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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 23, 2007

Salisbury lawyer moves toward a possible run for governor

RALEIGH (Winston-Salem Journal) - A Salisbury lawyer who led a fight to lower the state's gas tax has taken another step toward a run for governor in 2008.

Bill Graham, a Republican, said in an e-mail to supporters yesterday that he has formed a committee to explore a possible run. Forming the committee allows him to raise money in the coming months. Graham said he plans to make an official decision this spring.

He spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money to run television ads last year supporting a reduction in the state's gas tax.

One other Republican, former Supreme Court justice Bob Orr, has also created a campaign committee for a run for governor.

Democrats Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue are already raising money for their expected bids for governor.

State law bars Gov. Mike Easley from running for a third consecutive term.


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