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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 43 diaries.

(MI-Sen) Terri Lynn Land to file amended financial disclosure after "forgetting" a multi-million $$ bank acct by Eclectablog - Republican Terri Lynn Land, formerly Michigan's top official in charge of elections, forgot she had a multi-million dollar bank account when she filled out the mandatory financial disclosure form required of all candidates. But she remembered it long enough to tap it for contributions to her campaign.

(NY-21) NY-21 House Race - Moderate Republican endorses Tea Party candidate. Karl Rove is pleased. by AdirondackForeverWildFollow - The U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Bill Owens featured a bitter primary that saw Tea Party fave Elise Stefanik beat moderate Republican Matt Doheny. Doheny has now endorsed Stefanik. The Dem nominee is Aaron Woolf.

(MD-CoCouncil) GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads - Updated by jhutson - The head of Maryland's Republican Party has called local candidate for Anne Arundel County Council Michael Peroutka to the woodshed over his involvement with a high profile white nationalist hate group. Scary stuff.

GOTV 2014: What's your plan? by akadjian - Diarist and fellow users share their plans for GOTV. "On the 4-hour drive back from Netroots, I had some time to think. What is my GOTV strategy going to look like for November? I want to quickly share 3 things I picked up at Netroots and then I'm interested in your thoughts since I have never done this before."


This is the 29th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday, July 20 through Saturday, July 26. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

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Diaries: (43)
Senate: (11) posts, (7) states
House: (9) posts, (6) states, (5) districts
State and more: (18)
General: (5)




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Senate - 11


(CO-Sen) CO-Sen: Personhood Amendment Still Haunts Cory Gardner (R) by poopdogcomedy - Rep. Cory Gardner (R) is trying to hide from his support of a Federal "pershonhood" bill. Sen. Mark Udall (D) and allies throw the spotlight on.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen Republican Primary Runoff: An Analysis by Le Champignon - Diarist has an Analysis of the GOP primary runoff between winner businessman David Perdue (R) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R).

(GA-Sen) Join the Georgia Senate money bomb! by RiotLibrarian - Diarist urges kossacks to support Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Georgia Senate election.

(GA-Sen) Daily Kos Elections Georgia runoff liveblog #1 by Jeff Singer - Official Daily Kos Elections liveblog of the Republican runoff in Georgia, featuring Mitt Romney-style businessman David Perdue and Tea Party Rep. Jack Kingston for the Republican Senate nomination.

(GA-Sen) GA-Sen: Hank Aaron Goes To Bat For Michelle Nunn (D) by poopdogcomedy - Democrat Michelle Nunn adds baseball legend Hank Aaron to her list of supporters, while her Republican rival David Perdue must rally Republicans behind him after a bruising nine-week runoff campaign.

(HI-Sen) HI-Sen Campaign: Schatz opponent lying about his position by Karen from Maui - Diarist has info on the Hawaiian Dem Senate race between Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa.

(KY-Sen) Kentucky's Honest Political Ad Campaign for Fake Politician by Mopshell - Though their candidate is fake and funny, the campaign Represent.Us is waging against systemic corruption is entirely real and very serious. They chose Kentucky in order to highlight the fact that the race between McConnell and Grimes is on course to cost an unprecedented $100 million. The organization's team is backed up by a broad-based board of advisers. These notable advocates for limiting the influence of money in politics include May Day PAC founder and Harvard Law School professor, Lawrence Lessig, 2012 presidential candidate and former Louisiana Gov, Buddy Roemer, Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and infamous ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Grimes (D) Hits McConnell (R) Over "Not My Job" Comment In New Ad by poopdogcomedy - Alison Lundergan Grimes' (D) newest ad sounds a populist theme and reinforces Sen. McConnell's (R) status as an out-of-touch Washington politician.

(ME-Sen) Stories I've Heard on my Walk Across Maine for Jobs and the Economy by Shenna Bellows for Senate - Democratic candidate for the Senate, Shenna Bellows offers some things she has learned by speaking with the people of Maine while walking across the state.

(ME-Sen) Bellows begins 350 mile "Walk with ME" by Illegitimi non carborundum. Shenna Bellows has taken on the challenge of trying to unseat Republican Susan Collins in Maine. This diary covers the launch of Bellows' extensive walking tour throughout her large northeastern state.

