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.
Ethics probe clears Grijalva for $48k settlement with staffer
By: Jim Small - December 19, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee cleared Tucson Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of wrongdoing for paying $48,000 in a settlement to a former staffer in 2015.
Brnovich praises ruling striking down all of ACA, including pre-existing condition coverage
By: Jim Small - December 18, 2018
In a written statement provided this morning, Brnovich praised the ruling by a judge in a Texas district court.
Brnovich successful in ruling against Affordable Care Act
By: Jim Small - December 17, 2018
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich prevailed in court late Friday, when a federal judge in Texas struck down the entire Affordable Care Act, saying that its mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.
With Kyl’s retirement, anonymous media posturing aims to persuade Ducey
By: Jim Small - December 14, 2018
And along with the public speculation come news articles, based largely (if not entirely) on anonymous sources, that are thinly veiled attempts to pressure Ducey to take a specific action. In the case of filling the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, the warring camps within the Republican Party are fighting over Martha McSally.
Prescott newspaper owner embroiled in bonkers divorce
By: Jim Small - December 13, 2018
The Associated Press reported today on the latest developments in an utterly bizarre divorce involving the owner of a chain of rural Arizona community newspapers that includes an alleged attempted poisoning, alleged methamphetamine use, a newspaper ad featuring skulls and rats, and a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.
Dem leader: If Rep. Stringer brings ‘toxicity’ to the Legislature, expulsion calls will follow
By: Jim Small - December 10, 2018
Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Phoenix Democrat and one of two black lawmakers, said he expects Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives will push to expel Rep. David Stringer if the embattled Prescott Republican creates an “unsafe working environment” when the Legislature convenes in January. Stringer has been called on to resign by numerous groups […]
McSally has $1M war chest if a 2020 run is in the cards
By: Jim Small - December 7, 2018
Martha McSally is well positioned to mount a U.S. Senate campaign in 2020 if the seat that voters awarded to the late John McCain in 2016 becomes vacant in the coming weeks, as most political observers expect. According to a report by the Arizona’s Politics blog, McSally’s campaign disclosed having more than $1 million in […]
All it takes sometimes is a single voice to speak out
By: Jim Small - December 6, 2018
Are there no courageous House Republicans? One of their colleagues, Rep. David Stringer, has been caught on tape – not once, but twice – uttering racist sentiments and voicing his contempt for immigrants of all kinds, but particularly those who aren’t from European countries and have a darker complexion than the people Stringer thinks make […]
The news outlet Stringer co-owns doesn’t see what the big deal is
By: Jim Small - December 4, 2018
This is a big deal! An elected official is a part-owner of a local media company, and that local media company regularly covers that elected official. This is the first time eNews has seen fit to make that disclosure.
Remind me again why not everyone is calling on this white nationalist to resign?
By: Jim Small - December 4, 2018
Stringer hasn’t yet publicly said he is a white nationalist, but it’s clear from his writings that he is, as he has written at length espousing views that have their roots in unabashedly racist organizations like Stormfront.
Social media responds to the death of former Congressman Ed Pastor
By: Jim Small - November 28, 2018
Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Latino congressman, died of a heart attack last night at the age of 75. Pastor, a Democrat who represented central Phoenix and the southwest Valley for 23 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, was known for working diligently behind the scenes to secure funding for Arizona projects, oftentimes at the […]
Arizona is not prepared for the next recession
By: Jim Small - November 19, 2018
Pew Charitable Trusts last week issued an analysis that ought to worry the incoming members of the 54th Legislature, which was elected earlier this month and will convene for the first time in January, about the fiscal health of Arizona.