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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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The new legislative session begins on Jan. 8, and the Tennessee House of Representatives will choose its top leader.

Glen Casada of Franklin was picked by the GOP Caucus as its nominee. And, because there’s a Republican supermajority, he’s expected to easily win the position.

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For the first time in 30 years, Tennessee will start a legislative session without Republican Rep. Beth Harwell.

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A new portrait of Gov. Bill Haslam was unveiled this week at the state Capitol.

The ceremony, which happens at the end of every governor’s term, marks the beginning of each one’s legacy.

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State lawmakers once again questioned Correction officials about the conditions of Tennessee’s largest prison.

A year ago, a state audit found that Trousdale Turner Correctional Facility in Hartsville was understaffed and mishandling complaints by inmates.

Lamar Alexander FAFSA
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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election in 2020. 

His decision means Tennessee will have an open U.S. Senate seat in the next election cycle. 

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The voter-approved Community Oversight Board in Nashville could be a point of contention when the state legislature reconvenes next month.

Republican leaders have recently expressed  concerns that could stop the board in its tracks.

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A Tennessee lawmaker who recently questioned the effectiveness of vaccines has received backlash — and even prompting a state department to weigh in.

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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.