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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.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Perdue vetoes budget, says it moves NC backward

RALEIGH, NC (By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press) - Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue vetoed the North Carolina budget plan Sunday, saying the Republican-led Legislature's proposal would do "generational damage" to public education and other pillars of the state. Still, she may be unable to stop the plan if members of her party who've already defected vote to override.

Perdue's announcement in the old Capitol building made history. She's the first North Carolina chief executive to ever veto the state government budget bill. It was written by the first Republican majorities to hold both the House and Senate in 140 years.

Perdue continued her criticism of GOP legislative leaders, who could still win this fiscal battle with expected override votes this week.

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