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.

Effort to recall GOP lawmaker Justine Wadsack fails

By: - September 5, 2023

A controversial freshman Republican state senator won’t face a recall election, as an effort to force Justine Wadsack to stand for another election before her term ends in 2024 failed to gather enough signatures, backers said Tuesday.  “I applaud every one of our volunteers for the extraordinary work done during the hottest summer on record,” […]

Arizona synagogues, Jewish organizations, targeted in ‘swatting’ hoaxes

By: - August 24, 2023

Arizona is one of 12 states that have been the target of hoax calls to police or suicide hotlines where a man on the line says he aims to kill himself and others with a bomb, prompting a police response in an online form of harassment known as “swatting.”  The Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation […]

Families of men shot by police want transparency from law enforcement

By: - August 22, 2023

The families of people shot by local police gathered Tuesday morning to ask the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to be more transparent in investigations of use of force, as records have either not been released after years or were heavily redacted.  “We feel that justice only works for the police,” Maria Martinez, aunt of 15-year-old […]

Mark Finchem

Arizona features prominently at Lindell’s election conspiracy forum

By: - August 18, 2023

Arizona took the stage at Mike Lindell’s election conspiracy conference this week, as a former GOP legislator and a local election denialist made a litany of fact-free claims about supposed malfeasance in the state’s elections — all while the leader of the Maricopa County Republican Party watched from the crowd. Mark Finchem, a former state […]

Appeals court says Phoenix Diocese can’t duck sex abuse lawsuit

By: - August 17, 2023

A civil lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix alleging the church helped in covering up abuse is being allowed to go forward after a state appellate court reversed a dismissal by a trial court judge.  The lawsuit, which was filed in 2020 by an unnamed man identified only as John ND Doe, was […]

Maricopa County sees record heat and record evictions in July

By: - August 8, 2023

The month of July saw a record-breaking 31 days of continuous 110-degree heat in Phoenix — and as the heat rose, Maricopa County also saw the most eviction cases filed since 2008.  More than 7,000 eviction cases were filed in July, with the highest case numbers happening in north Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Ahwatukee, Tempe and […]

Political fighting and fireworks dominated the Capitol in a record-breaking 2023

By: - August 2, 2023

The Arizona legislature recently ended a record-breaking 204-day-long session filled with partisan fighting, resignations, expulsions and more.  And with a Democratic governor facing off against an increasingly conservative Republican legislative majority, there were plenty of fireworks — but not necessarily much to show for it, Capitol veterans say.  “It was less productive than most sessions […]

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 […]