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
4:51 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

State Senate President Lays Out Goals For Short Session

Credit Dave DeWitt

The head of North Carolina's state Senate, Phil Berger, says he's looking forward to beginning this year's six-week legislative session.

What's known as the short session is intended primarily to make budget adjustments to the state's two-year budget cycle. Berger says that is the main focus of the session, which starts next Wednesday.

"This session we intend to continue the work that we've engaged in over the past three years and we intend to pursue further those policies that have proved successful over the past three years," says Berger.

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Politics & Government
7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Thom Tillis Wins Republican Primary Race For U.S. Senate

In his concession speech, Greg Brannon congratulated N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis for winning the Republican Senate primary.
Credit Jessica Jones

State House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate last night. Tillis received about 46 percent of the vote  thereby avoiding the possibility of a runoff. 

The mood was joyful last night at Thom Tillis’s victory party in Charlotte.  Tillis smiled from ear to ear as he addressed his supporters with his wife, Susan, nearby:

"It’s unbelievable. Susan and I have been excited about the results we’ve seen coming across North Carolina. Y’all excited?"

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Politics & Government
10:23 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

'Elections Should Be Public Affairs' - NC Independents Protest Voting Rules

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Members of North Carolina Independents, a non-partisan association of unaffiliated voters, plan to picket in downtown Greensboro Tuesday to protest barriers to access for independent candidates and voters. UNC Greensboro professor Omar Ali is a founder of the group.

"Elections should be public affairs, but what has happened is that the political parties which are private organizations have control over the process, and create laws to make it very difficult for the outsiders, the unaffiliated voters, to get in," says Ali. 

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Nationwide, NC Has Highest Number Of Ads Funded By Special Interest

A new study on campaign spending shows that special interest groups have paid for 90 percent of television ads aired in the U.S. Senate race in this state.
 

A Wesleyan Media Project analysis in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that North Carolina has the highest number of ads in the country paid for by special interest groups. Almost 15,000 TV spots have aired at a cost of 6.36 million dollars in the race for the U.S. Senate, which has a competitive Republican primary.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Pat McCrory Endorses Republican U.S. Senate Primary Candidate Thom Tillis

Governor McCrory has endosed Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate Thom Tillis.
Credit Jessica Jones

Governor Pat McCrory has endorsed state House speaker Thom Tillis in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. He spoke earlier today in an appearance with Tillis at a sheet metal company in Raleigh.

"The more you get to know Thom Tillis, the more you realize he is a natural leader and he is a natural problem solver. That's nothing to say bad about the other candidates because they've shown some tremendous skills and attributes also. But Thom Tillis has more than passed the audition- he's the best person with the qualifications needed in Washington, D.C.," said the governor.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Take Aim At Each Other

Candidates face off in a debate hosted by UNC-TV.
Credit Jessica Jones

The primary race between Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate was center stage last night. In a debate held by UNC-TV, Baptist pastor Mark Harris and obstetrician Greg Brannon sharpened their attacks against state House speaker Thom Tillis.

Baptist pastor Mark Harris took aim at Tillis just a few minutes into the debate. He started by raising the Republican fear that it could be difficult to dislodge the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate Primary Candidates Face Third Debate

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Tonight, four of the candidates running in the Republican U.S. Senate primary will take part in their last televised debate.
 

Obstetrician Greg Brannon, Army veteran Heather Grant, Baptist pastor Mark Harris, and state House speaker Thom Tillis will take part in their final scheduled debate this evening on UNC-TV.

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Middle East
9:21 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Syrian Composer-Turned-Activist Asks Americans For Support

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:30 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

As the conflict in Syria rages, a pianist named Malek Jandali has turned to composing to express his sorrow. He was one of the first Syrian artists living abroad to openly criticize the Assad regime, not long after an uprising swept across his homeland. Jessica Jones from North Carolina Public Radio shares how he found his voice through music.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Early Voting Starts Today

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Early voting begins today for the May primary election.

Today is the first day North Carolinians can cast their votes in this year's primary election. 289 sites across the state will be open for residents to come to the polls. That's 77 more locations than in 2010.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Hold Second Debate

GOP Senate Primary Debate hosted by WRAL 4.23.14
Credit screenshot of web video / WRAL

Four of the candidates vying to win the state’s Republican U.S. Senate primary appeared in their second debate last night. In the half-hour forum, aired live on WRAL-TV, state house speaker Thom Tillis, Army veteran Heather Grant, Baptist pastor Mark Harris and ob-gyn Greg Brannon touched on a variety of issues, from immigration to the Affordable Care Act. But the candidates seemed to agree on most of the issues.
 

>> Watch the debate here.

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