Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joined 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. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

Left Wing

Plane that crashed in Gilbert in 2016 brought down by fireworks

By: - June 4, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board last month released its final report on a plane crash in Gilbert in 2016 in which a small single-engine plane carrying skydivers plummeted into a couple’s home.


Hispanic churches file federal lawsuit against anti-immigrant Arizona ‘patriot’ groups

By: and - June 4, 2019

A network of small Hispanic churches that for months have welcomed and aided migrant families who have been processed by federal immigration officials on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against two Arizona anti-immigrant groups.


House GOP leader wants to bar cities from stopping private wall construction

By: - June 3, 2019

House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, is planning to propose legislation next session that would allow for private groups to build a wall along the border on private land, regardless of whether city or county zoning allows such structures.


Ducey to decide fate of bill making Section 8 not count as rent in eviction cases

By: - May 29, 2019

Late last week, in the waning days of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill that would give landlords the ability to evict tenants who pay their rents with assistance from the federal government’s Section 8 housing voucher program. Rep. Ben Toma, R-Peoria, said previously that he introduced House Bill 2358 at the request of […]


Ducey announces childhood sexual abuse task force

By: - May 28, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he will create a task force to look into cases of childhood sexual abuse and help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state law that aid victims in Arizona. Ducey made the announcement at the Executive Tower on Monday with Republican Sens. Paul Boyer and Heather Carter at his side […]

Supreme Court: ‘All parts’ of marijuana plant protected by medical marijuana law

By: - May 28, 2019

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that marijuana extracts sold by dispensaries and used by medical marijuana patients are legal and are covered by Arizona’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Budget impasse continues in Senate after day of negotiating

By: - May 25, 2019

The Arizona Senate stalled on passing the state budget Saturday as a split among Republicans left leaders scrambling, and so far failing, to find the needed votes to pass the $11.8 billion spending plan that has already been approved by the House of Representatives. “We’re sorry we didn’t get more done today,” Senate President Karen […]

AZ House approves budget to force Senate action, despite holdouts

By: - May 25, 2019

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted on a state budget deep into the night Friday, approving an $11.8 billion spending plan and sending it to the Senate, where several Republican continue to hold out in search of various policy changes.

T.J. Shope

Deal to expand rights of sexual abuse survivors in the works

By: - May 22, 2019

Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, and Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, may have been able to come to an agreement on a bill to expand the ability of survivors of child sexual abuse to take their abusers to court that has been threatening to stall budget talks.

Arizona Housing Trust Fund to get $10 million in budget

By: - May 22, 2019

For the first time since 2012, Arizona’s Housing Trust fund, which helps low-income families with their housing needs, will receive new money to the tune of $10 million. The fund receives money from the sales of unclaimed property belonging to the state, like buildings and safe-deposit boxes. But like many other dedicated funds operated by […]

Budget lacking funds for medical residencies, despite statewide doctor shortage

By: - May 21, 2019

Healthcare advocates are becoming increasingly concerned after learning that the budget deal that Gov. Doug Ducey struck with Republican legislative leaders does not contain money for graduate medical education funding, commonly referred to as GME.

Critics call GOP sexual abuse bill ‘a sham’ that protects institutions, not victims

By: - May 20, 2019

A Republican state senator says his GOP colleagues are pushing “a sham” proposal that purports to expand the rights of victims of child sexual abuse, but instead protects the predators and the institutions that enable them.