Tag: Lamar Alexander

Sen. Collins Leaning Toward Constitutional Option

WASHINGTON—Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) signaled she might vote for the constitutional option to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which would make her the second member of the Gang of 14 to do so, and move Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) one vote closer to the 50 that he needs to make it happen.

House of Cards: Paul Ryan’s Campaign to Mislead Voters on His Immigration Stance

Although New Year’s confetti is still being cleaned off the floors, Paul Ryan already issued a statement that could easily be a contender for the most remarkable statement of 2016. In a Monday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Paul Ryan declared without a trace of humor that “People who know my record know that I’m for border enforcement, border control, not for amnesty.”

GOP May Tax Internet Sales in Omnibus

The final $1.1 trillion spending bill being negotiated in Congress will be a massive 1,000+ page of legislation that few people will read. In addition to funding government through next year, the must-pass bill is likely to contain dozens of provisions that would otherwise be difficult to pass.

Congress Begins Conference on No Child Left Behind Rewrite

On Wednesday, a congressional conference committee kicked off the effort to reauthorize No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—amid the concerns of many conservative parents, who would prefer to see education taken out of the hands of the federal government and back into those of the individual states and local school districts.

GOP Establishment Wages War Against Cruz and Conservative Voters

Republican leaders said they needed the Senate to get anything done, and they got it, in a historic midterm election landslide. They’ve done absolutely nothing with it. Harry Reid is still the effective Senate Majority Leader – in fact, he’s sitting prettier than ever, because he gets to watch Republicans use his grubby tactics to stymie conservative votes, while his hands remain clean.

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Lamar Alexander’s No Child Left Behind Rewrite Will Not Rein in Federal Control of Education

Senator Lamar Alexander falsely claims his No Child Left Behind Reauthorization bill, labeled the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), will rein in the federal government. Like its House counterpart, ECAA has superficial “prohibitions” on what the U.S. Secretary of Education may do. Those prohibitions merely replicate existing prohibitions and, in any event, lack any kind of enforcement mechanism for the states.

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Alexander Touts NCLB, Common Core Fix in GOP Weekly Address

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) touted a proposal to report reading, math, and science tests results publicly and make “whether your state adopts Common Core” entirely your state’s decision” during Saturday’s GOP Weekly Address. Transcript (via ABC News Radio) as Follows: “Hello,

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Walker-for-President Effort Hires Another Controversial Anti-Conservative In Brad Dayspring

Dayspring was undoubtedly effective at crushing conservative primary challengers to longtime Republican senators and helping Republicans take over the U.S. Senate. But his tactics throughout his career have been so brutal and personal, he’s become a larger-than-life personality in politics—someone who often overshadows whoever his boss is—and sometimes border on reckless.

Alexander: ‘Hope’ SC Removes Confederate Flag

A growing number of politicians have weighed in on the propriety of South Carolina flying the Confederate flag on its Statehouse grounds following a racially motivated shooting that claimed the lives of nine people in Charleston last week.

Slate: Tea Party 'Savvy, Smart, Disciplined'

Slate: Tea Party 'Savvy, Smart, Disciplined'

Editors Note: Slate’s Betsy Woodruff drills down on the ongoing impact of the grassroots movement called the Tea Party. At first glance, the 2014 midterms look like a catastrophe for the Tea Party. Sarah Palin’s candidates lost in state after

Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty Again after Primary Win

Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty Again after Primary Win

It didn’t take long for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to embrace amnesty again.  As soon as he won his Senate primary election against conservative Joe Carr, Alexander said it was “embarrassing” that Republicans have not yet passed a bill.  Never mind

Lamar Alexander Wins Tennessee Senate Primary

Lamar Alexander Wins Tennessee Senate Primary

Incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has won his Tennessee GOP Senate primary race against Tea Party challenger Joe Carr.  The Associated Press called the race early Thursday night for Alexander with just over 20 percent of the vote in.  The final

Kansas Senate Primary: Pat Roberts Holds Off Milton Wolf

Kansas Senate Primary: Pat Roberts Holds Off Milton Wolf

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) held off primary challenger Milton Wolf on Tuesday, leaving the Tea Party with only one more chance this election cycle to defeat a Senate incumbent. If Joe Carr does not oust Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Thursday,

Malkin Blasts 'Double-Talking Weasel' Lamar Alexander

Malkin Blasts 'Double-Talking Weasel' Lamar Alexander

Political commentator and author Michelle Malkin sharply criticized Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his attempts to paint himself as an opponent of amnesty and Common Core.  “Of course, [Alexander] is one of the biggest double-talking weasels and beltway barnacles out