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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.”

Hobbs moves to count out-of-precinct ballots in new procedures manual

By: - September 9, 2021

Having your entire ballot thrown out because you voted in the wrong precinct would largely become a thing of the past under a new proposal by Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — but only if she can convince Republican political rivals Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich to sign off on it. […]

State Rep. Bret Roberts announces resignation, gives no reason

By: - September 8, 2021

Republican state Rep. Bret Roberts announced that he’ll resign from the legislature at the end of the month. Roberts, a second-term lawmaker from Maricopa, didn’t elaborate on why he’s stepping down.  He tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that his resignation will be effective Sept. 30. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve with you, […]

State Sen. Kirsten Engel resigns to run for Congress

By: - September 8, 2021

Democratic state Sen. Kirsten Engel is resigning from the legislature to focus on her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. Engel submitted her resignation to Senate President Karen Fann on Wednesday morning. She represented District 10, which covers eastern and central Tucson. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and […]

Most Arizona voters support masks in schools, but not Republicans

By: - September 7, 2021

A strong majority of Arizona voters — but only a small fraction of Republicans — support face mask mandates and vaccine requirements in schools and government buildings to combat the spread of COVID-19, according to a new poll commissioned by organizations representing school boards and public health professionals. In the live-caller poll of 400 voters […]

arizona redistricting

Heavy growth in Republican areas could aid GOP in redistricting

By: - September 7, 2021

Arizona’s population growth over the past decade was largely in Maricopa County and was especially concentrated in predominantly Republican suburban areas, a trend that could favor Republicans as the state prepares to redraw its legislative and congressional districts. According to the 2020 census, Arizona’s population grew by about 760,000 people, an increase of 11.9%. Of […]

Democrat Pete Rios rebuffed offer to be ‘audit’ co-liaison alongside Ken Bennett

By: - September 3, 2021

Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett asked former Democratic state Sen. Pete Rios to be his co-liaison on the controversial review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. A batch of documents that the Arizona Senate released under court order to American Oversight, a liberal watchdog group, include a text message that Rios sent to […]

Super PAC funded by Masters ally blasts Brnovich over false election fraud claims

By: - September 1, 2021

A super PAC funded by tech guru Peter Thiel to aid ally Blake Masters’ U.S. Senate campaign attacked Attorney General Mark Brnovich for failing to take action on baseless claims of voter fraud while failing to cite any evidence of malfeasance in Arizona’s election. Saving Arizona PAC used its first television ad, which it described […]

Finalists named to fill vacant Dem legislative seat, decision will be made by county supervisors

By: - August 31, 2021

Democrats in the west Phoenix-based District 30 chose three finalists for the state Senate seat vacated by a former lawmaker who resigned after being charged with child sex crimes. A citizen panel appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors selected Raquel Terán, a state representative in the district and the current chairwoman of the […]

PRO Act Seiden

Business groups urge Kelly, Sinema to oppose pro-union PRO Act

By: - August 30, 2021

Business groups publicly called on Democratic U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema to oppose a sweeping piece of pro-organized labor legislation that would wipe out Arizona’s “right-to-work” law that prohibits mandatory union membership. At a press conference at the office of the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors near the state Capitol on […]

Arizona sports betting

Lawsuits aim to derail sports betting in Arizona ahead of September launch

By: - August 27, 2021

Football fans looking to place legal bets on their favorite teams when the NFL season starts next month will be out of luck if a pair of recently filed lawsuits succeed in stopping Arizona’s new sports betting law. Two entities that aren’t eligible to allow sports betting under a law that Gov. Doug Ducey signed […]

AG’s office says Maricopa County must provide routers to Senate ‘audit’

By: - August 26, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors broke the law by refusing to comply with a subpoena for the routers used by its elections department, regardless of whether the Senate has the power to enforce that demand, the Attorney General’s Office has concluded. The supervisors must now determine whether they’ll provide the disputed routers to the […]

Senate still waiting on first part of ‘audit’ draft report, despite claims to the contrary

By: - August 25, 2021

Monday’s delivery to the Senate of a partial draft report from the self-styled election audit turned out to be a false start, as Republican lawmakers are still waiting to see any of the review’s findings. The election review team hasn’t yet submitted any part of its report to Senate President Karen Fann, said attorney Kory […]