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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Black: House historian's work a failure

By David Ingram
Charlotte Observer

Almost two years in the making, the work produced by a taxpayer-funded historian for the N.C. House of Representatives is unacceptable, Speaker Jim Black said Wednesday.

As a result, Black said, the historian's work should not be made public. It's not clear that it ever will be.

The existence of the historian post and how Black created it led to criticism last month. The historian, Ann Lassiter, retired in 2005 as head of the House page program after she let teenage pages stay overnight with her son, who had served prison time for selling marijuana.

Black then appointed Lassiter to the historian position. She had no previous experience as a historian. The position had not existed before, and she had no competition for it.

She made up to $50,627 a year before her appointment ended last month.


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