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.
Arizona’s internationally poor standing on teachers demands action, not a victory lap
By: Jim Small - 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: Jim Small and Jeremy Duda - 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: Dan Neumann/Maine Beacon and Jim Small - 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, […]
Benson cartoons find a new home at the Arizona Mirror
By: Jim Small - 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: Jeremy Duda and Jim Small - 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.
Rep. Stringer, facing ethics inquest for sex crime and racist remarks, resigns
By: Jim Small and Jeremy Duda - March 27, 2019
Embattled Rep. David Stringer has resigned his legislative office, the House of Representatives announced late Wednesday afternoon. Stringer was facing an Ethics Committee investigation into two complaints filed against him this year. One related to his arrest in 1983 on sex crime charges in Baltimore, the other also included several racist remarks Stringer had made […]
Republicans boast about K-12 funding, but the numbers put the lie to their claims
By: Jim Small - March 18, 2019
Some legislative Republicans are slapping themselves on the back hard enough to give each other injuries as they crow about the great state of K-12 funding.
Lawmakers should make following the money easy for procurement contracts
By: Jim Small - March 15, 2019
Arizona has taken some good steps toward government transparency in recent years, but none would inform taxpayers more than creating a centralized searchable database for all contracts awarded by every governmental entity in the state. While the state operates an online database of contracts for state agencies, there is no such clearinghouse for contracts awarded […]
The data proves the partisan reason for GOP attempts to limit early voting
By: Jim Small - March 8, 2019
I’m sure it’s purely coincidental that Republicans are suddenly agitating about needing to protect the integrity of the elections. Surely, they aren’t more concerned about protecting the electoral power they have historically held in Arizona.
State Bar: Top MariCo prosecutor leaked secret information, lied, sexually harassed underlings
By: Jim Small - March 5, 2019
The State Bar of Arizona has filed a formal complaint against star Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, alleging that he leaked confidential information during the murder trial of Jodi Arias, lied to Bar investigators and frequently sexually harassed women employees in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Arizona should be ashamed that heavily minority districts are being shorted $129M
By: Jim Small - February 28, 2019
Arizona actually notched the highest ranking in a new national study of school districts. Unfortunately, it is cause for embarrassment instead of celebration