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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, August 24, 2010

Marshall says she would have opposed tax bill

DURHAM (Winston-Salem Journal) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elaine Marshall said yesterday that she likely would have voted against a plan approved last year that increased tobacco taxes to pay health insurance for low-income children.

She would have been the only Democrat in Congress to do so.

The proposal that passed with the support of some Republican senators raised the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes from 39 cents to $1. Supporters of the program estimated that it will cover an additional four million low-income children under the State Children's Health Insurance Program.


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