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. 

With less than a month until the midterm elections, the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee is intensifying and attack ads are increasing.

One of the latest attacks came from the National Republican Senate Committee, a group that supports Marsha Blackburn.

Democrat Phil Bredesen pushed back Wednesday night on the claim that he mishandled sexual harassment allegations when he was governor, in the sharpest of many points of contention during the last U.S. Senate debate in Knoxville.

If you ask Dan Pomeroy how he feels about the new Tennessee State Museum, you can immediately see how excited he gets.

Pomeroy is the chief curator of the museum, a project funded mostly through $120 million appropriated by the state legislature. After two and a half years of construction next to the Nashville Farmers' Market, the new standalone building will finally open its doors to the public Thursday.

The first Senate debate between Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen focused on a political back and forth — whether the Tennessee race would determine who ultimately leads the chamber. 

But the candidates also commented on several issues directly affecting Tennesseans, including the closure of hospitals across the state and gun rights.

Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen pledged that, if elected to the U.S. Senate, he is not going to support the top Democrat.

His remarks were made during an often feisty debate Tuesday night at Cumberland University.