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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.”

Candidate signature thresholds fixed by fast-tracked legislation

By: - March 3, 2022

On the eve of the turn-in period for candidates’ nominating petitions, lawmakers fast-tracked a bill to clear up confusion over how many signatures legislative candidates need to qualify for the 2022 ballot.  Congressional and legislative candidates who find themselves needing an unusually high number of signatures due to complications from redistricting will now be able […]

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Senate kills plan to let party activists fill legislative vacancies

By: - March 3, 2022

A proposal that would have taken the power to fill legislative vacancies from county boards of supervisors and give it exclusively to political party activists fell short in the Senate after two Republicans opposed it.  Senate Bill 1063 would have put decisions about who fills vacant legislative seats solely in the hands of precinct committeemen, […]

Senate votes to censure Wendy Rogers for threatening her colleagues

By: - March 1, 2022

In the wake of her speech to a white nationalist conference and a string of offensive and inflammatory social media posts, the Arizona Senate voted to censure Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers.  The Senate voted 24-3 in a rare censure of one of its own, with 11 of the chamber’s 16 Republicans siding with the chamber’s […]

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Early ballot voter ID measure will be on the November ballot

By: - March 1, 2022

Arizona voters will decide in November whether they should have to put more than a signature on their early ballots to prove their identities.  Voters who cast early ballots, the preferred method of voting for the overwhelming majority of Arizonans — an estimated 89% voted with early ballots in the 2020 general election — affirm […]

Top Senate Republican says Wendy Rogers could face censure for speech to white nationalists

By: - February 28, 2022

Discussions are underway at the Arizona Senate about possibly censuring Sen. Wendy Rogers over her recent inflammatory comments and her speech to a white nationalist conference over the weekend, according to the chamber’s second-ranking Republican.  “We’re talking about that. We’re discussing that. I think it’s better to consolidate on what we’re going to do before […]

Hobbs will move forward with with E-Qual shutdown, update after judge denies preliminary injunction request

By: - February 25, 2022

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will temporarily shut down Arizona’s online signature-gathering portal for candidates next month, despite a judge’s refusal to preemptively block Attorney General Mark Brnovich from taking legal action against her for it. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joan Sinclair ruled on Thursday that a preliminary injunction — blocking Brnovich from taking […]

Ducey: A GOP senator with white nationalist ties is ‘still better than’ a Democrat

By: - February 25, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey said he has no regrets about spending $500,000 to elect a Republican state senator with open ties to the white nationalist movement because it’s still better than having a Democrat in her seat. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. And she’s still better than her opponent, Felicia French,” he […]

State, GCU partner on scholarship program for foster children

By: - February 24, 2022

Foster children who graduate high school and want to attend Grand Canyon University will be able to do so free of charge under a new program the school is offering, with the state helping to pick up the tab.  The program covers not only tuition and fees, but room and board for the foster children […]

Bruce Babbitt: desalination is not the answer to Arizona’s water woes

By: - February 23, 2022

Former Gov. Bruce Babbitt said desalination, which his successor Doug Ducey is currently touting as part of a billion-dollar water plan, is not the answer to Arizona’s water problems, at least not for many years to come.  Babbitt, who negotiated the Arizona Groundwater Management Act in 1980 and is a senior adviser on water issues […]

Amish Shah backs off plan to switch districts, will stay put for re-election

By: - February 22, 2022

Rep. Amish Shah is scuttling his plan to move to a new district for his re-election campaign. Shah, a two-term Democrat who lives in the new Central Phoenix-based District 5, filed last month to run in District 9, which covers west Mesa. The move would have gotten him out of a crowded Democratic primary that […]

Schools dodge massive spending cuts as Senate raises public school spending cap for this year

By: and - February 21, 2022

The Arizona Senate voted to raise the aggregate expenditure limit for K-12 schools, heading off a school funding crisis and allowing schools to use nearly nearly $1.2 billion that would have otherwise gone to waste. With a week to go before a March 1 deadline set in the Arizona Constitution, the Senate on Monday voted […]

No Republican candidates for governor called for school cuts to be stopped

By: - February 21, 2022

Arizona’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls didn’t voice any support for legislation to avert nearly $1.2 billion in education cuts this school year that could see teachers laid off and schools shut down, with some keeping silent on the issue and others actively supporting the GOP lawmakers who are opposing the effort to head off more than […]