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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 40 diaries.

(SC-Sen) SC-Sen: Tim Scott Set Up for Upset? Dem Pickup & Historic Opportunity by Reinvented Daddy - Diarist argues Democrat Rick Wade is in good position to eliminate tea party Senator Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill out Jim DeMint's term. Either way, this November will be the first time a black man will be elected by popular vote to represent South Carolina in the US Senate.

(House-Gen) Let's Kick Ass in 2014: The must win House races by mole333 - Diarist offers the lowdown on Congressional races around the country featuring Democrats who need to win. Links to help the candidates included.

(CA-AD44) California AD-44 benchmarks by DrPhillips - AD-44 is one of only three Obama districts held by Republicans in the California Assembly, and the second most Democratic out of those three. Jacqui Irwin is the lone Dem in the race, with two Republicans - Pastor Rob McCoy and Sylvia Schnopp - vying for nomination.

Delusional Democrats and Market Fundamentalism by gjohnsit - Diarist looks at how Democrats lost voters that should be in the D column, and what they have to do to get them back.


This is the 7th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, 2/16/14 through Saturday, 2/22/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (40)
Senate: (12) posts (9) states
House: (7) posts (6) states (6) districts
State and more: (17)
General: (4)


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Senate - 12


(CA-42) CA-42 - Learn More About Tim Sheridan by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - Tim Sheridan (D) is running for Congress in a conservative district. The Republican incumbent Ken Calvert is not very popular in the district, so this could be a pickup.

(CO-Sen) CO-Sen: Mark Udall (D) Slams Ted Cruz's (R. TX) Anti-Gay Bill by poopdogcomedy - By clicking on the home page link found at the top left of Senator Udall's petition link to oppose Cruz' anti-gay bill you can donate/sign up to volunteer to help Senator Udall (D) face whichever candidate emerges from the crowded Republican field.

(GA-Sen) A Georgia Democrat not Enamored by Michell Nunn by Oldguy51 - The diarist declares support for lesser-known candidate Steen Miles in the Democratic primary to fill the seat vacated by retiring Saxby Chambliss.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Paul Broun (R) Continues To Make Jack Kingston (R) His Punching Bag In The Primary by poopdogcomedy - The diary provides sketches of several candidates in the Republican field and explores the dynamics between them. It also solicits support for Michelle Nunn, the presumptive favorite in the Democratic primary.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Branko Radulovacki at Feb 20 Events - Cobb County Dems & The Federation of Democratic Women by popsorcle - Diarist covers the Democratic Georgia Senate Primary Campaign Between Michelle Nunn (D) & Branko Radulovacki (D).

(HI-Sen) HI-Sen: Democracy For America Endorses Brian Schatz (D) For U.S. Senate by poopdogcomedy - Sen. Daniel Inouye wanted Rep. Colleen Hanabusa appointed to fill his Senate seat, which opened upon his death. Gov. Neil Abercrombie instead appointed a member of his own administration, Brian Schatz. Rep. Hanabusa is contesting Schatz in the upcoming Democratic primary, with a lead in current polling, but Schatz has just gained a valuable endorsement from Democracy for America.

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen Shenna Bellows Endorsed By Major Marijuana Advocacy Groups by slakn1 - Diarist has endorsements for Maine's Senate race between incumbent Sue Collins (R) & Shenna Bellows (D).

(MS-Sen) MS-Sen: Tea Party Candidate Chris McDaniel (R) Retweets White Supremacist by poopdogcomedy - Diarist has info on Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniels challenge of incumbent Thad Cochran (R).

(MT-Sen) Coal is Dead by Dirk Adams - Dirk Adams (D) a candidate in the Democratic primary for the open Montana Senate seat to replace Max Baucus,introduces himself to the community with a very topical diary. Link to the candidate's campaign site is inside the diary.

(MT-Sen) MT-Sen: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) Fundraises For John Walsh (D) by poopdogcomedy - Sen. Gillibrand is helping Democrat John Walsh raise money to push back against Koch-brothers funded attack ads.

(SC-Sen) SC-Sen: Tim Scott Set Up for Upset? Dem Pickup & Historic Opportunity by Reinvented Daddy - Diarist argues Democrat Rick Wade is in good position to eliminate tea party Senator Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill out Jim DeMint's term. Either way, this November will be the first time a black man will be elected by popular vote to represent South Carolina in the US Senate.

(TX-Sen) Greg Abbott for TX Governor Serves up Hate by Libby Shaw - Republican candidate for Texas governor Greg Abbott chooses racist, misogynist hatemonger Ted Nugent to be a surrogate for his campaign. Nugent's history of hate speech over the last 20 years is well-documented in this diary.




House - 7


(CA-42) CA-42 - Ken Calvert Wrong On Water Rights In California by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - A candidate for California's 42 District Writes about the water shortage in California.

(NJ-12) NJ-12: Who will replace Rush Holt by Trosk - Diarist takes a look at Who is stepping up to replace Rush Holt (D) in New Jersey's 12th District.

(OH-02) OH-02: Meet & Greet John Sheil -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Brad Wenstrup- Feb 20 in Cincinnati by pipsorcle - The three Democrats running to unseat Brad Wenstrup (R) in OH-02 will be at the Anderson Newtown Winter Celebration and Democratic Fundraiser on Feb. 20. A nice summary of Sheil's positions on major issues.

(PA-06) Will PA District 6 Dems Take a Gamble on Mike Parrish? by SpringCityPADem - Diartist has info on Pennsylvania's 6th district with incumbent Jim Gerlach (R) and Mike Parrish who recently switched party affiliation  to DEM.

