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Samples of Today's 44 Diary Collection:

[MA & MT-Sen] BREAKING: PPP: Warren by 9! Tester by 2. Plus New Warren Ad. by jpmassar - President Obama may still be unsure of where he will be in February, but Harry Reid is beginning to feel a lot more comfortable in his Senate Majority Chair.

[MA-04] This has to be the dumbest political ad this cycle by brooklynbadboy - An ad being run by Republican Sean Bielat for the open House seat in the 4th District is just plain dumb. The ad features a young, vibrant Jack Kennedy. Who is Bielat running against? Why, it's Joe Kennedy III, a 100% pure blooded Kennedy!

[ND-HD44] ND-HD44: First openly gay candidate for ND House by cr8nguy - A friend of diarist is running for the ND House in district 44 (which is the north part of Fargo). His name is Joshua Boschee....He is the first openly gay candidate to compete for the ND legislature and is running an amazing campaign. ActBlue link included.


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on October 17th till noon on October 18th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (44)
Senate: (13) posts, (6) states
House: (7) posts, (5) states, (7) districts
State: (5)
Ballot Initiatives: (3)
Various: (2)
General: (14)


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Senate

[AZ-Sen] AZ-Sen: Jeff Flake's (R) Ad Against Dr. Richard Carmona (D) Is 100% False! by poopdogcomedy - Flake seems to be dissembling and projecting at the same time in this contest.

[MA-Sen] BREAKING: Scott Brown is NOT A Nice Guy, Is In Fact A Jerk, And Just Blew Any Chance He Had by GDoyle - Scott Brown (R) has revealed himself to be a jerk. In an appearance at the Taunton Fire Department he was asked why asbestos workers were supporting Warren (D) if she had worked against them as Brown claimed...

[MA-Sen] Massachusetts Republican Party pays people to say they support Scott Brown by Joan McCarter - Brown (R) seems to lack volunteers for his campaign. Elizabeth Warren (D) is his opponent.

[MA-Sen] MA-Sen: The REAL Binder Full of Women! by Brainwrap - Yes, that's the cover of the May 24, 2010 issue of TIME Magazine, featuring Elizabeth Warren, SEC Chair Mary Schapiro and former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair. Oh, yeah, by the way, Ms. Bair--a Republican--just happens to be campaigning today for Elizabeth Warren.

[MA-Sen] Scott Brown's comments spark outrage across Massachusetts by Scarce - The reaction to Scott Brown's offensive comments yesterday has been widespread condemnation across the board. No one is defending him, not even the local Fox News affiliate...

[MA-Sen] Senator Scott Brown Apologizes For Claiming Elizabeth Warren Used Actors For Asbestos Ad by HoundDog - US Senator Scott Brown apologizes for his claim that Elizabeth Warren used paid actors in asbestos ad, after backlash and family members confirmed their role.

[MA-Sen] Scott Brown hires homeless blacks to pretend they support him by MethuenProgressive - Scott Brown stoops even lower.

[MA-Sen] "Serious People" Endorse Warren by lynne1 - Diarist shares their time at a round table event where Elizabeth Warren received endorsement from Shelia Bair, and why Bair's endorsement is really a big deal.

[MA & MT-Sen] BREAKING: PPP: Warren by 9! Tester by 2. Plus New Warren Ad. by jpmassar - President Obama may still be unsure of where he will be in February, but Harry Reid is beginning to feel a lot more comfortable in his Senate Majority Chair.

[MO-Sen] Todd Akin gets the coveted '19 Kids and Counting' endorsement by Laura Clawson - Akin (R) has the support of the Duggars, whose notable prior picks include President Rick Santorum. Claire McCaskill (D) is probably trying quite hard not to laugh, somewhere in Missouri.

[PA-Sen] PA-Sen: Tea Party Tom Smith Extremely Wrong For Pennsylvania by poopdogcomedy - Bob Casey Jr. (D) goes after Smith (R) in a new ad.

