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  • Senator Lamar Alexander Endorses Marco Rubio

    02/28/2016 5:48:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2016 | Alex Jaffe
    Marco Rubio is adding another name to his growing list of Senate endorsements with the backing of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander said Rubio would be a "strong and effective president" and touted the Florida senator as "the conservative candidate who can inspire us, win the election and lead our country." "The stakes are high. If our nominee does not win, Hillary Clinton's justices will control the Supreme Court for 30 years and we'll be stuck with Obamacare forever," Alexander said. Alexander said he had "watched Marco up close" in the Senate and touted his work on a handful of...
  • Lamar Odom Reportedly Found Unconscious at Nevada Brothel

    10/13/2015 6:31:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 80 replies
    Variety ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2015 | Alex Stedman
    Lamar Odom has reportedly been hospitalized after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. According to TMZ, the former NBA player and star of E!’s “Khloe and Lamar” reality series was found unconscious at Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nev., after multiple days of partying. He was apparently intubated at the hospital, an indication that he was not able to breathe on his own. He will reportedly be airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital for further treatment. Odom, the ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, previously went missing two years ago after a drug-fueled bender at a Los Angeles hotel. He also...
  • Delayed Sen. Lamar Alexander exhibit could be canceled

    08/10/2015 7:45:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    AP via Johnson City Press ^ | August 10, 2015
    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Museum’s plans for a statewide traveling exhibit on U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s service as governor, initially scheduled to coincide with his Senate re-election campaign last year and then rescheduled, may now be canceled entirely.
  • [2013] Rand Paul says he supports Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election

    04/11/2015 5:20:53 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 43 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | Jul 29, 2013 | Richard Locker
    A week after about 150 tea party activists rallied in opposition to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's re-election next year, tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said here Monday that he hopes Alexander doesn't get an opponent and wins re-election. Alexander, R-Tenn., has aroused tea party ire for his votes for the immigration reform bill and other measures opposed by the hard right.
  • Pryor says he wants Schumer, not Reid, as majority leader (and BFF Lamar Alexander as GOP leader)

    10/02/2014 2:11:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) wants to replace Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and give the job to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), he reportedly told donors at a private fundraiser last month. According to audio of a Democrats for Education Reform PAC fundraiser obtained by The Washington Free Beacon, Pryor said the "best thing that could happen" to the Senate would be if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "gets beat and Harry Reid gets replaced.”
  • Ball Responds to TNGOP Attack: Alexander Voted with Obama 62 Percent of Time

    09/18/2014 4:24:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    “Sen. Lamar Alexander has voted with President Barack Obama 62 percent of the time. I have voted with him 0 percent of the time,” U.S. Senate Candidate Gordon Ball said after learning that the TNGOP had launched a website and video attacking him as ‘another vote for Obama. “I have said consistently that Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander should be replaced. If we want to change Washington, we have to change the people in Washington.” (SNIP) Ball, who has been campaigning this past week in Memphis and upper east Tennessee will be in Nashville this week for the...
  • Thomas Ravenel Thanks Supporters, Channels Barry Goldwater

    08/08/2014 7:49:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 21 replies
    On his first day as an official candidate for the U.S. Senate, Lowcountry businessman and reality television star Thomas Ravenel thanked his supporters for signing and collecting the signatures that put him on the November ballot against incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham, Democrat Brad Hutto and Libertarian Victor Kocher. “A lot of people worked very hard on that (signature) effort – and I’m tremendously grateful to each one of them,” Ravenel said. ”This is democracy in action – whether the warmongers and welfare statists in Washington like it or not.”
  • 2014 Tennessee Senate Primaries Results

    08/07/2014 5:36:27 PM PDT · by don-o · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | August 7, 2014
    L. Alexander (i) 52.9% 65,012 J. Carr 38.6% 47,338 G. Flinn 4.2% 5,185 C. Agnew 1.6% 1,971 B. Lenard 1.2% 1,413 J. King 1.1% 1,343 E. Magee 0.4%
  • Down to the Wire Prediction in Key GOP Primary (Tennessee)

