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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 30 diaries.

(MS-Sen) MS-SEN: McDaniel channels Dr. Evil, offers bounty for proof of voter fraud by gf120581 - Diarist covers an offer of a Bounty for proof of voter fraud in the Mississippi Senate Primary race between incumbent Thad Cochran (R) and Chris McDaniel (R).

(KS-03) KS Republicans threaten Kelly Kultala, Candidate with Ex-Communication.. she has none of it. by tmservo433 - Democrat Kelly Kultala, a pro-choice Catholic running for the 3rd CD in Kansas, smacks down a Republican Party County Chairman for suggesting she be excommunicated.

(MA-Gov) MA-Gov: Wherein I get to interview Dr. Donald Berwick on my local access TV show by AnotherMassachusettsLiberal - Interview with Dr. Donald Berwick, whom the diarist says is running as a "bold progressive" for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachussetts.

Is it possible to turn Congress Democratic? by judiadg - The diarist asks the question "Has anyone who organizes the Democratic GOTV effort considered what would happen if they really used he message of what happened with Thad Cochran in every state?  Could this turn the house Democratic?" Lots of impassioned discussion in the comments.


This is the 26th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, June 29, through Saturday, July 5. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (30)
Senate: (6) posts
House: (8) posts, (8) states, (7) districts
State and more: (12)
General: (4)

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Senate - 6


(MS-Sen) Popcorn alert: Baggers find "proof" of crimes in MS runoff by RunningForJudge. McDaniel, perhaps like the Black Knight in the Monty Python movie, isn't giving up yet.

(MS-Sen) Conservative poll watchers file lawsuit challenging Mississippi primary result by bonch - The crazies can’t get over the fact that they lost the GOP primary runoff and that people of color voted.

(MS-Sen) MS Senate Race: Two Polls With Vastly Different Results by Mopshell -  Rasmussen and Chism Strategies polls on the Thad Cochran (R), Travis Childers (D) race.

(MS-Sen) McDaniel to Challenge Mississippi Primary Results by night cat - Usually the primary loser backs the winner, but not in MS this year. Chris McDaniel's campaign served papers to Senator Thad Cochran's son with notice of intent to challenge the results to the state Republican Party executive committee.

(MS-Sen) MS-SEN: McDaniel to contest primary by wesmorgan1 - Mississippi state senator Chris McDanial will file a legal challenge to the GOP Senate primary runoff election, which he lost to incumbent Senator Thad Cochran.

(MS-Sen) MS-SEN: McDaniel channels Dr. Evil, offers bounty for proof of voter fraud by gf120581 - Diarist covers an offer of a Bounty for proof of voter fraud in the Mississippi Senate Primary race between incumbent Thad Cochran (R) and Chris McDaniel (R).




House - 8


(AK, TX Var) Daily Kos Elections releases new interactive legislative maps for Texas and Alaska by Stephen Wolf - A useful set of district maps (federal and state) for these two states along with info on constituents, voting history, representatives and races.

(FL-15) Fl-15 TeaP Whip vs 30 year investigating journalist Alan Cohn by emorej a hong kong - According to a recent poll, Alan Cohn (D) is in a virtual tie with recently named Deputy House Whip Dennis Ross (R), a Tea Party incumbent. Cohn, a longtime investigative reporter is running on the issues of immigration reform, minimum wage, marriage equality, the environment and civil liberties. Links to Cohn's Act Blue page are in the diary.

(HI-01) Hi-01-Will progressives split the vote and let the anti-progressive win? by Karen from Maui - The diarist urges support for true progressive, Mark Takai, in the Democratic primary. This is currently a 3 way race and Takai's strongest competitor is DINO Donna Mercado Kim who is leading in the polls.

(KS-03) KS Republicans threaten Kelly Kultala, Candidate with Ex-Communication.. she has none of it. by tmservo433 - Democrat Kelly Kultala, a pro-choice Catholic running for the 3rd CD in Kansas, smacks down a Republican Party County Chairman for suggesting she be excommunicated.

(MD-General) Fantasy Maryland Senate: 41-5-1 map (bonus 8-0 and 3-5 Cong. maps) by GoUBears - Diarist covers redistricting in Maryland.

(MI-11) 11:11:1-$11 for the MI-11th District for 1 candidate to Lead on Climate Change by Nancy4MI11 - Nancy Skinner, a candidate for Congress from Michigan's 11th District, introduces herself and makes her case as the  progressive candidate who is running hard on the issue of climate change. The Democratic primary is on August 5th.

(MI-House) US House Elections 2014: Michigan Projections and Analysis by PortraitInMiniature. One in a series wherein the diarist reviews House races, state by state.

