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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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AZGOP chair Kelli Ward pleaded the Fifth when the Jan. 6 committee questioned her

By: - October 4, 2022

Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, refused to answer questions from the congressional committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection aimed at overturning the 2020 election and instead asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The disclosure was made Tuesday in federal court by an attorney for the House Select Committee to […]

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Campaign to stop AZ universal school vouchers expected to fall short on signatures

By: - September 26, 2022

The leader of a volunteer group of public school advocates said Monday that the effort to block universal school vouchers and let voters decide the program’s fate in 2024 is likely short of the number of signatures required to refer the new law to the ballot. “I think we will end up short, yes,” said […]

The J6 committee can get phone records for AZGOP leader Kelli Ward and her husband

By: - September 22, 2022

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has the right to see phone records for Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The subpoena from the House Select Committee on January 6th sought phone records from T-Mobile between Nov. 1, 2020, through […]

Judge temporarily blocks AZ law that would ban recording video of police

By: and - September 9, 2022

An Arizona law that would make it illegal to create video recordings of police in certain circumstances will not go into effect Sept. 24 as planned, after a federal judge temporarily blocked its enforcement. The judge on Friday morning granted a temporary injunction of the law, essentially putting the law on hold while a court […]

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No one wants to defend the new AZ law that makes filming police officers a crime

By: - September 6, 2022

All three of the defendants in a lawsuit filed last month by a coalition of news organizations and civil libertarians say they won’t defend a law set to go into effect later this month that would make it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including […]

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The Senate can use legislative privilege to shield some ‘audit’ records: Arizona Supreme Court

By: - August 31, 2022

If the Arizona Senate provides more detailed explanations for why it says some records related to the partisan election review it conducted in 2021 are privileged and can’t be made public, those records should remain secret, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a long-running legal battle over records related to the so-called “audit” of […]

Finchem, Gosar and Kern must pay ex-Dem lawmaker’s $75,000 legal fees for ‘groundless’ lawsuit

By: - August 30, 2022

Republican secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar and former GOP state legislator Anthony Kern must pay $75,000 in attorney’s fees to a former Democratic state lawmaker they sued after a judge said the lawsuit was “primarily for purposes of harassment.” In February 2021, the three Republicans filed a lawsuit against Charlene […]

Arizona Supreme Court keeps sweeping election ballot measure in limbo

By: and - August 25, 2022

A ballot initiative that would overhaul Arizona election and campaign finance laws is tentatively approved for voters to consider in the November election — but that could change Friday if the Arizona Supreme Court doesn’t like how a trial judge counted the initiative’s signatures. Nearly two hours after the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline that Maricopa […]

COMMENTARY

Filming cops raises questions that Republicans don’t want to answer. So they made filming cops a crime.

By: - August 24, 2022

Why did Arizona’s Republican leaders this year make it a crime to make video recordings of police?  Why did a retired cop introduce the legislation to throw people in jail for up to 30 days if they used their phones to take video of police officers? Why did every Republican legislator, many of whom are […]

Media organizations and civil libertarians sue to stop a law that restricts recording videos of cops

By: - August 23, 2022

A coalition of news organizations, including the Arizona Mirror, and civil libertarians filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to block a new law that would make it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations, arguing that it violates the First Amendment. “If it goes into effect, HB2319 would have a dramatic chilling […]

After sparking outrage, Kari Lake has rescinded her endorsement of an Oklahoma antisemite

By: - August 22, 2022

Kari Lake has rescinded her endorsement of an antisemitic Republican legislative candidate in Oklahoma after her support of a man who said “the Jews” are evidence that “evil exists” became a political firestorm. Lake’s campaign spokesman Ross Trumble on Monday confirmed that the GOP gubernatorial candidate had withdrawn her endorsement of Jarrin Jackson, a far-right […]

Kari Lake endorsed an antisemitic Oklahoma Republican who says ‘the Jews’ are evil

By: - August 19, 2022

Less than a month ago, Kari Lake rejected an endorsement from a prominent antisemite, saying that she “absolutely denounces bigotry in all its forms, especially anti-semitism.” This week, the Republican nominee for Arizona’s governor gave her full-throated endorsement to an Oklahoma legislative candidate who has said “the Jews” are evidence that “evil exists.” Lake said […]