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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 security firm Tempe hired to patrol its parks has a checkered past

By: - November 2, 2018

One thing that got lost in the discussion is G4S’s history of controversy and the growing trend of cities hiring private security firms to do what would normally be a job for the police.

Arizona ranks low on representation by population

By: - November 1, 2018

Some people say less is more, but could that old adage apply to representation in Washington, D.C. for Arizonans?

Corp Comm candidate Sears being investigated by AG for disclosure violation

By: - October 29, 2018

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating Kiana Sears, one of the Democratic candidates for Corporation Commission, for violating state campaign finance law. The investigation comes after Harry Young, a voter in Mayer, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office in September detailing several LLCs owned in part by Sears that were not included […]

As rents, housing costs increase, courts and agencies play catch up

By: - October 25, 2018

The University Lakes Justice Court is frigid, and the regulars seem to know that. They’ve brought jackets along with their paperwork and are patiently waiting for their case to be called. Its Tuesday, and this morning’s docket is not your typical one. It's full of evictions.

How other countries may use our campaign finance laws against us

By: - October 23, 2018

As Robert Mueller and others continue to investigate if there is a connection between President Donald J. Trump and Russia during the 2016 election, money continues to flow into our elections, some of which may be illegally coming from people or entities outside of the United States and is being shielded by holes in regulations that allow for anonymous spending on campaigns, according to a recent report.

How is Arizona’s constitution amended?

By: - October 18, 2018

Arizona’s Constitution has been amended over 150 times since Arizona moved from territory to statehood in 1912 but what exactly goes into creating an amendment?

‘Privacy’ for political spenders as important as government transparency, say ‘dark money’ advocates

By: - October 17, 2018

In a wide-ranging 90-minute talk about the importance of anonymous spending in American politics, Goldwater Institute attorney Matt Miller and National Review Senior Writer David French discussed a recent wave of campaign finance disclosure laws and ordinances across the country. “Privacy for the citizen is as vital as transparency from the government,” French said during […]

Goldwater Institute hosting discussion on the virtues of anonymous money in politics

By: - October 15, 2018

Tuesday evening at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, the Goldwater Institute will be discussing what some see as an attack on free speech: full campaign finance disclosure.

What types of PACs are contributing to Arizona candidates?

By: - October 12, 2018

Millions in PAC money has already flowed into Arizona this cycle for a variety of causes, from alcoholic beverage distributors to nurses and orthodontists, all looking for representation in Arizona government. But all PACs are not created equal. Some have have amassed far larger war chests than others and are flexing their spending muscles this election.

Polling 101: What to look for in a poll

By: - October 10, 2018

Elections are fast approaching, and with that will come an emphasis in the media on polls.

Ducey reporting some PAC contributions as coming from individuals

By: - October 9, 2018

The Arizona Mirror has been publishing an ongoing series about money spent by Political action committees in races in Arizona. But individual donations can be just as important, if not more so in some cases, than PAC money. However, Gov. Doug Ducey’s Victory Fund has complicated some of The Mirror’s analysis on that front. Ducey’s […]

Which Arizona House candidates are getting PAC money?

By: - October 9, 2018

This is the third in an ongoing series that examines spending by political action committees. Political action committees, commonly known as PACs, are a major way for candidates to raise money for their campaigns. In statewide races, candidates raised more than $600,000 in PAC contributions, nearly half of which went to Gov. Doug Ducey. In […]