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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, June 22, 2007

Daily Commute

(Fox News) - Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich makes a practice of commuting from his Chicago home to the state capital in Springfield — on a state-owned plane at taxpayer expense.

The Associated Press reports the price tag is about $5,800/day — and roughly $76,000 since late May.

Previous governors have chosen to live in the Executive Mansion in Springfield or stay there while the three-day-a-week legislature is in session.

But Blagojevich wants to go home after each work day — which the AP says averages less than five hours spent at the capitol per trip.

One Republican state senator called the travel cost "an enormous waste," and noted it amounted to more than a teacher's salary.

Blagojevich's office refused to answer questions about the subject.


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