(TN-06) TN-06: Meet Democratic Candidate Amos Powers -Challenger to Rep. Black- Today in Gallatin, TN by pipsorcle - If you're looking to get involved or to support Democrat Amos Power's campaign against Republican incumbent Rep. Diane Black there are plenty of links in the diary.

(TX-07) TX-07: Fundraiser for James Cargas -Democratic Challenger to Rep. John Culberson- Feb 20 in Houston by popsorcle - Diarist covers the Texas 07 District race between incumbent John Culberson (R) & James Cargas (D).

(House-Gen) Let's Kick Ass in 2014: The must win House races by mole333 - Diarist offers the lowdown on Congressional races around the country featuring Democrats who need to win. Links to help the candidates included.




State, local and more - 17


(CA-AD44) California AD-44 benchmarks by DrPhillips - AD-44 is one of only three Obama districts held by Republicans in the California Assembly, and the second most Democratic out of those three. Jacqui Irwin is the lone Dem in the race, with two Republicans - Pastor Rob McCoy and Sylvia Schnopp - vying for nomination.

(FL-Gov) FL-Gov: Tom Steyer To Make Rick Scott (R) His Next Big Target by poopdogcomedy - Billionaire Tom Steyer is putting his NextGen Climate Action PAC to work in Florida to help defeat climate denier Rick Scott.

(GA-Gov) GA-Gov: Jason Carter (D) Calls For Improving Education & Supporting GA's Teacher Workforce by poopdogcomedy - Diarist covers the Georgia Governor race between incumbent Nathan Deal (R) and Jason Carter (D).

(GA-Gov) GA-Gov: Civil Rights Hero Rep. John Lewis (D. GA) Vows to help Get Jason Carter (D) Elected by poopdogcomedy - Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis says Georgia needs Jason Carter (D) now more than ever as Governor.

(IL-Gov) Ill GOP Gov's race - A lovely bloodbath by agnostic - Entertaining look at the GOP IL-Gov. primary.

(KS-Gov) KS Gov Candidate Paul Davis suggests: Shut down House "Embarrassment" by tmservo433 - What's wrong with Kansas isn't getting any better under Governor Brownback (R). It may be time for a Democrat, and Paul Davis is the guy.

(MA-Gov) Progressive Massachusett Asked the MA-Gov Candidates Some Questions. Which Ones Didn't They Answer? by Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees - Diarist shares the surveys that Progressive Massachusetts received from the candidates in the Democratic primary for the governor's race.

(ME-Gov) ME-Gov: Mike Michaud (D) Calls On Congress To Raise The Minimum Wage by poopdogcomedy -  At the home page link found at Congressman Michaud's petition link included in the diary you can donate/volunteer to help Michaud oust incumbent Governor Paul LePage (R), who seems to be vulnerable.

(MI-Gov) MI-Gov: Rick Snyder (R) Claims MI Gay Marriage Ban For State Workers Saves Money by poopdogcomedy - Mark Schauer (D) has much better ideas than incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder (R).

(Oakland, CA-Mayor) Liu for Mayor of Oakland 2014, Concrete Plan to Conquer America's Most Ruthless City by PeterYLiu - Diarist is running for Mayor, and offers his CV and vision for the city.

(OR-StSen) 2014 Oregon Senate Elections by James Allen - Diarist discusses each of the districts where right now it looks like there may be an interesting race this year for the Oregon State Senate seats.

(SD-General) South Dakota: Political "Sleeper"? by BlueOutHere - Diarist writes about how Washington Democrats have given up on Purple South Dakota and it's state wide campaigns.

(TX-Gen) Texas Dem Primary Early Voting starts today by StarbucksGirl51 - The 2014 election cycle is underway. Voting has begun! This brief diary features a link to locate polling locations in Texas for early voting.

(TX-Gov) Texas AG Greg Abbott Bitten by Association with "Mongrel" Ted by Vyan - Diarist covers the crazy in Texas Governor Race with Gregg Abbott (R) and Windy Davis (D).

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Wendy Davis Fights Back On Abbott's Ted Nugent embrace by alaprst - Diarist covers Texas Governor Race between Windy Davis (D) & Gregg Abbott (R).

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: DMN Editorial Blasts Abbott's Judgment by alaprst - Even the conservative Dallas Morning News is questioning the judgment of Attorney General and Republican candidate for Governor Greg Abbott for inviting Ted Nugent to campaign with him in north Texas. Link to donate to Wendy Davis' (D) campaign.

(TX-LtGov) Republican Lt. Governor hopeful to President Obama: 'Come and take it.' by Hunter - Todd Staples, one of the equally silly and terrible choices for the office of Lieutenant Governor on the Republican ticket displays what he thinks the role of that office might entail.




General - 4


New Day Will now be known as Connect! Unite! Act! How Involved Are You in Local Politics? It's time to have our morning series' name more closely reflect our community building efforts. I've produced an interactive map to replace the long list of groups that have organized over the years. That useful list can still be found at this link and will be updated along with the map. The new interactive map, which Jen Hayden suggested as an improvement, will open our series each day. I look forward to adding to it with new groups as they form.

Delusional Democrats and Market Fundamentalism by gjohnsit - Diarist looks at how Democrats lost voters that should be in the D column, and what they have to do to get them back.

Bring us your tired, your poor... by Frankenoid - The Ninth Anniversary Edition of Saturday Morning Garden blogging is running an election fundraising project and they're looking for progressive candidates running for municipal, county and state government office. Details inside.

Ohio Voter Suppression: 2014 Edition by n8vtnn - Diarist has info on more voter suppression laws in Ohio.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 01:10 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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