Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joined 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. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

Jeff Weninger launches bid to return to AZ House in ‘highly competitive’ district

By: - August 1, 2023

Former state lawmaker Jeff Weninger announced Monday that he is seeking a return to the Capitol in 2024 in what is expected to be one of the most hotly contested races that could determine which party controls the Arizona House of Representatives.  Facing term limits after eight years in the state House, Weninger ran for […]

Legislature passes Prop. 400 bill, ends lengthy session 

By: and - July 31, 2023

In a defeat to the Arizona Legislature’s conservative Freedom Caucus, both chambers on Monday passed a bill that will ask voters in Maricopa County to continue Proposition 400, a half-cent transportation tax that funds roads and public transportation.  The passage of Senate Bill 1102, which will put Prop. 400 to the voters for the third […]

Betty Villegas sworn into AZ House to replace Andrés Cano

By: - July 31, 2023

Democrat Betty Villegas was sworn in Monday afternoon to the Arizona House of Representatives to fill a vacancy caused when the former leader of the Democratic caucus resigned earlier this month.  Villegas replaces Andrés Cano in the House as one of the two representatives for District 20, which is largely based in Tucson. Cano, who […]

Gosar shares story from site with a history of antisemitic posts, again

By: - July 26, 2023

U.S. Congressman from Arizona Paul Gosar once again promoted a website, using his official newsletter, that has shared antisemitic messages such as denying the Holocaust and told readers to “stand up for Hitler.”  In the Prescott Republican’s weekly newsletter to constituents is a link to a story in USSA News that is a repost […]

Wadsack and supporters target critics and recall campaign volunteers

By: - July 24, 2023

An effort to recall Tucson freshman Republican Sen. Justine Wadsack started in May but as the summer heats up, so have things between the senator and those looking to recall her.  “Isn’t this fun? I’m going to be back every week,” a woman driving a pickup truck said to recall volunteers after she stood next […]

Shawnna Bolick

Bolick’s Twitter posts indicate she hasn’t moved on from past elections

By: - July 21, 2023

Shawnna Bolick told the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that she had moved on from the 2020 and 2022 elections but a review of her social media postings show a Republican who consistently shares election misinformation as well as posts from influencers in the conspiracy theory world.  The board appointed Bolick earlier this week to […]

Shawnna Bolick

Bolick appointed to Arizona Senate

By: - July 19, 2023

Former lawmaker Shawnna Bolick was chosen by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Wednesday to fill the vacant North Phoenix seat in the Arizona Senate left by the resignation of Republican Sen. Steve Kaiser. Bolick was widely considered the frontrunner for the appointment as one of the other two candidates had openly embraced QAnon while […]

Climate change, urbanization spur scorching Phoenix heat wave

By: - July 14, 2023

Phoenix is close to breaking a record streak for consecutive days with high temperatures at or above 110 degrees, and the heat will continue to become more enduring as urbanization grows and the impacts of climate change continue.  “You can’t argue that we are definitely seeing that warming climate,” Phoenix National Weather Service Meteorologist Issac […]

Nearly 1,400 Arizona truckers owed back pay and damages

By: - July 12, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor is looking for nearly 1,400 Arizona drivers who either are currently or were employed with an auto parts distributor who earlier this year was ordered to pay $5.6 million in back wages.  Parts Authority Arizona LLC and Arizona Logistics Inc., which was operating as Diligent Delivery Systems, was ordered by […]

Arizona’s ‘radically different’ and hyper-partisan legislature

By: - July 11, 2023

The Arizona legislature has been in session for 184 days with no end in sight. Of the many things one could say about this unique session, which has been filled with a half-dozen extended breaks, one thing has been certain for many Capitol regulars: This session has been more tense, more partisan and contentious than […]

County GOP parties say they never agreed to support college event featuring a white nationalist

By: - July 10, 2023

An event featuring white nationalist Nick Fuentes drew the ire of GOP officials and county Republican parties who said that they were not consulted before their names were listed as speakers and supporters on a flier promoting the event.  And one of the scheduled speakers said the organizers flat out lied to her about what […]

Ducey named CEO of free enterprise PAC

By: - June 20, 2023

Former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced his first political move since leaving the governorship Tuesday, saying he will become the new CEO of a free enterprise-focused political action committee that aims to mobilize free market-oriented voters.  Citizens for Free Enterprise, along with Ducey, announced Tuesday that he would become the new head of the group […]