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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.

QAnon

GOP legislators spoke at a QAnon convention chock full of conspiracies and hate

By: - October 28, 2021

Four Republican members of Arizona’s state legislature attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas over the weekend that included speakers from the fringe of the conspiracy world as well as antisemitic imagery.  One of the legislators, Rep. Leo Biasiucci of Lake Havasu City, bragged to the attendees of Patriot Double Down that he stood strong […]

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Analysis finds COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona

By: - October 25, 2021

A new report found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures.  More than 20,700 people have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The report, by the Arizona Public Health Association, examined […]

Ron Watkins hopes to move from QAnon to Congress. And he needs Arizona voters to do so.

By: - October 21, 2021

Five days before Ron Watkins, the notorious MAGA conspiracy theorist who helped spread the violent far-right QAnon conspiracy, posted a video to his Telegram account announcing his candidacy for a rural Arizona congressional district, he registered to vote in Maricopa County.  Watkins, who is widely believed to have been behind QAnon’s master account, has been […]

Ducey among governors targeted in new ad campaign for ‘anti-science’ COVID policies

By: - October 19, 2021

A political action committee that aims to elect candidates with backgrounds in science and engineering is spending $10 million against Republican governors and gubernatorial candidates in six states who back “anti-science” COVID-19 policies, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.  “We are going to hold Governor Ducey accountable on a number of anti-science measures,” Joshua Morrow, executive […]

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“Pseudo Satellite” plane completes test in Arizona desert, worries privacy advocates

By: - October 14, 2021

A new breed of aircraft that flies in the stratosphere just completed a set of tests in the Arizona desert, breaking new records and worrying privacy advocates about what the aircraft may hold for the future.  “There is rapid technological progress on a lot of different fronts that has implications for privacy and surveillance and […]

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Bennett headlining “audit” town halls with group that organized “Justice for J6” rallies

By: - October 13, 2021

A group that has organized rallies across the country to support “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection will be holding a series of town halls across Arizona to discuss the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election, featuring former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the state Senate’s liaison for its controversial review of the vote […]

Gosar shares, then deletes meme used by neo-Nazis, white nationalists

By: - October 12, 2021

This story contains descriptions of videos and images of a racially charged nature, as do some of the links.  Republican Congressman Paul Gosar tweeted out a video meme last week, which he later deleted, that has roots in neo-Nazi and white nationalist culture.  The since-deleted tweet, which was saved by the internet archive, begins with […]

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Instead of testifying to Congress, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan went on a right-wing podcast

By: - October 7, 2021

Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan refused to testify before the U.S. House Oversight Committee Thursday morning about the self-styled “audit” he led for the Arizona Senate, choosing instead to spend two hours as a guest on a right-wing podcast hosted by a fellow election conspiracy theorist who is being sued for defamation.  “I mean, the […]

Scam online pharmacies selling fake, dangerous pills find opportunity in the pandemic

By: - October 6, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has kick-started a host of online and remote services, but not all of them are as useful as expansions to telemedicine or having groceries ordered online and delivered to your doorstep: Fake online pharmacies have also proliferated during COVID-19, putting their customers at serious risk. “Criminals will use any emergency or crisis […]

Arizona opens new ‘Cyber Command Center’

By: - October 4, 2021

Arizona on Monday opened a new “Cyber Command Center” aimed at coordinating efforts between state, local and federal agencies to detect and respond to cyber threats.  The program, which was previously called the Arizona Cyber Information Program, is now being renamed to the Arizona Information Sharing and Analysis Center or AZ-ISAC for short. It will […]

What you need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster

By: - September 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain at-risk populations who received the Pfizer vaccine, which means a large group of Arizonans should be getting ready for another dose very soon.  The CDC is recommending that anyone over the age of 65 should […]

Arizona ‘Justice for J6’ rally draws small crowd of extremists, GOP officials

By: - September 25, 2021

Only a few dozen people, many of them members of a violent extremist organization, showed up at the Arizona Capitol on Saturday for a rally claiming that Donald Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 did nothing wrong and were being held as “political prisoners.”   “It was an awesome, awesome day,” former […]