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The no-confidence vote in House Speaker Glen Casada cast by Tennessee Republican lawmakers follows more than two weeks of turmoil.

The multi-layered scandal started after inappropriate texts between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media. But Casada’s reaction to the allegations might be one of the main reasons why GOP members left his side.

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After House Speaker Glen Casada announced on Tuesday he will be stepping down from his leadership position, state lawmakers are starting to consider who would replace him.

Rep. Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, is next in line, which technically makes him Casada’s immediate successor. But it’s unclear if he will pursue the top leadership post.

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Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada said on Tuesday he plans to step down from his position. 

Casada's decision comes hours after the House Republican Caucus cast an unprecedented 45-24 no-confidence vote in Casada, after racist and lewd text messages between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media. 

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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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Here's a question that's rarely come up before:

Could the speaker of the Tennessee House be fired?

The current holder of that position, Glen Casada, says he plans to remain. That's despite calls from Democrats — and some fellow Republicans — to step down amid a scandal involving racist and sexist text messages. But there's little they could do to force Casada to give up the speakership.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, Rock The Vote, and several other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the state of Tennessee of violating voter rights.