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What’s happening in Tennessee politics? Nashville Public Radio reporters break down what you need to know at the state capitol and beyond — in just a few minutes.

What’s happening in Tennessee politics? Nashville Public Radio reporters break down what you need to know at the state capitol and beyond — in just a few minutes.
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What’s happening in Tennessee politics? Nashville Public Radio reporters break down what you need to know at the state capitol and beyond — in just a few minutes.

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The Tri-Star State: Lawmakers Push Back On House Speaker Glen Casada And Call For Special Session

6/9/2019
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There’s an official date for Rep. Glen Casada to leave his post as speaker but, for some lawmakers Aug. 2 is not soon enough. They want him to resign before then — some legislators fear Casada has ulterior motives for hanging on.

Duration:00:03:54

The Tri-Star State: The Scorecard For Free-Market Health Care Reforms

6/2/2019
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Republicans in the Tennessee House of Representatives vowed to make free-market reforms in health care this year. The agenda was ambitious — reduce surprise billing, incentivize patients to be more cost conscious and deregulate the hospital industry. In the end, some legislation stalled out, some was substantially watered down, but patients may still see some change.

Duration:00:04:36

The Tri-Star State: 3 Unresolved Matters As House Speaker Glen Casada Agrees To Quit Top Post

5/26/2019
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Just because Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, plans on stepping down as House speaker doesn’t mean there aren’t still lingering questions surrounding the scandal that led to his departure. WPLN’s political reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán and senior editor Chas Sisk say there are three issues related to the scandal that remain unresolved.

Duration:00:03:30

The Tri-Star State: GOP Lawmakers Weigh Their Confidence In House Speaker Glen Casada

5/19/2019
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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.

Duration:00:05:10

The Tri-Star State: Answering Some Of The Questions About The House Speaker Scandal

5/12/2019
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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.

Duration:00:06:13

The Tri-Star State: School Vouchers, Block Grants And Other Big GOP Wins Of 2019

5/5/2019
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This year’s legislative session has come to an end, and a new wave of Tennessee Republicans scored some big wins during the last couple of weeks. WPLN’s political reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has been on the hill for the last four months, and he says the final weeks were very hectic.

Duration:00:05:15

The Tri-Star State: Tennessee’s Top Lawmakers Flex Muscles In Final Stretch Of Session

4/28/2019
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It’s been quite a week in the Tennessee General Assembly. Gov. Bill Lee’s Education Savings Account passed in the House on a narrow, last-minute vote. It also passed in the Senate.

Duration:00:05:15

The Tri-Star State: Tennessee Legislature Keeps Tweaking Gov. Lee's School Voucher-Like Plan

4/21/2019
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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.

Duration:00:05:58

The Tri-Star State: Which Of Gov. Bill Lee’s Legislative Proposals Are Faring Better Than Others?

4/14/2019
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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.

Duration:00:04:29

The Tri-Star State: Lawmakers Consider Potential Impact Of Anti-LGBTQ Bills In Tennessee

4/7/2019
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Equal rights advocates are warning Tennessee lawmakers about consequences the state could face if they move forward with legislation that targets the LGBTQ community. The General Assembly is considering about 10 measures that could impact whether LGBTQ people could adopt, or use a bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Duration:00:04:03

The Tri-Star State: 'Let's Make A Deal' Time In The Legislative Session

3/31/2019
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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.

Duration:00:03:52

The Tri-Star State: How The GOP Got Behind Expanding Medicaid For One Small But Desperate Group

3/24/2019
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There's a very real possibility that the Tennessee legislature will vote to expand Medicaid this year, though not to cover the working poor. Rather, this expansion is meant to rescue middle-class and upper-income families from financial ruin, as they care for children with severe disabilities.

Duration:00:04:51

The Tri-Star State: Bill Lee Faces Steep Learning Curve As New Governor

3/17/2019
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Gov. Bill Lee was the only candidate last year with no previous political experience. He touted his outsider status and business background as an advantage, promising to bring new perspectives to the office. But some recent hiccups point to how hard it can be going from running a business to a running a state.

Duration:00:06:07

The Tri-Star State: Tennessee Is One Step Closer To A School Voucher Program

3/10/2019
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The Tennessee Education Savings Account. That’s the name of the school voucher program proposed by Gov. Bill Lee during his first State of the State address.

Duration:00:05:25

The Tri-Star State: How The Battle Over Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Bust At The Capitol Is Evolving

3/3/2019
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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.

Duration:00:05:54

The Tri-Star State: Why Is House Speaker Glen Casada Standing By David Byrd?

2/24/2019
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CNN isn’t usually interested in the minutiae of state politics. But comments from Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada about Rep. David Byrd have brought the network and other national outlets to the state Capitol.

Duration:00:05:04

The Tri-Star State: Tennessee Democrats Hopeful Gov. Lee Will Support Some Medicaid Expansion

2/17/2019
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Contrary to Democrats, Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have resisted for years the idea of expanding the state's Medicaid program, also known as TennCare. They repeatedly blocked Gov. Bill Haslam's efforts to expand coverage.

Duration:00:05:28

The Tri-Star State: Medical Marijuana Takes Center Stage In Tennessee General Assembly

2/10/2019
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Marijuana is, once again, taking center stage in the Tennessee legislature. Republicans have filed bills this year that would allow for medical marijuana. And Democrats have introduced measures that could decriminalize it all together.

Duration:00:05:47

The Tri-Star State: Senate Speaker Randy McNally Weighs In On Abortion, Nashville COB

2/3/2019
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Randy McNally is starting his third year as speaker of the Tennessee Senate. He’s already weighed in on issues such as abortion, Nashville's Community Oversight Board and closing primaries in Tennessee. He says he wants to make sure that the bills that are passed are constitutional and good for the state.

Duration:00:05:58

The Tri-Star State: What To Expect Of The New Legislative Session

1/27/2019
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Hundreds of bills have already been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly and the House is only one week in while the Senate is just set to begin. Now committees will start discussing the measures.

Duration:00:04:04