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. He has also served as the editor and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

Planned Parenthood planning to spend millions against McSally in 2020

By: - October 10, 2019

Planned Parenthood’s super PAC this week announced it was launching a $45 million campaign in 2020 battleground states that will direct several million dollars to Arizona with the goal of defeating Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally.

McSally opposes US abandoning Kurds, who now are under attack

By: - October 9, 2019

Hours before Turkey invaded northern Syria and began an assault on Kurds living in the region, Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally said President Donald Trump should not have suddenly pulled troops out of the region that were protecting America’s Kurdish allies.

Kelly continues to dominate McSally in U.S. Senate race fundraising

By: - October 7, 2019

Presumptive Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mark Kelly continues to be a fundraising juggernaut, raising more than incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally for the third straight quarter and bringing his total raised to almost $14 million.

U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stakes abortion case

By: and - October 4, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country, including Arizona. 

GOP senator: AZ foster kids are being sold into sexual slavery

By: - October 4, 2019

A conservative Republican senator who is convinced that the Arizona Department of Child Safety is facilitating the global sex trafficking of children removed from negligent parents called the police on one of his GOP colleagues, alleging that she threatened his life.

Judge rebukes Ducey as ‘defiant,’ says Prop 123 education funding is ‘illegal’

By: - October 1, 2019

A federal judge today tore into Gov. Doug Ducey in a ruling that declares a voter-approved move to increase state funding for public schools from the State Land Trust illegal.

O’Halleran joins ranks of impeachment inquiry supporters

By: - September 30, 2019

Every Arizona Democratic member of Congress now supports the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump for abusing the power of the presidency to benefit his re-election campaign.


Maybe our governor needs a refresher in high school civics

By: - September 27, 2019

Ducey can’t be bothered with thinking about impeachment, nor can he imagine why Congress would want to. For our governor, the constitutional check against an abusive executive is “not what (lawmakers) were elected to do.”


Arizona Mirror celebrates 1 year of independent journalism

By: - September 25, 2019

This past year has been the most rewarding and fun year I’ve had in journalism in a long, long time. And I have you, dear reader, to thank for that. It's hard to believe, but we launched the Arizona Mirror exactly one year ago today.


O’Halleran alone in failing to stand up to Trump’s flagrant abuses of power

By: - September 24, 2019

I shudder to think what it would take to get Rep. Tom O’Halleran to recognize the gravity of our present moment and the consequences that will come if Congress fails to do the job it is constitutionally required to do.

Hoffman to Bowers: Stop spreading conspiracies from hate groups

By: - September 19, 2019

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is punching back at House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who on Saturday called her “a radical” for wanting to teach medically accurate sex ed in schools and today said her proposal was tantamount to “teaching my kids how to masturbate.” 

Corrections Dept. failing to fill vacant prison guard jobs

By: - September 19, 2019

The Arizona Department of Corrections is not off to a good start on its plan to slash the number of open correctional officer jobs by two-thirds this fiscal year.