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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 37 diaries.

(SC-Sen) Another Jay Stamper Stumper by regroce - Talk about head-scratchin’ mystery. After his prankster status gets called out, suddenly Senate candidate Jay Stamper has surged in Facebook popularity, with his “Jay Stamper for Senate” page growing from about 3,000 “likes” to over 10,000 in just the last week of May.

(WA-08) WA-08: Progressive Democrat Jason Ritchie is ready to turn this purple district BLUE! by ParkRanger - Democrat Jason Ritchie would be a massive progressive improvement over five-term congressman David Reichert (R). Pres. Obama won this district in both 2008 and 2012.

(CA-Superintendent of Public Instruction)  My own little election flyer: please don't vote for Marshall Tuck by Cassiodorus - One individual who appears to have made his way into each and every one of these "Democratic voter guides" is Marshall Tuck, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Diane Ravitch and the diarist, along with commenters disagree with those guides. Diary comments seem important for Democratic voters in California.

Thanks to new voter ID law, 93-year-old voter turned away in Alabama by Jen Hayden - Alabama's new voter ID law is already making voting difficult. The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that eleven percent of the population does not have a "valid" ID.


This is the 22nd weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, June 1, through Saturday, June 7. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (37)
Senate: (5) posts, (5) states
House: (4) posts, (3) states, (3) districts
State and more: (20)
General: (8)

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Senate - 5


(IA-Sen) IA-Sen: Joni Ernst (R) Scrubbed Tweet Wishing Bergdahl "Thoughts & Prayers" by poopdogcomedy - Republican nominee Joni Ernst, who captured the hearts of Iowa Republicans with her hog castrating ways, seems content to ride her conservative credentials to victory in November.

(KY-Sen) Rasmussen: Good News for Obama, Bad News for Grimes (?) by Love Me Slender - The latest survey from Rasmussen Reports shows a net +5 approval rating for Pres. Obama (52/47) while showing Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes trailing Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) 48-41.

(NH-Sen) NH-Sen: Scott Brown (R) Advises Firm Whose Executives Were Sued For Securities Fraud by poopdogcomedy - Another reason Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) should kick Scott Browns (R) rear.

(SC-Sen) Another Jay Stamper Stumper by regroce - Talk about head-scratchin’ mystery. After his prankster status gets called out, suddenly Senate candidate Jay Stamper has surged in Facebook popularity, with his “Jay Stamper for Senate” page growing from about 3,000 “likes” to over 10,000 in just the last week of May.

(SD-Sen) 10 Years After We Took It Back, Beltway Dems Surrender South Dakota by BlueOutHere - Beltway dems might say there are no viable candidates for the open Senate seat in South Dakota, but we do. His name is Rick Weiland, a Wellstone-style candidate who's already campaigned in every town in South Dakota, and with a little money (South Dakota is about the cheapest media market around), he can sprint right through this broken republican field and win.




House - 4


(KS-01) Tim Huelskamp Asserts Benghazi is a Bipartisan Conspiracy.. And the Man who Could Beat him this year by tmservo433 - More inanery from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, and a refreshing challenge from someone who could really serve western Kansas.

(VA-10) Barbara Comstock, Defender of the Indefensible (VA-10) by kindler. Republican Frank Wolf is retiring from Congress. This diary profiles a Republican candidate with a history of aggressive partisan legal maneuvers hoping to replace him in the upcoming June 10 primary.

(WA-08) WA-08: Meet Jason Ritchie (D) Sat, June 7 at his campaign kickoff/BBQ by ParkRanger - Democrats have a real chance to gain this seat! Jason Ritchie is a progressive Democrat who is ready to turn this purple district blue. Details here.

(WA-08) WA-08: Progressive Democrat Jason Ritchie is ready to turn this purple district BLUE! by ParkRanger - Democrat Jason Ritchie would be a massive progressive improvement over five-term congressman David Reichert (R). Pres. Obama won this district in both 2008 and 2012.




State, local and more - 20


(CA-Superintendent of Public Instruction)  My own little election flyer: please don't vote for Marshall Tuck by Cassiodorus - One individual who appears to have made his way into each and every one of these "Democratic voter guides" is Marshall Tuck, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Diane Ravitch and the diarist, along with commenters disagree with those guides. Diary comments seem important for Democratic voters in California.

(CA-StSen26) Sandra Fluke Qualifies for General Election by wilderness voice - Breakdown of votes for each candidate in

(CA-StSen26) Victory! by SandraFluke - A "Thank You" message from one of the winners of the primary in CA's 26th State Senate District.

(CA-Var) California Primary Day: let's talk issues! by elfling - A discussion of California's Prop 41 and Prop 42, and other downballot races.

(CA-Var) California Primary Day: let's talk issues! by elfling. Elfling's thoughts on some of the races in California primary, with more to be found in the comments.

(CA-LongBchMayor) Long Beach, CA Elects Its First Gay Mayor; Also The First Latino Elected Mayor Of That City by librarisingnsf - Long Beach, California (the state's seventh largest city) elected its first openly gay mayor last night. Garcia is also the first Latino elected as mayor of the city of Long Beach.

