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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.

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Bill that would’ve forced Arizona teachers to out students modified 

By: - March 16, 2022

A GOP bill that would have forced teachers to out LGBTQ students was amended Tuesday to remove that language, but still faced criticism from Democratic lawmakers.

Bill to ban books with descriptions of sex from Arizona schools moves forward

By: - March 16, 2022

A bill that would essentially ban the teaching of books like “The Color Purple,” “The Canterbury Tales” and “Atlas Shrugged” from Arizona schools because they contain frank descriptions of sex and sexuality moved forward in the Senate Tuesday. The legislation bans schools from teaching or directing students to study any material that is “sexually explicit,” […]

Petersen

Lawmaker who owns short-term rental home looks to block PV from enforcing regulations

By: - March 14, 2022

Gilbert Republican Sen. Warren Petersen wants the attorney general to investigate an ordinance passed by Paradise Valley that regulates short-term home rentals, which he says violates state law, while the lawmaker himself owns a million-dollar luxury Airbnb listing in Gilbert.  If Petersen’s complaint is successful in striking down the Paradise Valley ordinance, it would effectively […]

fentanyl

Critics say stiff penalties for fentanyl crimes would put users, not just dealers, in prosecutors’ sights

By: - March 10, 2022

A GOP plan to impose stiff prison sentences against those who make and sell fentanyl is more likely to sweep up drug addicts than the dealers it ostensibly seeks to punish, critics said Thursday. “We’d love to have a discussion about going after dealers and not addicts,” Nathan Wade, a defense attorney and board member […]

Paradise Valley wants to stop Airbnb ‘party houses.’ Doing so could cost it $1.6 million.

By: - March 10, 2022

An ordinance passed earlier this year by Paradise Valley to regulate “party houses” could jeopardize $1.6 million the town receives in state income tax payments after a Republican legislator complained that it violates state law.  Thanks to a proliferation of short-term rentals, often through companies like Airbnb and Vrbo, the town is grappling with how […]

Paul Gosar

White nationalism began to take a foothold in the mainstream in 2021, and Arizona helped

By: - March 9, 2022

A newly released report by the Southern Poverty Law Center details extremism in 2021 — and how elected officials like U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar helped white nationalists and hate groups move their views into the mainstream.  The SPLC’s Year in Hate and Extremism report details the number of hate groups across the country, how extremist […]

Roger Stone

New report highlights Roger Stone’s efforts on behalf of Trump allies in Arizona

By: - March 4, 2022

A new investigation by the Washington Post into Donald Trump ally Roger Stone sheds light on his efforts on behalf of Arizona allies.

Wendy Rogers refuses to condemn white nationalist leader after GOP senator challenges her

By: - March 2, 2022

A day after the Arizona Senate voted to censure Flagstaff Republican Wendy Rogers for comments she made at a white nationalist conference and a string of inflammatory social media posts, another one of her colleagues challenged her to condemn those she had praised in a fiery speech on the Senate floor.  “I contend that this […]

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House Republicans approve bill to restrict who can film cops and when

By: - February 23, 2022

The people who took video of police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would have faced criminal charges in Arizona under legislation that won approval in the state House of Representatives with only Republican support.  A bill proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer for the Port […]

Arizona donors gave $120,000 to Canada’s ‘trucker protest’ that shut down Ottawa

By: - February 23, 2022

Arizonans — or, at least, people claiming to live in Arizona — gave nearly $120,000 to the massive anti-vaccine mandate Canadian trucker protest that shut down the country’s capital for more than a week. The Arizona Mirror used data from the Christian fundraising site GiveSendGo that was hacked last week. The data was obtained by […]

The ‘groyper army’ is looking to make white nationalism mainstream. It has key allies in Arizona politics.

By: - February 22, 2022

The Republican state senator was clear in what she wanted in a recent post on Telegram, the encrypted messaging app that has become a haven for far-right politics and extremists. “Dear Groyper army, please hit Ron Watkins. Love, Wendy,” she wrote.  State Sen. Wendy Rogers was asking her fans and allies in the “groyper army” […]

Wendy Rogers, Kari Lake and Joe Arpaio are listed as speakers at white nationalist conference

By: - February 18, 2022

Arizona Republican politicians, including a sitting state senator, are scheduled to speak at a white nationalist conference in Florida next week.  Flagstaff Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake are all listed on the America First Political Action Conference website as being in attendance, with Rogers […]