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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.”

Ducey’s budget omits tax conformity issue

By: - January 18, 2019

The question of what Arizona will do with the new revenue it gets by conforming with the federal income tax code, which is shaping up to be one of the most contentious issues of the 2019 legislative session, is a blank space in Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive budget plan.

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

By: - January 18, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw during the Great Recession in 2009 and 2010. The most expensive line item Ducey’s executive budget proposal, which was released on […]

Ugenti-Rita seeks new limits on early voting

By: - January 17, 2019

Republican complaints and suspicions about the 2018 election may fuel new restrictions on early voting in Arizona. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, has sponsored several bills that would address controversies that arose during the 2018 general election, primarily in Maricopa County. One bill would prohibit people who are on the state’s Permanent Early Voting List, who […]

Ducey to contract with former chief of staff on water, gaming

By: - January 17, 2019

Barely a month after leaving the Ducey administration, former chief of staff Kirk Adams is going back to work for his old boss. Gov. Doug Ducey will hire Adams as a contract employee to work on water and Indian gaming issues during the 2019 legislative session, Adams told the Arizona Mirror. Among Adams’ duties will […]

Ducey school safety plan starts with same problems as before

By: - January 15, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s call for lawmakers to pass his school safety plan that stalled last year may fall on deaf ears if he can’t alleviate the concerns of both Democrats and Republicans.

Ducey calls for bipartisanship in State of the State, sets stage for schisms with GOP lawmakers

By: - January 14, 2019

With the GOP facing historically narrow margins in the Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey kicked off the 2019 legislative session with a call for bipartisanship on key issues like water, K-12 education, school safety and legislative immunity.

Ducey eyes anti-recidivism, but not justice reform

By: - January 12, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing commitment to reducing Arizona’s prison population by reducing recidivism doesn’t necessarily extend to criminal justice reforms that would result in fewer incarcerations in the first place.

Ducey hopes second time’s a charm for school safety plan

By: - January 12, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is optimistic that his school safety plan, which fell short last year after Republican lawmakers opposed a key provision, will have better luck in 2019.

Ducey says no to GOP senator’s proposed tax hike to fund education

By: - January 11, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey rejected a Republican senator’s call to raise Arizona’s sales tax rate to provide more funding for education. “We don’t need a tax increase. We’ve got available dollars right now. We’re going to have a nice, healthy, hearty debate about where we are going to invest and spend and save them,” Ducey told […]

The 400K AZ households getting SNAP will have benefits through February if shutdown drags on

By: - January 10, 2019

Federal funding for food stamps is set to run out at the end of January, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found a way to help Arizona and other states weather the storm for at least one more month if President Trump and Congress can’t reach a solution to end the ongoing government shutdown.

Rep. Fillmore’s bill to ease procurement rules on school districts might not actually do that

By: - January 10, 2019

Fillmore was unclear about what changes the bill could bring for school districts, and seemed unsure about exactly what the legislation would do.

Few voters use federal-only ballots

By: - January 9, 2019

Only a small number of people in Arizona cast federal-only ballots in the 2018 election, an option that’s available for people who don’t provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.