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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.”

Sentencing-reduction bill moves forward as advocates push for broader reforms

By: - February 14, 2019

Criminal justice reform advocates hailed a bill to reduce sentencing requirements drug possession as a step in the right direction while urging the sponsor to expand it to include more people.

Bill would ban mugshot websites from charging for removal

By: - February 12, 2019

A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal for companies to make people pay money to have their mugshots and other criminal justice records removed from websites, though it’s unclear how such a law would be enforced against people outside of Arizona.

Advocates hope poll buoys sentencing reform efforts

By: - February 12, 2019

A national organization advocating for criminal justice reform in Arizona is touting a new poll showing strong support for a host of issues being considered by the Legislature this year, including a proposal to reduce the state’s strict sentencing requirements.

Licensing bill backed by Ducey moves forward

By: - February 11, 2019

A House committee approved a bill that Gov. Doug Ducey touted in his State of the State address that would allow professionals who are certified in other states to practice their trades in Arizona without a new license. House Bill 2569 states that any person who has an occupational license from another state is automatically […]

House panel moves to curb agency authority over fees

By: - February 11, 2019

Republican lawmakers are responding to the recent uproar over a new $32 vehicle registration fee by seeking to limit the ability of state agencies to impose similar fees in the future. Under Sen. J.D. Mesnard’s Senate Bill 1482, state agencies would only be able to increase fees in amounts corresponding with the consumer price index […]

Proposal would shift control of voucher program from Education Dept to treasurer

By: - February 8, 2019

Administration and oversight of a controversial school voucher program could soon be stripped from the Arizona Department of Education and transferred to the state Treasurer’s Office, in part because the new Republican state treasurer supports the program and the new Democratic superintendent of public instruction is a critic.

Bill would purge inactive voters from permanent early ballot list

By: - February 7, 2019

Arizonans could face a use-it-or-lose situation with the Permanent Early Voting List under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Thursday.

Bill banning early ballot drop-offs appears doomed

By: - February 6, 2019

Senate Republicans advanced a controversial bill that would bar Arizonans from dropping off their early ballots in person at polling places, but GOP holdouts appear likely to stop it from going any further. Republican Sens. Kate Brophy McGee and Heather Carter were silent during the contentious, hour-long debate over Senate Bill 1046 on Wednesday. However, […]

Criminal justice reform advocates split on GOP bills to reduce sentences

By: - February 5, 2019

A bill that would reduce sentencing requirements for people convicted of drug offenses isn’t nearly as ambitious as another far-reaching sentencing reform proposal, but may have significantly better odds of passage this legislative session.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

By: - February 1, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

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AZGOP audit says Fontes actions questionable, not illegal

By: - January 31, 2019

Preliminary results of an audit commissioned by the Arizona Republican Party concluded that Maricopa County’s Democratic recorder didn’t violate any laws during the 2018 general election and that two disputed policies he implemented didn’t affect the outcomes of any races.

Stringer paying for Facebook ads to promote conservative outlet’s defense of him

By: - January 30, 2019

State Rep. David Stringer is running ads on Facebook to promote his side of the story in the wake of revelations that he faced sex offense charges decades ago in Maryland.