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Jim Small

Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

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U.S. Rep. David Schweikert

What was good for David Schweikert in the time of Trump might not be after redistricting

By: - December 3, 2021

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert might end up being a case study in how escalating extreme rhetoric to avoid the wrath of former President Donald Trump and his voters turns from an advantage to a liability because of redistricting. Schweikert won his seat in Congress in the GOP wave year of 2010, knocking off incumbent Democrat […]

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Paul Gosar

In defending Paul Gosar, Republicans show just how scared they are

By: - November 18, 2021

What does it say about a political party that defends a member as toxic and repulsive as Paul Gosar? What does it say that 207 of the 210 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives — including the other three from Arizona, Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko and David Schweikert — stood in defense of a […]

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The death toll of political ambition will be Doug Ducey’s legacy

By: - October 29, 2021

More than anything, Doug Ducey wants his legacy to be the massive tax cuts that he has given wealthy Arizonans. It’s an issue he campaigned on in his first gubernatorial campaign, and in whatever the next phase of his political career brings, he will surely point to it as a victory. But his true legacy […]

Arizona hospitals: Get vaccinated and wear a mask so we don’t run out of space

By: - August 23, 2021

Arizona hospitals are begging Arizonans: Get vaccinated, wear a mask and physically distance so hospitals won’t be overrun by the “ominous” trend of new COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious Delta variant. “It is clear Arizona is experiencing another major surge in pandemic-related hospitalizations. Hospitals are once again at, nearing or over capacity,” the […]

Appeals court: Senate, Cyber Ninjas must produce ‘audit’ records immediately

By: - August 19, 2021

The state Senate can’t duck Arizona’s public records law because some records were created by and are in possession of Cyber Ninjas, the company that GOP legislative leaders hired to conduct a so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. That means the Senate must immediately turn […]

Invest in Education Prop 208

Arizona Supreme Court sets the stage to overturn Prop 208 tax increase for school funding

By: and - August 19, 2021

The Arizona Supreme Court refused to block a voter-approved tax hike on the state’s top earners, rejecting a challenge brought by Republican lawmakers and a local business, who argued that the tax violated the state constitution. But the victory for public school advocates is likely only temporary, as the court ruled that Proposition 208’s spending […]

Ducey: Schools won’t get COVID aid money if they require masks

By: - August 17, 2021

A day after a judge ruled that a new state law barring Arizona public and charter schools from requiring mask use can’t be enforced until late September, Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday said school districts considering enacting temporary mask mandates won’t receive some federal COVID-19 relief money unless they call off those plans. And those […]

Tony Navarrete

Sen. Tony Navarrete accused of molesting teen boy over several years

By: and - August 6, 2021

State. Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete is facing seven felonies for child sex crimes after allegedly molesting and forcing oral sex on a boy who was 12 or 13 years old at the time and his younger brother. In a secretly recorded phone call detailed in the probable cause statement that led to his arrest, Navarrete, […]

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Karen Fann

Karen Fann might be the only one who doesn’t realize the ‘audit’ is all about Donald Trump

By: - August 4, 2021

More than anything else, the disclosure last week of who has paid nearly $6 million for the embarrassingly incompetent so-called “audit” of the Maricopa County election blows to smithereens the insistence from Senate President Karen Fann that the audit isn’t about Donald Trump. Not that there was still any reason to believe her protestations that […]

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A new, modern and cleaner look for the Arizona Mirror

By: - July 19, 2021

Say “hello” to the new Arizona Mirror website. The new look, which debuts today, is the result of almost a year of planning and designing aimed at modernizing the look and making it easier for you — our valued reader — to find and use the news you need. The renovations give the Mirror a […]

Judge: Senate must disclose who is funding its election review

By: - July 15, 2021

A judge said the Arizona Senate’s reasoning for why it rejected a public records request for documents relating to the ongoing ballot review — including who is funding the effort — would lead to the “absurd result” of effectively gutting state public records law and “erode any sense of transparency” in government. Maricopa County Superior […]

Arizona Democrats launch 2022 campaign earlier than ever

By: - June 9, 2021

The Arizona Democratic Party says it's 2022 campaign plans will outstrip the party's record 2020 volunteer effort, which saw more than 34,000 volunteers contact voters more than 1.7 million times to support Joe Biden, Mark Kelly and other Democratic candidates.