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.

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.

Report: Progressives seeking censure of Sinema over voting record

By: - September 17, 2019

Progressives in Arizona want the state Democratic Party to formally censure U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for failing to support the party platform and siding with President Donald Trump too often.

Jobs grow quickly in Maricopa County, but wages lag slightly

By: - September 12, 2019

New figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics show that Arizona’s two largest counties saw a significant year-over-year growth in the number of jobs in the first quarter of 2019, but wage growth lagged behind.

Brandt’s claim that APS is widely loved doesn’t jibe with reality

By: - September 4, 2019

“People around this state love APS. I go out and the kudos that are thrown at me are kind of embarrassing,” Don Brandt said in response to another question from Kennedy.

Taking stock: APS’s election spending meant millions for its CEO

By: and - September 3, 2019

Don Brandt, the CEO of both APS and Pinnacle West, reaped massive personal profits after APS spent $16 million to elect regulators in the 2014 and 2016 elections.