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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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Inspired by Mike Lindell, Republicans demand information from elections officials

By: - June 8, 2021

Fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud made in a video last week by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are the basis for a series of public records requests two Republican state legislators have filed with elections officials across Arizona.

Rep. David Cook told to evacuate his home during budget vote

By: - June 7, 2021

In the midst of casting the deciding vote against a massive tax cut for wealthy Arizonans that doomed a Republican-led budget proposal Monday, Rep. David Cook got word that his family has been ordered to evacuate their home in Globe due to the approaching Telegraph Fire, which has reached over 56,000 acres. 

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A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers

By: - June 4, 2021

A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago. 

The conspiracy theory film made at the Arizona audit

By: - June 2, 2021

A filmmaker known for a film that claims 9/11 was an alien conspiracy is directing a documentary promoting baseless election fraud claims — a movie that features people working for the Arizona Senate’s election audit, that was filmed at the audit site and is based on a book written by a man who is raising money from Trump supporters to fund the audit. 

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Mark Finchem was much closer to the Jan. 6 insurrection than he claimed

By: - June 2, 2021

Newly discovered footage taken during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot shows Arizona GOP legislator Mark Finchem was much closer to the day’s violence than he has previously claimed. 

Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards

By: - May 27, 2021

It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000. 

DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions to block release of their footage

By: - May 25, 2021

Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.

Newly unredacted documents show Google shared location with other apps and more

By: - May 24, 2021

A new version of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit against tech behemoth Google alleges the company tracked users’ location across third party apps and still gathered that information when devices connected to WiFi, even if location services were off. 

Arizona’s election auditors are ‘making it up as they go,’ expert observers say

By: - May 19, 2021

Observers sent by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office to the Senate’s audit of the Maricopa County election shared concerns with reporters Wednesday saying that auditors are making up procedures as they go and that security issues continue to be a concern. 

Tamper seals and deleted databases: Arizona audit myths and facts

By: - May 18, 2021

The Arizona Senate’s audit team and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been dueling over a litany of accusations that auditors bombastically pronounced on Twitter last week and that have sparked new conspiracy theories. The county has contended that the claims made by the audit team, headed by Florida based Cyber Ninjas, are false […]

The say their landlord ignored them and retaliated against them. Now they’re suing.

By: - May 14, 2021

Marc Collymore and Ashley Abrams moved to Tempe from Austin, Texas, to be closer to the Mayo Clinic for Collymore’s medical needs, but over the course of several months they would spend more time fighting their landlord than his health issues. The couple moved into an apartment managed by The Robinson Family Group in Tempe […]

Fann demands county answer audit questions, supervisors say new allegations are lies

By: - May 13, 2021

Senate President Karen Fann  is demanding that Maricopa County send officials to a special meeting Tuesday to answer lawmakers’ questions about issues related to the ongoing election audit she ordered, and the chairman of the board of supervisors responded by calling a special public meeting to rebut the audit team’s claims that he called “lies” […]