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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.”

Bid to create lieutenant governor post clears Senate committee

By: - February 18, 2022

For the eighth time in the dozen years since Arizonans last had an opportunity to consider such a proposal, lawmakers are trying to create a lieutenant governor position that would be first in the line of succession if the state’s chief executive vacates the office.  The Senate Government Committee approved a pair of measures sponsored […]

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Auditor general: election audits wouldn’t begin until 2024 cycle

By: - February 18, 2022

Turning the Arizona Auditor General’s Office into an elections oversight unit will be a substantial undertaking that will require time and resources, and that means it won’t conduct election audits until after this year, a Senate committee was told Thursday.  Auditor General Lindsay Perry explained to the Senate Government Committee that her office will need […]

Arizona ‘audit’ contractor slams ‘grifters,’ airs grievances with Cyber Ninjas in new report

By: - February 17, 2022

Shiva Ayyadurai, the subcontractor who conducted a botched analysis of Maricopa County’s ballot affidavits as part of the Senate’s review of the 2020 election, slammed the “audit” leaders as “self-serving grifters” in a new report. Ayyadurai completed an analysis of the digital images of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County during the last […]

Top Republican casts doubt on plan to break up Maricopa County

By: - February 16, 2022

A proposal to split up Maricopa County got unanimous Republican backing in a House of Representatives committee, but doesn’t have the support of the most important GOP vote in the chamber — House Speaker Rusty Bowers.  Bowers is skeptical about House Bill 2787, which would carve Maricopa County into four new counties. He called the […]

House passes measure to avoid school funding cuts, but Senate appears 1 GOP vote short

By: - February 15, 2022

The push to temporarily raise the state’s spending limit for K-12 schools and avoid nearly $1.2 billion in cuts that could close classrooms passed easily in the state House of Representatives but stalled out in the Senate, where it may only be one Republican shy of the 20 votes needed to pass it. With the […]

Party activists would fill legislative vacancies under GOP proposal

By: - February 15, 2022

Political party activists, not county supervisors, would get the final say in who fills vacant seats in the legislature under a proposal advanced by the Senate Government Committee.  Currently, if members of the legislature resign, die or otherwise vacate their seats, the precinct committeemen — the elected, voting members of a political party’s organization — […]

Republicans look to curb lobbying activities by cities, counties, school districts

By: - February 15, 2022

Because cities and counties often oppose legislation they propose, GOP lawmakers are looking to ban them from hiring the contract lobbyists who fight those bills at the Capitol.  On a party-line 4-3 vote, with all three Democratic members opposing the proposal, the Senate Government Committee approved Senate Bill 1198, which prohibits cities, towns, counties, school […]

Leftist ASU student groups allege infiltration by Kari Lake campaign staffers

By: - February 14, 2022

Five members of Kari Lake’s campaign team attempted to infiltrate planning meetings for an anti-sexual assault protest organized by a coalition of leftist student groups at Arizona State University, the groups alleged.  Members of the student groups became suspicious after the purported Lake campaign members made statements espousing conservative talking points and unsuccessfully tried to […]

GOP guv candidates embrace Brnovich’s opinion on using troops to repel a border ‘invasion’

By: - February 11, 2022

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s recent opinion declaring that transnational criminal activity at the U.S.-Mexico border constituted an invasion of Arizona and that Gov. Doug Ducey has powers under the U.S. Constitution to go to war to repel it was welcome news to the leading Republican candidates vying to replace him next year.  At the request […]

GOP proposals aim to revamp hand-count audits done after every election

By: - February 11, 2022

A proposal approved by a Senate committee would overhaul the way counties conduct post-election hand count audits of ballots.  After every election, counties must conduct a hand count of ballots from 2% of its precincts and 1% of the early ballots cast to ensure they match up with the tallies from the machines used to […]

House panel OKs new GOP restrictions on citizen initiatives

By: - February 10, 2022

A House committee gave preliminary approval to two measures making it more difficult for Arizona voters to have their say on state policy at the ballot box.  One would make it harder to put proposed laws on the ballot and another that would make it more difficult to pass them once they get there.  To […]

ESA school voucher expansion advances, but likely to hit GOP roadblocks in House

By: - February 9, 2022

An ambitious expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 schools passed its first test in the state Senate — but it’s likely destined for defeat in the House of Representatives, where a trio of Republican lawmakers have serious concerns.  Under the Empowerment Scholarship Account, or ESA, program, parents who pull their children from public schools […]