Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise

Obama To Propose A Free Community College Plan Similar To Tennessee Promise
President Obama addresses a small group at Casa Azafran in South Nashville. Credit: Bobby Allyn/WPLN

In President Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in the past year, he will be announcing a proposal that would make community college free for all Americans. "We also have make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits," he said in a video Thursday night.

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Alexander Slams EPA For ‘Regulating Mud Puddles’ While Defending His Own Votes For Coal Regulation

Alexander Slams EPA For ‘Regulating Mud Puddles’ While Defending His Own Votes For Coal Regulation
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander worked the words “regulating mud puddles” into nearly every answer at a candidate forum hosted by the Farm Bureau. He’s referring to new rules under the Clean Water Act governing navigable waterways. Mud puddles have become one of his most-used jabs at the White House during his reelection campaign.

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Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’

Corker Votes To Arm Syrian Rebels Despite Calling Administration’s Plan ‘Unserious’
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee. Credit: Office of Sen. Bob Corker via Facebook

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker ultimately supported the Obama Administration’s short-term plan to arm Syrian rebels, even after berating Secretary of State John Kerry during a committee hearing this week.

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Alexander Compares Ebola To A Fire, Says US Should Charge Toward The Flames

Alexander Compares Ebola To A Fire, Says US Should Charge Toward The Flames
Earlier this year, Alexander protested recent rule changes, saying in a floor speech that being a member of the minority party is increasingly like 'being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry and not being allowed to sing.' Image Source: Lamar Alexander/YouTube

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says US leaders need to take the deadly outbreak of Ebola as seriously as the militant group Islamic State.

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Bill To Reduce VA Backlog Passes Easily With No Help From Tennessee’s Senators

Bill To Reduce VA Backlog Passes Easily With No Help From Tennessee’s Senators
Sen. Bob Corker speaks to reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Since the most recent problems with VA wait times emerged, Corker has criticized plans to solve the problem because they add to the country's deficit. Credit: U.S. Embassy Moldova via Flickr

Republican Lamar Alexander, who is in a primary battle to keep his seat, did not vote. And Republican Bob Corker was one of the three to vote no.

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After Months Of Avoidance, Lamar Alexander Acknowledges Challenger Joe Carr By Name

After Months Of Avoidance, Lamar Alexander Acknowledges Challenger Joe Carr By Name
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) is running for a third term, pictured here at a recent announcement regarding expansion of Volkswagen's Tennessee plant. While he has campaigned in the state, he's almost entirely ignored his competition. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has gone out of his way to avoid saying the name of his most viable opponent in the Republican Primary, until now.

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Sen. Alexander Wants To Send The National Guard Back To The Mexican Border

Sen. Alexander Wants To Send The National Guard Back To The Mexican Border
Speaking on the Senate floor once debate began on the bill, Alexander characterized it as an example of 'runaway spending.'

As Congress considers what to do about the flood of unaccompanied minors flooding across the Mexican border, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is calling to send guardsmen. At a hearing in Washington on Thursday, he advocated dispatching soldiers to parts of the border where there is no wall or fence.

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What Eric Cantor’s Loss Has To Do With Immigration Jabs At Lamar Alexander

What Eric Cantor’s Loss Has To Do With Immigration Jabs At Lamar Alexander
Candidate George Flinn recently returned from a trip to McAllen, Texas. He used photos of him by the border in his most recent ad. Credit: Flinn for Senate

In the final weeks of campaigning, two Republicans challenging Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander are harping on the same issue – illegal immigration. Both Memphis businessman George Flinn and Rutherford County state Rep. Joe Carr have released ads trying to tie Alexander to the current influx on the southern border.

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Rand Paul’s Not Endorsing Lamar Alexander, But The Two Are Making A Point To Be Seen Together

Rand Paul’s Not Endorsing Lamar Alexander, But The Two Are Making A Point To Be Seen Together
Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee address reporters Monday. The two were apparently talking to health care executives about what they'd like to see instead of Obamacare. They've also worked together on restoring fishing rights below dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made yet another appearance Monday with Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, who is facing a Tea Party primary challenger. While considered one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate, Alexander has been working in recent months to look more conservative.

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Senators Say Royalty Reform Tougher Sell ‘Where Nobody Even Plays A Guitar’

Senators Say Royalty Reform Tougher Sell ‘Where Nobody Even Plays A Guitar’
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) joined Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee at the Bluebird Cafe Monday to announce support for royalty reform. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Three Republican senators sat on the small stage of Nashville’s Bluebird Café Monday morning flanked by some of the biggest songwriters in town. The lawmakers flew in to show support for legislation that might help hit-makers get paid more.

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Two Words You Won’t Hear Lamar Alexander Say Right Now: Common Core

Two Words You Won’t Hear Lamar Alexander Say Right Now: Common Core
Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks alongside Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky State Rep. Jim DeCesare, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. Paul and Alexander are sponsoring legislation that will make it easier for states to set up charter schools. Image: Bradley George/WPLN

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has been doing his best to avoid saying he supports Common Core education standards. The controversial benchmarks for what students should learn in each grade have become a campaign issue in several races, including Alexander's.

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For Tennessee Democrats, A US Senate Candidate They Won’t Have To Disown

Attorney Terry Adams is a first-time candidate running in the U.S. Senate race. He told reporters at the state capitol in Nashville Friday that he had raised roughly $25,000 for his campaign, declining to say just how much he thought it would take to challenge incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Attorney Terry Adams is a first-time candidate running in the U.S. Senate race. He told reporters at the state capitol in Nashville Friday that he had raised roughly $25,000 for his campaign, declining to say just how much he thought it would take to challenge incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

A Knoxville attorney said Friday he’s in the U.S. Senate race to win…and because somebody needs to run. The last time Tennessee elected a senator, Democrats wound up renouncing their candidate. (more…)

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Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress

Tenn State Rep ‘Wouldn’t Say A Word’ In Proposed Session With Congress
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) is challenging Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is running for a third term. Credit: Carr for Senate via Facebook

Tennessee lawmakers are still trying to schedule a time for the state’s entire Congressional delegation to drop by for a chat about states’ rights and federal powers. One of the Republicans pushing for what’s being called a “bi-lateral session” is also running for congress, though he says he’d be happy to sit out. (more…)

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Democrat Throws Hat In U.S. Senate Ring, Crosses Fingers He Won’t Face Lamar Alexander

Terry Adams has a law firm based in Knoxville. His practice focuses on negotiations and contracts, including professional athletes. Adams served in the Navy from 1989 to 1997 and went to the University of Tennessee on the GI Bill. Credit: Terry Adams
Terry Adams has a law firm based in Knoxville. His practice focuses on negotiations and contracts, including professional athletes. Adams served in the Navy from 1989 to 1997 and went to the University of Tennessee on the GI Bill. Credit: Terry Adams

A Democrat has entered Tennessee’s U.S. Senate race, just in case Lamar Alexander loses in the GOP primary. (more…)

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