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NOTE TO OUR DOWN-TICKET DIARISTS: Election Diary Rescue will continue to compile down-ticket diaries through noon on Friday of this week. This means we'd love to see and enter into the database all diaries about the great races you've been covering so faithfully this campaign season, telling us all how those turned out. Thanks for all you've been doing, and best of luck to all your candidates!

Samples of Today's 68 Diary Collection:

[AZ-Sen] Arizona GOP Senate candidate Jeff Flake providing wrong polling sites to Democrats. by azzonie - Jeff Flake's (R) campaign has been sending robocalls to Democratic voters in the Phoenix area giving erroneous polling place info.

[MN-08] MN-08-08: Chip Cravaack And His Buddy Paul Ryan Refused To Co Sponsor Autism, Breast Cancer Acts by keewatinrose - Tea Party congresscritter Chip Cravaack and Paul Ryan have more in common that just Ryan's budget and working out in the same gym. Both have refused to co sponsor key legislation to address epidemics of autism and breast cancer.

[Marriage Equality] It's Marriage Equality or Bust. The Final Polling in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington by jpmassar - Diarist runs the poll numbers in each of these states that have marriage equality propositions or amendments on the ballot.


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on November 4th till noon on November 5th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (68)
Senate: (10) posts, (5) states plus various
House: (11) posts, (5) states, (10) districts
State: (2)
Ballot Initiatives: (9)
Various: (1)
General: (35)


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Senate

[AZ-Sen] Arizona GOP Senate candidate Jeff Flake providing wrong polling sites to Democrats. by azzonie - Jeff Flake's (R) campaign has been sending robocalls to Democratic voters in the Phoenix area giving erroneous polling place info.

[CT-Sen] Linda McMahon :Clever Or Desperate by haitiandemocrate - Linda McMahon is trying to boost her chances of victory by tying her campaign to President Obama's.

[IN-Sen] Help get out the vote for Joe Donnelly by Jamie Sanderson - Diarist issues a plea for GOTV volunteers in Indiana to get voters to the polls for Joe Donnelly (D) against Richard Mourdock (R).

[MA-Sen] Time to get real about Scott Brown's record by MassUniting - Republican Brown's voting record is not a pretty sight. Elizabeth Warren (D) is his opponent.

[MA-Sen] MA-Sen: Ben Affleck Cuts an Ad for Elizabeth Warren by Blue Tuesday - Diarist has an ad Ben Affleck did for Elizabeth Warren (D) in the Massachusetts Senate race with incumbent Scott Brown (R).

[MO-Sen] Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin Has Been Arrested At Least Eight Times by jjray - Akin (R) has a history of trouble with the law. Claire McCaskill (D) is his opponent.

[MO-Sen] Todd Akin's latest: the Bible says government shouldn't educate children by rturner229 - Akin (R) holds nineteenth-century views; Claire McCaskill (D) is more attuned to modern times.

[Sen-Var] PPP: R+7 MT, AZ; Flake, Tester ahead by lesboy66 - New polls indicate Jeff Flake (R) is up on Richard Carmona (D) in Arizona, while Jon Tester (D) leads Dennis Rehberg (R) in Montana.

[Sen-Var] '12 Senate Races: Final Edition by BKGyptian89 - Predictions for the outcome of this year's Senate races.

[Sen-Var] Women in the 113th Congress: Senate by HoosierD42 - Diarist offers an overview of where women will (or could) stand in the 113th Congress, this one focusing on the Senate.


House

[CA-49] CA-49: Jerry Tetalman vs. Darrell Issa on Camp Pendleton Patch (VIDEO) by pipsorcle - Video of Tetalman (D), up against Issa (R).

[CA-49] *A voter from Darrell Issa's own Congressional District Speaks Out, Again! Earth to Mr. Issa!* by pipsorcle - Diarist has a post up on California’s 49th district race between incumbent Darrell Issa (R) & Jerry Tetalman (D).

[FL-09] Idiot Wind: "A Socialist Nightmare Hellscape" by Alan Grayson - Yesterday Alan Grayson mentioned Todd Long (R) has concocted a bizarre End-of-Days scenario, which has Grayson removing the Bible from people’s homes, and “kicking Christianity out of the country.” Alan Grayson (D) takes a look at right-wing paranoid nonsense. ActBlue link inside.

[IL-08] IL-08: Tammy Duckworth (D) v. Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh (R) by JGibson - Diarist has a post up covering the Illinois 08 district race between Tammy Duckworth (D) and incumbent Joe Walsh (R).

[IL-11] IL-11: Bill Foster (D) v. Fauxderate Judy Biggert (R) by JGibson - Another installment in diarist's series comparing the actual records of the candidates.

[IL-12] Steve Enyart will never win (IL-12) by Dr Squid - But Bill Enyart (D) might, running against Jason Plummer (R).

[IL-13] Rodney Davis not entirely honest about relationship with convicted Governor George Ryan (IL-13) by Willinois - Diarist has a post up about the Illinois 13th district race between David Gill (D) and Rodney Davis (R).

