In 2019 Tennesseans saw a lot of “news” from the state Capitol. A new governor, two new speakers of the House of Representatives, and the state’s first ever school voucher law.
Listen / Tennessee House Republicans have chosen Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton as their next pick for speaker. The lawmakers held a private caucus meeting this morning to select the person likely to replace outgoing Speaker Glen Casada. After four rounds of voting, Sexton won the nomination and told reporters his first order of business will […]
When he was elected in January, House Speaker Glen Casada was poised to become one of the most powerful figures in the state. But less than five months later, he’s agreed to resign. Casada’s tumble from grace unfolded in less than three weeks. Here are some key moments:
Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada said on Tuesday he plans to step down from his position. Casada’s decision comes hours after the House Republican Caucus cast an unprecedented 45-24 no-confidence vote in Casada, after racist and lewd text messages between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media.
Listen / Tennessee Republicans declared Monday that they’ve lost faith in House Speaker Glen Casada after an unprecedented vote by rank-and-file GOP members. Senior Republican leaders released a letter calling on Casada to resign, and Gov. Bill Lee announced he’s ready to call a special session if the Franklin Republican does not do so.
Listen / 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 […]
Listen / Here’s a question that’s rarely come up before: Could the speaker of the Tennessee House be fired? The current holder of that position, Glen Casada, says he plans to remain. That’s despite calls from Democrats — and some fellow Republicans — to step down amid a scandal involving racist and sexist text messages. […]
House Speaker Glen Casada issued a written apology Wednesday for a series of racist and sexist texts between him and a top aide and put out an “action plan” meant to restore trust in his office — all in an effort to head off a serious challenge to his leadership.
Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying that he received racist text messages from his chief of staff. Earlier this week, NewsChannel 5 reported it had obtained texts showing Cade Cothren disparaged African Americans, including using a racial meme in an exchange with Casada. Other texts allegedly show Cothren using a racial epithet and referring […]
Listen / Earlier this week, we aired a profile of incoming House Speaker Glen Casada. The position gives the Franklin Republican broad powers to shape the direction of the state legislature — on everything from what bills come up for votes to how lawmakers investigate and police misconduct.