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
9:16 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Goddard Announces Run for Arizona Secretary of State

Terry Goddard, a former attorney general and multiple-unsuccessful candidate for governor, said Monday he intends to run for secretary of state.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A familiar name in state politics decided Monday he now wants to be secretary of state. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:53 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Gubernatorial Candidate Struggles Quoting Lincoln

Gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo

A Republican gubernatorial candidate is quoting Abraham Lincoln in his effort to make a point. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, there’s a small problem.

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State Capitol News
8:40 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arizona's Bid to Become a Drone Test Site Rejected

Credit Huffingtonpost.com

The state’s bid to become a test site for unmanned drones was rejected today as federal officials picked six other proposals. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
10:29 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Challengers of License Denial Trying to Prove Actions are Illegal

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Politico

Challengers to the state’s denial of driver’s licenses to “dreamers” want internal documents and testimony — perhaps even from Gov. Jan Brewer herself — in their legal bid to prove her actions are illegal. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:43 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Arizona Tax Credit for Foster Care

Are you looking for a new way to divert some of what you owe the state? Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports on a new tax credit.

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State Capitol News
10:43 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Arizona's Driver's License Policy Creates Confusion

State officials are going to grant driver's licenses to some people who aren’t in the country legally, even as they continue to deny the same privilege to "DREAMers.'' Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Brewer Says Santa Isn't Necessarily White

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Salon.com

Gov. Jan Brewer wants children to know that, yes, there is a Santa Claus. And no, he isn't necessarily white — despite what Fox News says. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

High Court: Candidates Can Accept More Money for Campaigns

Credit azcapitoltimes.com

The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that political candidates can accept much larger sums of money from donors. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:54 am
Wed December 18, 2013

DES Head Says Ingored Abuse Claims Were Reported

Department of Economic Security head Clarence Carter
Credit Ross D. Franklin, AP

The head of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse to his overburdened agency were not being investigated. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
11:28 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Court on Track to Toss Brewer License Denial for DREAMers

Credit Politico

A federal appeals court may be poised to void a decision by Gov. Jan Brewer to deny driver's licenses to "DREAMers'' the Obama administration has allowed to stay and work in this country. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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