help turn Michigans’ state house blue. Ms Belden is running against Mike McCready (R).

(MN-DFLplatform) DFL Progressive Caucus opposes item 2 on #MNDFL platform ballot by ImpeccableLiberalCredentials - Diarist reports on the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Farmer Labor party, which unanimously voted to reject question 2 of the platform that would make support of all forms of mining a permanent plank. The environmental threats make the plank untenable.

(NY-StSen) BREAKING: "Cuomo caved" - WFP endorses as Gov does 180 on major policies, w/poll by Albanius - The Working Families Party has struck a deal with NY Governor Cuomo and NYC mayor DiBlasio toward a Democratic/WFP platform of major progressive legislation, with hopes to elect a strong progressive majority in the state senate in November.

(TX-Gov & LtGov) Texas GOP: No Blow is Too Low. Bring on the Boats, Hoes and Abortion Barbie by Libby Shaw - Diarist looks at the sleaziness of the Texas GOP. Links to help the Texas Democratic Party, Battleground Texas, Wendy Davis who is running for governor and Leticia Van de Putte, running for Lieutenant Governor, included in the diary.

(TX-LtGov) Campaign Work-Leticia Van de Putte version by littlefire - The "What Happens In Texas" memes for Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Letitcia Van de Putte as graphics, ready for posting to social media.

(TX-Gov) My campaign work efforts- Wendy Davis Edition by littlefire - Diarist creates shareable infographics for Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Texas.




General - 6


4 Interesting Political Trends by Trosk - Diarist offers four ways that 'conventional wisdom' no longer applies when pre-counting voters.

Los Angeles Kossacks Candidate Forum with Alan Grayson by susans - Saturday is always good when there is a Daily Kos Meetup and we have the opportunity to get together and catch up on the latest personal and political stuff. However, the last couple of meetups have been different because we've had the opportunity to hear from local candidates and a very well-known Congressional Representative, who is also One of Us.

The Obvious Reason Tea Party Candidates are Losing to Similar Establishment Republicans by bluto211 – The diarist posits that because so called mainstream, aka “respectable” Republican candidates have moved to the right on a number of issues, it is becoming harder for Tea Party candidates to prevail in primaries. The Texas primary is this Tuesday and is portrayed as a Tea Party last stand.

Potential Democratic Candidates in the 2016 Senate Elections by SCDem4 – A lively rundown of potential Democratic challengers to all Republican incumbents or if the Republican incumbent retires and creates an Open Seat in the 2016 Senate election cycle. Some additions to the list in the comments.

I just got CAGED -- update byflekk17 - A Kossack recounts the experience pushing back against being purged from the voter registration rolls.

This is How the NRA 'Grades' your Candidates by jamess. A review of NRA endorement criteria and candidates they support this time around.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 05:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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