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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.”

‘Audit’ team vacates fairgrounds, though more space may be needed

By: - July 30, 2021

For the first time since the election review began in April, the state Senate’s team of self-styled auditors has vacated the state fairgrounds near downtown Phoenix. The nearly 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 general election were returned to Maricopa County election officials on Thursday, and as of Friday, all of the team’s remaining equipment […]

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Election conspiracy theorist groups paid $5.7 million for the Arizona ‘audit’

By: - July 28, 2021

After months of questions, the leader of the Arizona Senate’s election review released a list of financial contributors, showing the self-styled audit has been funded by organizations that have aggressively promoted baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election — and in some cases sought to overturn results. Five groups were responsible for providing more than […]

State will follow new CDC mask guidelines, while Ducey lashes out at feds

By: - July 27, 2021

State health officials will update its guidance to follow new recommendations from the CDC urging people to wear masks in schools and for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, to wear masks in enclosed public spaces — though they remain strictly voluntary due to new state laws prohibiting mandates.  The U.S. Centers […]

After being booed at Trump rally, Ugenti-Rita criticizes the Senate’s election ‘audit’

By: - July 26, 2021

After being booed off the stage at a weekend rally headlined by former President Donald Trump, Republican state senator and secretary of state hopeful Michelle Ugenti-Rita publicly lashed out at the Senate’s “botched” election review and defended her record on election integrity over criticism for voting against a fellow GOP senator’s election legislation. Ugenti-Rita, a […]

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Damage done: Audit leader’s testimony sets off nationwide wave of misinformation

By: - July 23, 2021

From the state Capitol in Phoenix to Mar-A-Lago in Florida, people are falsely claiming that the Arizona Senate’s election review showed that tens of thousands of illegitimate votes were counted in Maricopa County. Lawmakers are saying it. Prominent statewide candidates are saying it. Former President Donald Trump is saying it.  Who’s not saying it? The […]

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Mapping tool lets people show communities of interest to IRC

By: - July 22, 2021

When redistricting commissioners begin their statewide tour on Friday, Arizonans will be able to not only tell them about their communities of interest but show them as well. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission created a tool that’s available on its website that allows people to map out their communities of interest. The mapping tool is […]

Scottsdale district says it won’t ask personal questions in student surveys

By: - July 21, 2021

Scottsdale Unified School District said it won’t ask parents to consent to their children being asked personal questions about their home lives and that information about the controversial survey was sent in error. SUSD parents voiced concerns on social media Monday after being informed by the district that an emotional health and wellness screening would […]

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Redistricting commission aims to finish maps by late December

By: - July 19, 2021

Arizonans will see the final versions of their new legislative and congressional maps shortly before Christmas under a schedule the Independent Redistricting Commission adopted, with the caveat that things could still stretch into January due to a pandemic-induced delay in the census data it needs to draw the new boundaries.  The commission voted on Monday […]

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New census privacy formula could affect redistricting, but opinions differ

By: - July 14, 2021

A new effort by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect people’s privacy could make it harder for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to draw districts primarily composed of people of color that will withstand litigation under the Voting Rights Act. 

Fann says audit team, Maricopa County have different ballot totals

By: - July 13, 2021

The number of ballots counted by the Arizona Senate’s self-styled audit didn’t match Maricopa County’s official total from the 2020 general election, which prompted the election review team to acquire machines for a new tally, Senate President Karen Fann said in a radio interview on Tuesday. 

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Scottsdale woman indicted for casting dead mother’s ballot

By: - July 13, 2021

A grand jury has indicted a Scottsdale Republican woman for allegedly casting her dead mother’s early ballot in the November election in a rare prosecution for voter fraud in Arizona. 

Blake Masters enters U.S. Senate race with ally Peter Thiel’s backing

By: - July 12, 2021

Tech executive Blake Masters has joined the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2022, launching a campaign that’s expected to get a big financial boost from his boss, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and former Trump advisor Peter Thiel.