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.

Gosar skipped all 15 closed-door impeachment interviews, transcripts show

By: - November 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has railed for weeks against the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, accusing Democrats of conducting a “secret kangaroo court” in order to oust Trump.

education funding

Delayed ESA money prompts ‘baseless’ legal claim, education officials say

By: - November 14, 2019

Libertarian legal advocacy groups say they’ve filed a formal intent to sue the Arizona Department of Education because it has failed to make timely payments to dozens of parents whose children use the state’s school voucher program.

Gosar hides Twitter message: ‘Epstein didn’t kill himself’

By: - November 13, 2019

A Repbulican congressman from Arizona sent out a series of nearly two dozen tweets today that included a coded message declaring that deceased financier and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein didn’t commit suicide, as officials in New York have concluded.


Predatory lenders want to keep Arizonans poor because it’s good for business

By: - November 13, 2019

A proposed constitutional amendment being pushed by the payday lending industry has an insidious provision that would keep borrowers from getting out from under its thumb by making sure they can’t be pulled out of poverty by rising wages.

President Donald Trump

Poll: AZ voters support inquiry, but not impeachment

By: - October 31, 2019

Arizona voters support the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but a majority say they so far oppose impeaching him for leveraging U.S. foreign aid to Ukraine to persuade that country to investigate his chief Democratic rival, according to a poll released yesterday.

Arizona higher ed: Deepest cuts, biggest tuition increases since 2008

By: - October 24, 2019

Arizona students have seen the steepest cut in state support and they have seen the largest tuition increases – and those increases are disproportionately affecting students of color.

Arizona scotches Medicaid work requirements for poor people

By: - October 21, 2019

Arizona has quietly mothballed a controversial plan to require some 120,000 people who receive health insurance through that state’s Medicaid program to work, go to school or perform volunteer work.

AZ near bottom in US for salary growth since 2008

By: - October 21, 2019

In the last decade, Arizona ranks near the bottom of states for salary growth, even as it has been among the national leaders in terms of overall job growth. 


McSally can’t square her Trump sycophancy with her desire to stay ‘serious’ about impeachment responsibility

By: - October 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally has been saying little publicly about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and what little she has said has tried to distance herself from the politics of the situation and the reality that her fate is tied to his.

Bipartisan condemnation of Trump’s Syria actions, but 3 AZ Republicans stand with him

By: and - October 16, 2019

Three Arizona Republicans voted against a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. 

Planned Parenthood endorses Mark Kelly in US Senate race

By: - October 14, 2019

On the heels on the campaign arm of Planned Parenthood announcing it was planning to spend millions of dollars in Arizona to defeat Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in next year’s election, Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsed her likely Democratic opponent, Mark Kelly.

State flush with cash, schools and prisons leading contenders for new spending

By: - October 11, 2019

The state is on track to be flush with cash when lawmakers arrive at the Capitol in January, and the two leading contenders for that windfall are the education and incarceration systems.