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House Votes to Override Bush Veto

Five vetoes since Bush became President, four of them in the 110th Congress and the first possible override of his Presidency.

In a battle on fiscal responsibility, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to override President Bush’s veto on the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.

The House voted 361 to 57 with 138 Republicans joining with Democrats to pass the Appropriations act.

The vote did not silence Democrats who were criticized by Republicans. Some of which even criticized their fellow Republicans essentially calling them hypocrites.

From Speaker Pelosi.

“If the president wants to talk about priorities, let’s talk about what is really important to the American people,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California. “I’d rather have a war on cancer than fritter away many more dollars in Iraq.”

The Senate has yet to vote on the override.

Impeachment Fails

Dennis Kucinich introduced his privileged resolution for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney. In what was initially expected to be a quick death, there was some action today on the House floor.

In an attempt to block the Resolution, Majority Leader Hoyer introduced a Motion to Table the resolution. In a dramatic turn of events, the Republican leadership pushed a Nay on the Motion in an effort to force debate and allow Democrats to take sides on the issue: Defend Cheney, or defend the Resolution. Still, it was not enough. A Motion to send the Resolution to Committee was quickly passed by the Democratic Majority ending Kucinich’s hopes of impeaching the Vice President.

Another fun day at the Capitol…

2007 Election Results

Here are the results for the 2007 off year elections. Overall, a good night for Democrats.

Kentucky Governorship
Steve Beshear (D): 59% (WINNER)
Ernie Fletcher (R): 41%

Plagued by scandal, incumbent Governor Fletcher could not secure reelection, defeated in a landslide. One million voted with a turnout of just over 37%.

Mississippi Governorship (91% reporting)
John Eaves (D): 42%
Haley Barbour (R): 58% (WINNER)

Unlike the President, FEMA and former Governor Kathleen Blanco, Haley Barbour received praised for his response to Hurricane Katrina. Since then, he has used that momentum to propel him to reelection. Democrats put up a conservative evangelical Democrat in hopes to gain from the key Republican voting block.

Virginia Senate
Democrats: 21 (MAJORITY)
Republicans: 18
Undeclared: 1

Is this a sign to come? Could Democrats take Virginia in the Presidential election in 2008? The odds are now greater than ever.