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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.”

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Supreme Court to lawmakers: Non-budget laws can’t be in the budget

By: - January 6, 2022

As lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey prepare for the start of the 2022 legislative session, the Arizona Supreme Court provided a simple blueprint for how not to craft their budgets. The lesson is simple: Don’t include laws in the state budget that don’t actually have anything to do with the funding in the state budget. […]

Maricopa County rebuts ‘audit’ findings, GOP’s bogus election claims

By: - January 5, 2022

Nearly every claim that Senate President Karen Fann’s so-called audit team made about the 2020 general election was either inaccurate, misleading or patently false, according to a long-awaited rebuttal by Maricopa County. County officials have spent months since the audit team presented its findings in September examining the allegations, which included tens of thousands of […]

Secretary of State’s online signature-gathering system breaks after redistricting

By: - January 5, 2022

Voters who want to sign online petitions and the candidates who need those signatures to get their names on the ballot this November are being thwarted by a glitch in the secretary of state’s system caused by the decennial redistricting process.  And in counties that are overseeing springtime municipal elections, the glitch likely won’t be […]

Lieberman, Lopez announce million-dollar fundraising hauls in Dem primary for governor

By: - January 3, 2022

Gubernatorial hopefuls Aaron Lieberman and Marco Lopez announced strong fundraising numbers as they head into an election year in which both hope to pull off upsets against frontrunner Katie Hobbs in the Democratic primary. Both candidates announced on Monday that they raised seven figures. Lopez, a former Nogales mayor, director of the Arizona Department of […]

Who won and who lost with the new legislative districts?

By: - December 29, 2021

Political fortunes for a number of incumbent lawmakers shifted last week when the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission approved its final legislative map, granting a reprieve to some who were facing trouble and giving others new headaches as they head into their re-election campaigns. Two of the new districts are shaping up to be intraparty free-for-alls, […]

Ducey will return to in-person State of the State as COVID cases rise

By: - December 28, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t repeat last year’s virtual State of the State despite rising COVID-19 numbers and will instead give his final address in-person at the Arizona House of Representatives.  C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for the governor, said it’s important for Ducey to give his 2022 State of the State in person, given the speech’s […]

Fractious final day ends with acrimony and accusations as redistricting commission splits on legislative map

By: - December 22, 2021

After a brief burst of bipartisan consensus in the middle of the process, Arizona’s redistricting commission ended their work Wednesday with an acrimonious split vote and accusations of violations of the state constitution. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on Wednesday approved the final congressional and legislative maps that the state will use until 2032. Unlike […]

Heated day of partisan fighting ends with unlikely agreement on congressional map

By: - December 21, 2021

After a day of accusations, recriminations and partisan sniping, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission found its way to what seemed like an improbable consensus and paved the way for a possible unanimous vote on the final version of the congressional map the state will use for the next decade.  The AIRC reached an agreement on […]

Commissioners debate competitive legislative districts as final decision looms

By: - December 20, 2021

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission reached potential compromises on proposed changes to a handful of competitive legislative districts, and are considering a possible solution to the vexing problem of how to balance Native American voting rights against the interests of non-tribal residents in the White Mountains, as they near their self-imposed deadline to […]

Democrats notch big wins in redistricting votes as final maps take shape

By: - December 17, 2021

Democrats got a pair of big wins Friday in determining the direction of the state’s next legislative and congressional districts when the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission voted to adopt their maps, a rare split in which she went against her Republican colleagues. As its new starting point, the AIRC is using a […]

Republicans hold the edge as Arizona redistricting nears completion

By: - December 17, 2021

Democrats at the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission notched a rare win as the independent chairwoman sided with them on a starting point for the congressional map, only to see the GOP make gains when the new districts were unveiled. In one of those districts, Democratic Commissioner Shereen Lerner and Republican Commissioner Doug York forged an […]

Redistricting commission plans for milestone vote between Republican, Dem proposals 

By: - December 14, 2021

Final maps are still a little ways off, but the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will hit a major turning point at its next meeting when it will decide whether to move forward with either the Democratic or Republican proposals as its only template. At the commission’s meeting on Monday, independent Chairwoman Erika Neuberg said it […]