[IL-16] IL-16: UPDATED - Elect Kossack Wanda Rohl & Catch Cantor's Lapdog Flat-footed by llbear - Support Rohl (D) in her battle against Adam Kinzinger (R).

[IL-17] IL-17: Cheri Bustos v. Bobby Schilling (R) by JGibson - Contrasting the candidates' positions on important issues, another diary in a series.

[IN-08] IN-08: Elect Dave Crooks to break the Tea Party by pistolSO - Larry Bucshon (R) is simply wrong for Southwestern Indiana, and Dave Crooks (D) represents progress for Indiana. Crooks believes that a woman is the best person to make her own medical decisions and the sooner Indiana moves away from forced ultrasounds and forced pregnancy positions, the better. Links to help included.

[MN-08] MN-08-08: Chip Cravaack And His Buddy Paul Ryan Refused To Co Sponsor Autism, Breast Cancer Acts by keewatinrose - Tea Party congresscritter Chip Cravaack and Paul Ryan have more in common that just Ryan's budget and working out in the same gym. Both have refused to co sponsor key legislation to address epidemics of autism and breast cancer.


State:

[MI-SupCourt] Bridget Mary McCormack has a wild week plus the past week in endorsements for down ballot contests by Neon Vincent - Diarist describes campaigning and endorsements in the state of Michigan, focusing on Bridget Mary McCormack and other candidates for state Supreme Court.

[WA-Gov] Rob McKenna thinks Democrats who vote are thieves by WomanLady - Rob McKenna (R) seems to think that when Democrats vote they steal the election.  Here's hoping that Jay Inslee (D) wins the election while McKenna whines.


Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Prop 30] Woozles & Politics - Barking Out the Vote with Sutter Brown by Ellinorianne - California's First Dog, Sutter Brown, campaigns for Proposition 30.

[CA-Prop 30] We need your help on Prop. 30 by dcampbell - Thirty actions to help pass Proposition 30.

[CA-39] Vote No on California Proposition 39: Multistate Business Taxes by Inoljt - Diarist continues his series of taking controversial stands on California's proposals.  Here he takes the same position as the California Republican Party on Prop 39.  I'm sure the comments will be interesting.

[CO-Amendment 64] Marijuana Poll in Colorado vs Pres Poll by Geriw - Amendment 64 would make it legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and regulate its sale. It's leading in the polls 50-44, a bigger margin that Obama over Romney.

[IL-Amendment 49] IL - Constitutional Amendment 49: VOTE 'NO'!!! by Satya1 - This amendment should be called "The Politician Protection Amendment," since politicians have skipped contributing to their pension fund systems for years.

[Marriage Equality] It's Marriage Equality or Bust. The Final Polling in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington by jpmassar - Diarist runs the poll numbers in each of these states that have marriage equality propositions or amendments on the ballot.

[MI-Prop 2] Proposition 2 Flashback: Gov Romney Supports Michigan Public Employees Right to Collectively Bargain by Morton Montgomery - Mitt Romney's father was governor of Michigan in 1965, and he signed the Public Employees Rights Act into law. His son heads a Republican Party in 2012 that is waging full-fledged war on the right to collective bargaining.

[MI-Prop 2] Why I Will Vote YES on Michigan's Proposal 2, or How I Came to My Union Consciousness by alevel - Part 3 in a series on Michigan's ballot initiatives. Prop 2 would amend the state constitution to add language guaranteeing the right to collective bargaining.

[MI-Prop 5] Vote NO on Michigan's Proposal 5 by alevei - The diarist advocates against this proposal, which would constrain the ability of state lawmakers to raise taxes.


Various:

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: The Sunday evening (semi-final) edition by Steve Singiser - With such a mountain of data, it is easier than normal to draw conclusions. And, by and large, it is hard for Democrats not to be encouraged by the avalanche of numbers cascading down this weekend.


General/GOTV/EV:

A disabled Vet GOTV in Pennsylvania by Pro Photoman - A New Yorker - retired, disabled Viet Nam veteran knocks on doors in Pennsylvania.

African American turnout in NC by heiderose1 - Diarist has a post about early voter turnout in North Carolina.

AP: Latest Swing State Early Vote Totals by joelgp - AP tallies of early voting statistics in swing states.

As We GOTV, WE NEVER FORGET Our Civil Rights Martyrs by JayRaye - A list of people who lost their lives in the cause of civil rights, something that must never be forgotten as we fight Republican disenfranchisement and voter suppression in this election cycle.

Audio of robocall telling voters to go to the wrong polling place by Horace Boothroyd III - Actual audio of the Jeff Flake for Senate (R) robocall telling Arizona voters to go to the wrong poll location.

Canvass update from Hamilton County, OH by CinncyDem - Diarist reports in on weekend canvassing in Cincinnati.

Charlie Christ Denounces Long-Lines in Florida's Early Voting as "Indefensible" Voter Suppression by HoundDog - Diarist covers former Governor Charlie Christ speaking out about the long voting lines in Florida.

Christian left takes to the street for marriage equality in Washington by Scott Wooledge - Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations took to the streets of Seattle today. The occasion was a  show of support for approving Referendum 74 that would affirm LGBT couples' right to marry in the state of Washington.

