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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 49 diaries.

(Var-Sen) WV & OR-Sen: Meet The Two Female GOP Candidates Who Really Don't Support Equal Pay by poopdogcomedy - Republicans Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Dr. Monica Wehby (OR) seem to be in the dark ages compared to their demorcratic opponents Natalie Tennant (WV) and Jeff Merkley (OR).

(VA-07) David Brat as a "Libertarian Catholic" is an Oxymoron by Frank Cocozzelli - The Tea Partier who defeated Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary is reportedly a convert to Catholicism. Who has apparently not yet encountered the church's social teachings...

(HI-Gov) Historic Upset Ejects Incumbent Hawaii Governor by nicoleweddington - Never before in Hawaiian politics has a Democrat incumbent governor been defeated. Yet this past Saturday, Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige crushed current Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the gubernatorial primaries.

November: The Democratic Party v The Tea Party by LaFeminista - The immigration debate signaled the final collapse of what was the Republican Party into the fearful hate filled realm of the Tea Party. Democrats can give the people a clear and honest differential and they will vote. Or we can do our usual and follow them ever rightwards and probably lose again.


This is the 32nd weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, August 10 through Saturday, August 16. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

VOLUNTEER ALERT! As the election approaches we will be switching back to our traditional daily schedule for producing this blog. We will need a few good Kossacks to join the team.

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Diaries: (49)
Senate: (12) posts, (5) states
House: (9) posts, (7) states, (9) districts
State and more: (20)
General: (8)

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Senate - 12


(GA-Sen) GA-Sen Candidate Michelle Nunn Wins Backing of Well-Known Racist Zell Miller by Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees - Michelle Nunn, Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia, has been endorsed by notorious racist and party turncoat Zell Miller. Not exactly an honor.

(HI-Sen) Judge denies Hanabusa injunction to stop last 2 Hawai'i precincts from voting by Karen from Maui - Diarist has info on the Hawaii Dem senate Primary between Incumbent Brian Schatz & Colleen Hanabusa.

(HI-Sen) Sen Brian Schatz wins HI-SEN by Karen from Maui - Residents of Maui wated 2 hours for the results of Saturday's make-up primary election, and the results are in. Hanabusa's out, Schatz is in.

(HI-Sen) Hanabusa: the Norm Coleman of Hawai'i politics by Karen from Maui - As kossack RL Miller so aptly stated, "Hanabusa needs to drop the lawsuit, let the voters vote, and unify the party. She doesn’t need to end up as the Norm Coleman of Hawaii politics."

(HI-Sen) Sen Schatz Rolls Up Sleeves. Hurricane Iselle. by Karen from Maui - Sen Schatz (D-HI) and his primary challenger Colleen Hanabusa (ConservaDem-HI) are close enough in votes that the two Puna districts in which voting was delayed by Hurricane Iselle could theoretically change the election results.  Puna votes this Friday.

(HI-Sen) Breaking - Hanabusa threatens lawsuit while Schatz works overtime in Hawaii. by RLMiller - One candidate does real work for his constituents. The other, from an undisclosed location, complains and threatens lawsuits.

(KY-Sen) KY-SEN: McConnell (47) Grimes (42) by AlexcSinger - A new PPP poll for your perusal.

(KY-Sen) Grimes took my advice in new McConnell Ad by zenofmcconnell - Diarist advised Grimes to make a deal out of how rich Mitch McConnell has become during his 30 years in office. She did just that.

(NC-Sen) Ya Whoo!! Tom Tillis is in trouble in North Carolina by windsong01 - The Washington Post has forecast that there's a 98% chance of Democrat Kay Hagan winning the North Carolina Senate race with only a 2% chance for Republican Thom Tillis.

(SD-Sen) SD-Sen: PPP Has Mike Rounds (R) Leading Rick Weiland (D) 39-31 by poopdogcomedy - Public Policy Voting latest South Dakota survey finds Mike Rounds' inability to pull away in the Senate race. Key findings here.

(Sen-Var) My Senate Race Ratings (Expect More Diaries To Be Focused On These Races) by poopdogcomedy - I wanted to let you all know my current Senate race ratings and which races I will be focusing more diaries on. Many Democratic candidate fundraising links included in the diary.

(Var-Sen) WV & OR-Sen: Meet The Two Female GOP Candidates Who Really Don't Support Equal Pay by poopdogcomedy - Republicans Shelley Moore Capito (WV) and Dr. Monica Wehby (OR) seem to be in the dark ages compared to their demorcratic opponents Natalie Tennant (WV) and Jeff Merkley (OR).




