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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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Perdue Snubs Alcoa Jobs Announcement

New recycling plant in Badin complicates dam takeover attempt

BADIN (By Don Carrington, Carolina Journal Online) —
The launch of a project bringing 200 “green” jobs and a $10 million investment to an abandoned industrial site in a rural North Carolina county typically would attract a host of state and local luminaries.

And indeed, at a May 23 ceremony in the Stanly County town of Badin announcing that California-based Electronic Recyclers International would open a regional recycling facility to process computers, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic waste, civic leaders took the podium, including U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-8th District; Sen. William Purcell, D-Scotland; Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly; Badin Mayor James Harrison; and Stanly County Commission Chairman Josh Morton.

But Gov. Bev Perdue was not present. Nor was her Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, a Stanly County native. Both were invited, and since Perdue took office in 2009, she and Crisco have become regular participants at major jobs announcements in North Carolina. Perdue recently completed a statewide "jobs tour," touting her economic development programs.

The top administration officials to attend were two commerce officials who did not participate in the formal program.


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