    08/07/2014 6:51:44 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 30 replies ^ | August 7, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Conservative activists are pouring every last resource into Tennessee in hopes of pulling another stunning Republican primary upset, this time in Thursday’s U.S. Senate racing pitting longtime Washington insider Lamar Alexander against tea-party upstart Joe Carr. The defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, in Virginia’s Republican primary energized the conservative base in Tennessee, providing hope that perhaps Alexander could also be ripe for the picking. While Alexander has enjoyed a healthy lead in the polls and has a huge spending advantage, his support is considered more “soft” than Carr’s and therefore more likely to stay home on...
  • ENDORSEMENTS: August GOP primary season

    08/06/2014 10:23:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Many of you across the country will have a chance to vote in GOP primaries this month. If you care about limited government, secure borders, and parental/local empowerment against Fed Ed, here are some of the stellar candidates running at the local, state, and federal levels who deserve your support. (SNIP) Support Joe Carr for Senate. GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is another Beltway lifer who needs to be sent packing. Carr is an outspoken conservative state legislator with a proven record on fighting amnesty and turning off the entitlement magnets that attract illegal immigrants. (SNIP) ARIZONA I endorsed state school...
  • Tennessee Senator's Amnesty Vote Just Won't Go Away

    08/01/2014 9:55:02 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 20 replies ^ | August 1, 2014 | Bradford Thomas
    Alexander dodges question, says he voted for amnesty to “stop perpetual amnesty” When Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made a campaign stop at the Brainerd Road Rib & Loin Tuesday evening, he was met with a group of his primary opponent Joe Carr’s supporters who said they showed up to ask him about his vote for amnesty last year. Though Alexander dodged the question in his private campaign event, he told a reporter afterward that he didn’t vote for amnesty, he voted to “stop perpetual amnesty.” While Alexander faces six challengers in August, his strongest is State Representative Joe Carr, who...
  • More Than a Republican [conservative/constitutionalist]

    07/30/2014 5:04:56 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/30/14 | Justin O. Smith
    ... If Joe's own words do not inspire some to vote for him, they should certainly make us all think about the direction we are taking our nation: "It's not enough to be a Republican. I'm a conservative and a Constitutionalist. ... We are not at the eleventh hour; we are at the midnight hour[.] ... I'm going up there [Washington, D.C.] to start a fight. We [our leaders in Congress/the executive] have trampled on the legacy of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence."
  • LOTFI: Sen. Lamar Alexander must apologize for lying about opposing federal education

    07/24/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Lofti
    NASHVILLE, July 23, 2014– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is facing a tough primary challenge from State Rep. Joe Carr (R). Carr’s momentum has built over the months and Lamar is sweating bullets underneath his red flannel shirt. More than 20 state legislators have endorsed Carr over Alexander. They join more than 60 conservative Tennessee organizations, vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, the National Association for Gun Rights and more. In natural form, Alexander is placing his bets on misleading the Volunteer state on just where his record stands on the issues. Most insulting of all is Alexander’s attempt to...
  • Ingraham: Retire Alexander like an 'old sweater'

    07/24/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham urged a ballroom full of Tennessee conservatives on Tuesday night to retire Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) like an “old sweater” that’s gone out of style. "He was really comfortable and sharp looking at one point, but now it just takes up room in your drawer," she said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ingraham spoke Tuesday at a 500-strong rally in Nashville for Alexander’s main primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s gained traction in recent weeks in his underdog bid to unseat Alexander. According to reports, she shied away from personal attacks —...
  • Mississippi GOP Twitter Feed helping promote Lamar Alexander

    Retweeted by Mississippi GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander @SenAlexander · 6h #HobbyLobby decision protects "religious freedom from another overreach by the Obama administration.” #SCOTUS Replied to 0 times
  • One Year Later, Lamar Alexander Continues War on America’s Workers