(AL-Judge) I won my primary last night!! On to November by alpolitics - Congratulations to Kossack Martin Weinberg for winning his primary for judge for Circuit Court, Criminal Place 3, which hears criminal cases originating in the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, Alabama.

(GA-Gov) GA: Jason Carter for Governor by Hannah - See a few Jason Carter (D) campaign video’s in this diary.

(MD-Ref) MD SB 212 Repeal Effort Fails by leftprogressive - An effort to repeal the Fairness For All Marylanders Act by referendum failed to gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The Act extends anti-discrimination protections to gender identity or expression. The new law takes effect October 1.

(MN-Gov) MN-Gov Scott Honour’s running mate unclear on some voter fraud by ericf. Surprise, surprise! Yet another Republican with a do as I say, not as I do attitude towards voting requirements and restrictions.

(NY-Gov) Working Families Party endorsement of Cuomo shows progressive political power by Roosevelt Institute. The suspense is over: Working Families Party in New York has decided to endorse problematic Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo. This diary makes a case for why that's a good thing.

(NY-Gov) Cuomo earns Working Families Party endorsement and promises to help Democrats retake state Senate by David Nir – The diarist's analysis of the decision by the Working Families Party to endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo in his race for re-election and what that bodes for the future.

(NY-StSen) The quisling "Democrats" in the IDC are feeling the heat. by Its the Supreme Court Stupid - The five New York state senators of the turncoat "Independent Cemocratic Caucus" that have firmly sided with Republicans in defiance of voter choice are now feeling the heat of primary challenges if they don't straighten up and support Dems.

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Ed FitzGerald (D) Accuses John Kasich (R) Of Selling Out To The Koch Brothers by poopdogcomedy - Ohio's Democratic candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald, accuses incumbent governor John Kasich (R) of being captured by Big Coal and other energy industry special interests.

(PA-Gov) PA-Gov: Quinnipac Gives Tom Wolf (D) A 20 Point Lead Over Tom Corbett (R) by poopdogcomedy - Lots of good news for Democrat Tom Wolf in polls from both Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling. Wolf is challenging incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett (R).

(PA-Gov) Poll - PA Gov Corbett trails Dem challenger by 20 points... by old mark. A brief diary emphasizing just how far underwater incumbent Republican Tom Corbett is. He trails by 20 in the polls, with only 14% undecided. Wonder if he's got a good pension/golden parachute?

(PA-HD 36) A Progressive Democrat Loses in Western PA. by Ironic Chef - Not very happy results for this district.

(TX-Gov) Way to Stay Classy, Texas GOP by LeftOfYou - Fearing that a backlash may drive Democrats to the polls, Greg Abbott (R), is trying to disavow any connection to the "abortion Barbie" posters the Republican Party has been attacking Wendy Davis (D) with in the Texas gubernatorial race. Wendy Davis may very well hand Greg Abbott an upset in November. You can click the diary link to help her do that.

(TX-Gen) Texas GOP Platform: Houston, we have a problem. by Dave The Sandman - The Texas Republican Party Platform for 2014... it's a wingnut doozy!

(TX-General) Texas State (R) Platform Goes All In: Endorses 'Gay Cure' therapy and other RW Craziness by tmservo433 - Diarist has info to the Texas Republican Party Platform for 2014.




General - 8


The Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings-The States by Steve Singiser - The maiden edition of the Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings for all 50 states in which you will find the ten states that, top to bottom, offer the most intriguing menu for the electoral junkie come November the 4th.

Washington Posts Primary results from June 3rd. by prettymeadow - More than just WAPO linky goodness.

Daily Kos Elections Super Tuesday liveblog #7 by Darth Jeff - Linky goodness galore.

The trouble with the top twos: Why California's primary isn't a preview of November by Darth Jeff - It's tempting to view the primary as a preview of the general, but the diarist makes the case that 2012 shows us we should resist that temptation.The district's partisan composition, past electoral history, candidate fundraising, and outside spending are all better indicators of what seats are competitive and which ones aren't than the June top-two results.

(Los Angeles CA Elections) Bored of Supervisors? Super Tuesday ballot in L.A. by  Zack from the SFV - Although it's Super Tuesday primary day in California, one thing that will not be super will be the voter turnout which is expected to be dismal, if not the lowest ever. That means that your vote counts for more!

Class Warfare: The 2014 Election by bobburnett - Diarist looks at polls, candidates, issues and unhappy voters all over the place.

We ignore people who don't vote. We stop caring about you. So vote. by thereisnospoon - When a bunch of Democrats who voted in 2008 decided to just not show up at the polls in 2010 because they weren't inspired or whatever, the Democratic Party didn't say to itself "oh, we should be more progressive and inspirational!" The Party said, "well, those people can't be counted on. Let's worry about the more conservative senior voters who are on the fence."

Thanks to new voter ID law, 93-year-old voter turned away in Alabama by Jen Hayden - Alabama's new voter ID law is already making voting difficult. The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that eleven percent of the population does not have a "valid" ID.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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