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. 

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The Tennessee General Assembly on Monday it will go on a recess soon to prevent the spreading of coronavirus.

The decision came a day after Gov. Bill Lee met with the speakers of the Senate and House to discuss postponing business.

In a joint statement issued Monday afternoon, Gov. Lee, Speaker Cameron Sexton and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said they are making the decision in the interest of public health. They will focus on passing a budget and then recessing.

Four months.

That’s how much time is left before Super Tuesday — the day in March when Tennesseans and people in 14 other states and two jurisdictions will vote on the next nominees.

Gov. Bill Lee is defending his decision to declare Oct. 10 a "day of prayer, humility and fasting."

The announcement of the declaration has been received with mixed emotions, and some groups are pushing back on it.

The impact of the latest nationwide strike by union workers against General Motors is beginning to be quantified.

According to multiple reports, the automaker has lost about $1 billion since the strike started three weeks ago.

Members of the Tennessee delegation in Congress have come out on Monday against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. 

The announcement, made by the president on Sunday night, has received significant pushback in the U.S.  House and Senate, even among members of his own party.

It’s been over a decade since Tennessee Democrats scored a big win in a state race. What’s the party doing to turn things around?

That’s a question many in the state executive committee have asked. And they're not happy with the answers they're getting from the Tennessee Democratic Party chair, Mary Mancini.

The new speaker of the Tennessee House is making the case that he is different from his predecessor.

In an interview with WPLN, Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton said he wants to create an environment where members welcome different opinions.

Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton has been elected speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives at a special session this morning. 

Sexton, who has been in the legislature for nine years, was elected unanimously. Ninety-four lawmakers voted in favor, with two voting present.

Tennessee lawmakers will come back to Nashville later this week to pick a new House speaker.

The election will take place during Friday’s special session, which was called with specific guidelines on what can and cannot take place.

A two-day hearing on a bill that would essentially ban all abortions in Tennessee ended with high tensions and complaints about a lack of diversity in the witness list.

Out of 21 people who talked about the measure, only one was an African American woman.

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