    06/28/2014 6:18:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 6/27/14 | Joe Carr
    One year ago today, Tennessee’s senior Senator Lamar Alexander declared war on our working families by voting for amnesty. One year ago today, Lamar Alexander showed us his true colors by siding with Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and La Raza to import more than 30 million new immigrants to compete against American workers who are already struggling to find and keep full-time work. Sen. Jeff Sessions cautioned: …over the next decade, the Senate plan provides roughly 30 million mostly lower-skill immigrants with permanent residency through green cards. Less than 10 percent of these green cards are allocated through the Gang’s...
  • Tea Party Rally Won't Include Alexander's Tea Party Challenger

    06/24/2014 9:49:30 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 24, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    A rally scheduled for Thursday night has all the makings of a political boon to Tennessee State Sen. Joe Carr, who's challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in the Senate primary. Stars of the Tea Party, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are headlining the event. It's being organized by the Servier County Tea Party, a group that hails from Rep. Phil Roe's (R-TN) R+25 congressional district. And the rally is scheduled for two days after the Mississippi runoff, which, if state senator Chris McDaniel wins, could give Carr additional political momentum. But Steve Osborn, the Chairman of the Sevier Country...
  • Facing Primary Challenger, Lamar Alexander Digs In on Amnesty

    06/24/2014 12:14:24 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is boldly defending his vote for the Senate "Gang Of Eight" immigration bill as he campaigns for re-election in Tennessee, after his Tea Party-backed primary challenger Joe Carr has made the issue a central point in his campaign. In an emailed statement to Breitbart News, Alexander issued a strong defense of his support for immigration reform – first published in the Knoxville News Sentinel. "We have amnesty today,” Alexander said. "Turning your head while 11 million people are already here illegally is perpetual amnesty. I voted along with 67 other United States senators to end perpetual...
  • TN Senate Challenger: Lamar Alexander is the Next Eric Cantor

    06/11/2014 12:30:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 6/11/14
    Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), predicted that Alexander will go the way of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday. Carr stated, “Sen. Alexander has a similar problem that Leader Cantor had in that he's out of touch with his Republican base in Tennessee.” Like Cantor’s primary challenger, Dave Brat, Carr says that immigration is a strong area of contrast between him and his primary challenger, he declared “the problem Lamar Alexander has and so many of the establishment Republicans have, is...
  • Donate Today & Have Your Donation Matched

    Donate Today & Have Your Donation Matched In order to defeat Lamar, we must spread the word about his record — and that means we need to raise the money necessary to reach out to Tennessee conservatives across the entire state. A group of donors agreed to match all online donations made before the end of April, meaning your donation today will be doubled. Donate today and help us get two steps closer to defeating Lamar.
  • Senate GOP Aide Arrested on Child Porn Charges Found Dead of Suspected Suicide

    01/24/2014 11:39:14 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/24/14 | AP
    <p>A former aide to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has been found dead in Maryland, just weeks after the former staffer’s arrest on child pornography charges.</p>
  • Ryan Loskarn, the former aide to Sen. Alexander facing child porn charges, found dead

    01/24/2014 11:01:15 AM PST · by don-o · 20 replies
    AP - via WJHL ^ | January 24, 2014 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    SYKESVILLE, MD (AP) - The Maryland medical examiner's office says a former aide to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hanged himself in his parents' home, just weeks after his arrest on child pornography charges.
  • Tennessee GOP Senator Alexander Has Done Nothing to Stop Obamacare

    01/16/2014 8:48:59 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 1/16/14 | CHQ Staff
    Our friend Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, today called-out Tennessee's establishment Republican Senator for his phony and disingenuous TV commercial on Obamacare. “Senator Alexander’s recently released television commercial makes the false claim that he ‘stands up strong’ against Obamacare,” said Leahy. “Such a demonstrably untrue claim deserves four Pinocchios,” Leahy stated. “At every significant step since its passage, Lamar Alexander has in reality served as the number one enabler of Obamacare in the Republican Party.” Leahy pointed out that “Senator Alexander’s false claim that he has resisted Obamacare arises from a series of timid statements he made to...
  • Beat Lamar Alexander – Vote Joe Carr – Lamar Alexander Wouldn’t Help African Orphans

