Jorge Valencia

Capitol Reporter

Jorge Valencia joined North Carolina Public Radio's reporting team in 2013. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Jorge studied journalism at the University of Maryland and reported for four years for the Roanoke Times in Virginia before joining the station in 2012. His reporting has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Baltimore Sun. On Twitter: @jorgeavalencia.

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Fact Checking Art Pope And William Barber’s Impromptu Debate

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building on Dec. 2.
Credit Jorge Valencia

An accidental debate between state budget director Art Pope and state NAACP President Rev. William Barber this month was a rare chance encounter between two of the best known conservative and liberal voices in state politics.

The setting was familiar: Rev. Barber has been publicly railing for months against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, and on Dec. 2 he called a news conference to criticize Pope in front of his offices in the state Administration Building.

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Politics & Government
11:54 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Professors: NC Conservative Think Tank Trying To 'Bully' Chapel Hill Instructor

Nancy MacLean, a professor of history and public policy at Duke University, and members of the Scholars for North Carolina’s Future called on Gov. Pat McCrory to speak out against what they say are intimidation efforts by conservative think tank Civitas Institute.
Credit Jorge Valencia

A group of professors from public and private colleges across North Carolina has for months been criticizing a conservative think tank in Raleigh: They say the non-profit Civitas Institute purports to be independent, but really is an arm of the state Republican Party, and that it is trying to bully liberal academics in the state’s public university system.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Increase In November Home Sales Points To Improving Local Economy

Credit Images of Money via Flickr

Purchases of homes in the Triangle region continued to rise in November, showing the local economy is still improving.

Sales rose by 10 percent and the number of homes for sale dropped by 11  percent, compared to the same month a year earlier, according to Triangle Multiple Listing Services data.

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Law
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Challenges To NC’s Voter ID Law Will Be Heard After 2014 Elections

Rosanell Eaton, 92, and Mary E. Perry, 84, are plaintiffs in the NAACP’s case challenging North Carolina’s Voter ID law. They attended U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem for Thursday’s scheduling hearing. 'At least we got it going in the system,' Perry said. 'That’s the main thing.'
Credit Jorge Valencia

A federal judge has ruled that challenges to the North Carolina law that requires voters to show identification at polling stations will not be heard until after the mid-term elections of 2014.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake said in a a hearing Thursday that the law was too complex to be thoroughly reviewed prior to the November elections. Peake scheduled a trial for July 2015.

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Politics & Government
6:38 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Parties In NC Voter ID Lawsuit Can’t Agree Even On A Trial Date

Attorneys on both sides of four lawsuits challenging voting rules signed into law by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory this year are scheduled to meet in U.S. District Court on Thursday morning to argue over an opening date for the trial.

The two sides disagree on whether a trial should be heard before the 2014 mid-term elections. The plaintiffs, which include the North Carolina NAACP and the League of Women Voters, are asking the court to schedule for trial in August 2014. The attorneys representing the state are asking for a begin date no earlier than January 2015.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Under Proposal, Public May Never Know Why Some Chemicals Are Used For Gas Drilling In NC

Some studies have shown Lee County could be a source of natural gas.
Credit Donald Lee Pardue via Flickr

An advisory group that’s analyzing options for a new state law on shale gas drilling may recommend to lawmakers that they not require energy companies disclose all the chemicals they use when extracting gas. 

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Politics & Government
9:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NC Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Care To Regional Plans

The state’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Committee (from left, Sen. Louis Pate, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Dennis Barry, Peggy Terhune, Rep. Nelson Dollar
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The North Carolina health department may create up to seven regional networks across the state to give Medicaid services, instead of allowing companies to compete to provide government insurance statewide, according to a new proposal.

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Politics & Government
7:28 am
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Budget Chief Debates With Top Critic

Rev. William Barber of the N.C. NAACP called for pickets outside Rose and Maxwell stores, which are owned by the family of state Budget Director Art Pope. Barber and Pope briefly debated outside the state Administration Building Monday.
Credit Jorge Valencia

The Rev. William Barber, who led weekly protests this year against laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, gathered with a few of his supporters Monday outside the state budget office to criticize a man they say supports policies that hurt poor people.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Great Harvest For NC Christmas Tree Farmers

A tree farm in Rutherwood, N.C.
Credit BlueRidgeKitties / Flickr

When Jessie Davis started tagging trees for sale in his 500-acre farm in western North Carolina this fall, he noticed his Frasier firs were taller and brighter than they were in previous years. He knew the reason was simple: this was a rainy year.

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Politics & Government
10:07 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

NC Politians Speak In Support of US Foreign Spending

Former governors Jim Hunt (left) and Jim Martin spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Prominent North Carolina politicians, including Sen. Kay Hagan and former governors Jim Hunt and Jim Martin, spoke in support of U.S. foreign spending on Monday, saying investments outside of the country can benefit the state’s economy. 

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