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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. 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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#redfored teacher pay

There’s a big problem with how much teachers are paid, but it’s not because of administrative bloat

By: - April 28, 2022

Kari Lake is peddling an idea to address Arizona’s teacher shortage — which is on the verge of becoming a crisis — that is built on a lie that is hard-wired into the Republican view of public education. And it’s a lie designed to allow GOP lawmakers, who have had total control of Arizona’s state […]

Voters can’t decide fate of massive tax cuts, Supreme Court rules

By: - April 21, 2022

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that voters cannot determine the fate of a flat tax proposal that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey championed last year. Arizona’s constitution broadly lets voters refer new laws to the ballot, and that’s what happened to the $1.3 billion tax cut package that legislators approved in 2021. However, […]

Election lies boost the bottom lines of prominent Republican candidates

By: - April 18, 2022

A handful of Arizona Republican candidates who have built national profiles by embracing former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election found their campaigns getting a big financial boost from voters outside Arizona in the first three months of 2022. State Sen. Wendy Rogers, perhaps the legislature’s most vocal proponent of the thoroughly debunked […]

Dems launch Tax Day ad campaign in Arizona to highlight GOP’s proposed tax increases

By: - April 13, 2022

Democrats have launched a digital ad campaign in Arizona to remind voters in advance of Tax Day of a GOP plan that would raise taxes on half of Americans and an estimated 34% of Arizonans. The campaign, which launched Wednesday, will direct Google users searching for tax services to a website the Democratic National Committee […]

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Here’s how much Republican lawmakers hate spending on schools

By: - April 12, 2022

Republicans hate the idea of spending more on public schools even more than they love the billions of dollars in tax cuts they approved last year. That’s the crystal clear message coming from GOP leaders in the Arizona Legislature, where there’s now a move afoot to abandon all pretense of governing instead of using a […]

Arizona budget surplus grows to $5.3 billion

By: - April 7, 2022

The combination of state tax collections that continue to exceed expectations and a recent court ruling striking down a voter-approved tax increase to spend more money on public schools means that Arizona lawmakers will have almost $5.3 billion in surplus revenue in the upcoming budget. Legislative budget analysts said at an April 7 meeting of […]

Every candidate on an Arizona primary election ballot in 2022

By: - April 7, 2022

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the 2022 Arizona ballot was April 4, and a total of 292 candidates filed enough signatures from voters to earn a chance to win over voters in the Aug. 2 primary election. The 30 legislative districts attracted 208 candidates — 109 Republicans, 98 Democrats and a single Libertarian […]

Brnovich discloses ‘interim’ findings of civil election probe, angering some Republicans

By: and - April 6, 2022

True believers in the baseless conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump were left disappointed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Wednesday after he released an “interim report” that made clear his investigators are conducting a civil — and not a criminal — probe, and that they had uncovered little […]

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If Republicans want to send a message that racism isn’t tolerated, censuring Wendy Rogers won’t cut it

By: - March 1, 2022

***UPDATE: Several hours after this piece was published the Arizona Senate censured Wendy Rogers on a 24-3 vote. The censure was originally drafted to include reprimands for her antisemitic comments and for “inciting general racial and religious discrimination,” but the language was removed, apparently to win support from Republican senators. Republicans chose to punish Rogers […]

Wendy Rogers racist white nationalist conference speech

Wendy Rogers said white nationalists are ‘patriots’ and called for hanging political enemies

By: - February 26, 2022

A Republican state senator fawned over the leader of a white nationalist movement on Friday and told his followers that she fantasizes about hanging her perceived enemies from gallows. “I’ve said we need to build more gallows. If we try some of these high-level criminals, convict them and use a newly built set of gallows, […]

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Brnovich’s radical and lawless border war opinion normalizes extremism and sets the stage for violence

By: - February 14, 2022

It’s impossible to overstate just how lawless and dangerous Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich showed himself to be this month when he issued a flagrantly political legal opinion that all but dares Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a literal war and send troops to the border to engage in firefights with drug cartels, human smugglers […]

Brnovich: Ducey could send troops to the border to defend the state from an ‘invasion’ of cartels, smugglers

By: - February 7, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Gov. Doug Ducey would be on solid constitutional ground if he invoked war powers and sent the Arizona National Guard to the U.S-Mexico border to stop what he says is an “invasion” of drug cartels and criminal gangs. In a legal opinion published Monday, Brnovich wrote that the state […]