Election Fraud, November 6 - Watch for Vote Flipping and Fixed Exit Polls by Michael Collins DC - Privatization of our elections process occurred without our knowledge or consent. This violates prohibitions against secret vote counting in many state constitutions. Elected officials couldn't care less.

Election Predictions (Conservatives and Independents Welcomed) by ribeye - A compilation of predictions not just for President, but for Senate and House seats as well.

Election Weather Forecasts by Pirogue - Weather forecasts for major cities for Tuesday, so you'll know how to dress.

Florida early voting hassles happening "by partisan design." Ohio's Husted creates more problems by Meteor Blades - utter chaos in Florida early voting is no accident. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has designed a provisional ballot form in his state that blatantly violates Ohio law. That's not an accident either.

Every Vote Counts! by SteartAcuff - It's getting close to being over, but we can't afford to let up one bit. Every state, red or blue, has critical senate and house races - GOTV!

GOTV Links...Let's do this. by ShoshannaD - Links for volunteers to get out the vote tomorrow.

GOTV: Notes from Northern VA; my Mom is a Socialist. (Updated) by noweasels - This diarist passionately offers a great pep talk for GOTV and is also able to vent after a maddening experience with Romney canvassers.

Holy (#^%! My Kid in Texas Was Disenfranchised! by Lily O LadyFollow - Diarist's daughter was purged from the voter registration rolls improperly.

Idiot Wind: "A Socialist Nightmare Hellscape" by Alan Grayson - Republican Todd Long has concocted a bizarre End-of-Days scenario if diarist Alan Grayson (D) wins, which has Grayson removing the Bible from people's homes and "kicking Christianity out of the country." Right-wing Republicans have been flooding the media with paranoid nonsense like that.

I'm nervous because of the GOP's 21st Century Jim Crow laws by mdelmuro - All the signs look good, but diarist is still nervous due to so much voter disenfranchisement and suppression activity this cycle.

Iowa Early Voting Update, 11/5/12 by FightingRegistrar - The latest figures out of Iowa on absentee ballot requests and returns, early voting ballots cast.

I will not accept another illegitimate presidency by Vetwife - "We won't go away this time and I feel I speak for every person who believes in the right to vote."  Information on fighting back inside.

Lock and Load 2012: Alabama GOP to hold victory party at firing range by quaoar - It's Alabama, where you can't make this stuff up. The state Republican Party is holding its Tuesday night victory party at a gun range.

Long early voting line in Columbus, OH today (video) by jmknapp - Diarist gives a report on early voting enthusiasm in Ohio including pictures and videos.

Long Lines to Vote, No Early Voting Extensions & Pushback from FL/OH Repub Gov's - Seriously WTF? by furpletron - Looks like Jim Crow is alive and well and living in South Florida. No early voting extensions. Dubious absentee ballots. Long lines. When is this bullshit going to end...

Michigan Enviros - Elect Kelley, Johnson & McCormack to MI Supreme Court by LakeSuperior - Diarist emphasizes how important the vote is on 3 seats in the MI Supreme Court and urges voters to elect Judges, Kelley, Johnson, and McCormack.

My Heartbreaking Denver GOTV Story by MikeBoyScout - Diarist writes about a visit with a voter in Denver to GOTV.

Nate Silver Types -- Help with Congressional Horserace Projections by noelcor - Diarist requests polling analysts to help in generating congressional projections.

NC Early Voting Day 17: Early Vote Ends With a Dem Turnout Bang - Now Comes E-DAY GOTV! by MattTX - Final diary in a series, diarist offers a synopsis of early voting in North Carolina. Charts and graphs galore.

Once More for the Ladies: Why We're Mad as Hell and MUST WIN by VetGrl - A whole bunch of graphic reminders of how Republicans Governors, Senators and Congresspersons feel about Planned Parenthood, birth control, access to abortion, equal pay, etc.

Police Intimidation of OFA - Media, PA by RBLee - Diarist relates a campaign of harassment against OFA canvassers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania conducted by police.

Predictions and Key Counties for Election Night by jncca - State by state predictions for the Presidential race and other key contests.

Some Average Wait Times ... by jamess - Diarist offers average waiting times at airports across the country, then compares them to the ridiculous wait times to vote in Florida. This is unacceptable.

Roll Call: Disgruntled Activists May Target Electors by grytpype - Oh, great. Voter suppression isn't bad enough - now we need to worry about Electoral voter suppression. It's happened.

Suppression backlash by agnostic - Has the GOP shat itself in the foot with its heavy-handed voter suppression efforts? Diarist suspects just that.

True the Vote targets transpeople by rserven - Diarist offers detail of how voter suppression organization True the Vote is planning to challenge transpeople at the polls. Numbers and links for calling for help, plus a Voting While Trans checklist from NCTE.

Why am I confident about CO, +the voting metrics by RWN - Diarist offers early voting statistics for Colorado, and projects those forward to what should happen tomorrow when all the votes are counted. Looks good!


* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

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