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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 45 diaries.

(LA-Sen) LA-Sen: Bill Cassidy (R) Claims Senate Democrats Did Nothing On VA Funding Until Scandal by poopdogcomedy - Republican Bill Cassidy tries to make stuff up about the VA scandal and Obamacare. He is running against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D).

(MN-Gen) Minnesota Elections 2014: Part II by OGGoldy - In the aftermath of the MN state conventions and passing of the filing deadline, diarist offers the odds on how the districts will fall in the general election.

(HI-Ballot Initiative) Maui does it! Qualifies GMO Moratorium for November ballot. by Karen from Maui - The GMO moratorium initiative gained enough signatures to go on the November ballot.

Yes, You Can Only Vote for Democrats in a Democratic Primary by backell - Hilarious take-down on Alabama Republicans crying 'voter fraud!' because some people called in to their hotline complaining that they could only vote for Democrats in the Democratic Primary. Oy.


This is the 23rd weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, June 8, through Saturday, June 14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (45)
Senate: (11) posts, (9) states
House: (16) posts, (6) states
State and more: (13)
General: (5)

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Senate - 11


(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: Dan Sullivan (R) Wants To Ban Outside Money From Race But Still Loves Citizens United by poopdogcomedy - One of the Republicans vying to unseat Sen. Mark Begich (D) wants calls for a ban on spending by super PACs, but supports their right to spend money on political campaigns.

(AR-Sen) AR-Sen: AR Dems Hit Tom Cotton's (R) Record On Voting Against Disaster Aid In New Ad by poopdogcomedy - The Arkansas Democratic Party has an ad out against Congressman Tom Cotton (R) that even Joe Scarborough says is spot on. Link to make sure Senator Mark Pryor (D. AR) defeats Cotton in November at the end of the diary.

(KY-Sen) I Finally Got to Talk With Someone from Grimes Campaign by Merlin1963 - the diarist talks about a phone conversation with a staffer of Allison Grimes (D) in here race to unseat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's Senate race.

(KY-Sen) Warren v. McConnell Payback in KY UPDATE Grimes Up 49/46 by txdoubledd - Diarist has info on Allison Grimes (D) getting support from Elizabeth Warren in her run for the Kentucky Senate race against incumbent Mitch McConnell (R).

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Alison L. Grimes strongly opposes going back into Iraq by Brainwrap - Grimes issued a very strong, solid, unequivocal tweet opposing sending any troops back into Iraq. Text here.

(LA-Sen) LA-Sen: Bill Cassidy (R) Claims Senate Democrats Did Nothing On VA Funding Until Scandal by poopdogcomedy - Republican Bill Cassidy tries to make stuff up about the VA scandal and Obamacare. He is running against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D).

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Shenna Bellows first TV ad by Spud1 - The first TV ad from Democrat Shenna Bellows is available on YouTube. Bellows is challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R).

(MI-Sen) MI-Sen: Terri Lynn Land (R), "Unlimited Dark Campaign Money Is The American Way" by poopdogcomedy - Well at least she said something honest. With Land (R) getting a lot of money from the Kochs, it really shouldn't be surprising that she would be all about unlimited campaign cash. Link to help Congressman Gary Peters (D) at the end of the diary.

(MS-Sen) Club for Growth launches ad blitz to oust Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by Hunter - Diarist has a story about Club for Growth jumping in to help Chris McDaniel (R) in the run off Primary in the Mississippi Senate race against incumbent Thad Cochran (R).

(OR-Sen) GOP Senate candidate cites harassment allegations as key qualification by Jed Lewison. It's not a bug, it's a feature: Monica Wehby, the Republican who is challenging Ron Wyden, wants us to know that a history of being a stalker proves that she'll be tenacious in office. Or something.

(SD-Sen) South Dakota Democrat Rick Weiland tells why Democratic values will win him the senate seat by Egberto Willies - Rick Weiland is running for the Senate to replace retiring Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). Rick Weiland appeared on the Ed Show with a very timely message.