House - 9


(CA-42) Rep. Ken Calvert, CA-42: A Pollutant In The House by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - With votes for such bills as HR 2728 the “Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act” and HR 1965 the “Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act,” both of which are snazzy names for bills that in fact would result in more fracking, less regulation, more pollution and environmental degradation, Rep. Calvert asserts that his interests are on the side of big oil, not people.

(Fl-05, FL-10) Florida Fair Redistricting Map by Alibguy - Last July, a 5-4 panel of judges ruled that the maps for Florida's congressional 5th and 10th districts needed to be re-drawn due to VRA violations. While it is likely the Republican controlled Florida Legislature will aim to pass a proposal that creates minor changes to the 5th and 10th district,the diarist presents a map that shows what needs to be done in order to give Florida voters a fair chance to choose their representatives.

(FL-11) FL Congressman (TP) to Dem Challenger: "I'm royalty here!" by SemDem - Diarist covers Florida's eleventh US House district with in cumbent Rich Nugent (R) and Dave Koller (D).

(ID-01) ID Election 2014: Congressman's Press Secretary: "It’s unclear what Labrador will do." by The Book Bear - The IDP website encourages people to "Vote for Rep. Shirley Ringo and get someone in there who will make a plan with the interests of Idaho at heart … and stick to it."

(KS-01) Republicans Continue Assault on Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) after Primaries by tmservo433 - You'd think with defeat in the Republican Primary, Alan LaPolice would find time to sit back and wait a cycle to see what happens next. But Alan has been busy, pointing out that even though he isn't in the race, Huelskamp doesn't serve Kansas.

(NC-03) Forelorn hope Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC declares war on North Carolina by DocDawg - The campaign finance reform SuperPAC Mayday has endorsed incumbent Walter Jones (R-NC03), one of the most notable right wingers in the pack.

(NC-03) Meet Mayday PAC's latest RWNJ endorsee: Walter Jones, (R; NC-03) by DocDawg - Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC has come out with its latest crazy Republican endorsement: the Republican incumbent in the race for NC-03. Here's how nutty this guy is.

(OH-08) John Boehner and Gerry Mander: How to Avoid Women & Minorities by Brian Ross - Diarist looks at the relationship between Gerry Mander and Republican Speaker John Boehner's safe seat.

(VA-07) David Brat as a "Libertarian Catholic" is an Oxymoron by Frank Cocozzelli - The Tea Partier who defeated Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary is reportedly a convert to Catholicism. Who has apparently not yet encountered the church's social teachings...




State, local and more - 20


(AZ-Gov) AZ-Gov: George Takei Hits The Campaign Trail For Fred DuVal (D) by poopdogcomedy - Mister Sulu is hitting the campaign trail for Democratic nominee Fred DuVal with an appearance in Scottsdale.

(FL-StSen12) A Look at the Ads - FL Sen District 12 by decktrio - Diarist reviews 4 mailers in the Florida State Senate 12 primary race between incumbent Geraldine F. Thompson and Gary Siplin.

(HI-Gov & Sen) Hawaii Primary Election Results by Yosef 52 - Diarist reports on the Hawaiian Democratic primary election.

(HI-Gov) How Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his primary by 36 points by Skaje - Incumbents lose primaries for a variety of reasons, none of which apply to Abercrombie. Here's the list of reasons voters chose Ige instead.

(HI-Gov) Historic Upset Ejects Incumbent Hawaii Governor by nicoleweddington - Never before in Hawaiian politics has a Democrat incumbent governor been defeated. Yet this past Saturday, Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige crushed current Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the gubernatorial primaries.

(IL-Gov) IL-GOV: Pat Quinn Takes A Page From Obama by zenbassoon - Incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn's new ad takes inspiration from Obama's race against Romney. Quinn may be on a roll.

(KS-Gov) Paul Davis (D-KS) Surges to a 10 point lead over Sam Brownback by tmservo433 - What is really happening in Kansas is that effective use of on the ground information strategies and strong leg work in the outer districts has been key in building a broad based coalition against Brownback.

(ME-StSen) 2014 State Senate races in Maine - Updated Analysis: Will the Democrats keep their majority? by ProudNewEnglander - Diarist offers an overview of the 2014 state senate races in Maine, with an eye to Democratic chances.

