Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 9:31 am
Sen. Lamar Alexander easily dispatched rival Republican Joe Carr in the Tennessee primary Thursday, completing a clean sweep for this year's Senate incumbents who faced intraparty challengers claiming the Tea Party label.
Yet while they were winless, the hard-core conservatives intent on selecting a Senate more to their liking this year were far from utterly defeated. All of the challenged GOP incumbents reacted to the pressure by working to reconfirm their credentials with conservatives. This held true even for those whose credentials should have been least in doubt.
Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk about the death of an inmate behind closed doors after something went wrong in his execution, the governor vetoes House bills after a bond for Capitol repairs fails in that chamber and the state and national Tea Parties are at odd over support for U.S. Senate candidates.