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.
Brnovich: ASU unlawfully giving tax money to developer for hotel
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - April 4, 2019
A new filing in an on-going lawsuit against Arizona State University by the state’s Attorney General claims the school is in violation of the Arizona Constitution's gift clause.
Bill aims to incentivize data centers as residents plug their ears
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - April 1, 2019
Residents of several communities in Chandler have been plugging their ears due to the hum of a nearby data center as their state senator is pushing a tax cut that would incentivize more companies to build data centers in Arizona.
Bill would fund homeless programs by taxing out-of-state real estate investors
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 28, 2019
A bill aimed at helping homeless youth, families and those with severe mental health issues by ensuring out-of-state real estate investors pay more taxes to the State of Arizona is poised to be considered by the House of Representatives.
Political motivations drove elimination of meet-and-confer for college faculty, report claims
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 25, 2019
A newly released report by the American Association of University Professors claims that the reasoning behind eliminating the meet-and-confer policy at the Maricopa County Community Colleges District was politically motivated, according to records they obtained during an investigation.
Abortion concerns have blocked the effort to fund Arizona’s 2-1-1 system
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 25, 2019
Concerns by the evangelical Christian lobbying group Center for Arizona Policy about abortions have derailed a push to restore funding to Arizona 2-1-1 that was cut during the recession a decade ago.
White supremacists call Rep. Stringer ‘our guy’ in leaked chat logs
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 15, 2019
Chat logs from the white supremacist group Identity Ervopa released by the nonprofit news organization Unicorn Riot show support for racist comments made by Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, last year.
Turning Point USA holding event at ASU this month
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 14, 2019
Turning Point USA, the controversial conservative grassroots network for college and high school students, will be holding an event at Arizona State University next week. The organization is known for going after colleges for practices it feels support liberal ideology and suppress conservative ideas. The event, dubbed “Campus Clash,” will feature TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk, […]
Bill would prohibit cities from making firefighters and cops live where they work
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 13, 2019
Legislators are considering a proposal that would restrict cities from making firefighters and police officers live in the cities in which they work.
‘Buyer beware’ say lawmakers, physicians about new insurance plan law
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 12, 2019
Democratic lawmakers and patient advocates gathered in front of the Capitol Tuesday morning to decry a bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed Monday that expands health insurance plans that patient advocates call “scam plans.”
DNA database bill would cost state, cities millions
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 8, 2019
Proposed legislation that would create a state database from DNA from sexual assault kits using a new form of DNA testing would cost the Arizona Department of Public Safety up to $2.3 million annually and would cost cities an unknown amount of money, legislative budget analysts say. The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, […]
Bills to tackle AZ doctor, nurse shortages win Senate approval
By: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy - March 5, 2019
Two bills aimed at addressing the state’s shortage of nurses and doctors have passed their first major hurdle.