House - 16


(FL-Gerrymandering) THIS Is How Low FL Lawmakers Sunk To Deny Us Fair Districts by SemDem. A review of redistricting problems in the ever-problematic Sunshine State.

(HI-01) Oops! Donna Mercado Kim overlooked balancing Hawaii's state budget by Karen from Maui - - The $46 million budget shortfall in the State of Hawaii's budget that Democrat (In Name Only) Sen. Donna Mercado Kim completely missed is merely the latest reason to vote for someone else in this race to replace Colleen Hanabusa in HI-01.

(HI-01) Sierra Club Endorses Mark Takai for Hawaii Congress CD1 by Karen from Maui - The Sierra Club of Hawaii endorsed Mark Takai for Congress in the open seat that Colleen Hanabusa abandoned to primary Sen Brian Schatz, and called for Democrats to rally around a single good candidate.

(MN-Gen) Minnesota Elections 2014: Part II by OGGoldy - In the aftermath of the MN state conventions and passing of the filing deadline, diarist offers the odds on how the districts will fall in the general election.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Elise Stefanik: An Entirely Manufactured Candidate for Congress by Upstate Blue - Upstate New York and the North Country have seen many independently wealthy candidates, both Democrats and Republicans, run for Congress in recent years, but none of them ever tried to exaggerate or fabricate their backgrounds like Stefanik has this year.

(VA-01) VA-01 Dems tab Norm Mosher by CADeminVA - The VA-01 Democrats held their convention and nominated Norm Mosher as their candidate for the 2014 Congressional election. Former naval captain and staffer for the Senate Armed services committee, Mosher may have a shot. There is a Libertarian running and the incumbent, Rob Wittman(R) was an Eric Cantor loyal apparatchik. So it will be a 3-way contest in November, which can only help Mosher since VA-01 is a comfortable 58-42 R district.

(VA-07) Let's turn VA-7 blue by finding Dave Brat's (R)"dead girl or live boy" by Magorn - Diarist want help in turning over every stone of Dave Brat's past to see if there is something that would make him Unelectable in Nov.

(VA-07) Assessing our chances in VA-07: Comparable(?) elections by Glenn Magus Harvey - Diarist looks at the history of some other races to try and gage our chances with Jack Trammell (D) against Dave Brat (R) now that Eric Cantor lost the republican primary.

(VA-07) The Coup D'Etat in Virginia's 7th District by TonyAlexiouShow - Reasons why Dave Brat (R) might have won his primary.  But will he win in the general against Jack Trammell (D) and James Carr (L).

(VA-07) Meet Dave Brat: God's Own Gift to Congressional Democrats by LeftOfYou - Lot’s of info on Dave Brat (R).

(VA-07) Who is John Ga-er David Brat? Brat's Dark money connections to an Ayn Rand-Loving Billionaire by Magorn - Connecting some very interesting dots on the dark money/power behind the VA-07 upset blowout.

(VA-07) Eric Cantor, the Last Jewish Republican in Congress? by ramara - Eric Cantor is the highest ranking Jewish member of Congress in history. He is also the last non-Christian Republican in Congress, an indicator of how narrow the party has become.

(VA-07) The Strange, Convoluted Theology of David Brat by backell - David Brat is the new love of the Tea Party, and he's quickly launched into the kind of rhetoric that you can always expect from them.

(VA-07) How much did Dems help Brat beat Cantor?: Probably only by 0.5% by GoUBears - It is an absurd notion to think that 11.1% of the primary electorate was composed by Democrats, let alone ones who would solely vote for Brat.

NOTE: There were a great many diaries on Brat's defeat of Cantor in the VA primary, we did not include all of them. For those who would like to see all, a tag search on "VA-07" will return the bulk of them.

(VA-08) Virginia 8th District: Who are you voting for in tomorrow's primary? by wvmcl - Diarist hosts a conversation regarding the June 10th Democratic primary choices in the VA-08 district.

(VT-Lamoille-Washington) My alter ego is running for office by itzik shpitzik - Avram Patt, aka itzik shpitzik, a Kossak, is running for the Vermont House of Delegates. In this diary, he introduces himself and links to his website where he is accepting donations to his campaign.




