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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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Nashville voters have chosen a new mayor.

Metro Councilman John Cooper defeated incumbent Mayor David Briley by about 40 percentage points, with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Nashville’s mayor-elect said he will prioritize funding neighborhoods that have not received the benefits of the city's growth.

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A letter sent to parents by some Tennessee school districts puts a target on students of color, a state legislator claims.

Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, says the content and language of the document sent over the summer to inform parents their children's school is underperforming could cause bullying, because it names student groups that are falling behind.

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Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty officially launched his bid for U.S. Senate Monday, confirming a campaign that he'd been keeping quiet about despite President Donald Trump's announcing it for him in a tweet in July.

Hagerty, a longtime ally of Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Tennessee's economic and community development commissioner under Gov. Bill Haslam, immediately moved to nationalize the race.

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The new speaker of the Tennessee House is making the case that he is different from his predecessor.

In an interview with WPLN, Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton said he wants to create an environment where members welcome different opinions.

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Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton has been elected speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives at a special session this morning. 

Sexton, who has been in the legislature for nine years, was elected unanimously. Ninety-four lawmakers voted in favor, with two voting present.

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The man set to become the next Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives defended the role of state government in reversing local ordinances.

In a recent interview with WPLN, Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton said overriding municipalities is sometimes necessary — especially if the law could be seen as going against the state constitution.

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On the eve of the election of a new House speaker, Republican lawmakers chose to Rep. Jeremy Faison as the new caucus chairman. 

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Presumed Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is asking the state’s top attorney to issue an opinion on whether an embattled lawmaker could be expelled.

The request is related to an effort to kick out Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, who has been accused by three women of sexual assault while he was their high school coach over 30 years ago.

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Tennessee lawmakers will come back to Nashville later this week to pick a new House speaker.

The election will take place during Friday’s special session, which was called with specific guidelines on what can and cannot take place.

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A Nashville judge ruled on Thursday that a controversial prosecutor will continue handling the case involving black activist Justin Jones and former House Speaker Glen Casada.

Jones has claimed that Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott should be disqualified after lobbying state lawmakers and making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks.