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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.

Farnsworth accused of trying to protect spousal rape. Not for the first time.

By: - February 21, 2020

The sponsor of a bill that would let rape survivors terminate the parental rights of their rapists, even without a criminal conviction, said yesterday that her bill was dead because Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth demanded it include a carve-out for husbands who rape their wives.

Ducey, GOP leaders abandon sanctuary cities constitutional ban

By: - February 20, 2020

In his state of the state speech less than six weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey said one of his priorities for 2020 was a constitutional amendment banning sanctuary cities in Arizona. Now, amid opposition from civil rights groups and the business community, the governor says the legislation he helped author to do just that is dead.

Elizabeth Warren announces endorsements as AZ early voting begins

By: - February 19, 2020

On the first day of early voting for Democrats in Arizona's presidential preference election, three women state senators announced they were endorsing Elizabeth Warren.

Arizona a top Dem priority for president, Senate, legislature

By: - February 18, 2020

In their effort to defeat President Donald Trump, win a U.S. Senate seat and flip control of the state legislature, Arizona Democrats are launching what they say will be their largest-ever effort to organize voter outreach.

House Democrats: ‘Offensive and wrong’ to assume we won’t be unified

By: - February 13, 2020

In a letter to Arizona Mirror, every Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives pledged to vote for one of their own to lead the chamber if Democrats take control of the legislative chamber in this year’s elections.

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Ducey flip-flops on red flag laws, says they won’t happen on his watch

By: - February 13, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey has reversed his position on so-called “red flag laws” that have been a core piece of his public safety agenda since 2018, telling a crowd in Lake Havasu City on Thursday that such laws won’t be enacted while he is governor. “As long as I am governor, there will be no red […]

Ruling on discriminatory AZ election laws on hold, likely until after 2020 election

By: - February 11, 2020

An appellate court ruling last month that found Arizona laws barring the collection and delivery of early ballots and the state’s discarding of ballots cast in the wrong precinct are discriminatory likely won’t affect the 2020 election after that court halted its ruling to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to take up the matter.

Ducey signs ‘electronic adjudication’ bill to speed ballot counting

By: - February 3, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed Senate Bill 1135, which allows county elections officials to use a process called “electronic adjudication” to identify ballots that can’t be read by standard vote-counting machines.

Never-Trumpers: McSally is a ‘Trump hack’ who won’t be remembered

By: - January 29, 2020

A conservative anti-Trump group has launched a scathing ad of Sen. Martha McSally, dubbing her a “Trump hack” who is headed for defeat – again – in 2020 because of her decision to support the president in the impeachment trial.

Report: Broad support in AZ for taxing wealthy to boost education spending

By: - January 29, 2020

A new analysis of a nationwide survey of public opinion shows strong support in Arizona for a variety of progressive public policies, including taxing the rich and spending more on public education.

Top Dem: Jay Lawrence refugee comments ‘shocking and mean-spirited’

By: - January 21, 2020

The top Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives has condemned Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence for saying he is bigoted against refugees.

Journalists at Phoenix New Times, sister pub in Miami, announce unionization

By: - January 21, 2020

Journalists at Phoenix New Times have announced they intend to unionize, the latest in a string of newsroom unionization efforts both in Arizona and across the country.