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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

2000 Mules Dinesh D'Souza

The Yuma sheriff isn’t investigating election fraud because of ‘2000 Mules’

By: - May 19, 2022

Conservative activist and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza told a conservative podcast that “2000 Mules,” his film making flawed and faulty claims about election fraud in 2020, directly led the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office to open up an investigation — but the sheriff says that’s simply not true.  “The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has been working jointly […]

Wendy Rogers censure

Wendy Rogers will face an investigation after claiming the Buffalo mass shooting was done by the ‘feds,’ not a heavily armed racist

By: and - May 16, 2022

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments on social media blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist accused of carrying out the attack.  While the Senate moved to investigate Rogers, a Flagstaff Republican who has a […]

Jovan Pulitzer’s fraud claims are ‘utter rubbish,’ fellow ‘audit’ researcher told the Arizona Senate

By: and - May 12, 2022

A researcher the Arizona Senate hired to double-check an analysis of ballots by election conspiracy theorist Jovan Pulitzer said his claims that there were upwards of 12,000 counterfeit ballots were “utter rubbish.” A trove of newly released documents related to the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election shows that EchoMail CEO Shiva […]

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‘Audit’ records show Cyber Ninjas went deep into debt, despite pro-Trump donations

By: - May 11, 2022

Newly released documents by the watchdog group American Oversight show that the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County went over its proposed budget and spent more money than it had available to it.  More than a thousand pages of records that were in the possession of Cyber Ninjas, the […]

Arizona Supreme Court rejects ‘insurrectionist’ ballot challenge to Biggs, Gosar and Finchem

By: - May 9, 2022

The Arizona Supreme Court flatly rejected an attempt to disqualify Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and State Rep. Mark Finchem from the 2022 ballot for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  “The Candidates are not disqualified from appearing on the ballot for the 2022 primary election,” the court […]

Paul Gosar spent nearly $8,000 of taxpayer money to attend events with far-right groups

By: - May 5, 2022

Prescott Republican Congressman Paul Gosar spent more than $7,800 for travel, lodging and vehicle expenses while attending events with far-right groups and white nationalists, according to a review of the congressman’s finances by a nonpartisan watchdog group.  The Moonlight Foundation conducted a review of congressional travel that showed Gosar has spent more on travel than […]

Extremists tried to crash abortion rights rally, got arrested instead

By: - May 4, 2022

A group of far-right extremists with ties to white nationalists tried to counter-protest an abortion rights rally held at the Arizona Capitol Tuesday night, where they were vastly outnumbered and one was arrested for violently attacking a demonstrator.  Michael Merritt Graham, 34, was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and booked for suspicion […]

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Paul Gosar tweeted a meme used by neo-Nazis

By: - April 27, 2022

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar posted — and later deleted — a meme rooted in violent and racist online culture that was praised by neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Gosar’s social media postings on Twitter and Gab featured a picture of the Prescott Republican with a red filter that is part of the […]

Ducey will decide fate of GOP bill to make it easier for parents to sue teachers

By: - April 25, 2022

A bill to allow parents to sue Arizona teachers for “usurping the fundamental right” of a parent in raising their children won approval is now one signature from becoming law. The state House of Representatives approved the measure on a party-line vote Monday, sending the legislation to Gov. Doug Ducey, who is expected to sign […]

Judge boots case to disqualify Gosar, Biggs and Finchem from ballot as ‘insurrectionists’

By: - April 22, 2022

A trio of lawsuits that sought to disqualify Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and state Rep. Mark Finchem from the ballot for their alleged roles in the January 6 attack on the Capitol was dismissed Friday.  “This Court will follow the restrained and judicious lead of the federal courts,” Maricopa County Superior Court […]

‘We Build the Wall’ leaders to plead guilty for defrauding donors

By: - April 22, 2022

Two men who worked with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon are expected to plead guilty in federal court for charges that they conned millions of dollars from donors who thought they were funding construction of a wall along the southern border.  Instead, the money was used for luxury purchases, including a boat, jewelry, a high-end […]

Bill allowing teachers to be sued for ‘usurping’ parental rights clears Senate

By: - April 18, 2022

A bill to allow parents to sue Arizona teachers for “usurping the fundamental right” of a parent in raising their children won approval from state Senate Republicans on Monday and is one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.  Supporters of the bill said it was necessary to subject teachers to lawsuits in order to […]