Lamar Alexander Pleads with Senators to Work Together in Farewell Speech

new video loaded: Lamar Alexander Pleads with Senators to Work Together in Farewell Speech



Lamar Alexander Pleads with Senators to Work Together in Farewell Speech

Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, delivered a final message to his colleagues during a farewell speech, saying that the Senate had lost its way and needed to change. Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader and a close friend to Mr. Alexander, grew emotional during his final remarks.

“Well, you may say the Senate isn’t solving some big problems. And you would be right. We’re not even voting on some big problems, sometimes because the majority doesn’t bring it up and sometimes the minority obstructs. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to gum up the works in a body of 100 that operates mostly by unanimous consent. But here’s my different view of why we’re here. It’s hard to get here. It’s hard to stay here. And while we’re here, we might as well try to accomplish something. The United States Senate has been, and I hope continues to be, the single most important institution that helps to unify our country by creating broad agreements that most of us can vote for, and that the citizens of the United States will accept.” “I myself have leaned on Lamar’s wisdom for many years. But I think I’ve learned just as much on his optimism, his can-do spirit, his ability to look on the bright side … … and then discern how some more hard work could make it brighter still.”

Recent episodes in Latest Video

Whether it’s reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, Times Video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world.

Whether it’s reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, Times Video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world.

Source Article

Read more

Lamar Alexander has always worked for Tennessee and America’s success

Tom Ingram, Guest Columnist
Published 3:22 p.m. CT Nov. 2, 2020


Opinion and Engagement Director David Plazas spoke with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Nashville Tennessean

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s former chief of staff rebuts guest column that his former boss had acquiesced to President Donald Trump’s whims.

Story Highlights

  • Tom Ingram, former chief of staff to U. S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Re: “Sen. Lamar Alexander leaves office under a cloud for enabling Trump’s excesses,” by Roy Neel, former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

An open letter to Roy Neel:

Roy, thanks for your letter to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, published in this space Oct. 29. 

As you probably would have advised your former boss, President Bill Clinton, if a staffer had written a similar critique of him during his various scandals, I’ve advised Lamar personally to ignore your arrogant, partisan remarks and let me respond instead as his former staffer.

Lamar’s “admirable career of public service” (your words) is forged from his own values and integrity and following models of his predecessor, Sen. Howard Baker, who held the office of President in highest esteem regardless of the office-holder; and former Gov. Ned McWherter, who was Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives when Lamar was elected governor in l978.

A reporter asked Democrat McWherter, “Mr. Speaker, what are you going to do about this young Republican just elected governor.” 

McWherter responded, “Well, I’m going to do everything I can to help him be successful, because if he’s successful, Tennessee will be successful.”

Alexander passed laws working with both Presidents Obama and Trump

President Barack Obama, followed by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Rep. John Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., leave Air Force One after arriving in Tennessee in 2015. (Photo: Mark Zaleski / Associated Press)

Republican Gov. Alexander proceeded with Democrats McWherter and Lt. Gov. John Wilder, who presided over the Tennessee State Senate, to work together to improve schools and roads and attract new jobs to Tennessee, resulting in improved family incomes. 

Lamar said, “I proposed, and they improved, and we got a lot of important things done.”

In Washington, Lamar’s job has not been to run a daily commentary on any president’s speeches, tweets or behavior, but work with whomever has been president to get results for Tennessee and America.  When the president succeeds, the American people succeed.

With President Obama, Lamar fixed “No Child Left Behind”, passed “21st Century Cures” legislation, and led FDA reform, which helped shape all of the parts of the federal government’s pandemic response that are working well today – including faster development of vaccines, federal research into treatments, funding for states to test for COVID-19, and contract tracing.

Hear more Tennessee Voices: Get the weekly opinion newsletter for insightful and thought provoking columns.

With Trump, Lamar passed the “Great American Outdoors Act” to help repair facilities in the Smokies and all of our national parks; updated career technical education programs to help high school students

Read more

Lamar Jackson prepares for only second career start vs. Steelers

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has a 24-4 regular-season record as a starter. It’s well known that he has an 0-3 record against the Chiefs. It’s not as well known (or at least not as well realized) that he’s only 1-0 against the Steelers.

His win came in Week Five of the 2019 season, at Pittsburgh. Baltimore, at 2-2, had lost two in a row, to the Chiefs and (surprisingly) at home to the Browns. The Steelers were still reeling from the loss of Ben Roethlisberger for the season with an elbow injury, at 1-3.

It looked like it would be an easy win for Baltimore, which raced out to a 10-0 lead. However, a five-play drive engineered by Mason Rudolph and capped by a 35-yard catch and run by JuJu Smith-Schuster for the score, making it 10-7.

Baltimore responded with a 13-play drive that restored the 10-point lead, thanks ultimately to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Marquise Brown.

The Ravens forced a punt, but then came the first of three interceptions for Jackson on the day, a ball that caromed off tight end Mark Andrews‘ shoulder pads. The Steelers trimmed the margin to seven with a field goal.

After the teams traded punts (a promising Baltimore drive ended with consecutive sacks of Jackson) came another Jackson interception, a poor throw that was easily picked off by Mike Hilton, setting up another field goal and what was looking like a potential steamrolling went to halftime with Baltimore up by only 17-13.

Jackson’s third interception of the day came on the first drive of the third quarter. It was great play on a deep throw made by linebacker Devin Bush, but still an interception. The ensuing 10-play, 87-yard drive that saw Mason Rudolph concussed and replaced by Duck Hodges gave Pittsburgh its first lead, 20-17.

Jackson responded with a 12-play drive that ended in a field goal, knotting the game at 20. After the Steelers scored another field goal with 2:37 to play, Jackson and the Ravens moved the ball 45 yards in nine plays to tie the game with 10 seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, Baltimore got the ball first and sputtered, with Jackson taking his fifth sack and the Ravens going three and out. Then came a well-timed punch by cornerback Marlon Humphrey on a catch by Smith-Schuster and a very lucky bounce (and non-bounce) and the Ravens had the ball at the Pittsburgh 34. Three plays later, Justin Tucker did what Justin Tucker does and Baltimore won, 26-23.

Jackson did plenty of excellent things in the game, twisting and zipping through the Pittsburgh defense, drawing a 15-yard penalty with a late hit out of bounds (not a flop), and completing more than 67 percent of his passes. The three interceptions are nevertheless glaring; he’s never had another game with that many. The five sacks are the most he’s taken in any regular-season game, too.

Here’s the other reality when it comes to facing the Steelers: Unlike

Read more






if (isTouch){

// heavily-modded a copy of fsUtils/ScriptLoader let getScript = function(url){

// Create a new script and setup the basics. let script = document.createElement("script");

script.async = false; script.src = url;

//Attach the script tag to the page (before the first script) so the magic can happen. let firstScript = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScript.parentNode.insertBefore(script, firstScript);

}; let googlePixelLoader = function(){

window['google_conversion_id'] = 832239217; window['google_conversion_label'] = "TccACP23rXkQ8ezrjAM"; window['google_remarketing_only'] = false;

getScript(window.location.protocol + '//'); }; let fbPixelLoader = function(){ /* from - Facebook Pixel Code */ !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', ''); fbq('init', '161811331078914'); fbq('track', 'ViewContent',{content_name:'Mobile_App_Install'}); };

(function(b,r,a,n,c,h,_,s,d,k){if(!b[n]||!b[n]._q){for(;s<_.length;)c(h,_[s++]);d=r.createElement(a);d.async=1;d.src="";k=r.getElementsByTagName(a)[0];k.parentNode.insertBefore(d,k);b[n]=h}})(window,document,"script","branch",function(b,r){b[r]=function(){b._q.push([r,arguments])}},{_q:[],_v:1},"addListener applyCode banner closeBanner creditHistory credits data deepview deepviewCta first getCode init link logout redeem referrals removeListener sendSMS setBranchViewData setIdentity track validateCode".split(" "), 0); let branchData = null; branch.init('key_live_acdMtqDFnx4gILoc1Rq9VbckBtmjzNok', function(err, data) { branchData = data; }); branch.addListener('didShowJourney',function(){ let iframe = document.getElementById('branch-banner-iframe'); let btn = (typeof iframe.contentDocument !== 'undefined') ? iframe.contentDocument.getElementById('branch-mobile-action') : iframe.contentWindow.document.getElementById('branch-mobile-action'); btn.addEventListener('click',function(ev) { if(ev.preventDefault) ev.preventDefault(); if(typeof window['adwordPixelEnabled'] === 'undefined') { googlePixelLoader(); fbPixelLoader(); // set to load only once after one click window['adwordPixelEnabled'] = true; } // install only if(branchData && !branchData.has_app) { FsBeacon.DoubleClickFloodlightTracking().fire(); } }); }); } }());

Source Article

Read more