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The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 39 diaries.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: PPP Has Tillis (R) & Brannon (R) Tied In The GOP Primary, Hagan (D) Back In The Lead by poopdogcomedy - The latest PPP poll for North Carolina's US Senate race shows support for Republican frontrunner Thom Tillis' falling. A month ago Tillis led Greg Brannon 20/13. They are now tied for the Republican nomination with 14 percent, followed by Heather Grant with 11 percent, with several other candidates polling in the single digits. The bad news is that Sen. Kay Hagan (D) fails to win a majority in any potential November matchup, coming out in a dead heat with each of the challengers tested.

(NH-01) An Analysis of the Results of Tuesday's Special Election in Northern New Hampshire, with maps! by ProudNewEnglander - Diarist offers detailed analysis of the special election race between Joseph Kenney (R) and Mike Cryans (D) for the seat vacated by the death last November of moderate Republican Raymond Burton. Kenney won.

(CT-Gov) CT-Gov Boucher out, Newtown Truther in by DisNoir36 - Two developments in the already crowded Republican primary for governor of Connecticut. Martha Dean, the newest entry, has run two losing campaigns for State Attorney General (2002 and 2010). But she is best known for posting a video on her Facebook page which claimed that the shooting at Sandy Hook was faked so government officials could confiscate guns. Meanwhile State Sen. Toni Bucher has ruled out a run, deciding instead to campaign for re-election.

Help Oregon Win GMO Labeling by delillo2000 - The State of Oregon is currently in an excellent position to become the first state in the country to pass a GMO Right-to-Know Labeling initiative by popular referendum WITHOUT a trigger clause. The state has a Democratic Governor, John Kitzhaber, and a strongly liberal Senator, Jeff Merkley, both up for reelection in November.


This is the 10th weekly edition of Election Diary Rescue. It covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published from Sunday 3/9/14 through Saturday 3/15/14. We hope you enjoy the following gems dug up by our dedicated team of miners.

Diaries: (39)
Senate: (10) posts (6) states
House: (14) posts (11) states (12) districts
State and more: (9)
Ballot Initiatives: (1)
General: (5)

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Senate - 10


(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Meet Dem Candidate Branko Radulovacki at Bulloch County Dems Meeting March 15 in Statesboro by BoxMachine - Dr. Branko "Rad" Radulovacki appeared at the Bulloch County Democrats' meeting in Statesboro, GA on March 15. Radulovacki is running against Michelle Nunn in the Democratic primary for US Senate and a whole pile of crazy on the Republican side.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Call Party for U.S. Senate Candidate Branko Radulovacki - Tomorrow in Atlanta, GA at 10 am by BoxMachine - Another short notice of an event over by the time you read it, but this time with a list of the candidate's positions on issues of importance to Georgia voters, plus video and links.

(GA-Sen) GA-SEN: Candidate Steen Miles Campaign Headquarters Opening - Sunday at Stone Mountain, GA by BoxMachine - The third candidate in the Georgia Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate has opened her campaign office. Steen Miles supports progressive view points on a number of issues, listed by the diarist.

(IA-Sen) IA-Sen: Bruce Braley (D) Vs. The Koch Brothers by poopdogcomedy - Democrat Bruce Braley (D. IA) is calling out the Kock Brothers for round-about funding of $500,000 in attack ads against him by various Koch astroturf groups.

(KY-Sen) A Little Enhancement To Mitch McConnell's Political Ad. #McConnelling Video by Rural Progressive - Hilarious video of the heartfelt improvement in Mitch McConnell's current campaign ad in his race against Democratic challenger Allison Lundergan Grimes.

(KY-Sen) KY-Sen: Matt Bevin (R) Won't Beat Mitch McConnell (R) But The Tea Party Could Still Bring Him Down by poopdogcomedy - Various Mitch McConnell campaign ads, as well as lots of internet fun and games (plus commentary) with them.

(LA-Sen) Landrieu sees opportunity in Medicaid campaigns against Jindal by Joan McCarter - Medicaid expansion has become a centerpiece in Mary Landrieu's re-election campaign, a hint that more Democrats in red states are looking at this issue for 2014. Landrieu is running against both her GOP opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

(NC-Sen) NC-Sen: PPP Has Tillis (R) & Brannon (R) Tied In The GOP Primary, Hagan (D) Back In The Lead by poopdogcomedy - The latest PPP poll for North Carolina's US Senate race shows support for Republican frontrunner Thom Tillis' falling. A month ago Tillis led Greg Brannon 20/13. They are now tied for the Republican nomination with 14 percent, followed by Heather Grant with 11 percent, with several other candidates polling in the single digits. The bad news is that Sen. Kay Hagan (D) fails to win a majority in any potential November matchup, coming out in a dead heat with each of the challengers tested.