(MN-Gov) MN-Gov: Honour stakes claim to being most conservative candidate by ericf - Candidates in the GOP's primary race for governor in Minnesota are jostling for position with Scott Honour bristling over the Minnesota Star Tribune's endorsement of Jeff Johnson and trying to claim the title of most conservative candidate for himself.

(NY-Gov) Primary Cuomo: What it Would Say About Our Chances in 2014 by pierre9045 - The diarist lists the many reasons why it is important for Democrats to oppose the candidacy of Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary on September 9th .

(NY-Gov) Zephyr Wins Suit, Cuomo Goes to Israel by El Bloguero - Zephyr Teachout, the underdog candidate to defeat NY Governor Andrew Cuomo in the September primary, has prevailed in a lawsuit by Andrew Cuomo's team in their effort to disqualify her for lack of 5 years' residency. The ruling permitted Teachout to remain on the ballot. The diarist gives numerous reasons why democrats should be supporting Teachout's candidacy.

(NY-Gov) "The most important anti-corruption candidate in America today" by cinepost - Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo's opponent in the upcoming Dem primary Zephyr Teachout, has received significant endorsements despite a dearth of coverage.

(NY-Var) Unanimous (I think) LGBT Endorsements for Sept. 9th Primary in NYC by mole 333 - A useful rundown of the endorsements of 4 LGBT organizations in key NY Democratic primary races on Sep 9th.

(OH-Gov) To The Ohio Democratic Party by JS Cannon - This diary is an indictment of the Ohio Democratic Party and the Democratic candidate, Ed Fitzgerald, who is running against incumbent Governor John Kasich(R).

(TX-Voting) ACTION: Petitions for Expanded Early Voting Hours in 200+ Texas Counties by nomandates - The Texas Democratic Party (TDP) is mobilizing registered voters in counties with a population under 100,000 to petition their county Election Clerk to expand in-person early voting availability.

(Var) 2014 Race Ratings: Senate, Governors, House by jncca - An analysis of who the diarist thinks will prevail in many nationwide electoral contests and the reasons why.

(WI-Leg) A preview of Wisconsin Legislative Races by specda - Wisconsin Progress recently did some polling in targeted Assembly districts around the state. While still going through all the data, the diarist provides a quick preview of the results, which are promising.

(WI-Gov) Pro-GOP Wisconsin "Politifact" slants ratings to favor Walker by Jake formerly of the LP - Journal-Sentinel's Polit-fact Wisconsin looks to be in the bag for Scott Walker and his corporatist WisGOP agenda.

(WI-Gov) Scott Walker Brazenly Hiding Identities of "Workers" in New Ad by Puddytat - Gov. Scott Walker (R) features several people who supposedly found jobs because of his policies, but he's refusing to identify any of those people.

(WI-Leg) Three Months Out - Taking back the Wisconsin State Assembly by BlueSasha - Three months out and things look good for Democrats in the state legislature since six state senators were recalled in 2011. Diarist lists seats most likely to flip.




General - 8


November: The Democratic Party v The Tea Party by LaFeminista - The immigration debate signaled the final collapse of what was the Republican Party into the fearful hate filled realm of the Tea Party. Democrats can give the people a clear and honest differential and they will vote. Or we can do our usual and follow them ever rightwards and probably lose again.

On face-to-face, people-focused organizing, and helping in greater L.A. election campaigns by benamergy21 - Diary is a call to action for Kossacks in the greater Los Angeles area.

Hey 20 Somethings! It's Your Most Important Election Ever by kavips - Using the outcomes of the voting choices of their parents and grandparents, the diarist implores today's 20 Somethings to vote in the upcoming election.

95% of Republican House Districts are Majority White by The Baculum King - Diarist found an interesting fact about the GOP gerrymandering.

It's a Poll Tax... by decktrio - Diarist highlights the costs of obtaining documentation required to get past voter suppression laws, and calls it what it is.

You want to fire up Democrats to vote? Let's talk about that by MinistryOfTruth - The diarist makes the case that hope is what motivates democrats and left-leaning voters are motivated to get out and vote on election day, and the key to that is a policy issue.

Color me a voter! by JamieG from Md - A lot of the voters we've registered have been parents with their young children. I was thinking it would be good to have something to entertain the children while their parent fills out the voter application form.

Bad Week for Democracy in CA – Will Democrats Make it Worse? by dragonboneman - Thousands of activists – mostly Democrats and progressives -- have worked for nearly four years to pass the CA DISCLOSE Act, because until we can pass a constitutional amendment, the only hope for fighting back against unlimited secret money is shining a bright light on political ads.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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