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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.”

‘Broken promise’: Hoffman implores lawmakers to lift K-12 spending cap to spare $1.1B in cuts

By: - February 8, 2022

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman used her annual State of Education address to urge lawmakers to raise a constitutional spending limit on K-12 schools before they face major budget cuts in a few weeks.  Speaking to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Hoffman, a Democrat elected in 2018, said she’d originally planned to give […]

Courts

Katie Hobbs takes Mark Brnovich to court over E-Qual threat

By: - February 8, 2022

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is going to court against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, asking a Maricopa County judge to bar him from bringing what she argues would be baseless criminal charges against her over a scheduled, temporary shutdown of the state’s online signature-gathering website for congressional and legislative candidates.  Hobbs is planning to take […]

early ballot

GOP ballot measure would restrict early voting to speed up ballot counting

By: - February 4, 2022

Nail-biter elections that last two weeks after the polls close could be a thing of the past under a proposed measure that could be on the November ballot — with the trade-off that Arizonans will have fewer options for casting their votes.  The proposed ballot measure is called the Easier to Vote, Harder to Cheat […]

House OKs anti-critical race theory bill banning ‘racially divisive’ curriculum

By: - February 3, 2022

Arizona Republican lawmakers are seeking to ban so-called “critical race theory” education in Arizona schools after the state Supreme Court last year struck down a law barring such education because it was unconstitutionally added to the state’s annual budget. Schools could be fined and teachers could lose their certification for teaching that people inherently bear […]

Election workers could be charged with crimes for making mistakes under GOP bills

By: - January 31, 2022

The Senate Government Committee gave its approval to proposed legislation that would punish election workers who misplace ballots and penalize contractors who don’t meet the terms of their contracts.  Senate Bill 1055 states that a contractor who provides election-related services to the state or a county “and that fails to perform its obligations under the […]

Special master chooses experts for ‘audit’ examination of routers and logs

By: and - January 28, 2022

The special master who is overseeing the examination of Maricopa County’s routers as part of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election has selected his team of experts, and the Senate has provided him with a list of questions it wants answered.  The end goal of the examination is to see whether Maricopa County’s election […]

‘It’s not really practical’: Republican wants to go from 30 House districts to 90

By: - January 28, 2022

When the next Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2031, it might be drawing 90 single-member House districts instead of 30 districts with two representatives apiece, at least if Sen. J.D. Mesnard has any say over it.  For the second consecutive year, Mesnard has introduced a proposed ballot referral that would dramatically alter the makeup […]

The newest GOP election proposal would allow lawmakers to reject election results

By: - January 26, 2022

Lawmakers would have the power to reject election results under a sweeping piece of legislation that would make seismic changes to the way elections are conducted in Arizona.  Rep. John Fillmore’s House Bill 2596 would eliminate no-excuse early voting, which is used by the overwhelming majority of Arizona voters, and would require that all ballots […]

Arizona audit stop the steal supporters

Lies about the 2020 election propel bills aimed at combating non-existent fraud

By: - January 25, 2022

Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd that espoused conspiracy theories about fraud in the 2020 presidential vote and touted the largely debunked findings of the so-called Maricopa County “audit,” the Senate Government Committee on Monday advanced a slew of bills aimed at curbing or alleviating concerns about election fraud in Arizona, despite little evidence of […]

Redistricting commission gives final certification to new maps

By: - January 21, 2022

Arizona’s new congressional and legislative maps are on their way to the Secretary of State’s Office, the final step required to enshrine them as the official districts that the state will use through the 2030 election. In one last split vote, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission certified the new legislative map on a 3-2 vote […]

Ducey: I’m still not running for Senate

By: - January 20, 2022

Again, national media are floating Gov. Doug Ducey as a possible U.S. Senate candidate, and again, he’s shooting the rumors down.  Ducey on Thursday rebutted a recent Politico article that claimed he might join the Republican primary field for this year’s Senate race. The governor, who is term-limited and leaving office after this year, has […]

Ducey praises Sinema for protecting the Senate filibuster

By: - January 20, 2022

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lauded Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for refusing to support a change to the Senate’s filibuster rules in order to pass a voting rights package. “I want to give Senator Sinema credit for standing up and protecting a Senate rule that she believes in,” Ducey told reporters on Thursday. “This has […]