(WA-08) Bill Maher chooses WA-08 for Flip A District. Jason Ritchie (D) can flip it BLUE! by ParkRanger - Diarist covers a Contest Bill Maher is doing for the 2014 election Where Bill will pick a district to turn Blue.




State, local and more - 12


(CA-Ballot Initiative) Delta farmer files 'No Blank Checks Initiative" with Attorney General by Dan Bacher - A Stockton area farmer known for his against the peripheral canal and tunnels he sponsored under Schwarzenegger has filed with the AG's office a proposed initiative constitutional amendment that would mandate voter approval for all state bond issues. If the more than 800,000 signatures are gathered in time, the proposed amendment will be on the ballot in November.

(CA-Controller) CA-Controller: Why there should be a recount in LA County by calwatch. This diary reviews the options for a close race, decided by only 474 votes.

(CO-Gov) CO-Gov: Bob Beauprez (R) Caught On Camera Saying 47% Of Americans Dependent On The Government by poopdogcomedy - On a supposed "Unity Tour," remarks made by Republican Bob Beauprez surface that are very similar to Mitt Romney's infamous gaffe. Oops.

(FL-Gov) What Charlie Crist Needs Is A Staff Shake-up by saintpetersblog - Democrat Charlie Crist's difficult June was capped off by a highly critical column from the Tampa Bay Times editor Tim Nickens. See how analysis of his weaknesses against incumbent Skeletor... er, Rick Scott (R) shakes out.

(MA-Gov) MA-Gov: Wherein I get to interview Dr. Donald Berwick on my local access TV show by AnotherMassachusettsLiberal - Interview with Dr. Donald Berwick, whom the diarist says is running as a "bold progressive" for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachussetts.

(MD-24) A real anomaly in Maryland's smallest county by dadadata - Report on the Dem primary's county results from the 24th district (state).

(ME-Gov) #ME-GOV LePage Caught Lying, Re: "Arrest For Treason/ Execution" Accusations by maineprogressiveswarehouse - Republican Gov. Paul LePage claims to have never discussed the arrest of Maine Speaker Mark Eves and President Justin Alfond for treason during his meetings with Sovereign Citizens, which according to the FBI is a domestic terrorist group. However public documents and recordings of a RW radio show prove otherwise.

(MI-Various) MI-Gov & Sen: PPP Has Schauer (D) & Snyder (R) Tied, Peters (D) Leads Land (R) By 5 Points by poopdogcomedy - The latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Democratic Senate candidate Gary Peters lead Republican Terri Lynn Land 41/36, and the races for Governor and Attorney General are tightening up.

(PA-Gov) PA-Gov: F&M Poll Shows Tom Wolf (D) Continuing To Crush Tom Corbett (R) By 22 Points by poopdogcomedy - This Franklin & Marshall College poll seems to show a blow out for Wolf (D) coming if the numbers hold until the election in Nov.

(TX-Gov) Would Greg Abbott Ban Birth Control in Texas? by TexasLeftist. He doesn't much like birth control, so perhaps the candidate to replace Rick Perry heading up the Lone Star State would try to give it a go.

(TX-HD133) Why I Should Be State Rep by LauraNicol - Diarist is the Democratic candidate for Texas House District 133, answers a list of blogger questions in support of her qualifications and candidacy.

(WI-Gov) I just filmed my story for the Mary Burke campaign in WI by mcgee85 - I was contacted by the Burke (D) campaign because I have been working in MN instead of my home in Green Bay, WI. Diarist's story inside the diary.




General - 4


Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings-The States-late June edition by Steve Singiser - In this ongoing series, the diarist takes a look at what states offer the most bang for the buck for the electoral junkie. But not just on the big ticket races: the DKE version of the state Power Rankings looks down ballot, exploring not only the battles for the U.S. House of Representatives but also the struggles to control the balance of power in state legislatures from coast-to-coast.

Is it possible to turn Congress Democratic? by judiadg - The diarist asks the question "Has anyone who organizes the Democratic GOTV effort considered what would happen if they really used he message of what happened with Thad Cochran in every state?  Could this turn the house Democratic?" Lots of impassioned discussion in the comments.

Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings-The States-late June edition by Steve Singiser - In this ongoing series, the diarist takes a look at what states offer the most bang for the buck for the electoral junkie. But not just on the big ticket races: the DKE version of the state Power Rankings looks down ballot, exploring not only the battles for the U.S. House of Representatives but also the struggles to control the balance of power in state legislatures from coast-to-coast.

How to be an effective troublemaking activist by Shockwave - How do you start a movement when the opposition is all powerful? How far can you go to make a difference? What chances are you willing to take to fight for a cause? Bill Zimmerman now has an autobiography that should be a must-read for any activist today.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community , Election Diary Rescues, and Daily Kos.

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