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Upper Midwest Reps Vote 14-8 Along Party Lines for Iraq Timetable

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On Friday the U.S. House voted 218-212 for an emergency supplemental appropriations bill funding the Iraq war, adding in various provisions including a timetable for withdrawal from the country to begin by March 2008 and be completed by the end of August of that year.

The 22 legislators from the Upper Midwest all voted with their party: all 14 Democrats supported the bill and all 8 Republicans opposed it, including occasional Iraq war critic Jim Ramstad (MN-03).

Only 16 representatives bolted from their party—2 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Of the Democrats, 7 were from red states (3 from Georgia, and one each from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Mississippi) and 7 were from blue or purple states (4 from California, and one each from New York, Maine, and Ohio). Most of the former are among the most conservative House Democrats (e.g. Jim Marshall of Georgia), and most of the latter are among its most liberal (e.g. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Maxine Waters of California). Kucinich considered a vote for the appropriations bill with the pullout rider still a vote in support of the war effort.

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Seeing Red

Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


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When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


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