[WI-Sen] 'Barney Frank in a dress' by Joan McCarter - This is what desperation on the Right stinks like. The Washington Times, apoplectic at the prospect of Tammy Baldwin (D) winning a Senate seat, is urging Tommy Thompson (R) to make Baldwin's sexual orientation the issue of the campaign.

[WI-Sen] Tommy Thompson's birther problem gets worse by Joan McCarter - Apparently agreeing with something isn't the same as saying it yourself - if you're the son of Republican Thompson. Tammy Baldwin is the Democrat in this race.


House

[CA-29] CA-49: Interview with candidate Jerry Tetalman - Important for Green Party and Sandra Fluke peeps!! by pipsorcle - Diarist gives some of their won personal political history before delving into their interview with Jerry Tetalman who's running against Darrell Issa.

[IL-13] Congressional candidates Gill, Davis (IL-13) occupy same stage but different realities. by Willinois - A summary of the debate Wednesday night between Democrat David Gill and Republican Rodney Davis, who are vying for Illinois' 13th CD.

[MA-04] This has to be the dumbest political ad this cycle by brooklynbadboy - An ad being run by Republican Sean Bielat for the open House seat in the 4th District is just plain dumb. The ad features a young, vibrant Jack Kennedy. Who is Bielat running against? Why, it's Joe Kennedy III, a 100% pure blooded Kennedy!

[MN-02] MN-2 Rep. John Kline(R) FAIL on his first TV ad. by Intheknow - Diarist questions the wisdom of Kline using the Metrodome as the backdrop for his first ad. ActBlue link for Kline's opponent Mike Obermueller (DFL) included.

[MN-03] Brian Barnes Releases New Ad by Kewattintulip - Barnes (DFL)  takes to the airwaves in his battle against Erik Paulsen (R).

[MN-08] MN-08: Mining Issue Separates A Ranger From A Packsacker by keewatinrose - As election day rapidly approaches, mining and Medicare are lining up as the key issues in the race for 8th district congress between Chip Cravaack (R) and Rick Nolan (D).

[TN-04] TN-04: Poll reports Scott DesJarlais is in trouble by brooklynbadboy - Diarist covers a story on Scott DesJarlais (R) in the race for TN-04 with  Eric Stewart (D).


State:

[MN-SD-48A] Minnesota GOP State Rep Kirk Stensrud Misuses City Logo by TwoPuttTommy - Is Stensrud in violation of the law in his campaign advertising? Yvonne Selcer (DFL) is his opponent.

[ND-HD44] ND-HD44: First openly gay candidate for ND House by cr8nguy - A friend of diarist is running for the ND House in district 44 (which is the north part of Fargo). His name is Joshua Boschee....He is the first openly gay candidate to compete for the ND legislature and is running an amazing campaign. ActBlue link included.

[WA-Gov] The Seattle Times runs free full page ad for Republican Rob McKenna by Lefty Coaster - A full page, four color ad by the the Seattle Times for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna calls into question everything the paper prints about the race for Washington's Governor.

[WA-Gov] Seattle Times Corporate Advertising for (R)ob Mckenna Ends my Subscription by otto - Diarist lets the Seattle Times know what he thinks of their "push to demonstrate the effectiveness of newspaper political advertising" by cashing in on the Citizens United cash cow.

[WI-SD-75] Wisconsin "some girls rape easy" legislator picks up "pro-family" endorsement. Irony is dead. by Mike Kahlow - Wisconsin state representative Roger "some girls rape easy" Rivard (R-Rice Lake) picks up the endorsement of the allegedly "pro-family" Wisconsin arm of the Family Research Council, Wisconsin Family Action.


Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Prop 32] Koch Brothers provide $ for Prop. 32 in California by dcampbell - Many in labor believe that Prop. 32 would be a near fatal blow to the California labor movement. The ballot initiative would ban contributions from labor unions while preserving the dark money contributions of corporations.

