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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.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's a Republican Gerrymander

If the Democratic gerrymanders of 1991 and 2001 bothered you, a Republican gerrymander in 2011 should bother you, too.

RALEIGH (By John Hood, Carolina Journal Online) – It’s redistricting time in the state capital. The General Assembly is convening a special session to approve new district maps for Congress, the state senate, and the state house of representatives.

For the first time, Republicans are in charge of the process. If for some reason you’d missed the GOP takeover of the legislature last fall – perhaps you just got back from an extended vacation on the planet Barsoom or something – one look at the proposed congressional map, in particular, would clue you in.

It’s a Republican gerrymander, pure and simple.


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