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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. He has also served as the editor and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. News organizations and journalists under his leadership have won numerous state, regional and national awards for accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.

David Schweikert blames ‘populist’ AZ Freedom Caucus for his quitting the House Freedom Caucus

By: - February 2, 2023

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus when it formed in 2015 to undercut then-Speaker John Boehner and pull the broader Republican conference further to the right. But now that the group has more power than it’s ever had  — as evidenced by the concessions its members wrung out […]

COMMENTARY

Fear and loathing in the Arizona legislature

By: - January 26, 2023

The Republicans who run our state legislature are terrified. They’re terrified that their policy proposals are deeply unpopular. Terrified of facing even a tiny bit of accountability. Terrified of anyone knowing what they’re doing or who they’re talking to.  They’re terrified of being forced to work with Democrats. Terrified of compromising even a little bit […]

‘Negligent in every way’: AZGOP spent $530K on a bus tour and party

By: - January 25, 2023

Hundreds of red, white and blue balloons were suspended over the massive ballroom inside the swanky Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in the early morning hours of Nov. 9.  But rather than fall onto a joyous crowd of Republicans cheering on their candidates in the midst of a “red tsunami” sweeping GOP candidates to victory […]

Election denial is lucrative: Kari Lake raised $2.5 million after Election Day

By: - January 24, 2023

The day that Katie Hobbs was declared the winner of the governor’s race, cash poured into Kari Lake’s campaign, as people from across the country heeded her call to fight back against an election system she said was “BS.” More than 8,000 people contributed $338,388 to Lake’s failed campaign on Nov. 14. Less than a […]

Civil rights group objects to using federal COVID aid for prisons

By: and - January 23, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Treasury Department to take a harder line on states and local governments using federal American Rescue Plan Act money to build and expand correctional facilities. One of the projects it cited is in Arizona, where prison officials said they planned to spend $4.2 million to renovate executive […]

Kavanagh wants AG to defend all laws, after Brnovich wouldn’t defend his

By: - January 18, 2023

After the attorney general last year refused to defend a new law making it a crime to take video of police officers in some situations, the law’s author is back with a proposal that would require the state’s top attorney to defend every law. State Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said it was frustrating that […]

Arizona’s new political reality: A split government

By: and - January 9, 2023

For nearly 14 years, Republicans have controlled the most important levers of power at the state Capitol, allowing them to increasingly become more insular in their governance and oftentimes cut Democrats out of the process entirely. That ends on Monday, when the GOP-majority 56th Legislature convenes and its 90 members take their oath of office. […]

Katie Hobbs

Katie Hobbs, Democrats take the reins of Arizona government

By: - January 3, 2023

Katie Hobbs officially became Arizona’s governor on Monday, ushering in a new set of priorities and vision for the state and setting the stage for contentious battles with the GOP-controlled legislature. Hobbs and four other victors in November’s statewide elections were sworn into office in a private ceremony Monday. Hobbs, who succeeded Doug Ducey as […]

Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban doesn’t overrule 50 years of more recent regulations

By: - December 30, 2022

Abortions in Arizona are legal up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, after an appeals court ruled late Friday that the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban doesn’t overrule nearly 50 years of laws tightly regulating abortions and instead only applies to non-physicians who might try to provide abortions. In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge appellate panel […]

COMMENTARY

When you tell voters to ‘get the hell out,’ prepare to lose embarrassingly

By: - December 16, 2022

Kari Lake performed historically badly in her bid to be governor. And there’s no debate about why she and her merry band of MAGA extremists lost all of the top statewide races this year: Republican voters abandoned them. Not that they could ever admit that, of course, as Lake and her allies have spent the […]

Yes, that really is Kyrsten Sinema selling designer clothes and bike gear on Facebook

By: - December 15, 2022

Slate on Thursday published a story speculating that U.S. Sen Kyrsten Sinema is padding her income and decluttering her D.C. apartment by reselling designer clothing and athletic gear on Facebook Marketplace.  The story stopped short of definitively saying that the senator, who is one of the two most pivotal votes in the entire U.S. Senate, […]

Kari Lake seeks to overturn her election loss citing ‘intentional misconduct,’ but provides no evidence

By: - December 10, 2022

Kari Lake is demanding that the courts overturn Katie Hobbs’ victory in last month’s midterm and instead declare the former television news anchor governor-elect or, barring that, entirely throw out the 2022 election and re-do it. In a sprawling lawsuit that claims the election in Maricopa County was irredeemably flawed by “intentional misconduct,” including the […]