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.


Editor’s Thought Bubble: These Republicans have blood on their hands

By: - January 7, 2021

Wednesday was among our nation’s darkest days. For the first time since 1814, invaders breached the sanctum of the U.S. Capitol. Two centuries ago, it was the British army. In 2021, it is fellow Americans, so ensconced in lies and fantasies that they have abandoned all reason. So committed are they to do the bidding of […]

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Every Arizona business that got a PPP loan and how much they got

By: - December 21, 2020

Arizona businesses received more than 85,000 emergency pandemic loans worth $8.6 billion under the Paycheck Protection Program. The loans were used to keep a claimed 887,000 workers employed, according to data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Arizona Senate will subpoena Maricopa County for election audit

By: and - December 14, 2020

Amid false claims of election fraud spread by President Donald Trump and Arizona Republican leaders, the Arizona Senate will issue subpoenas to inspect and audit ballot counting machines in Maricopa County, a top Republican senator announced Monday at the conclusion of a six-hour-long legislative hearing into the November election. 

White House Coronavirus Task Force: Arizona needs ‘aggressive’ statewide measures

By: - December 8, 2020

A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force late last month concluded that Gov. Doug Ducey is not doing enough to combat COVID-19 in Arizona.

AZGOP lawsuit over election audit, voting centers, faces a skeptical judge

By: - November 18, 2020

An attorney for the Arizona Republican Party struggled to explain to a skeptical judge on Wednesday why Maricopa County should be forced to re-audit ballots cast at polling places earlier this month.

Biden, winning by more votes than are left to count, declared AZ winner

By: - November 13, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden was declared the winner of Arizona's 11 electoral votes on Thursday night after the latest round of ballots counted that day gave him a lead larger than the number of votes left to count in the state.


Lies, damn lies and the Republicans destroying our elections

By: - November 13, 2020

Such is the state of our political discourse after four years and three national elections that have seen Republicans actively undermining our elections by deriding them as unfair and rigged and rife with fraud.

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Friday is the final day to request an early ballot

By: - October 22, 2020

Friday is the last day Arizona voters can request an early ballot or sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List before the November election.

Dems dominate spending in push to flip the legislature

By: - October 21, 2020

Outside spending in hotly contested legislative races has for years often dominated the spending by the candidates themselves. But this year is seeing spending like no other, with more than $12 million in outside spending being reported as this week began.


We’ve done a lot in 2 years. We have a lot more left to do.

By: - September 25, 2020

Bright and early on Sept. 25, 2018, we flipped the switch and Arizona Mirror went from a once-in-a-lifetime dream to a reality. All of our launch stories went live and we sent out a newsletter to about 250 people who had signed up for our promise of independent journalism aimed at demystifying Arizona's government, telling stories that weren't being told anywhere else and amplifying the voices that our media has for so long ignored. 

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Arizona teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation, again

By: - September 18, 2020

Arizona teachers are paid less than two-thirds of what other workers in the state with college degrees are, the worst pay gap in the nation, according to a new analysis of labor statistics.

Arizona voters back legal pot and a tax hike on the rich to fund schools

By: - September 17, 2020

Majorities of Arizona voters say they support ballot measures that would legalize marijuana and tax the wealthy to increase funding for schools and raise teacher salaries, according to a new poll.