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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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.

Biden holds 4-point lead over Trump in Arizona, Kelly up 6 on McSally

By: - September 17, 2020

Joe Biden holds a small lead over President Donald Trump in the latest poll of Arizona voters thanks to broad support among Latino voters and a nearly double-digit advantage in Maricopa County, giving Democrats their best chance in nearly 25 years to win the Grand Canyon State's electoral votes.

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Trump campaign going dark in Arizona, cancels planned TV blitz

By: - September 4, 2020

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is going off Arizona airwaves after the Labor Day holiday, and may not resume television advertising in the Grand Canyon State until early voting begins in early October.

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Ducey illegally ruling by ‘executive fiat’ to fight COVID-19, AG argues

By: - September 4, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey is unconstitutionally shutting down bars and ignoring other state laws through “executive fiat” during the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Friday in a court filing.

Kanye West, a Republican, can’t run as an independent for president in Arizona

By: - September 3, 2020

A judge Thursday blocked rapper Kanye West from appearing as an independent presidential candidate on Arizona ballots because he’s a registered Republican in Wyoming.

Ad portraying Trump’s ‘border wall’ of caskets hits Arizona airwaves

By: - August 26, 2020

A grisly new ad from The Lincoln Project depicting 175,000 caskets as President Donald Trump’s border wall will be in heavy rotation in Arizona this week as the group seeks to dissuade moderate Republicans and right-leaning independents from voting for the president.

Invest in Education Prop 208

Arizona Supreme Court says Invest in Ed will be on November’s ballot

By: - August 19, 2020

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that voters in November will get the chance to decide whether to tax wealthy Arizonans to provide more funding to public schools, overturning a lower court that earlier tossed the Invest in Education Act after concluding that organizers crafted a misleading summary of the measure.

Former AG Woods: ‘Everything pales’ compared to defeating Trump in 2020

By: - August 11, 2020

Former Attorney General Grant Woods wants nothing more in 2020 than to see President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, like U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, lose their bids to stay in power.