    11/12/2013 5:05:04 AM PST · by don-o · 29 replies
    Views…News…and Reviews! ^ | November 10, 2013
    In 2008 I wrote a letter to Lamar Alexander asking for a financial donation of just $50 to help me help orphans in Africa, contribute to African Orphans Educations, etc. I thought Lamar Alexander would actually support the cause. You can read the PDF here. I was travelling there – and raising funds not only for travel but for direct giving as well as a long term education program to offer African orphans educational opportunities. I thought writing Lamar Alexander would do some good. I thought he might help. We had just had 2 terms of George W. Bush who...
  • Alexander foe visits Chattanooga: State Rep. Joe Carr seeks to unseat senator in primary

    09/20/2013 2:18:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies ^ | September 20, 2013 | Alex Green
    A Republican who earlier this year threw his hat into the ring to oppose longtime U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in the August 2014 primary visited Chattanooga on Thursday. State Rep. Joe Carr, a Republican from Lascassas, Tenn., in Rutherford County, who was elected to the state Legislature in 2008, spoke to GOP and tea party voters at the Century Club Banquet Hall off Access Road. He is traveling with the "Beat Lamar" campaign. Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of "Beat Lamar," told audience members that they were responsible for "vetting" Carr, in order to determine whether they want him to...
  • Challenger Blasts Lamar Alexander's Refusal to Join Ted Cruz and Defund Obamacare

    09/19/2013 11:55:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2013
    State Representative Joe Carr, Senator Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) Tea Party backed challenger in the 2014 Tennessee Republican Senate primary, blasted Alexander today for his refusal to stand with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and defund Obamacare. "Senator Lamar Alexander has refused to join Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to defund Obamacare claiming it would cause a government shutdown. Although Senator Lamar Alexander agrees with Obama on this point, it is false," Carr said in a statement released by his campaign today. "Obamacare is bad for America and we should be doing everything possible to stop it," Carr continued. "I choose...
  • BEAT LAMAR Calls for Resignation of Tennessee GOP Chairman

    09/18/2013 8:22:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies
    Beat Lamar! | September 18, 2013
    BEAT LAMAR Calls for Resignation of Tennessee GOP Chairman for Publicly Supporting Lamar Alexander Spring Hill,TN—Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of BEAT LAMAR, called for the resignation of Chris Devaney as Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party for his repeated violation of the party’s by-laws. Specifically, Devaney has voiced his public support and preference for incumbent senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who is in a contested primary to receive the party’s nomination for the United States Senate in the August, 2014 primary. “The state party’s bylaws are quite specific that no members of the Executive Committee nor any paid staff members are...
  • Senator Lamar Alexander issues statement on Syria

    09/09/2013 10:26:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | September 9, 2013
    NASHVILLE – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today spoke at the Nashville Rotary Club. The following are excerpts from his remarks: "The President has asked Congress to authorize a limited military strike in Syria. "I will vote ‘no' because of too much uncertainty about what comes next. After step A, what will be steps B, C, D and E? I see too much risk that the strike will do more harm than good by setting off a chain of consequences that could involve American fighting men and women in another long-term Middle East conflict. There should be other ways, more...
  • Is The Tennessean Flacking for Lamar?

