Sergio Martínez-Beltrán

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter. Prior to 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. 

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.

After weeks of negotiations, the Tennessee General Assembly passed Gov. Bill Lee’s biggest education initiative Wednesday.

But the final version has a higher price tag than originally estimated. 

There have been many changes in the last few weeks to Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Accounts proposal.

The legislature is still workshopping the details of the school voucher plan. And GOP leaders are trying to convince rural lawmakers on the fence, to vote for the bill.

After high turnout in last year's midterm elections propelled Democrats to a new House majority and big gains in the states, several Republican-controlled state legislatures are attempting to change voting-related rules in ways that might reduce future voter turnout.

Many of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's initiatives are making their way through the state legislature, and some are faring better than others.

In his first year, the governor’s proposals range from increasing vocational education to faith-based initiatives to implementing a pilot program for school vouchers.

A Knoxville Democrat has been accued of sexual misconduct, but it's unclear what penalties or scrutiny he faces.

State Rep. Rick Staples says the allegations from an unnamed woman involved in Democratic politics are "politically motivated." The woman claims Staples held onto her waist during a meeting in his office, after making inappropriate comments about her appearance on multiple occasions.

The Tennessee General Assembly is getting to the do-or-die point for new legislation.

The end of committee meetings means lawmakers have to make important decisions regarding bills that could determine whether they’ll pass or they’ll fail. This also means, in some cases, it’s time for compromise. 

Proposals that would target criminal justice, health care and education took center stage at Gov. Bill Lee’s first State of the State address Monday night.

The governor also presented his first budget, which consists of $38.5 billion.

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.

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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