(NH-Sen) NH-Sen: Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) Helps Jeanne Shaheen (D) Get Ready To Take On Scott Brown (R. ?) by poopdogcomedy - New York's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is wasting no time lending a helping hand to Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D. NH) re-election bid, especially with former Senator Scott Brown (R. ?) eyeing to take out Shaheen this year.

(Var-Sen) 2014 US Senate Ratings Map: A Detailed Look, With Scenarios by Le Champignon - Diarist offers outlook and predictions on competitive Senate races for 2014.




House - 14


(CA-49) CA-49: Meet & Greet Event for Democratic Candidate Dave Peiser - March 16th at Oceanside, CA by BoxMachine - Opportunity to meet the Democratic challenger to Darrell Issa (R) for representation of California's 49th district.

(FL-13) Map of Florida CD13 Vote by bluedemocrat - Map shows how Obama and Romney voters voted in the Sink (D) Jolly (R) election which Jolly won.

(FL-13) Mid-term Blues for Dems Continue by JCWPolitics - “The FL-13th a perfect storm of messaging, demographic, and money – though according to the Huffington Post it appears outside R groups closed much of the spending advantage on TV – seems to have come down to the two percent advantage of Rs over Ds in the registered voter pool.”

(FL-13) FL-13: What can we learn from Sink's loss? Republicans win another district solely by gerrymandering by Stephen Wolf - “Last night's narrow 2 percent loss by former state CFO Alex Sink to congressman-elect and lobbyist David Jolly was quite heartbreaking, but for all the campaign spin and pundit 2014 pearl clutching you might have read, there's one lesson we can take away as almost guaranteed.”

(IN-06) IN-06: Meet Lane Siekman -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Luke Messer- March 12 at Aurora, IN by BoxMachine - Second-time Democratic candidate Lane Siekman is challenging freshman Rep. Luke Messer, one of the Tea Partiers that voted AGAINST reopening the government after the latest shutdown. Sadly, this advocate of traditional Democratic issues is running in the very red (R+12) district once held by Gov. Mike Pence.

(KS-01) KS-01: Meet Jim Sherow -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Tim Huelskamp- At Campaign Kickoff March 15 by BoxMachine - Dairist covers the Kansas US House district 01 with incumbent Tim Huelskamp (R) & challenger Jim Sherow (D).

(MN-03) MN-03: Sharon Sund running for Congress by WXRock - Diarist covers Sharon Sund (D)announcing her run for Minnesota US House district 03 against Erik Paulsen (R).

(MO-02) Democrats should do a better job of welcoming candidates: Missouri edition by gloriasb - Diarist writes about her Husband Arthur Lieber (D) filing to make a run in Missouri US House district 02 against Ann Wagner (R).

(NH-01) An Analysis of the Results of Tuesday's Special Election in Northern New Hampshire, with maps! by ProudNewEnglander - Diarist offers detailed analysis of the special election race between Joseph Kenney (R) and Mike Cryans (D) for the seat vacated by the death last November of moderate Republican Raymond Burton. Kenney won.

(NV-02) NV-02: Meet Brian Dempsey -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Mark Amodei- Tonight in Dayton, NV at 7 pm by BoxMachine - Meet and greet Democratic challenger Brian Dempsey, running to unseat Rep. Mark Amodei (R). Includes links to campaign events, and to volunteer or donate.

(NY-21) NY-21 - Democratic Congressional Candidate Aaron Woolf Launches Online Media Presence by Upstate Blue - Democrat Aaron Woolf launches his online campaign for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Bill Owens (D). Woolf will faces either former Bush Administration aide and neocon think tank communications director Elise Stefanik or
venture capitalist Matt Doheny (who narrowly lost to Owens in 2010 and 2012). Even if he loses the Republican primary, New York's ballot access laws may give Doheny a chance to get on the November ballot as the Independent and/or Conservative party candidate, which would likely help Woolf.

(PA-13) PA-13: Marjorie Margolies' high tolerance of corruption by pasuburbdem1 - Uh, oh. A Democratic candidate for the nomination for PA-13's open district has gotten herself embroiled by supporting Dem. state senator LeAnna Washington, who was indicted for corruption this past week.

(TX-19) TX-19: Meet Neal Marchbanks - Democratic Challenger to Rep. Randy Neugebauer- 3/12 in Dimmitt, TX by BoxMachine - Campaign event for Neal Marchbanks on March 12 in Dimmitt, TX. With links to volunteer/donate to the campaign. Marchbanks is running in a very red district against Rep. Randy Neugebauer, who got his face on the teevee last year by yelling at a National Parks Service Ranger for the shutdown he helped create.

