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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 52 diaries.

(MN-Sen) Major Chaos in MN Independence Party by Dbug - Diarist provides an interesting look at the history of the Independence Party in Minnesota and information on Steve Carlson, the Tea Party candidate who somehow won that party's primary election slot to go against Senator Al Franken (D). Carlson has been disowned by the Independence Party which could even lead to the party losing a position on the ballot in future elections.

(AZ-07) Secrets, coal and a parking lot: business-as-usual, Mary Rose Wilcox in Arizona-07. by RLMiller  - Climate champion Ruben Gallego has been endorsed by MoveOn, DailyKos, Climate Hawks Vote, and other progressive and environmental groups in the Democratic primary for a the seat in 7th district in Arizona vacated by the retiring Ed Pastor. His opponent, county supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, has a history of supporting coal funded utilities.

(FL-Primary) Florida Primary Elections Preview by Tyler Yeargain. Tuesday, August 26 is primary day in Florida this year. The diarist has an extensive summary of more than 50 races from around the state. It was a lot of work to put it together. It's especially worth a look if you're a Florida voter. (And don't forget to vote!)

North Carolina GOP finds appalling new level of anti-democratic treachery by Adam B - Not content to just make it harder to vote, the Tea bragger dominated NC legislature decided to pass an unconstitutional law that makes it harder for courts to rule on the constitutionality of unconstitutional laws.


This is the 33rd weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, August 17 through Saturday, August 24. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

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Diaries: (52)
Senate: (10) posts, (7) states
House: (8) posts, (5) states, (5) districts
State and more: (27)
General: (7)

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Senate - 10


(GA-Sen) GA: Senate -- Verbiage by hannah - Who’s attacking who in the race between Michelle Nunn (D) and David Purdue (R).

(GA-Sen) GA: Senate--What a lovely oppo!!! by hannah - The "Ending Spending Action Fund" hilariously links Michelle Nunn (D) with Obama.

(HI-Sen) Sen Brian Schatz wins Democratic nomination for Senate in Hawaii by Jeff Singer - Hawaii's Democratic U.S. Senate primary has finally came to an end. Two districts were not able to vote on election day due to a tropical storm, but in a special election held last week for just these districts, Brian Schatz, the incumbent, emerged the winner over Colleen Hanabusa.

(HI-Sen) Social Security Made the Difference in Hawaii Senate Primary by NCPSSM. A post-mortem on Brian Schatz's recent primary win over Colleen Hanabusa, with more general thoughts on winning strategies looking forward.

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell Kentucky's Pied Piper of Pandering by Rural Progressive - An epic takedown of Mitch McConnell's brand of dog whistle politics.

(KY-Sen) Mitch McConnell's Public Town Hall Meeting Turns Out To Be A Private Town Hall Meeting! by Rural Progressive - Diarist goes to see what is going on at a Mitch McConnell Public Town Hall Meeting.

(MN-Sen) Major Chaos in MN Independence Party by Dbug - Diarist provides an interesting look at the history of the Independence Party in Minnesota and information on Steve Carlson, the Tea Party candidate who somehow won that party's primary election slot to go against Senator Al Franken (D). Carlson has been disowned by the Independence Party which could even lead to the party losing a position on the ballot in future elections.

(MT-Sen) Amanda Curtis Representing the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party by ToddB - The diarist makes a impassioned case for the candidacy of Amanda Curtis(D) against the Koch funded candidate, Steve Daines(R) for US Senate.. "Amanda Curtis is young, smart, articulate, outspoken, and passionate. She espouses the type of grassroots populism and citizen participation that should be the hallmarks of the Democratic Party." With links to Curtis' website and Youtube channel.

(MT-Sen) Amanda Curtis CAN win in Montana by Beastly Fool - The diarist is a big fan of newly named progressive candidate for US Senate from Montana, Amanda Curtis. He believes that with party backing and money she has a shot.

(NH-Sen) Lessig's Mayday PAC goes all-in on RWNJ Jim Rubens (R; NH-Sen) by DocDawg - It's a mystery why Mayday is backing a guy running distant third in the New Hampshire Senate race.




House - 8


(AZ-01) AZ-CD01: GOPer claims Central American kids might cause Ebola outbreak by Dave in AZ - Arizona State House Speaker Andy Tobin, locked in an apparently tight 3 way race for the GOP nomination to face Ann Kirkpatrick in the AZ-01 congressional race, tried to distinguish himself by raising the possibility that kids from Central America might cause an Ebola outbreak in the US.

(AZ-07) Secrets, coal and a parking lot: business-as-usual, Mary Rose Wilcox in Arizona-07. by RLMiller  - Climate champion Ruben Gallego has been endorsed by MoveOn, DailyKos, Climate Hawks Vote, and other progressive and environmental groups in the Democratic primary for a the seat in 7th district in Arizona vacated by the retiring Ed Pastor. His opponent, county supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, has a history of supporting coal funded utilities.

