Rusty Jacobs

Political Reporter

Rusty Jacobs is a politics reporter for WUNC. Rusty previously worked at WUNC as a reporter and substitute host from 2001 until 2007 and now returns after a nine-year absence during which he went to law school at Carolina and then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County.

As a reporter, he has covered a wide array of topics including military affairs, sports, government and damaging storms.

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Republican voters in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District face a tall task this spring. They must select a nominee from a crowded primary field with barely any time to get to know each candidate.

Electric vehicle fuel costs are about one third the amount a conventional car spends on fuel in North Carolina.
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State Sen. Jim Davis said more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids means less money for North Carolina roads.

A Duke Energy worker restores power after a storm.
Duke Energy

State senators from both parties say bonds could save utilities customers money when it comes to paying for recovery from major storms like Hurricane Florence.

Flooding caused by Hurricane Florence
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Revised environmental permits mean new requirements for hog farms in flood-prone areas of the state.

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A Democratic lawmaker in the state legislature wants to see North Carolina become one of the few states where employees get paid family medical leave.

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A Republican-backed bill in the state House aims to close North Carolina's coverage gap, but at no cost to the state.

NC General Assembly; State Legislature.
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North Carolina Democrats have found strength in numbers, and they are using if to push for an ambitious – if lofty – agenda.

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Democrats in the state legislature have filed a slate of bills that civil rights advocates are calling historic.

The bills have no Republican sponsors, and passage will require at least some support from the GOP majority.

Opioid related Emergency Department visits.
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Some state lawmakers say a bill filed this week would help fight the opioid epidemic by punishing drug dealers for causing deaths by overdose.

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House Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly want to extend a tax credit that could help downtown revitalization projects across the state.

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The race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District features a crowded field of Republicans, including one candidate the state GOP says is a Democrat in thin disguise.

Executive director of the Board of Elections Kim Strach listens during the public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District investigation Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C.
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As the state gears up for a new race in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, elections officials are pitching measures to make absentee voting in the state more trustworthy.

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The filing period for North Carolina's new 9th Congressional District race opens today. Candidates have until the end of the business day Friday to enter the new election.

Executive director of the Board of Elections Kim Strach listens during the public evidentiary hearing on the 9th Congressional District investigation Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the North Carolina State Bar in Raleigh, N.C.
Juli Leonard / The News & Observer via AP, Pool

A new election has been set for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. And the May 14 primary is likely to feature a crowded GOP field.

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Last week, McCrae Dowless was arrested for illegally possessing absentee ballots. Dowless allegedly paid people to collect mail-in ballots from voters in Bladen and Robeson counties while working as an independent contractor for GOP candidate Mark Harris's 2018 9th Congressional District bid.

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Updated at 4:05 p.m.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has voted unanimously in favor of a new election for the contested 9th Congressional District.

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The state election board's hearing into possible vote tampering in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race featured some explosive testimony Tuesday.
 

The star witness was Andy Yates, who founded political his political consultancy, Red Dome Group, in 2013.

Republican Mark Harris hired the Charlotte-area firm in 2017 to oversee his campaign for the 9th District congressional seat.

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The state elections board opened its hearing Monday into alleged ballot fraud in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District race. And how it went all depends on whom you ask.

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A moment of reckoning has arrived for the newly appointed state elections board. The five-member panel begins an evidentiary hearing Monday into alleged vote tampering in North Carolina's 9th congressional district.

A Marine Corps Honor Guard carries the casket of Congressman Walter Jones, Jr., after his funeral service at St. Peter's Catholic Church, in Greenville, N.C., on February 14, 2019.
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Congressman Walter Jones was laid to rest Thursday following a funeral service at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Greenville. The 3rd Congressional District representative died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

Map of the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan.
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The public last night got to see Raleigh's master plan for Dorothea Dix Park, the 308-acre site of a former state psychiatric hospital.

Specialty license plates are becoming more common in North Carolina.
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Updated Feb. 5 at 9:28 a.m.  

Governor Roy Cooper has asked the Council of State to delay a vote on moving the Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to Rocky Mount. But it's not clear the delay will help Raleigh's cause.

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The North Carolina General Assembly got down to business Wednesday as lawmakers prepare for the budget-focused long session. Committee chairs were named and legislators from both parties unveiled their top issues, setting the stage, perhaps, for conflicting priorities.

Attorney David B. Freeman, who represents Mark E. Harris, makes an argument before Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Paul C. Ridgeway during a hearing on Mark E. Harris v. NC State Board of Elections on Tues., Jan. 22, 2019 in Raleigh, N.C.
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A judge in Raleigh says he won't step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics.

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North Carolina's 9th congressional district is not the only scene of a disputed election in the state. A trial is scheduled for next month to determine if Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene has violated state law by taking office.

Graduate student Lindsay Ayling speaks to a couple dozens activists about outgoing Chancellor Carol Folt's decision to remove the Silent Sam pedestal from campus.
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Updated at 8:30 p.m.

North Carolina's flagship public university plans to remove the pedestal where a now-toppled Confederate statue once stood on a main campus quad, its chancellor said Monday.

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Republican Jody Greene unseated then-Columbus County Sheriff and Democrat Lewis Hatcher by just 34 votes this fall. Several protests of those results are pending with the state Board of Elections.

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Six local chapters of the North Carolina NAACP are suing the state legislature over its new voter ID law.

State lawmakers voted on Dec. 19, 2018 to override North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of voter ID. The move means photo ID at the polls is now law.
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The Republican-controlled state Legislature steamrolled Governor Roy Cooper's veto of a newly crafted bill requiring a photo ID for in-person voting in North Carolina.

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper said he would not exercise his veto power if the Republican-controlled General Assembly would just remove one part of its recently passed legislation on the makeup of the state elections board and ethics commission.

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