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
5:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Friday Hearing for Arizona Same-Sex Widower Case

Fred McQuire, left, and new husband George Martinez following their wedding last year in San Diego. Martinez died in Tucson and now McQuire wants a judge to rule the death certificate should reflect his legal status as widow.
Credit Photo courtesy Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

A special assistant attorney general told a federal judge Monday it’s too bad — but not illegal — that the state won’t list Fred McQuire as the survivor of the man he legally wed in California. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Final Voting Numbers from State Primary Trickling In

Secretary of State Ken Bennett signs the formal canvass Monday for the Aug. 26 primary election. Only 27 percent of registered voters turned out.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

New figures this afternoon show the outcome of the just-completed primary was decided by only about one out of every four registered voters. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Republican Former School Superintendents Backing Democrat in 2014 Race

Credit Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Two Republican former state school superintendents are backing the Democratic candidate in the race. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains why.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Arizona Cities are Top Retirement Locales

Credit seniors.lovetoknow.com

A new study shows major cities here are good places to retire — mostly because of simple geography. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

After Husband’s Death, a Challenge to Arizona’s Gay Marriage Ban

Fred McQuire, left, and new husband George Martinez following their wedding last year in San Diego. Martinez died last week in Tucson and now McQuire wants a judge to rule the death certificate should reflect his legal status as widow.
Credit Photo courtesy Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

A man legally married in California whose husband died last week in Tucson wants a judge to issue an emergency order requiring this state to list him as the spouse on the death certificate. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Gov. Brewer Asks Court to Block Dreamer Licenses

Credit Cheryl Evans/The Republic

Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer want federal appellate judges to reject a plea to force her to start issuing licenses right now to dreamers. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:58 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Horne Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on State Medication Abortion Restrictions

Attorney General Tom Horne
Credit AP/Ross D. Franklin

Attorney General Tom Horne on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that state lawmakers can legally restrict the right of women to a medication abortion if they have justification to do so — and other options remain. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Keihne Concedes CD-1 Republican Primary to House Speaker Tobin

Rancher Gary Kiehne and House Speaker Andy Tobin at a June debate. Kiehne on Tuesday conceded the GOP primary to Tobin.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The first congressional district now has a Republican candidate. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Tucson Police’s Sweep of Cell Phone Data Challenged

Credit Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images

A lawsuit playing out in Tucson could determine how much people get to know about how police in the state use devices to track cell-phone users. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Expanding Medical Marijuana Growing at the Center of State Lawsuit

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Michael Chow/The Republic

State health officials are being sued over a provision in the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act that bars those who live within 25 miles of a dispensary from growing their own plants. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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