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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.

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

By: - January 23, 2019

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature. Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, introduced House Bill 2444 last week, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software […]

Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

By: - January 18, 2019

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20. Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet […]

Bill aims to address data privacy

By: - January 18, 2019

Websites like Facebook are facing almost weekly controversies over their use of user data, and now the Arizona Legislature is looking at a possible remedy. But it seems unlikely that the bill would affect any of the large online data-collectors.

Mesnard bill would increase rainy day fund size

By: - January 17, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s desire to see Arizona’s rainy day fund increased is one step closer reality, as Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, has introduced legislation to increase the cap on how much the state can save.

Bill aims to reduce the amount lobbyists must report spending on lawmakers

By: - January 16, 2019

One veteran Republican lawmaker only wants lobbyists to have to disclose the price of what it costs to feed elected officials at luncheons and other events, not the actual cost of admission to the event that the lobbyist paid.

How prepared is Arizona for the next economic downturn?

By: - January 16, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey said in his State of the State address that he wants the state’s rainy day fund to be $1 billion, a figure that comports with recent research showing Arizona is ill prepared for the next recession.

Ducey urges lawmakers to pass drought plan, but farmers have concerns

By: - January 15, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey urged lawmakers Tuesday morning in a press conference with leaders from both parties to pass a Drought Contingency Plan before a fast approaching deadline at the end of this month.

Can Brnovich sue ASU?

By: - January 11, 2019

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming massive real estate deals done by Arizona State University violate state law, but ASU and others are arguing he cannot sue his own client.

Brnovich sues regents over ASU development deals

By: - January 10, 2019

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants to make Arizona State University put one of its properties back onto the tax rolls and is claiming in a new lawsuit that the university is shielding private companies from paying taxes. “These deals are designed to shield selected companies from property taxes while generating revenue for ABOR and […]

Cottonwood high school to end ‘scarlet badge’ policy

By: - January 9, 2019

Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood has changed its student ID policy that some claimed was discriminatory.

Arizona federal employees grapple with shutdown’s effects

By: - January 8, 2019

The government shutdown continues to dominate Washington, D.C., and is nearing a milestone set previously during the Clinton administration over a fight with the GOP led house over medicare for longest shutdown in U.S. history and Arizona federal workers are starting to feel the pressure.

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Rep. Cook was arrested, charged for 2003 roadside brawl with brother

By: - January 3, 2019

A police report obtained by the Arizona Mirror details a fight between Globe Republican Rep. David Cook and his brother that led to misdemeanor charges in 2003.