Lamar Alexander

Senator looks back at career as he prepares to exit the stage In 1978, Lamar Alexander started walking across the state toward the Tennessee governor’s office. In 2020, he will walk out of the U.S. Capitol, retiring from the U.S.
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Who’s in charge?

COVID highlights leadership challenges during health emergency The county mayor is responsible for the operations of Knox County government—unless a health emergency prioritizes the ideas of a group of unelected individuals responsible
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The Law and ICE

Spangler protects citizens, enforces law by renewing agreement Some months ago, I was in a social media conversation with a then-city government official on the topic of illegal immigration. Liberal politically, he complained about
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The Color Purple

Will the blue wash over Knoxville’s traditional red political landscape. On a WATE-TV show in 2003, after Bill Haslam was elected Knoxville mayor, I concluded that he might be the “last overtly Republican mayor of Knoxville.” That could
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Fleeing The Skunk

The stench of a property tax increase can not be ignored There are three reasons why city and county leaders typically flee property taxes like a skunk chasing them down the street: property owners hate them, voters hate them, and they
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