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
3:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gilbert Church Wants U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Sign Case

Credit Alliance Defending Freedom

Attorneys for a tiny Gilbert congregation want the nation’s high court to void regulations that limit the size and placement of signs to its services. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

State Republicans May Try to Block Independents from Their Primaries

House Speaker Andy Tobin at the state capitol in 2013. He beat his Republican primary opponent, Gary Kiehne, by just over 400 votes last month. A big factor in his victory could have been the large number of independents voting in the Republican race.
Credit AP Photo/Matt York

Republicans may try to block independents from voting in future party primaries after they may have affected the outcome of some close races this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Death Certificate Case Win Calls into Question State Gay Marriage Ban

Jennifer Pizer, attorney for Lambda Legal, discusses Friday's hearing on behalf of Fred McQuire, seated, to be listed as the surviving spouse of the man he married in California. With them is Patrick Ralph who also found himself in the same legal position after his spouse died.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

In what could be the first crack in the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Friday ordered the state to issue a death certificate for George Martinez that lists Green Valley resident Fred McQuire as his legal spouse. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:59 am
Fri September 12, 2014

New Report Shows Increase in State Abortion Numbers

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Bastien Inzaurralde/cronkitenewsonline.com

A new report shows the number of abortions among state residents up slightly last year, with one notable exception. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Clean Elections Commission to Pursue Full Investigation of Horne

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit westernfreepress.org

The Clean Elections Commission concluded this afternoon there’s enough evidence to merit a full-blown investigation into whether Attorney General Tom Horne used state personnel and resources in his reelection bid. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Education Focal Point of First General-Election Gubernatorial Debate

Doug Ducey (right) discusses his ideas for shrinking government by going through the state budget "like a businessman" as Democrat Fred DuVal weighs his comments.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Education took center stage Wednesday night as gubernatorial hopefuls, Democrat Fred DuVal and Republican Doug Ducey, faced off in their first debate ahead of the general election. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there.

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State Capitol News
5:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Brewer Reluctant to Support Republican Schools Chief Nominee

Arizona's Republican nominee for superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas. A centerpiece of her campaign is the repeal of the federal Common Core standards, a program supported by outgoing governor Jan Brewer.
Credit Patrick Breen/The Republic

Gov. Brewer has been reluctant to endorse the Republican nominee for state schools chief. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:43 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Brewer has Some Debate Advice for Gubernatorial Candidates

Gov. Brewer during the 2010 televised debate with Terry Goddard in which she paused for several seconds.
Credit Michael Chow/The Republic

Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that Gov. Jan Brewer has some last-minute advice for Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey as they face off tonight in the first of a series of debates.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gilbert Takes Top Spot in the State for Hispanic-Owned Business

Credit dailyfinance.com

A new report says the best place for a Hispanic entrepreneur to open a new business in the state is in Gilbert. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Further Pursuing Horne Campaign Finance Investigation

Outgoing Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The executive director of the Clean Elections Commission concluded today there’s reason to believe that Tom Horne used more than $300,000 worth of state employee time and office rent in his bid to get reelected as attorney general. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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