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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.”

In final state of the state speech, Ducey touts plans for border security, water and taxes

By: - January 10, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey vowed to use state resources to increase border security, spend a billion dollars to treat and transport water from the Sea of Cortez, expand school choice and continue lowering taxes as he laid out a wide-ranging agenda for his last year in office.  In his eighth and final State of the State […]

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Theresa Hatathlie sworn in as newest member of the Senate

By: - January 10, 2022

Less than two hours before the 2022 legislative session began, the Senate welcomed Theresa Hatathlie as its newest member. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors appointed Hatathlie, 52, to fill the District 7 Senate seat vacated last month by Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, who resigned to take a job with the Biden administration at the U.S. […]

Ducey says education, water, border security will be top priorities for legislative session

By: - January 7, 2022

Education, water and border security will be among the top agenda items Gov. Doug Ducey plans to highlight in his State of the State address on Monday, which will kick off his eighth and final legislative session.  “I think this is going to be as big an agenda as we’ve ever put forward,” Ducey said […]

Karrin Taylor Robson raises $3.7M for governor’s race, half from her own pocket

By: - January 6, 2022

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Karrin Taylor Robson announced that she raised $3.7 million for her campaign in 2021, with half coming out of her own deep pockets. Robson announced her fundraising haul on Thursday, saying she’s matching every dollar raised from other donors with a dollar of her own. That means she raised $1,850,000 from individuals […]

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Supreme Court to lawmakers: Non-budget laws can’t be in the budget

By: - January 6, 2022

As lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey prepare for the start of the 2022 legislative session, the Arizona Supreme Court provided a simple blueprint for how not to craft their budgets. The lesson is simple: Don’t include laws in the state budget that don’t actually have anything to do with the funding in the state budget. […]

Maricopa County rebuts ‘audit’ findings, GOP’s bogus election claims

By: - January 5, 2022

Nearly every claim that Senate President Karen Fann’s so-called audit team made about the 2020 general election was either inaccurate, misleading or patently false, according to a long-awaited rebuttal by Maricopa County. County officials have spent months since the audit team presented its findings in September examining the allegations, which included tens of thousands of […]

Secretary of State’s online signature-gathering system breaks after redistricting

By: - January 5, 2022

Voters who want to sign online petitions and the candidates who need those signatures to get their names on the ballot this November are being thwarted by a glitch in the secretary of state’s system caused by the decennial redistricting process.  And in counties that are overseeing springtime municipal elections, the glitch likely won’t be […]

Lieberman, Lopez announce million-dollar fundraising hauls in Dem primary for governor

By: - January 3, 2022

Gubernatorial hopefuls Aaron Lieberman and Marco Lopez announced strong fundraising numbers as they head into an election year in which both hope to pull off upsets against frontrunner Katie Hobbs in the Democratic primary. Both candidates announced on Monday that they raised seven figures. Lopez, a former Nogales mayor, director of the Arizona Department of […]

Who won and who lost with the new legislative districts?

By: - December 29, 2021

Political fortunes for a number of incumbent lawmakers shifted last week when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission approved its final legislative map, granting a reprieve to some who were facing trouble and giving others new headaches as they head into their re-election campaigns. Two of the new districts are shaping up to be intraparty free-for-alls, […]

Ducey will return to in-person State of the State as COVID cases rise

By: - December 28, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t repeat last year’s virtual State of the State despite rising COVID-19 numbers and will instead give his final address in-person at the Arizona House of Representatives.  C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for the governor, said it’s important for Ducey to give his 2022 State of the State in person, given the speech’s […]

Fractious final day ends with acrimony and accusations as redistricting commission splits on legislative map

By: - December 22, 2021

After a brief burst of bipartisan consensus in the middle of the process, Arizona’s redistricting commission ended their work Wednesday with an acrimonious split vote and accusations of violations of the state constitution. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on Wednesday approved the final congressional and legislative maps that the state will use until 2032. Unlike […]

Heated day of partisan fighting ends with unlikely agreement on congressional map

By: - December 21, 2021

After a day of accusations, recriminations and partisan sniping, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission found its way to what seemed like an improbable consensus and paved the way for a possible unanimous vote on the final version of the congressional map the state will use for the next decade.  The AIRC reached an agreement on […]