June 15th, 2014
09:00 AM ET
1 month ago

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Christie’s New Hampshire 2016 message

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Washington (CNN) – Lessons from our trip around the "Inside Politics" table this Sunday: new challenges for two governors who also happen to be 2016 presidential prospects, a California court case that could reverberate in your school district and a Tennessee tea party test.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Education • Inside Politics • Lamar Alexander • Same-sex marriage • Scott Walker • Tea Party
GOP as the "iPhone party"
April 19th, 2014
11:43 AM ET
3 months ago

GOP as the "iPhone party"

(CNN) - "Imagine your government as your iPhone."

That was the message from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, in the GOP's weekly address Saturday.

In a call for free markets and open platforms, Alexander argued that government should be more like Apple, Inc. - working to give private citizens the means "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life."

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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Lamar Alexander
Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous
February 21st, 2014
02:24 PM ET
5 months ago

Political Circus: Ooh ‘dat (email’s) so scandalous

Washington (CNN) – The Internet is kind of like that annoying friend from college who remembers you at your sloppy drunk worst and keeps telling the stories over and over again.

While combing through 25,000 documents related to the now-closed investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, when he was the Milwaukee County executive, we came across this gem.

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Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges
December 12th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
7 months ago

Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges

(CNN) – Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff appeared in court on Thursday after formally being charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, looked straight ahead and answered "yes" or "no" when questioned by the judge in U.S. District Court. He did not enter a plea.
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Filed under: Congress • Lamar Alexander
Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say
December 11th, 2013
11:55 AM ET
7 months ago

Senator's chief of staff arrested on child porn-related charges, authorities say

Updated 7:23 p.m., 12/11/13

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff was arrested on Wednesday on child pornography related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, was held pending a planned hearing on Thursday in federal court in Washington, according to a Justice Department statement.
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Filed under: Lamar Alexander • Senate • Tennessee
Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?
December 10th, 2013
08:15 PM ET
7 months ago

Will challenges from right hurt GOP chances to retake Senate?

Washington (CNN) -- Sen. John Cornyn, welcome to the club.

The two-term Texas lawmaker is now the seventh Republican Senator up for re-election next year to face a primary challenge from his right.

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Filed under: John Cornyn • Lamar Alexander • Mike Enzi • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Thad Cochran
Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads
July 5th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads

(CNN) – Never mind that the Tennessee Republican thus far has no primary challenger. Sen. Lamar Alexander is already putting out radio and TV ads for the 2014 midterm elections.

His 30-second television spot also features a popular senator from the neighboring state of Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
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Filed under: 2014 • Lamar Alexander • Rand Paul • Tennessee
GOP: Education system 'congested' with mandates
June 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP: Education system 'congested' with mandates

(CNN) - A Senate committee voted this week to move forward with a Democratic-backed education plan, but Republicans argue the proposal forces the country's school systems to further rely on the federal government.

"Over the last decade, the United States Department of Education has become so congested with federal mandates that it has actually become, in effect, a national school board," Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Saturday in the GOP weekly address.
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Filed under: Education • Lamar Alexander • Republicans
Senators place blame for budget stalemate
September 25th, 2011
01:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators place blame for budget stalemate

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner engaged in a political back-and-forth Sunday that revealed fractures between both parties—and the House and Senate.

Though Warner admitted the threat of another government shutdown as a result of a budget showdown is “embarrassing,” he also told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the conservative tea party movement was causing yet another stalemate.
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Republican shake-ups in Senate leadership
September 20th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
3 years ago

Republican shake-ups in Senate leadership

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lamar Alexander will leave his post as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference in January. The Tennessee Republican told his Senate colleagues in an email that he was stepping down from his post to pursue other goals within the Senate.

"Stepping down from leadership will liberate me to spend more time working for results on the issues I care most about," Alexander wrote. "I want to do more to make the Senate a more effective institution so that it can deal better with serious issues."
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Filed under: Lamar Alexander • Senate
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