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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 24 diaries.

(TX-Sen) Just what we don't need--a LaRouchie may be Dem Senate frontrunner by Christian Dem in NC - It may be awhile yet until Texas turns blue, but that's no excuse for an embarrassing, cringeworthy candidate to be nominated.

(FL-13) Only 2 weeks to win one of our biggest 2014 fights by mole333 - Ahead of the midterm is the special election to replace Republican Bill Young, who died in office last fall. It's an excellent opportunity to take a step towards ending the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and so deserves our immediate support and attention.

(WA-StSen) Better Democrat Challenges Turncoat Rodney Tom by EagleOfFreedom - After the Democratic sweep of Washington state offices in 2012, the 48th district's Rodney Tom turned his back on the party in favor of the mantle of Majority Leader. Now solid Democrat Joan McBride will take on Tom in the primary. Link to help her out.

Running for office? Here's how to successfully launch your campaign online by lpackard - Diarist offers knowledgeable advice any potential netroots candidate can use.


This is the 8th 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: (24)
Senate: (7) posts (5) states
House: (9) posts (5) states (9) districts
State and more: (5)
General: (3)


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Senate - 7


(AK-Sen) AK-Sen: Women For Mark Begich (D) by poopdogcomedy - Senator Mark Begich's (D) wife Deborah Bonito, is playing an active role in her husband's re-election campaign and is starting a new group called Women For Mark Begich.

(ME-Sen) ME-Sen: Environmentalists For Shenna Bellows (D) by poopdogcomedy - Click here to read the letter.

(ME-Sen) What's so bad about the State of Daily Kos? by kos - Diarist takes apart an e-mail on the Maine Senate race with Incumbent Susan Collins (R) and Shenna Bellows (D).

(MI-Sen) Michigan Democrat taking Koch brothers head on over Obamacare by Joan McCarter - Diarist covers the Koch brothers Money drop in the open Michigan Senate Race with Gary Peters (D) & Terri Land.

(NC-Sen) North Carolina Republican regrets we can't unring the minimum wage bell by Laura Clawson - Diarist has info on the North Carolina Senate race with Incumbent Kay Hagan (D) & one of her many Challengers Thom Tillis (R).

(TX-Sen) Just what we don't need--a LaRouchie may be Dem Senate frontrunner by Christian Dem in NC - It may be awhile yet until Texas turns blue, but that's no excuse for an embarrassing, cringeworthy candidate to be nominated.

(Var-Sen) Preliminary US Senate Ratings by MichaelNY - In this very interesting diary the diarist rates Senate seats up for election this year.




House - 9


(CA-21) If John Hernandez isn't stopped, Democrats will forfeit an important House race—again by David Nir - This race is essential in taking back the House, and shouldn't be hard, since Obama won 55-44 in 2012. The author highlights Amanda Renteria as the strongest candidate to win the general election over Republican incumbent David Valadao, who only got elected because the Democratic candidate was a particularly poor choice.

(CA-25) CA-42 Where Things Stand by greenlabormike - Tim Sheridan (D) is now the clear frontrunner to oppose the incumbent Ken Calvert(R) in November. The district leans Republican, but it is winnable in light of the demographics of the district and the low popularity of Calvert. Lack of money is currently the big problem for Sheridan.

(CA-33) CA-33: Marianne Williamson speaks at Drinking Liberally Westside LA tomorrow by Shockwave - The event may have passe, but the diarist also makes the case for his chosen candidate for this Los Angeles district, vacated by the retiring Henry Waxman.

(CA-35) Christina Gagnier for CA-35 by philipmerrill – Christina Gagnier (D), a technology lawyer who used to work for Lawrence Lessig is exploring a run for the seat vacated by the retiring Gloria Negrete McLeod (D).

(CA-42) Who Is Endorsing Tim Sheridan? by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - This is a diary from the candidate's campaign, announcing endorsements the candidate has garnered.

(FL-13) Only 2 weeks to win one of our biggest 2014 fights by mole333 - Ahead of the midterm is the special election to replace Republican Bill Young, who died in office last fall. It's an excellent opportunity to take a step towards ending the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and so deserves our immediate support and attention.

(NJ-05) NJ-05: Roy Cho (D) Supporters Use YouTube To Take Down Scott Garrett (R) by poopdogcomedy - Democrat Roy Cho is taking advantage of Bill Maher's "Flip A District" campaign to take out Tea Party Congressman Scott Garrett, and he's calling on his supporters to use YouTube to help.

(PA-06) Will the 3rd Time be the Charm for Dr. Manan Trivedi? by SpringCityPADem - Seemingly re-energized by the announcement that Rep. Gerlach is not running for re-election, Dr. Manan Trivedi officially is pursuing the District 6 seat for a 3rd time. Here's some impressive endorsements.

(VA-07) Is the Next Alan Grayson Challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor? Dem Candidate Interview Here by BoxMachine - Feisty Mike Dickinson has stepped forward to challenge Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Learn more about the candidate via a profile and interview.




State, local and more - 5


(MA-Gov) Why we need doctors as government leaders-An interview with Dr Donald Berwick by drdeepchat – The diarist provides excerpts from a recent interview he did with fellow doctor Donald Berwick (D), former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services. Dr Berwick is running in the Democratic primary to be the next Governor of Massachusetts.

(MI-Gov) MI GOV: DEM Schauer leads by 7pts 47%-40% by gaspare - Good news out of the frozen wasteland of Michigan. Former Congressman Mark Schauer (D) is leading Republican incumbent Rick Snyder by 7 points!

(OH-Gov) OH-Gov: Ed FitzGerald (D) Calls Out & Challenges John Kasich's (R) Latest Voter Suppression Tactics by popdogcomedy - Diarist covers the Voter Suppression with Gov John Kasich (R) restricting use of absentee ballots in the race with Ed FitzGerald (D).

(TX-Gov) TX-Gov: Abbott-Nugent ties draw attack from rape victim by alaprst - Republican Greg Abbott's BFF Gnarly Ted Nugent has now drawn fire from a rape victim featured in Wendy Davis' (D) campaign ad. He SO deserves it!

(WA-StSen) Better Democrat Challenges Turncoat Rodney Tom by EagleOfFreedom - After the Democratic sweep of Washington state offices in 2012, the 48th district's Rodney Tom turned his back on the party in favor of the mantle of Majority Leader. Now solid Democrat Joan McBride will take on Tom in the primary. Link to help her out.




General - 3


Clusterf*ckery by Frankenoid - Diarist's only slightly sidetracked fundraising effort for deserving Dem candidates. Great list with particulars, check 'em out!

Ohio Voter Suppression Part Deux by n8vtnn – The diarist highlights two laws recently passed in Ohio designed by republicans in that state to suppress the vote.

Running for office? Here's how to successfully launch your campaign online by lpackard - Diarist offers knowledgeable advice any potential netroots candidate can use.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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