Chas Sisk

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter.Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada, a Republican, said on Tuesday he plans to step down from his position after lewd and racist text messages between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media.

Casada's decision comes hours after the House Republican Caucus cast an unprecedented 45-24 no-confidence vote for the speaker.

"When I return to town on June 3, I will meet with caucus leadership to determine the best date for me to resign as speaker," Casada said Tuesday.

The hotly contested Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen will be closely watched Tuesday night — and not just by people in Tennessee.

Throughout this year's campaign, we've been interviewing the candidates for statewide office. This week, we talk to Phil Bredesen, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

Former Governor Phil Bredesen has long billed himself as a centrist who's unafraid to buck his fellow Democrats. That persona made him popular statewide in the early and mid-2000s — even as Tennessee shifted Republican.

Vanderbilt University has released a new poll that shows the Senate race between former Governor Phil Bredesen and Congressman Marsha Blackburn remains too close to call.

Few Tennesseans knew much about Republican businessman Bill Lee a year ago. But over the gubernatorial campaign, he's sketched a picture of what motivates him and what he'd do if elected Tennessee governor next month.

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has been making the circuit this fall — of Rotary Clubs and American Legion posts and small-town diners — trying to tackle an ambitious task: Convincing voters to elect a Democrat for governor for the first time in more than a decade.

After more than a year of campaigning, it's finally time for Tennesseans to make their selections for governor and U.S. senator.

And election officials are expecting a big surge in interest when early voting starts this week.

Nashville Public Radio's Sergio Martínez-Beltrán and Chas Sisk have been tracking the campaigns. They joined host Jason Moon Wilkins to discuss where both races stand.

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean continued to keep their campaigns civil Tuesday night in Kingsport, where the two held their second debate.

They largely passed up on direct attacks, but there were some places where they sought to highlight their contrasting views.

The city of Memphis could lose a quarter-million dollars as punishment for removing statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate President Jefferson Davis last year.

The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Tuesday to strip the money from next year's state budget. The sum had been earmarked to go toward planning for Memphis' bicentennial celebrations next year.

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