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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.

Groups aim to mobilize Asian American voters in AZ this midterm

By: - September 15, 2022

Asian American voter turnout soared in 2020, especially in Arizona. Ahead of the midterms, advocacy groups are seeking to continue to energize the Asian American Pacific Islander community, a demographic that they say has been largely ignored by political campaigns.  “We’re the fastest growing racial demographic across the country,” RUN AAPI’s senior advisor, Linh Nguyen […]

Google court docs show that users who opt out of tracking are still monitored

By: - September 9, 2022

Newly released documents in the Arizona Attorney General’s lawsuit against tech behemoth Google reveal more details about the company’s response to reporting on its privacy policies and how Google users’ IP addresses are used to obtain exact location information.  Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s case, filed in 2020, is part of a larger investigation that has […]

Brnovich joins 12 other GOP AGs in ‘independent state legislature’ case

By: - September 7, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined 12 other Republican attorneys general backing North Carolina’s GOP-led legislature in a U.S. Supreme Court case that could drastically alter how federal elections are conducted, handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from intervening.  The case, Moore v. Harper, will be heard by SCOTUS later this […]

Measles cases highlight Arizona’s declining vaccination rates

By: - September 7, 2022

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health recently announced three measles cases in the county as the state has continued to see year-over-year drops in how many children are being vaccinated against the highly contagious viral infection.  Measles has no specific treatment once a person becomes infected, and it is estimated that measles vaccinations resulted […]

Blake Masters has hired two ‘fake electors’ as campaign staffers

By: - September 1, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters has hired two fake electors, according to his campaign finance reports. Gregory Safsten has been paid $29,350.80 so far by the Masters campaign as a “campaign consultant.” Safsten was one of 11 people who signed a bogus document claiming former President Donald Trump won Arizona’s Electoral College votes in […]

Anti-Hobbs TV ad features a QAnon-linked ‘advocate’ for trafficking victims

By: - August 18, 2022

The woman front and center in a Republican Governors Association ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs has ties to QAnon-related events and has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19.  The ad, titled “Traci,” features a San Tan Valley woman named Traci Hansen who in the ad calls herself an “advocate for human trafficking victims” and […]

Public school advocates blocked a voucher expansion in 2018. Can they do it again?

By: - August 17, 2022

It’s nearly 100 degrees outside, mosquitos are beginning to swarm and protesters are shouting nearby, but none of that seems to be dampening Raquel Mamani’s mood.  “I put this over it so it wouldn’t confuse people,” Mamani says, grinning ear to ear while holding up an old “No on 305” yard sign that had pieces […]

Maricopa County

Arizona’s disabled community faces unique challenges on their way to the ballot box

By: - August 15, 2022

Stephen and Mary Beth Wagner have always found themselves moving to a new place just before an election, making it difficult for them to get registered in time to vote.  But that’s hardly the only barrier the couple have faced: They are both visually impaired, and navigating Arizona’s voter registration system online and getting to […]

QAnon

Arizona’s conspiracy candidates

By: - August 10, 2022

The man many believe was behind some of the infamous Q posts may have lost his bid to run for office in Arizona but a multitude of candidates with conspiratorial beliefs, including QAnon, won in Republican primaries this month, giving them a chance at being elected to public office in November.  Ron Watkins, the man […]

Doug Logan Cyber Ninjas

Senate ‘audit’ leaders Doug Logan and Ben Cotton are facing a Michigan criminal probe

By: - August 8, 2022

Doug Logan, the CEO of the Florida-based firm hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct the partisan “audit” of the 2020 Maricopa County election, is under investigation for allegedly illegally obtaining Michigan voting machines and breaking into them.  The office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, has petitioned the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating […]

Blake Masters abortion

Democrats launch campaign highlighting Blake Masters’ ‘extreme’ abortion position

By: - August 4, 2022

Two days after Blake Masters won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Democrats are launching an ad campaign about his “extreme” position on abortion.  “Three years ago, I had an ectopic pregnancy, and if I didn’t make it into the OR within a couple minutes, I was going to bleed out and die,” a woman […]

Kari Lake

Kari Lake declares victory in the Republican governor’s primary

By: - August 3, 2022

Kari Lake said her slim lead in the GOP gubernatorial primary election would hold up and she declared victory Wednesday afternoon, even as more than 100,000 ballots were being counted in Maricopa County.  Lake, who leads by about 12,000 votes over wealthy developer Karrin Taylor Robson as of Wednesday evening, baselessly claimed that she overcame […]