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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.”

House OKs vaping industry bill

By: - May 15, 2019

With little fanfare and no debate, the Arizona House of Representatives gave its preliminary approval to a measure backed by the vaping industry.

No budget deal yet, but House Republicans say they’re getting closer

By: - May 15, 2019

A procedural motion to clear the way for budget bills in the Arizona House of Representatives isn’t a sign that a deal is near. The House on Wednesday approved a motion to allow the introduction of budget bills by House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Majority Leader Warren Petersen and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Regina Cobb. But there […]

Hoffman to create school safety task force

By: - May 13, 2019

In the wake of legislative inaction on bipartisan legislation to create a school safety task force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will create her own task force within the Arizona Department of Education.

Corrections Dept. spent no money to repair broken cell door locks

By: - May 13, 2019

Seven months after Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan learned of a problem with broken cell door locks at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis, he sought approval for a building renewal plan that included funding for walk-in freezers, backup generators and new door locks for a different facility, but nothing for the locks at Lewis.

AZ House approves initiative restrictions with heightened powers for AG

By: - May 8, 2019

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill adding new restrictions on the citizen initiative process, with a new provision that grants the state’s attorney general the power to alter the wording on the ballot that explains to voters what a measure will do. Meanwhile, lawmakers rejected a proposal making it illegal to […]

Senate unanimously passes Carter’s vaping bill

By: - May 8, 2019

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill aimed at cracking down on e-cigarettes and vaping, but it seems unlikely that it will get the same overwhelming support in the House of Representatives. Sen. Heather Carter’s strike-everything amendment to House Bill 2357 would classify vapor products as tobacco products. Vapor products would be added to […]

Sex registry bill defeated as senators protest failure to expand rights for sex abuse victims

By: - May 7, 2019

Lawmakers argued passionately and the Senate president turned off a fellow Republican’s microphone as senators killed a bill expanding the number of people who are eligible to be removed from Arizona’s sex offender registry to protest the blocking of an unrelated bill that would give victims of child sex abuse more time to sue in civil court.

Vaping bill held from House debate

By: - May 6, 2019

A bill that would exempt vapor products from local regulations while raising the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 was pulled from discussion in the Arizona House of Representatives on Monday.

2020 marijuana legalization effort prepping for launch

By: - May 6, 2019

A campaign committee, Smart and Safe Arizona, was formed in March. It has already reported bringing in a $100,000 contribution from a Tempe-based medical marijuana company.

Corrections now charging inmates for overdose treatment

By: - May 3, 2019

A new policy at the Arizona Department of Corrections requires inmates to pay for their medical treatment if they’re hospitalized for substance abuse.

Ethics Committee dismisses complaint against Kern

By: - May 1, 2019

The House Ethics Committee dismissed a complaint against Rep. Anthony Kern, concluding that his stint as a volunteer deputy with the Tombstone Marshal’s Office didn’t violate a provision of the Arizona Constitution barring legislators from employment with other government entities because he was unpaid.

Ducey taps former chief justices to spearhead corrections probe

By: - May 1, 2019

In the wake of shocking revelations that some cell door locks at Arizona’s Lewis prison don’t work, Gov. Doug Ducey has named two retired Arizona Supreme Court chief justices to head up an investigation into the Arizona Department of Corrections.