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
3:40 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

State Sen. Al Melvin to Drop Bid in Republican Gubernatorial Primary

State Sen. Al Melvin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Arizona state senator Al Melvin has announced he’s pulling out of the primary. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer, Melvin failed to gather enough small donations to make his campaign eligible for public funding.

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State Capitol News
8:31 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Sonora, Mexico Governor Says No To Migrant Blockade

Migrants on a northbound train in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Credit Associated Press

The governor of Sonora said his government has no plans to try to block the thousands of Central Americans who make their way through his country from trying to reach the United States. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:36 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Two Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Face Public Funding Woes

Former Maricopa County attorney and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Thomas.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Candidates for the Republican gubernatorial primary race are facing funding challenges. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Clean Elections Commission Sees Conflicts With Bennett Election Commercial

Secretary of State Ken Bennett
Credit azcapitoltimes.com

Because of his impending gubernatorial run, an election commercial featuring Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett gets complicated. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Despite Jobless Rate Drop, Arizona’s Economy Is Still Struggling

Credit rawstory.com

New figures today show the state’s jobless rate dropped a little bit last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that’s hardly sign of a health economy.

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State Capitol News
8:29 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Governor Criticizes State Income Tax Elimination Proposals

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer does not think much of proposals by some of those who would succeed her to eliminate the state income tax. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Gov. Brewer Mulls an Anti-Gay Discrimination Law

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday it may be time to consider whether the state should ban discrimination against gays. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Legislator Pushes Plan on Out-of-State Migrants

Sen. Kelli Ward speaks during a committee meeting earlier this year.
Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

A state lawmaker has come up with her own plan to deal with migrants being shipped here from Texas. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Maricopa County Attorney Calls for Tom Horne’s Resignation

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A twitter battle has resulted in Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery becoming the first elected GOP official asking fellow Republican Tom Horne to resign as attorney general. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:01 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Immigrant Rights Groups Allege Child Abuse by Customs and Border Protection

The wall along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Credit Getty

Immigrant rights groups filed a complaint today alleging what they called systemic abuse of children who are picked up by Customs and Border Protection. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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