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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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Lawmakers in the Tennessee House rejected a proposal Wednesday that would’ve required political affiliation to participate in statewide primaries.

The legislation is the brainchild of the executive committee of the Tennessee Republican Party.

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Crews have begun cleaning up the mudslide that's closed a section of Interstate 24 on the north side of Nashville. But the Department of Transportation estimates that it could be a week or more before the road reopens.

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A Tennessee House committee is expected to consider a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions once a heartbeat has been detected.

Abortion rights advocates fear the measure has more momentum than similar legislation introduced two years ago. That bill didn’t move forward after it was deemed “constitutionally suspect” by the state's attorney general. 

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CNN isn’t usually interested in the minutiae of state politics. But comments from Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada about Rep. David Byrd have brought the network and other national outlets to the state Capitol.

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Two hundred sixty-nine pages.

That’s the length of a new report put out Wednesday by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office on “Sex Week," the annual sex education program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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A new bill filed in the Tennessee General Assembly would trigger a ban on abortions — but only if the country’s highest court overturns Roe v. Wade.

The proposal by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, and Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, is one of many such measures making their way through state legislatures.

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Contrary to Democrats, Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have resisted for years the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program, also known as TennCare.

They repeatedly blocked Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to expand coverage.

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A federal appeals court is considering whether Tennessee should have the ability to take away the driver's licenses of individuals who can’t pay fines. 

But, state lawmakers are not waiting for that ruling.

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Tennessee is the only state in the nation that requires people who have been released from prison to be up-to-date on child support to register to vote.

But, a bill in the state legislature could soon change that. 

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Marijuana is, once again, taking center stage in the Tennessee legislature.

Republicans have filed bills this year that would allow for medical marijuana. And Democrats have introduced measures that could decriminalize it all together.

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