(AZ-07) Mayday PAC moves the needle: Campaign spending update for week of 8/20 (AZ-07 Edition) by DocDawg - Diarist has info on Mayday PAC funding centered on AZ-07.

(AZ-07) Faint praise: With just 7 days till primary, Mayday PAC whispers support for Gallego (AZ-07) by DocDawg. A down-in-the-weeds review of the Democratic primary in AZ-07, as well as discussion of Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC's activities.

(CA-41) Democracy For America Endorses Tim Sheridan for Congress in California's 42nd District Race by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - DFA's endorsement of Tim Sheridan for Congress said that Sheridan is a "forward looking leader who will fight to ensure that people-powered policies, not right-wing extremism, become the norm in Washington.

(FL-Gen) Florida judge approves slightly-less gerrymandered gerrymander by NE2 - A Florida judge is giving his approval to a new congressional map, but it will not be used in this year's elections.

(MI-11) ACA Signups: MI-11 GOP Candidate David Trott Utterly Full of Crap by Brainwrap - MI-11 Republican candidate and foreclosure attorney David Trott (best known for kicking old ladies out of their homes) gave a newspaper interview recently which was full of nonsense when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Democrat Bobby McKenzie is Trott's opponent in the race.

(NH-01) NH-01 GOP Primary: Smooth Sailing as Frank Guinta tries to get renominated by Doug Tuttle - On September 9th voters will go to the polls in New Hampshire to choose their nominee for the US House.  As all congresswomen are Democratic incumbents, along with Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the action, such as it is, lies on the Republican side. This diary runs down the Republican candidates vying to oppose incumbent Carol Shea Porter in the general election.




State, local and more - 27


(GenState) 2014 State Executive Races to Send Your Campaign Dollars by SCDem4 - Diarist presents noteworthy Democrats running for state executive offices in a number of states.

(AZ-Gen) Arizona Republican Primary Predictions by Hi Jolly - The trajectory of the Republican primary was set weeks ago with no surprises. Diarist offers projections for state executive positions.

(CA-Water Bond) At 76, Jerry Brown Proves the Value of Experience With Passage of Bipartisan California Water Bond by Doctor Jazz - Additional info and discussion in the diary comments.

(FL-Primary) Florida Primary Elections Preview by Tyler Yeargain. Tuesday, August 26 is primary day in Florida this year. The diarist has an extensive summary of more than 50 races from around the state. It was a lot of work to put it together. It's especially worth a look if you're a Florida voter. (And don't forget to vote!)

(FL-Gov) Strong Endorsement-Charlie Crist by SemDem - The diarist makes the case that though Nan Rich is the more liberal candidate in the Florida Democratic primary she cannot defeat incumbent Governor Rick Scott(R-Tea Party). And Charlie Crist(D) can.

(FL-Gov) Poll: Charlie Crist Headed To Blowout In Fla.'s Dem. Primary by saintpetersblog - Heading into Tuesday's Democratic primary in the Florida governor's race, the question is not whether Charlie Crist will win, but by how much.

(FL-Gov) Americans For Prosperity visited my house today by aimeehs. A literature drop from Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity set the diarist off on a righteous rant. Charlie Crist is running to be elected governor again, aiming to unseat Rick Scott. And a reminder: early voting for the Florida primary has begun.

(MA-Gov) Berwick's barnburner of a convention speech by cordgrass - Diarist expresses support for Don Berwick in the September 9th Democratic primary race for governor of Massachusetts. Campaign site link and video included in the diary.

(MI-AG) Video: Mark Totten launches general election campaign against AG Schuette, Michigan's Ken Cuccinelli by Eclectablog - Mark Totten is a former federal prosecutor and a law professor at Michigan State University College of Law. He holds a law degree and a PhD in ethics from Yale University. He's also previously served as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice and as a clerk on a federal court of appeals. He's running as a Democrat to oppose ultra conservative incumbent Bill Schuette(R) to become Michigan's Attorney General.

(MN-SupCt) GOP endorsed candidate banned from State Fair booth for GOP endorsed candidates by Intheknow - Diarist previews the intra-GOP pie fight over one officially endorsed candidate's appearance at the Minnesota GOP's booth at the State Fair.

(MN-SupCt) MN-Supreme Court Race: Al Franken's Legal Genius can't stop Grinning by WineRev - The Minnesota Supreme Court and its members tend to keep a low profile outside of big cases. The positions are supposedly non-partisan, but justices must be approved by voters in the first election following their appointment and every 10 years thereafter. At issue now is that the Republicans don't want the Republican challenger to Justice David Lillehaug to use their booth at the State Fair to promote herself.

(MO-Local) Ferguson's election turnout is terrible by design. Here's how to fix it. by Steve Singiser - Using articles in the NY Times and Think Progress as jumping off points, the diarist shows how consolidating municipal elections or changing the electoral calendar could remedy the status quo in Ferguson, MO and other small municipalities with very low voter turnout.