State, local and more - 13


(CA-Mountain View City Council) Diary of a City Council Candidate: Reorg Edition by BayAreaKen - "When I last left you, three weeks ago…" Link to help Kossack BayAreaKen win a City Council seat in Mountain View, CA inside the diary.

(CA-Gov) Tom Hayden greenwashes Governor Brown’s abysmal environmental record by Dan Bacher - None call Jerry Brown "Moonbeam" now. Brown has transformed himself into "Big Oil Brown," one of the worst Governors for fish, water and the environment in California history.

(FL-Gov) A Florida Governor's Race poll by pholkiephred - Diarist reminds us that there actually is a Democratic primary in Florida, and there are other choices besides former Gov. (and former Republican) Charlie Crist.

(HI-Ballot Initiative) Maui does it! Qualifies GMO Moratorium for November ballot. by Karen from Maui - The GMO moratorium initiative gained enough signatures to go on the November ballot.

(MD-Gov & Attorney General) Baltimore Sun poll shows Brown and Cardin leading by Navy Vet Terp - On Sunday June 8th, and Monday June 9th, the Baltimore Sun published its polls for the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor of Maryland, and the Democratic primary for Attorney General.

(NV-Gov) Voter Apathy. by gerrilea - "None of the above" places first in the Nevada Democratic gubernatorial primary.

(OK-StHse91) Stone Gays to death in Oklahoma? One state senator's down with 'Biblical Law' by Christian Bentzen - The Facebook post citing "biblical law" by conservative Republican candidate Scott Esk is right in step with his belief "that our rights come from [The Christian] God and therefore not from any government."

(OK-StHse91) Oklahoma candidate thinks stoning homosexuals to death is A-OK by Jen Hayden - Republican Scott Esk's views on homosexuality aren't all the candidate has to offer: the publicly available posts on his Facebook page are a treasure-trove of nuttiness including his participation the extremist John Birch Society.

(PA-Gov) RGA Breaks Campaign Finance Laws for Corbett and Adelson; Blames Tom Wolf by S Kitchen - Republican Governors' Association gets caught taking an illegal, $1 million campaign donation from Sheldon Adelson.

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Wendy Davis (D) Suggests Republicans Are Intolerant Of "People Who Don't Look Like Them" by poopdogcomedy - Democrat Wendy Davis points out that Republicans aren't keen on brown people. Heads explode.

(TX-Var) Texas GOP: Welcome to the Funny Farm. The time for change is long overdue by Libby Shaw - The Texas GOP, having no real issues to recommend itself, is busy stoking the same old fires. Craziness from Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, Rick Perry and others.

(VT-StRep) I'm running for the Vermont House. by itzik shpitzik - So last week I made it official with a press release, and this week I'm filing my petitions to get my name on the Democratic Primary ballot in August! Info and link to Kossack itzik shpitzik's campaign site inside the diary.

(WI-Gov) Thank you by Mary Burke - Candidate Mary Burke stop’s by to thank the community for supporting her in her run for WI-Gov.




General - 5


Marchers for Democracy reach Fresno by ybruti - On the 21st day of the 37-day march to encourage others to fight against corruption of the political process by Big Money, the 12-member group had walked 22 miles in 100-degree heat, but if they were exhausted they didn't complain.

How to win in November by 40ford - If we go to the polls and vote, we win. Getting out the vote should be our only concern. Diarist has a plan to use the social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter to get out the vote.

Fed Judge Orders Ohio to restore 3-day early voting period by StarbucksGirl51 - A federal judge has ordered Ohio's elections chief to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state.

Actual predictions: Repub crossroads by cezanne - Very interesting scenarios for the implosion of Republican extremism over the next couple of years.

Yes, You Can Only Vote for Democrats in a Democratic Primary by backell - Hilarious take-down on Alabama Republicans crying 'voter fraud!' because some people called in to their hotline complaining that they could only vote for Democrats in the Democratic Primary. Oy.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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