G.A. Hardaway Tennessee Black Caucus Asks House Speaker Glen Casada To Resign By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • May 13, 2019 Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN Listen Listening... / 1:22 Hear the radio version of this story. 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. Tennessee Black Caucus Takes Issue With Casada’s Diversity Training Proposal By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • May 10, 2019 Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN Listen Listening... / 1:29 Hear the radio version of this story. 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. The Tri-Star State: How The Battle Over Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Bust At The Capitol Is Evolving By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán & Jason Moon Wilkins • Mar 3, 2019 Stephen Jerkins / WPLN Listen Listening... / 5:55 The Tri-Star State — A Tennessee Politics Podcast — Week of March 3, 2019 Last week the conflict over Confederate monuments came back to a boil at the Tennessee State Capitol. Protestors demanding removal of a bust honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest clashed in the halls with Republican leadership. A Bible Passage Inspires An Ethics Rule Change In The Tennessee House By Sergio Martínez-Beltrán • Jan 10, 2019 Stephen Jerkins / WPLN Listen Listening... / 1:25 Hear the radio version of this story. A biblical concept is the inspiration behind a rule change in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The new policy, proposed by state Rep. Mathew Hill, R-Jonesborough, requires lawmakers to get a second signature when filing an ethical complaint.