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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, September 21, 2011

Dems to drop controversial leaders' names from signature dinner

RALEIGH (Winston-Salem Journal) - Three years after a majority of North Carolina voters cast their ballots for the country's first black president, the state Democratic Party is dropping the names of a Confederate leader and a white supremacist governor from one of its signature annual activities.

For decades, the party's yearly fundraiser in western North Carolina had been known as the Vance-Aycock Dinner, after two former Democratic governors. This year the dinner, which is held in October, will be dubbed the Western Gala while a committee works on a permanent replacement title, party spokesman Walton Robinson said.

"The tradition of the Democratic Party being what it is, folks just felt it was time for a change," he said.


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