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Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. 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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Democrats, Republicans view precinct committeemen in very different lights

By: - March 18, 2022

Once people realized this month that a bill the legislature unanimously approved eliminated elections for precinct committeemen, activists began hounding Republican lawmakers to reverse course, which they moved to do almost immediately.  Angry precinct committeemen filled legislative hearing rooms as lawmakers debated bills to restore their elections for this year. One GOP senator told them […]

Rep. Andrade un-endorses Hobbs, switches to Lopez

By: - March 18, 2022

Rep. Richard Andrade has withdrawn his endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Katie Hobbs over her role in the firing of former Senate staffer Talonya Adams and is now backing Marco Lopez, one of her rivals in the primary elections.  Andrade, D-Glendale, announced on Friday that he’s endorsing Lopez. The Lopez campaign said Andrade is the […]

Special session expected for plan to “repeal-and-accelerate” tax cut package

By: - March 16, 2022

Lawmakers are preparing for a possible special session to make changes to last year’s historic income tax cut package in a way that would avert a statewide vote on it in November, and to try to reverse a recent law that temporarily eliminates elections elections for political party activists. It’s unclear when Gov. Doug Ducey […]

Counties: retroactivity clause won’t put party activists back on the ballot

By: - March 16, 2022

The retroactivity clause that GOP lawmakers are pinning their hopes on to restore elections for party activists this year won’t actually put those races back on the ballot, according to the Arizona Association of Counties.  Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate both approved bills this week to repeal a provision from recent legislation that […]

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Voter-approved Invest in Education Act ruled unconstitutional

By: - March 11, 2022

A Maricopa County judge on Friday declared that a voter-approved income tax hike on wealthy Arizonans to fund public schools violates the state constitution, though he made clear that he wasn’t particularly happy about it.  The ruling was widely expected in the wake of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling last year that all but declared […]

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GOP activists are fuming about canceled elections. It’s due to a perfect storm of events that started in 2019.

By: - March 9, 2022

A perfect storm of pandemic-induced delays in the Census, unintended consequences from multiple years’ worth of legislation and an unconventional legal interpretation by the secretary of state created a problem with candidate signature requirements that triggered a change to the law that has enraged the GOP’s activist base.  In order to qualify for the ballot […]

Precinct committeeman bill on hold while Republicans seek Dem votes

By: - March 9, 2022

Republican lawmakers faced the wrath of a grassroots base that’s outraged over a new law that unwittingly eliminated elections for party activists, but Democrats so far aren’t giving them the votes they need to fix the problem.  A pair of bills that would restore elections for precinct committeemen, who are the voting members of a […]

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After dropping congressional bid, Kelly Townsend will challenge Wendy Rogers

By: - March 8, 2022

In what might be the closely watched legislative race of 2022, Sen. Kelly Townsend is withdrawing from her short-lived congressional campaign to challenge recently censured Sen. Wendy Rogers in the Republican primary.  Townsend on Monday filed to run for reelection to the Arizona Senate in District 7, a sprawling, rural swath that runs from southern […]

After mistakenly scrapping party official elections in 2022, GOP lawmakers scramble to undo it

By: - March 7, 2022

Undoing an emergency change to the way elected political party activists are chosen is proving more difficult than passing the law in the first place. Lawmakers last week approved legislation intended to standardize the number of signatures that congressional and legislative candidates need to get their names on the ballot. The process was thrown into […]

Attorneys question legal argument in AZGOP challenge to early voting law

By: - March 4, 2022

The Arizona Republican Party is relying on “stray” language in the Arizona Constitution in what attorneys describe as a longshot challenge to overturn the state’s 31-year-old early voting law.  A lawsuit filed earlier this week by the AZGOP and one of its officials argues that a provision in the constitution stipulating that “electors may express […]

Matt Salmon calls for Wendy Rogers to resign from the AZ Senate

By: - March 3, 2022

Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon called on state Sen. Wendy Rogers to resign her legislative seat following her historic censure. The call on Thursday represents a shift for Salmon.  The Senate on Tuesday censured Rogers for inflammatory comments at a white nationalist conference in which she called for public hangings of people she perceives as […]

Hobbs: Arizona should have its own expanded child tax credit, other policies aimed at working families

By: - March 3, 2022

Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Katie Hobbs is calling for a handful of new tax credits and sales tax exemptions aimed at helping working families, including child care assistance and a state-level version of a recently expired federal child tax credit.  If elected governor, Hobbs said she’ll also push for sales tax exemptions for diapers and baby […]