    09/07/2013 8:17:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    Nashville Scene ^ | September 6, 2013 | Jeff Woods
    So Lamar Alexander is dealing with a little political problem lately — namely, tea partiers hate him and want to rub him out. One of their many issues with the senator is that he’s not sufficiently solid on the Second Amendment. What does Lamar do? His longtime handler and partner-in-public-deception, Tom Ingram, invites former NRA chief David Keene to speak as part of an Alexander campaign event disguised as a lecture series at Lipscomb. And what does Keene say? Surprise! He loves Lamar! And gun freaks everywhere should jump on the Lamar! bandwagon because it’s oh so important for conservatives...
  • Tennessee tea partiers say they're going RINO hunting, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is their target

    09/05/2013 8:03:57 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Nashville Scene ^ | September 5, 2013 | Tennessee tea partiers say they're going RINO hunting, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is their target
    Tennessee tea partiers say they're going RINO hunting, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is their target Ben Cunningham, one of the leaders of the fledgling Beat Lamar campaign, walked into the Sheraton Music City Hotel Saturday morning holding a big plastic rhinoceros in his arms, and hilarity ensued. It was Lamar the RINO! Get it? The lobby full of tea partiers did. Bursting into wisecracks, they took turns mocking Sen. Lamar Alexander as a Republican In Name Only. "Why don't you paint a big bull's-eye on his side, Ben?" one tea partier laughed. "I got it at Home Depot," Cunningham...
  • No surprises for Alexander and GOP incumbents

    09/01/2013 7:11:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 33 replies
    AP via WJHL ^ | September ,
    September 1, 2013 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Faced with a potentially serious primary challenger, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was not about to sit back and wait. The former two-term governor locked down endorsements, banked more than $3 million and linked arms with popular Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When conservative state Rep. Joe Carr announced he would challenge Alexander, the senator's team was ready.
  • Bad News for Lamar: Tea Partiers Vow to Stand United

    09/01/2013 3:58:56 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    Nashville Scene ^ | August 31, 2013 | Jeff Woods
    The tea party settled one question this afternoon at a meeting to audition candidates to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander in next year’s GOP primary. Both Joe Carr and Kevin Kookogey promised they'll drop out of the picture if tea partiers are rallying behind the other guy. Carr, a three-term state representative from Murfreesboro, took the pledge in his opening statement to the crowd of roughly 300 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. It was the first of five meetings to vet potential challengers to Alexander and to conduct secret straw polls. At the end of September, tea partiers will add...
  • Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker blasted by tea party leaders as 'gutless cowards'

    08/22/2013 12:06:04 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    WIBR/10 | Aug 21, 2013 | By Michael Cass / The Tennessean
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  • Tenn. legislator to challenge US Sen. Alexander

    08/20/2013 7:28:23 AM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    AP via Johnson City Press ^ | August 20, 2013 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE — Sen. Lamar Alexander's efforts to ward off a primary challenge from the right fell short Tuesday with Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr's announcement that he will mount a tea party challenge for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
  • Conservative Group Seeks Challenger to Lamar Alexander over Amnesty Vote

    07/08/2013 8:07:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 7/4/13 | Matthew Boyle
    The conservative Madison Project is collaborating with local Tea Party groups looking for a Tennessean conservative to challenge Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in the state primary over his vote in favor of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. The Madison Project’s Drew Ryun said in a statement released Wednesday that the “Senate amnesty bill is one of the most destructive bills to come before the Senate in years, yet Senator Lamar Alexander betrayed conservatives and helped secure its passage.” “Last year, Tennessee voters strongly rejected Obama’s agenda, but Lamar Alexander voted for Obama’s most important priority of his second term,”...
  • Senators may resurrect defeated gun control after making cosmetic changes (GOA letter)

    05/09/2013 3:42:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 5-9-2013 | Gun Owners of America
    "Superficial" "A source close to the Senate negotiations [says] that two senators who voted against the background check bill would vote for it after minor, superficial changes." - Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, May 6, 2013ACTION: Senators who voted pro-gun last month are under intense pressure - by Senate Democrats and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hit ads - to switch their votes.  We need to keep applying the heat and let them know that gun owners are ready to help in any Senate campaign, no matter which state, to defeat ANY SENATOR who votes for gun control.LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON, DC. It’s...
  • Christian Professor Fired for Refusing to Watch Vulgar Gay Play at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX

