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Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Political Reporter

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter. Prior to moving to Nashville, Sergio covered education for the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. He is a Puerto Rico native and his work has also appeared on NPR station WKAR, San Antonio Express-News, Inter News Service, GFR Media and WMIZ 1270 AM.   

In his free time (once in a blue moon), Sergio can be found playing volleyball or in Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the coolest uncle (feel free to fact-check) to Olivia and Jimena. 

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Nashville Democrat Jeff Yarbro has been elected to be the new Senate minority leader.

At the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership elections Tuesday afternoon, Yarbro said that, although the caucus is made up of only five people, they represent about 40 percent of the state's residents. 

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Tennessee Senate Republicans have elected Jack Johnson to be their next majority leader, a role that will catapult the Williamson County lawmaker to the top ranks in the state legislature and make him a key policy ally of Gov.-elect Bill Lee. 

Nashville pollworker election voting
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For the first time, Tennessee Republicans have officially asked to make party affiliation a requirement in order to vote in a primary election.  

The State Executive Committee of the Republican Party has debated closed primaries since at least 2010. But, it never had support from a majority of its members.

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Student veterans in Middle Tennessee have been hit by a nationwide delay with their GI Bill payments.

And, although state universities are helping students, they worry some veterans might end up dropping out. Middle Tennessee State University is one of them. 

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Tennessee House Republicans selected Glen Casada today as their nominee for speaker.

The Williamson County representative pledged he will be involved in recruiting and fundraising for House Republicans — tasks he’s well known for.

Screenshot of Bob Freeman Facebook photo

A Democrat will be representing a part of Davidson County that, for 30 years, sent Beth Harwell to the state legislature. 

Bob Freeman was not sure how things were going to turn out.

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Tuesday was a big day for the Nashville economy.

Amazon announced it will create 5,000 jobs in the Music City. The New York firm Ernst & Young says it will bring another 600 jobs. And a major basketball tournament will be coming back to Bridgestone Arena.

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Nashville will be home to a new distribution hub for the retail giant Amazon, bringing 5,000 corporate jobs to the city in what public officials are describing as the "single largest jobs commitment" in the state's history.

Marsha Blackburn for Senate via Twitter

Tennesseans bucked a couple of longtime trends last week when they elected Marsha Blackburn. Not only is she the state's first female U.S. senator. Voters statewide also showed a clear preference for a Republican who embodies what could be called "the tea party wing" of the GOP.

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Hundreds of people in Tennessee joined demonstrators across the country last night to protest President Trump’s decision to hire Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general, after firing Jeff Sessions.

The protest, called Nobody Is Above The Law,  also called for the special investigation into Russia to be protected. 

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