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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.

The ‘audit’ found no evidence of fraud. But Republicans say it’s the smoking gun they wanted.

By: - September 24, 2021

The long-awaited results of the Arizona Senate’s “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County unequivocally concluded there was no evidence of fraud, but that didn’t stop leading Arizona Republicans from claiming that the election review was the smoking gun needed to prove the claims they’ve been repeating since last November. “Today is vindication day,” […]

‘Audit’ leaders rolled out the red carpet for ‘friendly’ right-wing media

By: - September 24, 2021

Since the Arizona Senate’s self-styled “audit” of the Maricopa County 2020 election began in April, it has been cheered on by right-wing media entities personalities, and documents released by the Senate show just how deep the relationship they have with the auditors goes — and how they received special treatment denied to most other journalists. […]

GOP lawmakers will appear alongside white nationalists, Nazi apologists, at rally to support insurrectionists

By: - September 23, 2021

A rally planned for Saturday at the Arizona Capitol that aims to support “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection will feature speakers who are white nationalists, have endorsed Nazi ideology and are facing charges for storming the U.S. Capitol alongside GOP legislators.  The event is organized by a group that boasts two officials from […]

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Doug Logan masterminded banning the media from the Arizona ‘audit’

By: - September 22, 2021

The plan to bar journalists from covering the Senate’s self-styled “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County and only let them into Veterans Memorial Coliseum if they agreed to work 30 hours as volunteer observers was hatched and implemented by Doug Logan, the man hired to lead the election review. Logan pushed ahead with […]

Maricopa County, Senate reach agreement to end subpoena fight over routers

By: - September 17, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors reached an agreement with the Senate over subpoenas issued for routers and digital logs, heading off a fight in the Arizona Supreme Court that could have potentially cost the county hundreds of millions of dollars. The agreement reached Friday will allow the county to keep its routers out of […]

For Valley Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for ‘small acts of kindness’ and love

By: - September 16, 2021

Four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was planting some flowers around the edge of the gas station he owned in Mesa when a man, incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge for the attacks, shot and killed Sodhi.  The man would later shoot at a Lebanese-American […]

A GOP senator likened COVID vaccines to the Holocaust, tweeted a swastika and told a Jewish group who complained to ‘learn your history’

By: - September 13, 2021

After comparing vaccine supporters to Nazis and sharing an image of needles in the shape of a swastika on social media, Republican state Sen. Kelly Townsend dismissed a Jewish organization who admonished her to “learn your history.” On Sunday, Townsend tweeted an image a Nazi flag made up of needles with a caption that anyone […]

Conan Hayes

Did surfer-turned-conspiracy-superspreader Conan Hayes work at the AZ ‘audit’?

By: - September 8, 2021

Conan Hayes may not be a household name, but the surf wear clothing brand he started, RVCA, may be recognizable to many.  The former professional surfer made millions from the company before selling it to the larger apparel company Billabong, but lately he has been focused on something entirely different: proving Donald Trump’s 2020 election […]

How Apple and Google killed an Arizona bill aimed at their app store profits

By: - September 7, 2021

Apple and Google hired a bevy of lobbyists in Arizona in early 2021 to kill legislation that would have slashed the profits the companies make through their app stores.  Rep. Regina Cobb was subjected to a flood of text messages and phone calls from those lobbyists in February when she authored an amendment that would […]

A GOP lawmaker’s nonprofit was billed $400K for ‘audit’ security

By: - September 3, 2021

Newly released documents show that the Arizona “audit” has spent more than $400,000 to hire off-duty police officers to provide security for the ballot review that concluded last month at the state fairgrounds.  Not much has been previously known about how much money is flowing in and the agreements between the Senate and Peoria-based Law […]

Unproven ivermectin gains popularity as alternative COVID treatment among vaccine skeptics

By: - September 1, 2021

Some Arizonans are seeking ivermectin, the unproven alternative treatment for COVID-19 that has become popular among conservatives as both a way to prevent and treat infections, leading to an uptick in calls to poison control centers and at least one hospitalization. Ivermectin has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat COVID-19. […]

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Dem lawmaker asks court to reject Jan. 6 defamation case from Gosar, Finchem, Kern

By: - August 31, 2021

Democratic Rep. Charlene Fernandez is asking a court to dismiss a defamation case brought against her by two Republican state legislators and a GOP congressman because statements Fernandez made to the FBI about the two GOP legislators are privileged.  The case stems from a letter sent by Fernandez and other Democratic lawmakers asking the FBI […]