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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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Special interests take note: There’s still time to curry legislative favor

By: - May 3, 2019

I’m curious to see if the money that the vaping industry pumped into electing legislative Republicans last year will earn its proposal the support of enough Republicans to become law.

AG can’t prosecute UA students who protested Border Patrol agents

By: - April 29, 2019

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has no plans to follow through on the calls from two GOP legislators that it prosecute three University of Arizona students who disrupted an event last month while protesting U.S. Border Patrol agents who were guest speakers.

AZ teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation

By: - April 25, 2019

The weekly pay of teachers in Arizona is barely two-thirds what other college-educated workers in the Grand Canyon State are paid, the worst rate in the United States.

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The AZGOP chair is calling on Democrats to roll GOP legislative leaders

By: - April 24, 2019

Hell, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where even half of the GOP lawmakers support asking voters to increase the sales tax.

DPS answers questions for KTAR, but not Arizona Mirror

By: and - April 24, 2019

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Kameron Lee told KTAR on Tuesday that all of the agency’s pistols with major flaws had been fixed by Fabrique Nationale Herstal, the company that manufactured the guns That came as a surprise to us, as we had specifically asked DPS in November 2018 what had been done […]

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As a public health crisis looms, anti-government beliefs fuel counterproductive vaccination policies

By: - April 17, 2019

The dramatic uptick in unvaccinated students in Arizona is what the beginning of a public health crisis looks like. Unfortunately, it’s entirely unclear what policymakers will do about it.

Fireworks salesman backs bill to expand fireworks sale. Why isn’t it a conflict?

By: - April 8, 2019

There are a few certainties in a legislative session: Fights over the budget will be centered on education funding, Democrats will get upset that moderate Republican peers vote like Republicans, and David Gowan will push legislation to expand the use and sales of fireworks in Arizona.

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Arizona’s internationally poor standing on teachers demands action, not a victory lap

By: - April 5, 2019

New data that shows just how pitifully Arizona stacks up in education, both nationally and globally.

Documents: Stringer voiced ugly views on child sex, minorities, poor people

By: and - April 3, 2019

Summaries of interviews and documents provided to the House Ethics Committee that were made public Wednesday paint a vivid picture of former Rep. David Stringer as someone who frequently made comments denigrating minorities and poor people, disliked Mormons and didn’t believe child sex-trafficking either existed or damaged the victims.

Wage hikes promised by McSally, GOP, haven’t materialized, but stock buybacks have boomed

By: and - April 2, 2019

Rather than invest in their workforce through new hiring and raising wages, a new report shows that U.S. corporations have bought back a record $1 trillion of their own stock in the 15 months since Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation cast votes for the GOP’s tax plan. Arizona Republican Reps. Andy Biggs, Trent Franks, […]

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Benson cartoons find a new home at the Arizona Mirror

By: - April 2, 2019

Gannett's loss is the Mirror's gain: Announcing legendary cartoonist Steve Benson will be published twice a week by the Mirror.

Stringer faced charges of paying for sex with intellectually disabled boy

By: and - March 29, 2019

Former Rep. David Stringer faced charges alleging that he had repeated sexual contact with two boys aged 15 and younger, including one who was intellectually disabled, according to Baltimore police records released Friday by the House Ethics Committee.