Jessica Jones

Reporter

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.

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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Senate Passes Bill That Would Raise Installment Loan Rates

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would allow installment loan companies to charge customers higher interest rates and fees.

Republican Senator Rick Gunn is a sponsor of the bill. He says the lending industry hasn't had a rate increase for a long time, and that customers would also be held responsible under the measure.

"Customers need to understand their need to make their payments on time, and according to their contract," says Gunn.

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Politics & Government
8:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

17 Protesters Arrested At General Assembly

State NAACP President William Barber and others protest at the General Assembly.
Credit Jessica Jones

Police at the General Assembly in Raleigh arrested 17 protesters Monday evening who were protesting inside the building.

The group, which included state NAACP head Rev. William Barber, was speaking out against a series of Republican-led bills that have been passed recently. Barber says that includes a measure that would require residents to bring photo identification with them to the polls.

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Politics & Government
5:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

The General Assembly Has Gone To The Dogs, Well At Least One

Diva is part of the General Assembly tour for visiting schoolchildren.
Jessica Jones

Many state legislators in the General Assembly aspire to be top dog, but few of them are as popular as the real deal: a miniature Pomeranian named Diva.

The fuzzy, four-pound lap dog with a personality to match her name comes to work at the legislature every day with the people she owns, Republican representative Nathan Ramsey and his wife, Robin Ramsey, who’s a legislative assistant.

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Politics & Government
5:45 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lawmakers Divided Over Commissions Compromise

The North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit Jessica Jones

Legislators in Raleigh can't agree over a bill that would revamp several important state boards and commissions.

Members of the House and Senate have worked to reach a compromise for several weeks over Senate Bill 10. The measure would strip many boards and commissions of members so Governor McCrory could appoint new ones.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

State House Passes Voter Identification Bill

Credit house.gov

Lawmakers in the state House have passed a bill that would require residents to present photo identification at the polls.

The measure passed 81-36. The outcome wasn’t surprising to opponents of the measure, who’ve faced an uphill battle with the bill’s Republican sponsors.

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Politics & Government
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Approves Voter ID Requirement

North Carolina House of Representatives
Credit www.ncleg.net

State House members passed a GOP-backed bill that would require state residents show a photo ID before being allowed to vote.  The bill, previously approved by three legislative committees, allows several forms of identification to verify voters.  Democrats and civil rights groups who oppose the bill say new requirements amount to attempts at voter suppression. 

Republican David Lewis, chair of the House Elections Committee, says the bill ensures fairness.

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Politics & Government
5:44 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Legal Notices To Be Posted On Web

Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers in the Senate have passed a bill that would give local jurisdictions the option to publish legal notices online rather than in local newspapers.

Currently, local governments must publish legal ads from zoning notices to new ordinances in newspapers. The measure would affect county and city governments in ten counties, including Wake, Guilford and Mecklenburg.

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Politics & Government
7:37 am
Tue April 23, 2013

State Senate Passes Bill To Revamp Wake County School Board

Credit NC General Assembly

State lawmakers in the Senate have approved a bill that would change how leaders of the Wake County school board are elected.

Senate Bill 325 would scrap the current boundaries for board seats. It would also move board elections from odd to even-numbered years, when voters choose their representatives in Congress and the General Assembly.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Lawmakers Pass Teacher Tenure Bill

NC Legislative building
Credit NC General Assembly

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would revamp teacher tenure in North Carolina. The measure has bipartisan support and passed 113 to 1.

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Politics & Government
7:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Photo ID Bill Passes House Elections Committee

Credit www.ncleg.net

A bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls is one step closer to a chamber-wide vote.

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