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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.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Black: A powerful crook gets privileges

By Scott Sexton
Winston-Salem Journal

If a crook pleads guilty to a felony in state court, odds are good that he (or she) will shuffle off to a county jail in an orange jumpsuit, leg irons and an ill-fitting pair of rubber sandals.

If you're a powerful former speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives pleading guilty to a felony in federal court - like, say, Jim Black - you sneak out the back of the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse under a $10,000 unsecured bond and hop into a federal marshal's waiting SUV. You're free as a bird until your formal sentencing May 14, immediately eligible to start collecting your $41,330.25 annual pension from the state.

Oh, and you can look forward to a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean.


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