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Presumed Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton is asking the state’s top attorney to issue an opinion on whether an embattled lawmaker could be expelled.

The request is related to an effort to kick out Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, who has been accused by three women of sexual assault  while he was their high school coach over 30 years ago.

He wants the attorney general to clarify whether it’s even constitutional to kick Byrd out of the House for incidents that allegedly happened decades before he became a legislator.

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House Speaker Glen Casada has been fighting for his political life. And it's not the first time his reputation has been on the line.

Many lawmakers have called for the Franklin Republican to step down. That's after the leaking of sexist and racist text exchanges with a top aide, his now-former chief of staff, Cade Cothren.

WPLN senior editor Chas Sisk spoke with Jason Moon Wilkins about why this isn't just a crisis for Casada, it's a problem for Tennessee’s Republican Party as a whole.

The following are excerpts from recent interviews about the scandal: