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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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Easley signs $20.7 billion budget, praises authors' 'courage'

RALEIGH, N.C. (Rocky Mount Telegram) — Gov. Mike Easley gave the final endorsement to a $20.7 billion state budget Tuesday, saying its General Assembly authors showed courage in boosting education spending and relieving counties' Medicaid burden.

The House and Senate gave final approval Monday to their most expansive legislation of the year, with praise from majority party Democrats who said it will improve education, expand health care research and shift Medicaid costs from counties to the state by mid-2009.


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