[CA-Prop 32 & 33] California's Billionaire Ballot: The Good, Bad, And Ugly by Consumer Watchdog - The rich are weighing in on several ballot measures in the Golden State this go-round, for their own shady reasons.

[CA-LA Co.-Measure B] Quick Followup to Measure B, by the numbers by ImpeccableLiberalCredentials - Commentary on a ballot measure to mandate the use of condoms in pornography.


Various:

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: Democrats point to Rasmussen, plus gauging impact of second debate by Steve Singiser - After today's polling downpour, today amounted to a steady shower, with 39 polls getting added to the mix today. And, taken as a whole, the best way to define today's polls (besides, in many cases, "underwhelming") would be: strange.

[Var] Senate Ratings: Democrats Likely to Keep Senate Majority by Alibguy - Analysis on the races for the upper house, and why Harry Reid shouldn't start reading the Help Wanted ads just yet.


General:

A simple act to help protect the right to vote: Ask the legal community to volunteer. by distraught - Legal eagles everywhere should consider joining the OFA Victory Counsel to protect the right to vote in this election.

Blowing The Lid Off of the Conservative Propaganda Machine by Drawne Miths - Lewis Powell writes a confidential letter to the Chamber of Commerce outlining a strategy to steer the American political conversation severely rightward - including planting conservative activists amongst the Higher Ed elite, on judicial benches and in the media.

Having fun at the polls by XenuLives - Diarist comes up with a nifty list of costumes and props people can use to turn their trip to the polls into politically-oriented street theater.

Iowa Early Voting Update, 10/18/12 by FightingRegistrar - Latest figures in diarist's ongoing daily update on who's voting in Iowa and how they're registered.

North Carolina Early Voting Begins TODAY: Long Lines Already Forming Across State! by Hopefruit2 - If you have friends or family in NC, please send them gentle reminders to get to the polls early. Lines are already forming and the excitement is palpable. Enthusiasm gap? Not in North Carolina!

NC Early Voting starts tomorrow: Here's a Sensata pamphlet to distribute by XenuLives - I'm very excited to cast my vote tomorrow for the President and all of the other great Democrats on my local ballot. There are going to be festivities in my local area, including a BBQ in the evening and a protest against Rick "fecal matter & lube" Santorum in the morning. Yee haw!

Mitt Romney puts women in binders; Democrats help elect women to state legislatures by DLCC - Diarist speaks to the massive rift in how Democrats and Republicans view the role of women in elected office.

republicans disregard law in PA election... by old mark - Pennsylvania's Tea Party controlled legislature passed a law requiring photo ID with an expiration date in order to vote. A state judge halted this requirement until after the election. But many ads are still running stating that photo ID is required. Seems the GOP doesn't believe that laws apply to itself.

RNC Consent Decree Banning Voter Supression That All Dem Poll Watchers Need to Read (& have a copy) by Steven D - In 1982 the DNC got a consent decree from a district judge requiring the RNC and all its agents and employees from violating election laws in their voter suppression efforts. Here are the details so that Dem poll watchers will be armed with the law come November 6th.

Stealing Ohio? by Dewstino - Diarist shares an email alert from MoveOn.org calling for push-back against GOP efforts to steal the election by disenfranchising Democratic voters in the crucial swing state of Ohio.

Virginia GOP Destroying Voter Registrations?!! by JohnnyAppleseed - Diarist reports police are investigating  a story originally reported on Facebook.

Virginia voter registrations thrown in dumpster by Horace Boothroyd III - Diarist has a story on a person watching someone throw filled out voter registrations in a dumpster.

Woman President of Mississippi Tea Party: Women Shouldn't Vote by DowneastDem - Janice Lane, president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party told the Jackson Free Press in a recent interview that the country would be better off if women had never won the right to vote.

"You Can't Vote" Being Disenfranchised in Tennessee by zakandsantos - Diarist describes illegal disenfranchisement in Tennessee that, if one were not determined and had waited until November 6th, would have prevented legal voters from voting.


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