(MI-Sen) Terri Lynn Land to file amended financial disclosure after "forgetting" a multi-million $$ bank acct by Eclectablog - Republican Terri Lynn Land, formerly Michigan's top official in charge of elections, forgot she had a multi-million dollar bank account when she filled out the mandatory financial disclosure form required of all candidates. But she remembered it long enough to tap it for contributions to her campaign.




House - 9


(CA-42) The Op-Ed That Riverside County Isn't Supposed to Read by Sheridan for Congress CA 42 - Tim Sheridan (Democratic candidate for representative CA-42) was denied his request to respond to an op-ed by incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert (R) on the situation in Murrieta. Sheridan's op-ed and link to campaign site inside the diary.

(Gen-House) Stephen Wolf's US House Race Ratings 7/2014 by Stephen Wolf - This diary is the July update on race ratings for the US House of Representatives elections in 2014. All 435 seats are up for election and ignoring two vacant safe districts, Democrats currently hold 201 seats to Republicans' 234 meaning that team blue would need a net gain of 17 to win control of the chamber. Many pundits like to assign races to categories of likelihood of a particular party winning and he does as well. Read the diary to find out which races are Likely, Lean, Safe or Tossup and by what percentage.

(KS-02) Margie Wakefield: Kansas CD-2; "One of the Best Campaigns in the Country" by tmservo433 -  People outside of our state looked into Kansas, looked at the races we run and pointed to Margie Wakefield and had no problem saying not only was this a good campaign, it was a GREAT campaign for a House District and one that was on their watch list. Wakefeld will challenge Tea Party Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

(KY-02) Hey Democrats, Ron Leach KY-2 Needs Your Help. Let’s Get To Work. by Rural Progressive - Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District has a real Democrat, Ron Leach, running against Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie and Ron needs your help. With video of the candidate speaking at Boilermakers Local 40.

(HI-01) HI-01 Dem Candidate Shows her GOP Positions by Karen from Maui - Diarist has info on the Hawaiian Dem Primary & it's 7 candidates.

(HI-01) Congressional Progressive Caucus Endorses Mark Takai HI-01 by Karen from Maui - On the heels of a solid performance in the 1st Congressional District Democratic debate, Mark Takai received the endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

(NY-21) NY-21 House Race - Moderate Republican endorses Tea Party candidate. Karl Rove is pleased. by AdirondackForeverWildFollow - The U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Bill Owens featured a bitter primary that saw Tea Party fave Elise Stefanik beat moderate Republican Matt Doheny. Doheny has now endorsed Stefanik. The Dem nominee is Aaron Woolf.

(TN-Gen) Tennessee Democrats, Let's Talk: It's Time to Kick That Crossover Voting Habit by Noelle Bivens - Diarist notes a significant increase in early voting turnout over 2010, and urges Tennessee voters to vote their own ticket in this year's primary to help good Dems win important districts.

(WA-08) red to BLUE! WA-08: Meet Jason Ritchie (D) Sat, July 26, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee by ParkRanger - Jason Ritchie is running a very strong campaign to unseat five-term incumbent GOPer Dave Reichert in this R+1 district. Pres. Obama won WA-08 in 2008 and 2012.




State, local and more - 18


(CA-Ballot) PPIC Poll: 51% of likely voters would back $11.1 billion water bond by Dan Bacher - Diarist covers a $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot in California.

(FL-Gov) Latest Q-poll: Charlie Crist 45%, Rick Scott 40% by saintpetersblog - Quinnipiac weighs in on the possible candidates.

(Gov-various) GOP Governors facing some unexpectedly Strong Competition by jamess - Diarist argues that the voters have had enough of GOP governors' tax-cutting, privatizing, scandal-plagued style of governance.

(HI-Ballot) The Case Against GMOs by Karen from Maui - A caution against introducing genetically modified food crops in Maui from a PhD in molecular biosciences and bioengineering.

(IL-Cook County) IL-Cook County: Gun Control Ballot Initiatives Combined Unnecessarily by Norm in Chicago - Diarist has info on a ballot initiative about guns in Cook County Illinois.

(KS-Gov) SHOCK: SurveyUSA Puts Paul Davis (D) Ahead of Sam Brownback by 8 by tmservo433 - Diarist has poll numbers for the Kansas governor's race between incumbent Sam Brownback (R) & Paul Davis (D).

