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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.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bridge bargain: Bid comes in at half budgeted price for phase of Yadkin River Bridge project

SPENCER (By PAUL GARBER, Winston-Salem Journal) - North Carolina taxpayers are getting the second phase of the Yadkin River Bridge project at a bargain price.

Contractors desperate to find work are working with state officials to get contracts done at a cheaper price, Gov. Bev Perdue said during a media stop at the construction site Thursday.

As a result, the bid awarded Wednesday for the second phase of the project came in at $65 million, about half the originally projected cost, she said. The lowered cost is a reflection of how difficult it is for contractors to find work.


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