(TX-27) TX-27: Meet Wesley Reed -Democratic Challenger to Rep. Blake Farenthold- Mar 14th in Corpus Christi by BoxMachine - Diarist has info on Texas US House District 27 with incumbent Blake Farenthold (R) & challenger  Wesley Reed (D).




State, local and more - 9


(AZ-Gov) Sheriff Joe Mulls Run to Replace Retiring Brewer by Ole Texan - Diarist has info on Sheriff Joe Apraio making noise about a possible run for Governor of Arizona.

(CT-Gov) CT-Gov Boucher out, Newtown Truther in by DisNoir36 - Two developments in the already crowded Republican primary for governor of Connecticut. Martha Dean, the newest entry, has run two losing campaigns for State Attorney General (2002 and 2010). But she is best known for posting a video on her Facebook page which claimed that the shooting at Sandy Hook was faked so government officials could confiscate guns. Meanwhile State Sen. Toni Bucher has ruled out a run, deciding instead to campaign for re-election.

(FL-Gov) FL-Gov: Charlie Crist (D), "Democrats ought to strengthen up and support Obamacare" by poopdogcomedy - Collection of campaign press releases and state media coverage of the race between Crist and current Governor Rick Scott.

(FL-Gov) FL-GOV: Phone Bank for Democratic Candidate Nan Rich - March 13th in Miami, FL by BoxMachine - Details on a phone bank on March 13 for Democrat Nan Rich and links to volunteer and donate to the campaign. Rich is vying for the Democratic nomination in the Florida gubernatorial election.

(LA-Gov) Republican Pollster: Landrieus lead in Louisiana by RfrancisR - In a potential five-way match-up for Louisiana governor, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) leads David Vitter (R) by eight points. A look at the polling figures.

(NJ-Newark Mayor) Ras Baraka - educator, progressive, candidate for mayor by teacherken - Now that Cory Booker's in the Senate, Newark needs a new mayor. The diary profiles a candidate who's particularly strong on education issues, and who has won union endorsements.

(NY-StSen 49) NY-SD-49 - Two Progressive Dems Vie to take on New York's Longest Serving State Senator by Upstate Blue - Two Democratic candidates are campaigning for the nomination for in New York's 49th State Senate District, which includes Schenectady and the eastern Mohawk Valley: Patti Southworth, a former pharmacist and long-time supervisor of the Town of Ballston, and Madelyn Thorne, who is making a second run for the seat. The winner will challenge 18-term State Senator Hugh Farley (R-Niskayuna).

(TX-HD133) Campaign baby steps by LauraNicol - Diarist made it through the primary in her Texas state house district 133 race, now seeking advice on a game plan for the general.

(WI-Gov) WI-Gov: Mary Burke (D) Calls For Marriage Equality In Wisconsin by poopdogcomedy - Support for Gov. Scott Walker (R-ALEC) continues to slip, according to the latest Rasmussen poll (huge grain of salt indicated). The poll shows Walker tied with Democratic candidate Mary Burke 45-45. Burke also recently emailed her supporters, calling marriage equality both ethically wrong and economically damaging to Wisconsin.




Ballot Initiatives - 1


Help Oregon Win GMO Labeling by delillo2000 - The State of Oregon is currently in an excellent position to become the first state in the country to pass a GMO Right-to-Know Labeling initiative by popular referendum WITHOUT a trigger clause.  We have a Democratic Governor, John Kitzhaber, and a strongly liberal Senator, Jeff Merkley, both up for reelection in November.




General - 5


What is Our Platform? by Ray Pensador – The diarist shares his understanding about what it is to be a Democrat and a progressive.

Losing the message wars by Frank Palmer – The Democrats have some good issues to run on, but unlike the Republicans, the rank and file have failed to push a strong message.

The Democratic Party's Real Problem with Taxes by acommonconcernforhumankind – The diarist believes that Democrats need to start using the income tax code to address the fundamental challenge of income inequality.

Connect! Unite! Act! Protest With Us in Sacramento Saturday! +Q: Have you even been Valkyrie-ized? by catilinus - Get involved.  See if any events are happening in your area.

Senate Majority PAC is fighting the Koch Ad Lies, with the GOP Record by jamess - The billionaire Koch Brothers are doing more than expressing personal opinions by funding nasty attack ads through their astroturf groups. Here's how the Dems are hitting back.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 01:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by Election Diary Rescues and Daily Kos.

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