(NM-Gov) Republican Gov Susana Martinez posts a nine point lead in New Mexico, but with some big caveats by Jeff Singer - Research & Polling, working on behalf of the Albuquerque Journal, takes their first look at the general election in their home state of New Mexico. In the gubernatorial race, they give Republican Gov. Susana Martinez a 50-41 lead over Democratic Attorney General Gary King. This diary is an analysis of Research & Polling's track record over the last two cycles.

(NY-Gov) Cuomo's Primary - There is something happening hereby Justin McCulka - The diarist asks why Zephyr Teachout, a Mario Cuomo Democrat is not getting much traction here at Daily Kos in her run against Mario's son, incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, in the NY Democratic primary.

(NY-Gov) Zephyr Teachout is a New Yorker by jbob - Diarist covers the Appellate Court ruling on whether Zephyr Teachout can Challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the New York Governor's Primary.

(NY-Gov) Zephyr Teachout to honor the memory of Eric Garner in Staten Island Today by jbob - Teachout's promo for the appearance in Staten Island and honoring of another black victim of police trigger-happiness.

(NY-Gov) Moscow on the Hudson meets Zephyr Teachout by MBNYC - Diarist talks about cynical New York politics, and finds some hope in Zephyr Teachout's challenge to Andrew Cuomo.

(NY-Gov) Why I am volunteering for Teachout by plf515 - Diarist explains why he is volunteering for the Democratic underdog Zephyr Teachout and not fake Dem Andrew Cuomo for the Governor's office.

(NY-AD-113) NY-AD-113 - Candidate Holding Fundraiser with DC Lobbyists Often Accused of "Pay to Play" Schemes by Upstate Blue - Diarist writes about a New York state district NY AD 113.

(NV-LtGov) Daily Kos endorsement: Lucy Flores for Nevada Lt. Governor by kos - Diarist announces Dailykos.com endorsement of Lucy Flores for Nevada Lt. Governor.

(NV-AG) GOP Candidate For Nevada AG Evaluated By His Law Firm As A 'Train Wreck' by Retroactive Genius - "Doesn't even have the basic skill set" to be a lawyer, according to Adam Laxalt's colleagues.

(OR-Ballot Initiative) OR Democratic Party Endorses Ballot Measure to Legalize Marijuana by MikePhoenix - Salem Statesman Journal reports the state Democratic Party of Oregon is supporting measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

(PA-Gov) PA-Gov: MoveOn.org Demands Tom Corbett (R) Stop Using Taxpayer Money For Campaign Events by poopdogcomedy - A heads-up from MoveOn and a petition.

(TX-Gov) AT&T Donates 75K To Anti-Gay Greg Abbott For His Campaign For Texas Governor by librarisingnsf. Despite an overall exemplary record on LGBT issues, AT&T has chosen to donate against Wendy Davis in this race in favor of the anti-gay candidate.

(VA-StSen) Virginia Senate under republican control by don mikulecky - Diary on the special election in Virginia's 38'th State Senate district.

(WI-Gov) Scott Walkers Wisconsin; His Cronies Come in First and We Come in Dead Last (+ John Doe News/more) by puddytat - Diarist has Wisconsin Governor race news between incumbent Scott Walker (R) & Challenger Mary Burke (D).

(WY-Gov) Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo) Wins Primary by Village Vet - Incumbent Governor Matt Mead (R) has defeated Dr. Taylor Haynes and Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill in the Wyoming Republican Primary.




General - 7


Daily Kos Elections ad roundup: After a rough few months Bruce Braley releases an effective ad by Jeff Singer - An interesting rundown of ads released in races around the country.

Money in Politics: Rising in Intensity as a 2014 Election Issue by Michael Lux - Two Democratic  candidates, Rick Weiland running for Senate in South Dakota and Chuck Hassebrook, a candidate for Governor of Nebraska, are running populist campaigns taking on the issue of big money in politics. With videos/ of each candidate.

Daily Kos Elections: Alaska primary and Virginia SD-38 liveblog #1 by Jeff Singer - DKE liveblog thread of the special in Virginia's 38th Senate District and Alaska primary.

Adopt a Texas County Today! by precinct1233 - Help needed to sign up senior citizens and disabled for permanent absentee voting.

My adventures as a Precinct Committeperson by KingofSmoke - Congratulations KingofSmoke!

Wisconsin Forward Together coalition kicks off "Week of Moral Action" in Madison by Giles Goat Boy - Diarist has a roundup with photos of Moral Action in Madison.

North Carolina GOP finds appalling new level of anti-democratic treachery by Adam B - Not content to just make it harder to vote, the Tea bragger dominated NC legislature decided to pass an unconstitutional law that makes it harder for courts to rule on the constitutionality of unconstitutional laws.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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