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.
Anti-Trump Lincoln Project announces AZ leadership team
By: Jim Small - August 6, 2020
The conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project announced its Arizona leadership team Thursday, including former Attorney General Grant Woods and three former GOP state legislators.
Which Arizona businesses got paycheck protection loans?
By: Jim Small - July 9, 2020
More than 81,000 emergency loans worth as much as $13 billion were made to Arizona small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at saving a reported 680,000 jobs, according to data released July 7 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In punting a mask mandate to mayors, Ducey avoids Trump’s ire
By: Jim Small - June 18, 2020
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the terrifying realization of what the last few weeks mean for Arizonans, Gov. Doug Ducey continues to do what has become a hallmark of his time in office: lead from behind.
Arizona leaders, advocates react to LGBTQ discrimination ruling
By: Jim Small - June 15, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that LGBTQ Americans are protected from workplace discrimination by the 1964 civil rights act. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for […]
#TheArizonaWay doesn’t include a plan to stop spiking COVID cases
By: Jim Small - June 12, 2020
Anyone who tuned into Thursday’s press conference hoping to hear a plan from our leaders about how Arizona will reverse the terrifying trend of COVID cases the past few weeks walked away knowing one thing for sure: They have no plan.
Criminal justice reform group cuts ties with GOP lawmaker over George Floyd comments
By: Jim Small and Laura Gómez - June 4, 2020
A leading advocacy group for broad criminal justice reform in Arizona has cut ties with one of its closest Republican legislative allies after her gave a radio interview disparaging as terrorists the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators across the country who have marched to protest police violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the knee of a white police officer.
More than 740,000 jobless claims filed in Arizona since March
By: Jim Small - May 28, 2020
Some 87,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending May 23, bringing the total number of jobless claims since the COVID-19 pandemic started to nearly 1.2 million.
Welcome to battleground: New poll shows why Dems are bullish in AZ in 2020
By: Jim Small - May 27, 2020
New polling that shows Democrats leading the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Arizona demonstrates why Arizona will be one of the political epicenters in 2020.
A few Friday thoughts on what the Arizona Mirror is (and isn’t)
By: Jim Small - May 22, 2020
What we are is a team of professional and veteran reporters who have a depth of experience covering Arizona’s citizens and the governments they form. We have complete editorial independence: The stories we write are the stories we think are important. Our work stands on its own.
For McSally, ‘inaccurate’ really means ‘unpopular’
By: Jim Small - May 21, 2020
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally continues to maintain that Congress has already sent enough money to Arizona cities and towns that are just now beginning to realize what the coronavirus buzzsaw has done to their budgets, and she said it’s “inaccurate” to say that she doesn’t support more federal aid.
Biden, GOP group launch anti-Trump ads in AZ, other battlegrounds
By: Jim Small - May 12, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden is going on the attack in Arizona and other battleground states with a new ad accusing President Donald Trump of being asleep at the switch as COVID-19 ravaged the country, and devastated the economy.
McSally gave the worst possible excuse for telling cities they’re all alone
By: Jim Small - May 8, 2020
If you want to see a mesmerizing combination of desperation and ineptitude on display, just take a look at U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, who seems to reach new heights (or depths, maybe) every week.