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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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Mapmaking begins in earnest as redistricting commission approves grid maps

By: - September 14, 2021

They’ll change dramatically and give no real indication what the final lines will look like, but the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has taken the first step toward redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts with the approval of a “grid map” that will serve as its starting template. Grid maps allow the commission to wipe […]

‘Audit’ documents are public records: Arizona Supreme Court declines Fann’s appeal

By: - September 14, 2021

Communications between subcontractors, invoices and a host of other records related to the state Senate’s self-styled audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County must be released as public records after the Arizona Supreme Court declined to hear Senate President Karen Fann’s appeal of an appellate court ruling.  The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last […]

Trump endorses Mark Finchem in secretary of state race

By: - September 13, 2021

Donald Trump endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem in the crowded Republican primary for secretary of state, throwing his support behind a candidate who one of Arizona’s most vocal proponents of the false allegations that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.  In an endorsement statement he issued on Monday, Trump called Finchem “a true warrior” and […]

Voter ‘canvass’ features big allegations, zero evidence, outright falsehoods

By: - September 10, 2021

Nestled against the foothills of Estrella Mountain Regional Park, a nearly 3,000-square-foot house sits on an allegedly vacant lot. According to a report issued by conservative activists who have spent much of the past year since the election knocking on doors across Maricopa County and asking people about their voting history, the address in Goodyear […]

Arizona Republicans blast vaccine mandate, vow legal action, while Dems support Biden’s policy

By: - September 9, 2021

Reactions to President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate fell sharply along partisan lines in Arizona, with outraged Republicans demanding legal action against what they deemed a tyrannical policy and Democrats, though largely quieter, supportive of the policy. Gov. Doug Ducey, who has blocked schools and local officials from imposing vaccine and mask mandates in […]

Beset by delays, ‘audit’ team plans to submit full draft report to Senate next week

By: - September 9, 2021

The team that conducted the controversial review of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County plans to submit its full draft report to the Senate next week, after several weeks of delays. Randy Pullen, a spokesman for the self-styled election audit, said the team expects to submit the draft report to the Senate on Wednesday […]

Hobbs moves to count out-of-precinct ballots in new procedures manual

By: - September 9, 2021

Having your entire ballot thrown out because you voted in the wrong precinct would largely become a thing of the past under a new proposal by Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — but only if she can convince Republican political rivals Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich to sign off on it. […]

State Rep. Bret Roberts announces resignation, gives no reason

By: - September 8, 2021

Republican state Rep. Bret Roberts announced that he’ll resign from the legislature at the end of the month. Roberts, a second-term lawmaker from Maricopa, didn’t elaborate on why he’s stepping down.  He tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that his resignation will be effective Sept. 30. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with you, […]

State Sen. Kirsten Engel resigns to run for Congress

By: - September 8, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Kirsten Engel is resigning from the legislature to focus on her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Engel submitted her resignation to Senate President Karen Fann on Wednesday morning. She represented District 10, which covers eastern and central Tucson. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and […]

Most Arizona voters support masks in schools, but not Republicans

By: - September 7, 2021

A strong majority of Arizona voters — but only a small fraction of Republicans — support face mask mandates and vaccine requirements in schools and government buildings to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to a new poll commissioned by organizations representing school boards and public health professionals. In the live-caller poll of 400 voters […]

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Heavy growth in Republican areas could aid GOP in redistricting

By: - September 7, 2021

Arizona’s population growth over the past decade was largely in Maricopa County and was especially concentrated in predominantly Republican suburban areas, a trend that could favor Republicans as the state prepares to redraw its legislative and congressional districts. According to the 2020 census, Arizona’s population grew by about 760,000 people, an increase of 11.9%. Of […]

Democrat Pete Rios rebuffed offer to be ‘audit’ co-liaison alongside Ken Bennett

By: - September 3, 2021

Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett asked former Democratic state Sen. Pete Rios to be his co-liaison on the controversial review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. A batch of documents that the Arizona Senate released under court order to American Oversight, a liberal watchdog group, include a text message that Rios sent to […]