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Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Political Reporter & Host

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter and host of The Tri-Star State podcast. Before 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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Tennessee Republicans declared Monday that they've lost faith in House Speaker Glen Casada after an unprecedented vote by rank-and-file GOP members.

Senior Republican leaders released a letter calling on Casada to resign, and Gov. Bill Lee announced he's ready to call a special session if the Franklin Republican does not do so.

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Republican lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives will soon decide the fate of Speaker Glen Casada.

The embattled lawmaker has faced backlash after racist and sexist text messages between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media.

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A complaint against House Speaker Glen Casada was filed Thursday with the Nashville District Attorney.

A local activist said Casada’s political action committee broke a state election law in 2018.

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At least 10 Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have publicly called for a caucus meeting to discuss the fate of House Speaker Glen Casada.

According to GOP Caucus bylaws, that’s the minimum number of lawmakers needed to trigger a special meeting.

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The Tennessee Black Caucus has asked Glen Casada to step down as Speaker of the state House of Representatives.

The decision comes after messages leaked to the media show Casada receiving a racist text message from his former chief of staff Cade Cothren, as well as engaging in sexist conversations.

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Members of Tennessee House of Representatives' Black Caucus said Friday they have not agreed to work with Speaker Glen Casada on diversity training.

That’s despite a claim by Rep. Casada earlier this week, which was part of a response to the release of racist and sexist text messages between him and a top aide.

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A top aide in the Tennessee House resigned Monday evening after a tumultous series of revelations and accusations against him.

Some of the accusations could also implicate his boss, House Speaker Glen Casada.

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This year’s legislative session has come to an end, and a new wave of Tennessee Republicans scored some big wins during the last couple of weeks.

WPLN’s political reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has been on the hill for the last four months, and he says the final weeks were very hectic.

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The Tennessee legislature has officially adjourned for the year. But the last day was a mix of controversy, chaos and impasse over a major health initiative.

Lawmakers in the House and the Senate spent hours Thursday negotiating a proposal for a Medicaid block grant — a lump sum to provide healthcare to low-income people.

TN Photo Services (file)

After weeks of negotiations, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Gov. Bill Lee’s biggest education initiative Wednesday.

But the final version has a higher price tag than originally estimated. 

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