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.

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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 […]


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 […]

After criticizing the ‘audit,’ Stephen Richer received death threats. A Missouri man is now facing federal charges.

By: - August 17, 2022

A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for threatening to kill Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer because he opposed the Arizona Senate’s partisan election review, leaving a voicemail on the Republican’s cell phone telling him that “other people from other states are watching your ass.” “So, I see you’re for […]

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Abortions in Arizona: What the data says about who gets them, when, how and where

By: - August 16, 2022

Arizona, like most other states, closely tracks abortions in a way that isn’t done for many other medical procedures and publishes annual reports that allow the state and public to see a variety of statistics about abortions. From those annual reports, we can see what abortion access in Arizona looks like: Who is getting the […]

NRSC scraps more than $2 million in ads backing Blake Masters

By: - August 15, 2022

The National Republican Senatorial Committee last week canceled months of planned television ads in Arizona and is no longer on the airwaves backing Blake Masters’ campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly. Television stations in Phoenix have published updated advertisement reservation forms for the NRSC showing that the group, which exists solely to get […]

AZ massage board failed to investigate prostitution complaints for more than 2 years

By: - August 11, 2022

The state board that regulates massage therapists put the public at risk by failing to investigate complaints, including waiting more than 800 days to take action against three therapists accused of prostitution, according to a new state audit. And the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy ignored seven prostitution complaints lodged in January 2020 until […]