    03/30/2012 7:40:54 AM PDT · by TexasConservativeRepublican · 50 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 3/30/2012 | David Bellow
    Wow, this appened right here in southeast Texas. A theater arts department professor, Linda Ozmun, at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX had no problem doing her job. She was teaching kids about theater arts. That was her job and she was doing it just fine. The school wanted more than that though. According to a lawsuit that the terminated professor filed, the school chairwoman Judith Sebesta, and eventually the Dean, told her that she had to attend a vulgar gay pride play, by Tim Miller, or else she would be terminated. The professor is a Christian who did not want...
  • Lamar Alexander quitting leadership post in Senate

    09/20/2011 6:47:26 AM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    POLITICO ^ | September 20, 2011 | MANU RAJU
    Sen. Lamar Alexander will resign from his influential Republican leadership post in January, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO - a stunning decision by a former two-time presidential candidate who has played a central role shaping GOP strategy during President Barack Obama’s time in office. In a letter sent Tuesday morning to Republican senators, Alexander said he’ll cut short his leadership term by quitting his as Republican Conference chairman, the No. 3 job, and abandon his hopes to ascend to the powerful Senate Republican whip job in the next Congress. Alexander says the decision was rooted in his desire...
  • Gang of Six, back from the brink?

    07/19/2011 11:10:16 AM PDT · by freespirited · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/09/11 | Manu Raju
      The once moribund Senate “Gang of Six” regained new life Tuesday after Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn unexpectedly rejoined the group — and more senators are now coalescing around a new proposal that would cut the debt by as much as $3.7 trillion over the next decade. Other top senators are also getting behind the plan, including Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the No. 3 Senate Republican, who told a group of senators Tuesday he would back the Gang of Six’s proposal, sources say. The fast-moving developments mean that elements of the proposal could influence the stalled talks to raise the...
  • Obama praises 'Gang of Six' plan

    07/19/2011 11:16:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 104 replies
    AP (American Pravda) ^ | Jul 19, 1:54 PM EDT | By ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Time running short to raise the government's borrowing limit, President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed a plan by a bipartisan senators' group on deficit reduction as the kind of "balanced approach" the nation is looking for. He said it's time for Congress as a whole to rally around such a proposal. "We don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures, we don't have any more time to posture. It's time to get down to the business of actually solving this problem," the president said. Obama spoke even as House Republicans pushed toward a vote on...
  • Democratic leader: Cool the political rhetoric

    01/09/2011 9:23:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | January 9, 2011 | AP
    The No. 2 Senate Democrat is calling on lawmakers and the media to tone down the political language in the wake of a congresswoman's shooting in Arizona. Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin tells CNN's "State of the Union" that "toxic rhetoric" can lead unstable individuals to believe violence is an acceptable response Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is warning against blaming political groups for the attack.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter

    01/06/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    WaPo/ Right Turn ^ | January 6, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents. In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested...
  • Lamar Alexander Going To Delaware For Christine O'Donnell Event

    10/28/2010 8:28:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    CQ-Roll Call ^ | 10/28/10 | Staff
    Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander will travel Friday to Delaware to campaign for tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell in her uphill Senate race against Democrat Chris Coons. O'Donnell "will help provide a badly needed check and balance on a runaway federal government that has given us too much spending, too many taxes, too much debt and too many Washington takeovers," the Tennessee Republican said in a statement. Alexander is scheduled to attend an event with O'Donnell in the morning, a Republican operative said, although the location and other details were unclear. Alexander and other top Republicans have been criticized...
  • Lamar Alexander First GOP Leader To Back Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

