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.
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.
McSally to Ariz. cities: The cavalry isn’t coming to help you
By: Jim Small - May 7, 2020
Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can’t access.
Legislative session on hold indefinitely, GOP leader says
By: Jim Small - April 7, 2020
The top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives has told elected officials and staff in his chamber that they won't be returning to work on April 13 as planned because of the COVID-19 crisis.
AG: Local police can enforce Ducey’s ‘physical distancing’ order
By: Jim Small - March 31, 2020
Local law enforcement has the authority under state law to enforce Gov. Doug Ducey’s “enhanced physical distancing” order to combat the spread of COVID-19 that went into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a legal opinion.
Hobbs says Brnovich opinion is ‘political grandstanding’
By: Jim Small - March 25, 2020
In a wholesale rejection of a legal opinion from Attorney General Mark Brnovich declaring her plan to halt in-person campaign filings because of COVID-19, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the AG was engaging in “political grandstandnig” in the face of a pandemic.
AG: Hobbs can’t end in-person candidate fillings because of COVID-19
By: Jim Small - March 24, 2020
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Secretary of State Katie Hobbs can’t require all prospective candidates to either mail or use a new drop box to submit the nominating petitions required for them to qualify for the ballot.
Ducey, GOP governors calling for direct federal COVID-19 aid to states
By: Jim Small - March 23, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey joined 20 other Republican governors in authoring a letter calling on Congress to include direct aid to states as part of their COVID-19 response plans.
Penzone: Don’t open new jail, use it to treat COVID-19 patients
By: Jim Small - March 23, 2020
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is asking that a new $185 million jail intake and jail facility in south Phoenix not open as scheduled, and that it instead be considered by public health officials as a space for temporary care and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Why won’t Republicans protect Arizonans from economic disaster?
By: Jim Small - March 18, 2020
If lawmakers end their work without assuring the economic security of the millions of Arizonans who are already seeing their lives upended by the coronavirus, it will be a gross abdication of their responsibility.
Sinema: Ducey failing AZ by not closing bars, restaurants
By: Jim Small - March 17, 2020
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says Gov. Doug Ducey is putting Arizonans at risk of the coronavirus by failing to close down restaurants like has been done in other states and large cities.