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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:

The 2018 Midterms: Candidate Conversations

Oct 18, 2018

This month, WUOT News presents interviews with candidates in Tennessee's gubernatorial, Senate and U.S. House races. Below you'll find conversations that touch on bipartisanship, economics, national security and other topics you may consider before casting your ballot in early voting (October 17 - November 1) or on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6).


The Knox County Ethics Committee normally doesn’t see volume business. The last six months have been a different case.

Political Interpretations of Shakespeare

Jun 16, 2017

A recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has come under fire with for portraying the Roman emperor as what seems to be Donald Trump. But previous productions of the same play have cast Caesar as Obama, and other presidents.