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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.

After criticizing the ‘audit,’ Stephen Richer received death threats. A Missouri man is now facing federal charges.

By: - August 17, 2022

A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for threatening to kill Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer because he opposed the Arizona Senate’s partisan election review, leaving a voicemail on the Republican’s cell phone telling him that “other people from other states are watching your ass.” “So, I see you’re for […]

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Abortions in Arizona: What the data says about who gets them, when, how and where

By: - August 16, 2022

Arizona, like most other states, closely tracks abortions in a way that isn’t done for many other medical procedures and publishes annual reports that allow the state and public to see a variety of statistics about abortions. From those annual reports, we can see what abortion access in Arizona looks like: Who is getting the […]

NRSC scraps more than $2 million in ads backing Blake Masters

By: - August 15, 2022

The National Republican Senatorial Committee last week canceled months of planned television ads in Arizona and is no longer on the airwaves backing Blake Masters’ campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly. Television stations in Phoenix have published updated advertisement reservation forms for the NRSC showing that the group, which exists solely to get […]

AZ massage board failed to investigate prostitution complaints for more than 2 years

By: - August 11, 2022

The state board that regulates massage therapists put the public at risk by failing to investigate complaints, including waiting more than 800 days to take action against three therapists accused of prostitution, according to a new state audit. And the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy ignored seven prostitution complaints lodged in January 2020 until […]

Karen Fann used Senate resources to campaign for Kari Lake

By: - August 5, 2022

Senate President Karen Fann and the Senate GOP spokeswoman violated Arizona laws barring the use of government resources for political activity when they sent a press release calling on voters to “unite behind (Kari) Lake” in the governor’s race. Hours later, in the face of intense criticism that the statement broke state law, the Senate […]

Kari Lake secures GOP nomination, setting stage for a November show down with Katie Hobbs

By: - August 4, 2022

After widening her lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary Thursday, Kari Lake is certain to be the GOP nominee in November. Nearly 44,000 Republican ballots were counted Thursday in Maricopa County, and Lake’s lead over Karrin Taylor Robson increased to more than 19,000 votes from about 12,000 the day earlier. In the day’s tally, Lake […]

Corporations that pay little in taxes want Kyrsten Sinema to kill the corporate minimum tax

By: - August 4, 2022

Corporations aiming to persuade U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to push for major changes to tax increase provisions in the $740 billion domestic spending bill would see a hit to their bottom lines if the measure’s corporate minimum tax remains unchanged. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week launched a six-figure ad blitz opposing […]

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Rusty Bowers loses as Trump-backed legislative candidates rout their opponents

By: - August 2, 2022

Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, was trounced in Tuesday’s primary election by David Farnsworth, one of several legislative candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump who unseated incumbent Republicans. Bowers, who was censured last month by the Arizona Republican Party, drew the enmity of Trump and his followers in […]

Mark Finchem and Wendy Rogers are ‘honored’ to be endorsed by Gab founder, a prominent antisemite

By: - July 28, 2022

Two Arizona Republicans are trumpeting an endorsement from Andrew Torba, the CEO of far-right social media platform Gab, who said earlier this month that Jewish people aren’t welcome on Gab — and should be exiled from the conservative movement altogether. Mark Finchem, who is running for secretary of state, and state Sen. Wendy Rogers, who […]

Arizona’s 1864 law criminalizing abortions doesn’t override 50 years of regulating them, Planned Parenthood says

By: - July 20, 2022

Planned Parenthood Arizona says that Arizona’s Civil War-era law banning abortions should go into effect — but that it should apply only to non-doctors because state legislators have spent the past 50 years creating a “complex” system of laws legalizing abortion access and regulating how abortions are performed by doctors.  Calling Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s […]

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Rusty Bowers: ‘I don’t know’ if I would vote for Trump in 2024

By: - July 12, 2022

After winning praise from liberals for telling Congress how former President Donald Trump tried to intimidate him into illegally overturning the 2020 election in Arizona, House Speaker Rusty Bowers earned their derision for saying that he’d still vote for Trump in 2024. But now Bowers is backing down from that stance, telling the Deseret News […]

Backers of proposal to make sweeping changes to Arizona elections file more than double the needed signatures

By: - July 7, 2022

Supporters of a sweeping effort to overhaul Arizona’s election and campaign finance laws filed more than 475,000 signatures on Thursday in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot. “This is what democracy looks like!” bellowed Roy Tatem, the political director for Our Voice Our Vote, as he and other volunteers and supporters of the Arizona […]