(KS-Gen) Live From Hutchinson, #Unite4KS Rally by tmservo433 - Diarist covers the big event and Democratic candidates.

(MA-Gov) MA-Gov: My choice is Don Berwick by Another MassachusettsLiberal - A Democratic leader in Massachusetts, diarist offers his personal endorsement of Don Berwick in the Democratic primary for Governor.

(MD-CoCouncil) GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads - Updated by jhutson - The head of Maryland's Republican Party has called local candidate for Anne Arundel County Council Michael Peroutka to the woodshed over his involvement with a high profile white nationalist hate group. Scary stuff.

(MI-Gov) Mark Schauer pledges to end Michigan's Emergency Manager Takeover by jamess - Speaking on Saturday at Netroots Nation, Rep. Mark Schauer (D) said that he planned on "restoring democracy" in Detroit. In an interview with msnbc, he explained that he intended to scrap the Emergency Manager law entirely.

(MN-Gov) MN-Gov: Republicans having meta-argument over frac sand mining by ericf - The Minnesota Republican Party primary race for governor has reached the point that Bill Kuisle (R-running for lieutenant governor) merely suggesting that perhaps a short moratorium to study the issue of frac sand mining before going full steam ahead has Jeff Johnson (R-running for governor) back-pedaling and opponent Kurt Zellers (R-running for governor) taking advantage of Kuisle's moment of sanity.

(SC-Gov) SC-Gov: Poll Has Nikki Haley (R) Leading Vincent Sheheen (D) 46-42 by poopdogcomedy - New data from Palmetto Post and Courier/Palmetto Politics Poll shows State Sen. Vincent Shaheen (D) trailing incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley (R) by four percentage points. Minor party candidates are eroding the governor's support.

(TX-Gov) Wendy Davis Campaign Posts Impressive Numbers by TexasLeftist - Democrat Wendy Davis has shown that she is not only competitive with Republican opponent Greg Abbott, but has actually been able to out-raise him in the latest reporting periods.

(TX-Gov) Wendy Davis Launches Largest Texas Voter Protection Program EVER by ericlewis0 - To now hear that Wendy's campaign is geared up to fight massive voter suppression in the Lone Star State, I am even more sanguine about her odds of victory.u

(TX-StHouse) ALEC Picked Up Tab for Texas Lawmaker's Junkets by JayRiestenberg - Five Texas
Republican state lawmakers have accepted corporate funded "scholarships" to cover the cost of air fares, hotel rooms and other expenses for attending ALEC meetings. Here's the list.

(Var-Lt. Gov) A state-by-state look at lieutenant gubernatorial elections in 2014 by Stephen Wolf - Some of the states listed don’t have a Lt. Gov. Find out who would be next in line in some states.

(WI-Gov) WI-Gov: Control should be local by Mary Burke - Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke offers details of her plans to strengthen the state's rural communities along with its urban and suburban communities.

(WI-Gov) Scott Walker Has Spent Over $ 1 Million to Fight John Doe Probe (+ More News) by Puddytat. In a rather unconventional deployment of campaign donations, Tea Party darling Scott Walker is diverting big chunks of campaign cash to his legal fund.




General - 5


GOTV 2014: What's your plan? by akadjian - Diarist and fellow users share their plans for GOTV. "On the 4-hour drive back from Netroots, I had some time to think. What is my GOTV strategy going to look like for November? I want to quickly share 3 things I picked up at Netroots and then I'm interested in your thoughts since I have never done this before."

When a poll showing the GOP up two in the generic ballot is actually decent news for the Democrats by Steve Singiser - The release of Politico's new poll late last week might give pause to the Democrats, and a bit of buoyant glee to adherents of the GOP. But on further review, however, the diarist believes there is a lot less than meets the eye. If anything, this poll might be yet another sign of a status quo election in November.

Pew Poll: Republicans Want To Throw Their Own Bums Out Too by Reinvented Daddy - A new Pew poll indicates that Republican voters are suffering a huge "satisfaction gap" with their own representatives in congress.

When A Blogger Runs For Office by njcronk - Diarist offers a comprehensive and humorous list of the things a person learns when running for office.

GOTV V: Raul Grijalva gives voice to Hispanic Voters by ShoshannaD - Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva offers an essay on how to motivate Hispanic voters to turn out in force.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 01:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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