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.
Finchem recall campaign pulls the plug on trying to force an election
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 15, 2021
The recall campaign against Oro Valley Republican lawmaker Mark Finchem has ended after the group conducting the recall determined it would not be able to collect the needed signatures by the looming July 8 deadline.
Poll: Arizona voters don’t trust the Senate’s election audit
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 9, 2021
A poll of Arizona voters finds that more than half don’t trust the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s election, and almost half of voters say they’re less likely to vote for a senator who backed the audit.
Inspired by Mike Lindell, Republicans demand information from elections officials
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 8, 2021
Fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud made in a video last week by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are the basis for a series of public records requests two Republican state legislators have filed with elections officials across Arizona.
Rep. David Cook told to evacuate his home during budget vote
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 7, 2021
In the midst of casting the deciding vote against a massive tax cut for wealthy Arizonans that doomed a Republican-led budget proposal Monday, Rep. David Cook got word that his family has been ordered to evacuate their home in Globe due to the approaching Telegraph Fire, which has reached over 56,000 acres.
A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 4, 2021
A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago.
The conspiracy theory film made at the Arizona audit
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 2, 2021
A filmmaker known for a film that claims 9/11 was an alien conspiracy is directing a documentary promoting baseless election fraud claims — a movie that features people working for the Arizona Senate’s election audit, that was filmed at the audit site and is based on a book written by a man who is raising money from Trump supporters to fund the audit.
Mark Finchem was much closer to the Jan. 6 insurrection than he claimed
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - June 2, 2021
Newly discovered footage taken during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot shows Arizona GOP legislator Mark Finchem was much closer to the day’s violence than he has previously claimed.
Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - May 27, 2021
It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000.
DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions to block release of their footage
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - May 25, 2021
Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.
Newly unredacted documents show Google shared location with other apps and more
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - May 24, 2021
A new version of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit against tech behemoth Google alleges the company tracked users’ location across third party apps and still gathered that information when devices connected to WiFi, even if location services were off.
Arizona’s election auditors are ‘making it up as they go,’ expert observers say
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - May 19, 2021
Observers sent by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to the Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County election shared concerns with reporters Wednesday saying that auditors are making up procedures as they go and that security issues continue to be a concern.
Tamper seals and deleted databases: Arizona audit myths and facts
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - May 18, 2021
The Arizona Senate’s audit team and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been dueling over a litany of accusations that auditors bombastically pronounced on Twitter last week and that have sparked new conspiracy theories. The county has contended that the claims made by the audit team, headed by Florida based Cyber Ninjas, are false […]