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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.

Lawmakers grill heads of state boards after audits find investigations move too slowly

By: - January 17, 2023

State legislators last week grilled the heads of the state boards tasked with overseeing complaints from citizens after reports by the state auditor general revealed some major deficiencies. “This is why you want to have a robust and well funded Auditor General’s Office,” Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, said at the end of a marathon joint […]

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Water leaders to lawmakers: No ‘silver bullet’ in Arizona’s water crisis

By: - January 11, 2023

The day after Gov. Katie Hobbs delivered her first State of the State, outlining plans to address the state’s growing water crisis, the heads of the state’s water agencies stood before lawmakers to deliver an at times grim reality of the state’s water future.  “I do not believe that any of the (Active Management Areas) […]

Arizona Freedom Caucus plans to sue Hobbs over executive order protecting LGBTQ employees

By: - January 10, 2023

The Arizona Freedom Caucus, an offshoot of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Monday that it plans to sue Gov. Katie Hobbs for executive orders she issued in her first week on the job.  Arizona Freedom Caucus Chairman and Queen Creek state Sen. Jake Hoffman accused Hobbs of attempting to […]

Katie Hobbs pledges unity, Dems call for bipartisan collaboration as they assume power

By: , and - January 5, 2023

On a chilly, cloud-covered Thursday morning at the Arizona Capitol, hundreds of wellwishers and spectators gathered to watch the ceremonial swearing in of the state’s newly elected top officials, including Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.  The theme of the morning, at least for several of the speakers and incoming Democratic officials, was a commitment to leaving […]

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Rusty Bowers detailed Trump’s pressure campaign in private J6 Committee testimony

By: - January 4, 2023

Mesa Republican and Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers detailed the pressure put on him by former President Donald Trump and his loyalists in an attempt to unconstitutionally change the state’s electors from Joe Biden in a newly released deposition transcript from the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. “Rudy, you’re asking me […]

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Mark Finchem talks about Ali Alexander, the Capitol attack and Trump ties in J6 deposition

By: - December 30, 2022

Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem has been publicly tight-lipped about his whereabouts on Jan. 6 and his connections to #StopTheSteal organizer Ali Alexander, but his testimony to the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection gives new insight into a man who has been instrumental in misinformation around Arizona’s electoral process.  On Friday, the U.S. […]

Kris Mayes defeats Abe Hamadeh in attorney general race after recount

By: and - December 29, 2022

Democrat Kris Mayes was confirmed as Arizona’s next attorney general after the results of a recount in the race were announced Thursday morning, though her margin of victory over Republican opponent Abe Hamadeh was cut nearly in half. When initial election results were released, Mayes had a narrow 511-vote lead over Hamadeh, but after the […]

Mark Finchem’s ‘frivolous’ bid to overturn the election is booted from court

By: - December 16, 2022

A Maricopa County Court Superior Judge rejected Mark Finchem’s attempt to overturn his election loss by more than 120,000 votes, ruling Friday that opened the door for possible sanctions against the Republican’s attorney.  Finchem had been seeking to overturn his loss last month to Adrian Fontes, who won by about 5 percentage points. Finchem said […]

Finchem response to motion to dismiss rife with errors, evidence-free theories

By: - December 15, 2022

In a filing riddled with errors and new evidence-free claims of forgery and election malfeasance, the attorney for failed GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem says there are no grounds for a judge to dismiss the challenge to the election results without conducting a hearing on the claims.  Finchem is seeking to overturn his […]

Flu is continuing to spread rapidly in Arizona

By: - December 14, 2022

The flu in Arizona is continuing to spread at a historically rapid rate as cases nationally continue to rise alongside COVID-19 ahead of the holidays, outpacing flu seasons from decades prior.  The most recent report on the flu in the state by the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 4,792 laboratory confirmed cases last week, […]

Fontes and Hobbs file motions to dismiss Finchem election suit

By: - December 14, 2022

Democratic Secretary of State-elect Adrian Fontes and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs have filed motions to dismiss Republican Mark Finchem’s lawsuit seeking to overturn his loss in the secretary of state race.  Last week, Finchem and failed congressional candidate Jeff Zink filed a suit demanding the courts overturn Fontes’ and Rueben Gallego’s midterm election wins, […]

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Finchem’s election challenge moves forward, GOP senator seeks to overturn the Maricopa County election

By: - December 13, 2022

A lawsuit filed by Mark Finchem last week seeking to overturn his election loss in the secretary of state race will move forward without failed Republican congressional candidate Jeff Zink after an amended complaint was filed this week.  Last week, Finchem and Zink filed a suit demanding the courts overturn Adrian Fontes and Rueben Gallego’s […]