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.

Penzone: Don’t open new jail, use it to treat COVID-19 patients

By: - 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.

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Why won’t Republicans protect Arizonans from economic disaster?

By: - 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.

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Sinema: Ducey failing AZ by not closing bars, restaurants

By: - 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. 

Courts limit in-person hearings, won’t pick juries because of coronavirus

By: - March 16, 2020

Arizona courts are sharply limiting in-person proceedings and are halting jury selection until the end of March to comply with public health recommendations aimed at limiting spread of the coronavirus.

Lawmakers prepare to suspend or end session due to coronavirus

By: - March 16, 2020

The Arizona House of Representatives has cancelled its committee hearings for the week after federal public health officials said people shouldn’t gather in groups larger than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ducey: Events larger than 50 people should be cancelled

By: - March 15, 2020

Arizona public health officials are adopting recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that any events larger than 50 people scheduled for the next eight weeks be cancelled to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Arizona schools closed until March 27 due to coronavirus

By: - March 15, 2020

Arizona schools will be closed until March 27 as public health officials work to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Arizona: There are now 12 confirmed cases

By: - March 14, 2020

State health officials have identified two more cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 illness, bringing the total number of Arizona cases to 12. 

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AG: Remote meetings due to coronavirus OK under open-meeting law

By: - March 13, 2020

In an informal opinion, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the state’s open meeting law allows for public bodies – like city councils and school boards – to conduct public meetings remotely through technological means as they navigate public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus funding, policy changes outlined in request to Ducey

By: - March 11, 2020

To combat the spread of coronavirus in Arizona, legislative Democrats have asked Gov. Doug Ducey to fund drive-through testing facilities, paid sick leave for Arizona employees and “aggressive cleaning” of public transit vehicles. 

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Coronavirus in Arizona: What you need to know

By: - March 11, 2020

As of Wednesday morning, there are 9 presumptive cases of coronavirus in Arizona, according to the state and county public health officials.

Gosar under self-quarantine after ‘extended’ coronavirus exposure

By: - March 8, 2020

Arizona Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar says he and his top aides have self-quarantined because they had "sustained contact" with a person who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus.