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.

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, […]

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 […]


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.


Editor’s Thought Bubble: GOP leadership is powerless, and their members know it

By: - May 27, 2021

Late yesterday evening, Republican leaders saw their plans to speed a state budget through the legislative process fall apart. The deal with Ducey was announced last week, the bills were introduced Monday, rushed through committee Tuesday and the whole package — including a flat income tax proposal that would slash state revenues by $1.9 billion […]

Budget deal will include huge tax cuts for the wealthy and a new flat income tax

By: - May 18, 2021

A budget deal reportedly struck by Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative Republican leaders would transform Arizona’s income tax system and provide massive cuts to the wealthy -- and also undercut a measure voters approved in 2020 that taxed the rich to increase school funding by nearly $1 billion every year.


Editor’s Thought Bubble: A victory for media access is a victory for the public

By: - April 28, 2021

As of yesterday afternoon, local reporters were allowed into Veterans Memorial Coliseum to do their jobs covering the audit being conducted by Senate Republicans and their team of thoroughly biased, conspiracy-theory-spreading, auditors who sought to overturn the 2020 election because they disagreed with the outcome.