    07/30/2009 10:42:13 AM PDT · by jamese777 · 12 replies · 636+ views ^ | 7/30/09 | Manu Raju
    Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander said Thursday he would support Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, breaking with Republican leaders who have questioned whether she would bring a bias to the bench. Alexander, the No. 3 Republican in Senate leadership, said that her “political and judicial philosophy may be different than mine, especially regarding Second Amendment rights.” But the Tennessee Republican added: “I will vote to confirm her because she is well-qualified by experience, temperament, character and intellect to serve as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.” Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed next week...
  • Alexander (R) to Support Sotomayor for Supreme Court

    07/30/2009 8:03:58 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 44 replies · 1,636+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 7-30-09 | Jessica Brady
    Alexander to Support Sotomayor for Supreme Court By Jessica Brady Roll Call Staff July 30, 2009, 10:37 a.m. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) announced Thursday that he will join five of his GOP colleagues in supporting Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.
  • No. 3 Republican to back Sotomayor for high court (Lamar Alexander)

    07/30/2009 7:48:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies · 903+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | July 30, 2009 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — The Senate's No. 3 Republican announced Thursday he'd break with the rest of his party's leaders to support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who's in line to become the first Hispanic justice. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander said he was voting for President Barack Obama's nominee despite his differences with her, particularly on gun rights. "Even though Judge Sotomayor's political and judicial philosophy may be different than mine, especially regarding Second Amendments rights, I will vote to confirm her because she is well qualified by experience, temperament, character and intellect to serve," Alexander said in a speech on the...
  • Coal miners boycotting Tennessee tourist sites over Alexander's opposition to mountaintop removal

    07/18/2009 4:29:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies · 1,363+ views
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Angry Appalachian coal miners are refusing to vacation in Tennessee because they say one of that state’s political leaders wants to eliminate needed jobs by banning mountaintop removal. Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is sponsoring legislation that would bar coal companies from the controversial mining practice that involves blasting away mountaintops to unearth coal and dumping dirt, rock and trees into the valleys beneath. Such a ban would effectively halt the destructive form of mining. Miners in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia are taking part in the protest, said Roger Horton, director of Citizens for Coal,...
  • Lamar Alexander ahead in polls and fundraising; Senate opponent in uphill challenge

    10/13/2008 12:31:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 620+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/13/8 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    WASHINGTON -- In an economy that appears to favor Democrats and in a year when Republicans are expected to lose seats in the U.S. Senate, one of them almost certainly will not be Tennessee's. Popular two-term governor Lamar Alexander is seeking re-election this year with a low-key campaign reminding voters that he has proposed concrete solutions, sometimes opposed by President Bush, even as he's climbed to the third spot in the Senate's GOP leadership. His opponent, Nashville lawyer Robert D. Tuke, is lesser known and stresses Alexander's partisanship and ties to Bush and, most recently, to an unpopular vote bailing...
  • "Find More, Use Less" [Sen. Lamar Alexander on Oil]

    07/12/2008 5:08:28 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 26 replies · 1,472+ views
    The Next Right ^ | July 11, 2008 | Senator Lamar Alexander
    We welcome Senator Alexander to the blog, and applaud his action to improve our energy situation. - Jon Henke Americans are feeling the pain at the pump. Hundreds of my constituents have written me with their stories of how record-high fuel costs are affecting their family budgets. One Tennessean who wrote to me is a diabetic who is having trouble paying for her insulin shots due to rising gas prices. She says: "Gas for work or insulin to live. That is the decision I have had to make several times daily." It's time for Congress to take action. Forty-four Senate...
  • Daily Congressional Special Edition- Cyndi Taylor Krier Post Office (Vanity)

    04/16/2008 2:05:14 PM PDT · by mnehring · 8 replies · 587+ views
    HR4774 On March 5th, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved the naming of a Post Office after Cyndi Taylor Krier. Normally, a vote like this would not make news in The Daily Congressional. This, however, is a special case. According to The Washington Post“One of Washington’s minor traditions is to name post offices after heroes, usually recently deceased. A lot of them have been named recently for service members killed in Iraq. But Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) has taken a new approach. He’s pushing to name a post office after a prominent, very-much-alive lobbyist. And that’s not all. His...