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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.”

Biggs 1 of only 3 votes against anti-robocall bill

By: - July 25, 2019

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs was one of only three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against a bill aimed at curbing robocalls.

Former Department of Education staff says ESA delays predate Hoffman

By: - July 24, 2019

The official who oversaw the ESA program under Diane Douglas defended Kathy Hoffman’s handling of the program, saying the new superintendent of public instruction’s predecessor had the same problems with delays in approving applications for the school voucher program

Former superintendent says no reason for ESA delays, blasts legislature over funding

By: - July 23, 2019

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said there’s no reason why her successor, Kathy Hoffman, shouldn’t be able to process school voucher applications within the 45-day deadline established by state law.

Ducey lacked authority over withdrawn Nike incentive

By: - July 22, 2019

When Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority on July 2 to withdraw an offer of up to $1 million in incentives to Nike, he had no apparent legal authority to do so.  Unlike other state agency heads, Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Sandra Watson doesn’t answer to the governor. Instead, she answers to the […]

GOP lawmaker demanding AG investigation into Dem handling of vouchers

By: - July 22, 2019

The call for an investigation comes on the heels of a pair of videos produced by the American Federation for Children, a nationwide school choice advocacy organization, bashing Hoffman’s administration of the ESA program.

Arizona has higher unemployment than US, but for good reasons

By: - July 18, 2019

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is well above the national level, but for good reasons as its workforce continues to grow, according to the state’s economic number crunchers.

Study: Predicted job losses from AZ minimum wage hike never happened

By: - July 17, 2019

A national trade group representing small businesses is warning of negative consequences if Congress a proposed hike in the federal minimum wage, while an Arizona think tank found that an increase in the state’s minimum wage enacted by voters in 2016 has brought significant benefits without demonstrable job losses here.

Former developer Karrin Taylor Robson mulling bid for 2022 guv’s race

By: - July 15, 2019

Karrin Taylor Robson, a developer and prominent Republican donor, might run for governor in 2022.

McSally raises $3.4M, lags behind Dem challenger Kelly

By: - July 15, 2019

Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally raised $3.4 million in the last quarter, a substantial sum that still lagged behind her likely Democratic opponent.

Courts

Jury awards ex-Senate Dem staffer $1M in discrimination lawsuit

By: - July 15, 2019

An African American woman who claimed she was fired from a staff job with the Arizona Senate’s Democratic caucus won a $1 million judgment in federal court on Friday.

Ducey signals push to revamp cosmetology licensing requirements

By: - July 12, 2019

Recent remarks by Gov. Doug Ducey suggest that cosmetology will be the next step in his push to reduce occupational licensing requirements in Arizona. During a question-and-answer session at an Arizona Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 17, Ducey touted a 2017 law that waives licensing fees for low-income individuals and recent legislation that allows […]

Ducey welcomes Nike after blasting company over shoe controversy

By: - July 11, 2019

Just one week after lambasting Nike and withdrawing an offer of up to $1 million in incentives over its controversial decision to pull its Betsy Ross flag shoes from the market, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the athletic apparel giant for following through with its plans to open a new facility in Goodyear.  Nike announced on […]