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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.

GOP senators move to ensure the 14th Amendment won’t block Trump in Arizona

By: - February 26, 2024

Republican state senators want to change the law to ensure Donald Trump isn’t barred from running for president in Arizona for supporting an insurrection and violating the 14th Amendment.  On Monday, they passed a bill that would do just that.  Trump is facing challenges in multiple states that are aiming to remove him from the […]

NBC reported about neo-Nazis and white nationalists at CPAC. At least two of them are from Arizona.

By: - February 26, 2024

Neo-Nazis and white nationalists were spotted at CPAC, the conservative conference, and some of them are from the Grand Canyon State.  The neo-Nazis and white nationalists spotted at the large conservative gathering touted official badges on social media. They were also seen harassing journalists and CPAC speakers.  Ryan Sanchez, who sometimes goes by the online […]

Mr. QAnon Shaman goes to the Arizona Capitol 

By: - February 26, 2024

Jacob Chansley, more commonly known as the QAnon Shaman, was a guest of Glendale Republican Anthony Kern at the Arizona Capitol this week, allowing Chansley access to areas where the public is generally prohibited. Chansley is known for being one of the most recognizable members of the crowd that breached the United States Capitol on […]

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Bill to spur ‘starter home’ construction passes, amid concerns it strips too much control from cities

By: - February 22, 2024

A Republican measure dubbed the “Arizona Starter Home Act” passed out of the Arizona House of Representatives with bipartisan backing. The proposal would bar cities and towns from forcing a homeowner into an HOA interfering with the “right to choose the features, amenities, structure, floor plan and interior and exterior design of a home.” And […]

Arizona Republicans vote to ban guaranteed basic income programs

By: - February 22, 2024

A Republican-led measure that would prohibit the state from enacting any guaranteed basic income programs received unanimous approval from Arizona House Republicans Thursday.  House Bill 2375, sponsored by Rep. Lupe Diaz, R-Benson, would bar municipalities from adopting “any ordinance, order or rule that has the purpose or effect of making payments to persons as part […]

Arizona Republicans want to ban guaranteed basic income programs

By: - February 14, 2024

A Republican-led measure that would prohibit the state from enacting any guaranteed basic income programs cleared its first hurdle toward becoming law Wednesday.  House bill 2375, sponsored by Rep. Lupe Diaz, R-Benson, would bar municipalities from adopting “any ordinance, order or rule that has the purpose or effect of making payments to persons as part […]

Republicans renew effort to allow concealed firearms on college campuses

By: - February 9, 2024

A Republican bill that would allow individuals with concealed carry weapon permits to bring their firearms onto college campuses passed an initial hurdle, though it’s all but certain the proposal won’t become law.  Arizona law prohibits firearms on school grounds, including the campuses of universities, colleges and community colleges. Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican from […]

From collision course to compromise: Hobbs, Republicans agree on election timeline fix

By: - February 8, 2024

What began the week as a political showdown ended as a compromise that will allow Arizona to avoid an impending election timeline issue that threatened to leave overseas and military voters disenfranchised and the state’s choice for president not being counted.   On Tuesday, the Senate and House convened a special meeting to hear two bills […]

Resolution that would ask voters to require life sentences for sex traffickers clears first hurdle

By: - February 7, 2024

A number of proposals in the Arizona legislature aimed at sex trafficking, including one that would make the punishment for conviction a life sentence, moved forward Wednesday with support from groups inspired by a QAnon-linked film. House Concurrent Resolution 2042 by Rep. Selina Bliss, R-Prescott, would let voters decide later this year if criminals convicted […]

Republicans, Hobbs on a collision course over how to fix the election recount law

By: - February 6, 2024

Republican lawmakers are gearing up for a showdown with Gov. Katie Hobbs over creating a fix for an impending election timeline issue created by Republican changes to the state’s recount law which could lead to overseas and military voters becoming disenfranchised and the state’s choice for president not being counted.   The Republican proposal, which also […]

Republican crusade against online porn raises First Amendment questions

By: - February 1, 2024

Republican lawmakers have proposed a series of bills this year aimed at trying to regulate online pornographic content that critics say would run afoul of the constitutional free speech protections.  They have tried to pass new laws in recent years aimed at requiring websites that host adult content to require photo identification for users to […]

Synagogue ‘swatting’ prompts legislation to increase penalties in Arizona

By: - January 31, 2024

Following hoax calls last year that triggered police responses to Arizona synagogues, a Republican proposal would increase the penalties for “swatting” in the Grand Canyon State.  Arizona is one of 12 states that have been the target of hoax calls to police or suicide hotlines where a man on the line says he aims to […]