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Sen. Lamar Alexander

Fixing ‘No Child Left Behind

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

LAMAR ALEXANDER u.s. senator Last week, I was elected by my Republican colleagues to be the chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. This is one of the Senate’s most active committees, and the work of no other Senate committee affects the daily lives of Tennesseans more than this one. It is a great privilege to be chairman of this committee, and I am ready to

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    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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  • Better days lie ahead for community

    Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    WILL THOMAS IDB chairman January 6th seemed like a normal Tuesday until I received a 3 p.m. text message about Goodman’s future closing. I attended a meeting later that day, in which Goodman management gave our mayors, state representative and IDB director a summary of the Goodman plan for the next two years. I left the meeting partly confused, angry and sad. I still can’t say I’ve fully grasped the

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  • ‘We are all Charlie’

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

    CONNIE SCHULTZ columnist   This terrible thing happened. Three hooded men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles seized a magazine newsroom in Paris and murdered many of the journalists meeting there. At least 12 people are dead; at least 11 others are injured. A detail I can’t shake: One of the gunmen reportedly began the massacre by calling out the journalists by name. As I write, we already know that four

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  • U.S. economy looks strong for 2015

    Posted on January 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    All indications are that 2015 will be the year when the pall that has overshadowed our economy will finally lift. The Great Recession, starting in 2007, hit the world hard — and while European countries remain in the doldrums, the American economy is pulling itself up by the bootstraps of consumer spending. The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research states that the recession ended in June 2009. While that was

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  • Bill to make fiscal note decisions transparent

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    When the state Legislature enacts a new law, there’s nearly always a price tag attached. The size of the price tag and who’s going to pay the bill can be a major part of the debate over passage. It’s not hard to see that getting the price right can become a political hot potato. It’s in the interests of those who sponsor a bill to declare as low a price

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  • Allowing the U.S. Postal Service to thrive

    Posted on January 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Reports that the U.S. Postal Service is a financial basket case are somewhat overblown. And it can prove it if Congress would pass a sensible reform bill that would give the quasi-federal agency room to maneuver. Apart from a unique and burdensome congressionally imposed mandate to prepay retiree health benefits, which has created huge paper losses, the Post Office is doing reasonably well for a bureaucratic agency adapting to rapidly

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