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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.”

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Latino legislative districts begin to take shape as redistricting commissioners strike compromise

By: - October 19, 2021

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will consider incorporating a proposal from a Latino political group that would create eight predominantly Hispanic districts into its legislative map.  The Arizona Latino Coalition for Fair Redistricting submitted its proposed map to the commission before its meeting on Tuesday.  Republican Commissioner David Mehl said he wants the […]

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Redistricting panel decides contours of northern congressional district

By: - October 19, 2021

Arizona’s northern congressional district that includes the Navajo Nation and numerous other tribes won’t include Mohave County, leaving it with a solid GOP advantage but not overwhelmingly Republican. And the new district potentially sets up a contest between moderate Democratic Congressman Tom O’Halleran and Republican Paul Gosar, a Republican who has become the darling of […]

Redistricting commission eyes successor to 9th Congressional District

By: - October 18, 2021

A congressional district that was among the most controversial flashpoints of the last redistricting process a decade ago may be largely recreated with little dispute. The Arizona Redistricting Commission proposed a host of major changes as it adjusted the latest iterations of its congressional and legislative districts at a day-long meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix […]

Early ballot envelopes look a little different for current AZ elections

By: - October 15, 2021

When voters receive mailed ballots for people who don’t live at their address, they can now check a box on the envelope to inform election officials.  The current bond and override elections in school districts across the state are the first in which counties are required to include the box on ballot envelopes. The legislature […]

Legislative control may hang in the balance as redistricting rekindles competitiveness fight

By: - October 15, 2021

As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws the state’s new congressional and legislative maps, the debate over competitiveness is once again moving to the forefront.  The decennial battle over competitiveness at the AIRC is fraught with partisan overtones. The stakes are high for both parties, especially when it comes to the legislative districts that the […]

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Arizona has permitted all-mail elections for 30 years

By: - October 12, 2021

The all-mail elections underway across Arizona for school district bond and override issues, which raised concerns among several Republican political figures this week, have been permitted by state law for 30 years.  State law permits special districts to conduct mail-only elections with the permission of their county board of supervisors. The law applies to school […]

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Lawmaker takes aim at Corp Comm policy on campaign contributions by utilities

By: - October 11, 2021

Legislative attorneys believe a Corporation Commission policy intended to restrict campaign contributions by regulated utilities violates the Arizona Constitution, and the lawmaker who requested that opinion is hoping it will persuade the commission to change course for next year’s election. Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, asked Legislative Council to review the commission’s 2019 code of […]

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The ‘unstoppable’ Kari Lake?

By: - October 11, 2021

On a warm Saturday evening, several hundred people milled around the Old West-style trappings of Frontier Town in Cave Creek, waiting for Kari Lake to take the stage. The rally was held to “Back the Blue,” and the crowd shared the pro-law enforcement sentiment. But more than anything, they were there to back Lake in […]

Maricopa County ‘audit’ response slams claims as false and misleading

By: - October 7, 2021

The findings of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election regarding voters allegedly casting ballots from the wrong address, deleted files, improper internet connections and improperly verified early ballot envelopes are false or misleading, according to a rebuttal that Maricopa County issued. Throughout their more than three hours of testimony in the Arizona Senate, the […]

Tribes may get less voice in new congressional district

By: - October 5, 2021

Navajo and other Native American voters could find they have less say in who represents them in Arizona’s sprawling, northernmost congressional district, which has traditionally been among the most competitive in the state. As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent its second day adjusting the lines on preliminary maps, several commissioners raised the possibility that […]

In first moves to draw political maps, Arizona redistricting panel eyes major changes

By: - October 4, 2021

On their long-awaited first day of mapmaking, the five members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission proposed a raft of changes that would be dramatic departures from the current congressional and legislative districts. The commissioners met at Phoenix City Council chambers on Monday, the first of two consecutive days of meetings, to make their first […]

Armed with the public’s thoughts, Redistricting Commission set to start making maps

By: - October 4, 2021

When the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meets on Monday to make its first changes to its grid maps, it will do so armed with the concerns and desires of dozens of people who attended a series of recent meetings to make recommendations about how the state’s new legislative and congressional districts should look. The grid […]