Howard Fischer

State Capitol Reporter

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government news since 1982, the last 19 years for Capitol Media Services.  Prior to that, he had been Associate Editor for Phoenix Business Journal, New Times, and the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Sun and Managing Editor of the Bisbee Daily Review.  In addition to reporting for KNAU, Howard also reports for daily and weekly news institutions around the state.  Fischer and his wife, Gabe, live in Laveen, an as yet unincorporated community on the southwest edge of Phoenix.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Republicans Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona Redistricting Challenge

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Claiming illegal political motives, attorneys for Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to void the lines drawn by the Independent Redistricting Commission for the state’s 30 legislative districts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:18 am
Thu August 28, 2014

College Costs Emerge as First Issue in Governor’s Race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Arizona regent at a forum in Flagstaff earlier this month.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Republicans are making the cost of attending college in the state an issue in the governor’s race. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, the issue is more complex than the pure dollar figures.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Ducey Wins Republican Primary for Governor

With incumbent Jan Brewer near his side, Doug Ducey speaks Tuesday night to supporters after he won the six-way race to be the Republican gubernatorial nominee.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

He wasn’t Jan Brewer's first choice. But, Doug Ducey walked away Tuesday with the Republican nomination for governor. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Court to Scrutinize State Legislature’s Challenge to Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit AP

Gov. Jan Brewer will get a chance to stop some Republicans from trying to undermine the financing for her expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:37 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Brewer Casts Her Ballot, Describes Dark Money Influence on Primary as ‘Astounding’

Gov. Jan Brewer arrives at her polling place this morning. The governor said the amount of personal and "dark money" poured into the election has been "astounding."
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Governor Jan Brewer had one word today when she cast her ballot for the amount of personal cash and dark money in this year’s Republican primary: Astounding. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Spending Surges in Arizona Gubernatorial Primary

Candidates Christine Jones, Frank Riggs, John Mealer and Ken Bennett speak with constituents before last week's gubernatorial forum in Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Voters finally get their say today in what is likely the most expensive Republican gubernatorial primary in state history. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Seven O’Clock Deadline for Voting and Turning in Early Ballots

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Election day is Tuesday. But there are still many early ballots out there that haven’t been turned in. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains how to get them counted.

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

State Health Director Challenged Over PTSD Medical Marijuana Restrictions

State Health Director Will Humble
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A marijuana advocacy group is challenging limits imposed by state Health Director Will Humble on how and when patients with post-traumatic stress disorder can legally use the drug. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Orders State Legislature to Pay Public Schools More Than $300 Million

Rep. John Kavanagh
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Rejecting a last-minute plea for a reprieve, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ordered state officials to immediately start administering more than $300 million for public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Huppenthal Asking for $1 Million to Handle Migrant Influx in Arizona Schools

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal said Wednesday Arizona schools already are feeling effects from unaccompanied minors crossing into this country illegally and warned of dire impacts if the Obama administration enacts some type of amnesty.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top education official warned that Arizona schools could be inundated with immigrant children if President Obama enacts an amnesty plan. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, John Huppenthal is asking the federal government for $1 million to handle the influx.

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