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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.”

Corporation Commission

Corp Comm defends ethics policy on campaign cash, recusal to legislature

By: - November 22, 2021

The Corporation Commission rejected legislative staff’s assertion that its ethics policy restricting campaign contributions from regulated utilities is illegal, arguing that it doesn’t violate state law or the Arizona Constitution. At the request of Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, the Legislative Council in September examined the commission’s ethics policy, and found a number of alleged […]

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hobbs defends firing Talonya Adams, says race and gender weren’t factors

By: - November 18, 2021

Katie Hobbs defended her role in firing policy adviser Talonya Adams from the Senate in 2015, saying the termination was for performance and other issues, not because of her race or gender. Speaking publicly for the first time since federal jury found that the Senate fired Adams was for complaining about discriminatory pay, which a […]

Stephen Richer

Stephen Richer creates PAC to back ‘pro-democracy’ Republicans

By: - November 17, 2021

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one, courtesy of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. Richer, a Republican who was elected in 2020, has created a new political action committee called Pro-Democracy Republicans of Arizona. The PAC will […]

Arizona audit

Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

By: - November 16, 2021

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud. Monmouth University polled 811 people across the United States earlier this month, asking a series of questions about the state of the country, the Jan. 6 […]

Katie Hobbs isn’t ‘fit to serve’ as governor after discriminatory firing, staffer says

By: - November 15, 2021

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs isn’t taking responsibility for her role while she served as Senate Democratic leader in the firing of a policy adviser for what a jury deemed was retaliation for complaining about discriminatory pay, that staffer said. In U.S. District Court last week, a jury found that Talonya Adams was the victim […]

Group hopes to bring ranked choice voting to Arizona cities

By: - November 12, 2021

Ranked choice voting may be coming to a city near you, and possibly the state as a whole not long after that. Voter Choice Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to bringing ranked choice voting to Arizona, is planning a campaign to put the system before voters next year. The campaign to add several cities […]

Fired Senate Dem staffer awarded $2.75M for race, sex discrimination

By: - November 11, 2021

A former Black Democratic state legislative staffer was awarded $2.75 million by a federal jury Wednesday, ruling unanimously that she was fired for complaining that she was paid less than her white and male colleagues in the Arizona Senate. The verdict was Talonya Adams’ second courtroom victory over the Senate regarding her discrimination claims. Adams […]

Proposed congressional map could force incumbents to make tough decisions

By: - November 10, 2021

Several members of Arizona’s congressional delegation may have big decisions to make before next year’s election based on the proposed boundaries of the state’s new political map.  The draft congressional map approved last month by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission puts several incumbents into unfavorable districts. Some of those district boundaries will change by the […]

With preclearance gone, redistricting in Arizona enters a new frontier

By: - November 8, 2021

For the first time in decades, Arizona’s map-drawers are crafting the state’s new congressional and legislative districts without a key provision of the Voting Rights Act guiding their decisions, stoking concerns about representation for Latino and Native American voters. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is the heart of the landmark 1965 law. It […]

Hobbs: Parents should be ‘partners’ in the education system, not adversaries

By: - November 4, 2021

Katie Hobbs avoided a mistake that contributed to her party’s upset loss in Virginia this week, saying that Arizona parents should have a great deal of input into what their children learn in school. Asked about parental control and the effect the issue had on the Virginia governor’s race, Hobbs, the frontrunner for the Democratic […]

The Supreme Court struck down more than a ban on mask mandates in schools. Here’s everything that’s no longer law.

By: - November 3, 2021

A ban on face mask mandates and critical race theory in schools were highest-profile laws that were thrown out when the Arizona Supreme Court tossed numerous provisions of the state budget for violating the Arizona Constitution, but the list of new laws that are now off the books is far more extensive than that. Many […]

Supreme Court unanimously strikes down mask mandate, ‘critical race theory’ bans

By: - November 2, 2021

The Arizona Supreme Court found that several provisions of the 2022 budget, including a controversial ban on face mask mandates in K-12 schools, violate a provision of the state constitution requiring individual bills to encompass a single subject.  The ruling will likely bring about a seismic shift in the way lawmakers craft future budgets.  Less […]