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Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda

Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

The redistricting conundrum: Just what is a community of interest?

By: - December 3, 2021

Long after he’d finished his work chairing the first Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Steve Lynn crossed paths with Sandra Day O’Connor, and took the opportunity to ask the retired Supreme Court justice a nagging question he from his time drawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts: How exactly does one define the term “community of […]

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Legislative leaders sound off on redistricting, competitiveness

By: - December 2, 2021

Democratic legislative leaders presented a laundry list of grievances over Latino districts, competitiveness and a GOP lawmaker’s attempt to influence his Tucson-area legislative district, while House Speaker Rusty Bowers urged the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to put less of a premium on competitive districts, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle got an opportunity […]

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Flashpoints emerge as Arizonans lobby redistricting commission for changes

By: - December 2, 2021

After weeks of hearings on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s draft maps of its proposed legislative and congressional districts, members of the public have no shortage of gripes about how the lines are drawn or suggestions on how to make them better. Various hotspots have emerged as points of controversy since the AIRC began its […]

Maricopa GOP resolution targets Republican lawmakers over voucher vote

By: - December 1, 2021

Members of the Maricopa County Republican Party are moving to censure three GOP lawmakers for their vote against a massive expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 education. A resolution introduced by former Senate President Russell Pearce states that the Maricopa County GOP “opposes Republicans who campaign as conservatives while voting against school choice and […]

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‘Patriot Party’ misses deadline to be an official political party in 2022

By: - November 30, 2021

The fledgling Patriot Party skipped an appointment with the Secretary of State’s Office to submit signatures so it can be recognized as an official party, meaning its candidates won’t be on the ballot in the 2022 election cycle, the first since its formation. According to Murphy Hebert, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, […]

Talonya Adams verdict looms over Hobbs, governor’s race

By: - November 24, 2021

Just a few weeks ago, things were coming together for Katie Hobbs in a way that few Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Arizona could ever say. Buoyed by the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, a widely mocked affair conducted by conspiracy theorists who reached a series of dubious conclusions after months of […]

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Corp Comm defends ethics policy on campaign cash, recusal to legislature

By: - November 22, 2021

The Corporation Commission rejected legislative staff’s assertion that its ethics policy restricting campaign contributions from regulated utilities is illegal, arguing that it doesn’t violate state law or the Arizona Constitution. At the request of Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, the Legislative Council in September examined the commission’s ethics policy, and found a number of alleged […]

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hobbs defends firing Talonya Adams, says race and gender weren’t factors

By: - November 18, 2021

Katie Hobbs defended her role in firing policy adviser Talonya Adams from the Senate in 2015, saying the termination was for performance and other issues, not because of her race or gender. Speaking publicly for the first time since federal jury found that the Senate fired Adams was for complaining about discriminatory pay, which a […]

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Stephen Richer creates PAC to back ‘pro-democracy’ Republicans

By: - November 17, 2021

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one, courtesy of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. Richer, a Republican who was elected in 2020, has created a new political action committee called Pro-Democracy Republicans of Arizona. The PAC will […]

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Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

By: - November 16, 2021

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud. Monmouth University polled 811 people across the United States earlier this month, asking a series of questions about the state of the country, the Jan. 6 […]

Katie Hobbs isn’t ‘fit to serve’ as governor after discriminatory firing, staffer says

By: - November 15, 2021

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs isn’t taking responsibility for her role while she served as Senate Democratic leader in the firing of a policy adviser for what a jury deemed was retaliation for complaining about discriminatory pay, that staffer said. In U.S. District Court last week, a jury found that Talonya Adams was the victim […]

Group hopes to bring ranked choice voting to Arizona cities

By: - November 12, 2021

Ranked choice voting may be coming to a city near you, and possibly the state as a whole not long after that. Voter Choice Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to bringing ranked choice voting to Arizona, is planning a campaign to put the system before voters next year. The campaign to add several cities […]