"Showing up is 80 percent of life." --Woody Allen
Here's what we know: Republican leaders needed three-fifths of everyone present on the House floor, not the whole chamber, to override that veto. In other words, 60% of those members present. With several Republican absences on December 27 (along with those six Democrats), the House's override vote majority was 68 out of 108 total, or 63%. The six missing Democrats would have shifted the total number present to 117, which means that 68 votes for the override would have fallen short. Even with one Democrat, Duane Hall, voting with the Republicans (out of spite?).
Time for public shaming of those six hooky-playing Democrats:
Cecil Brockman (HD60), Guilford County -- He's made no acknowledgement of his error nor apologized for it on his Facebook or Twitter feed.
Susan Fisher (HD114), Buncombe County -- She's made no acknowledgment nor apology on her Facebook page.
George Graham (HD12), Lenoir and Pitt counties -- He was defeated for reelection in November by Republican Chris Humphrey.
Yvonne Holley (HD38), Wake County -- Silent. She hasn't updated Facebook or Twitter since 2012.
Jean Farmer-Butterfield (HD24), Wilson County -- Nothing on her Facebook page.
Howard Hunter (HD5), Gates, Hertford, and Pasquotank counties -- His Facebook page hasn't been updated since June.