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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.

‘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 […]

Group aims to disqualify Biggs, Gosar and Finchem from ballot for Capitol insurrection

By: - April 7, 2022

A trio of lawsuits seek 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.  The lawsuits are part of a growing legal effort to use the Fourteenth Amendment to disqualify candidates because of their support […]

Brnovich discloses ‘interim’ findings of civil election probe, angering some Republicans

By: and - April 6, 2022

True believers in the baseless conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump were left disappointed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Wednesday after he released an “interim report” that made clear his investigators are conducting a civil — and not a criminal — probe, and that they had uncovered little […]

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Paul Gosar promoted appearing at a white nationalist social gathering on Hitler’s birthday, but his campaign says he isn’t

By: - April 6, 2022

UPDATE: Three hours after this story was published, Congressman Paul Gosar’s campaign consultant told the Arizona Mirror that the congressman would not be attending the white nationalist group’s event on April 20. Instead, he said Gosar had a “farm tour” scheduled for that day. Rory McShane said that American Populist Union never contacted Gosar or […]

Arizona Supreme Court says Brnovich can continue lawsuit challenging ASU hotel project

By: - April 5, 2022

In a unanimous decision, the Arizona Supreme Court said Tuesday that state tax court should revisit a years-long legal battle between Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Board of Regents over allegations that a Tempe hotel on university land violates the state’s gift clause.  The case primarily focuses on a deal Arizona State […]

Arizona protected Airbnb with a 2016 law, but cities and local activists hope to claw back regulating power

By: - April 5, 2022

For Bill Hunter, it all started in 2019 when the party buses started showing up in the Paradise Valley cul de sac where he lives and dropping people off at a neighboring house.  “There were people all over the front yard and I was definitely uncomfortable,” Hunter said. “I was thinking ‘what the hell is […]

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Paradise Valley Airbnb ordinance violates Arizona law, AG says

By: - March 31, 2022

Paradise Valley exceeded state law when it tried to restrict short-term vacation rentals, the Arizona attorney general says.

The FEC wants to know why Ron Watkins failed to disclose 40% of his campaign’s money

By: - March 30, 2022

The man purported to be Q has run afoul of the Federal Elections Commission for failing to correctly report how much he raised and spent during his first quarter as a congressional candidate in a rural Arizona district.  The FEC sent a letter to conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins’ campaign this week asking for explanations after […]

Apple digital driver’s license in Arizona raise privacy concerns

By: - March 25, 2022

Arizona is the first state to allow driver’s licenses to be placed in Apple’s digital wallet, but digital rights activists are concerned about what it could mean for the future of privacy.  People in Arizona can now upload their driver’s license or state ID to their iPhone, add it to their wallet app and use […]

NRA gun safety class for schools one step closer to becoming law

By: - March 23, 2022

A Republican bill that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course for Arizona middle and high school students is now one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk.  The measure would require all Arizona schools to teach students about firearms safety at least once between sixth grade and the end of high school. […]

Bill would make bad Yelp and Google reviews a possible criminal act

By: - March 16, 2022

A bill brought to the legislature by business leaders would add social media messages to the state’s extortion law and could make it so those who leave bad reviews could be subject to a class 2 felony, the typical minimum sentence for which is 3 years in prison.  Eric Emmert of the East Valley Chamber […]