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
3:24 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

AZ's Ed. Superintendent Says Parents Should Ensure Schools are Prepared for Violence

Education Superintendent John Huppenthal explained Friday the training available -- but not mandated -- for public schools to deal with threats of violence like the incident in Connecticut.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The state's top education official said this afternoon it's up to parents -- and not his agency -- to ensure that local school personnel have the training they need to prevent -- or at least deal with -- shootings like the one in Connecticut.

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State Capitol News
10:02 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov's Panel Recommends Taxing Web Sales

A gubernatorial panel on Thursday recommended changes in state law that eventually could mean Arizonans paying sales taxes on everything they buy on the World Wide Web.

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State Capitol News
1:29 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Judge Won't Delay Marijuana Ruling

Medical Marijuana sign in Los Angeles
Credit Laurie Avocado

A judge this morning rebuffed efforts by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to further delay the paperwork necessary for opening a marijuana dispensary in Sun City.

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State Capitol News
3:29 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Las Vegas Casino Owner Gave Governor's PAC $250,000

A major financier of Republican candidates and causes gave Gov. Jan Brewer a quarter million dollars to spread around on congressional races. 

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State Capitol News
10:35 am
Wed December 12, 2012

AZ Realtors Behind Corporation Commission Campaign Funding.

New campaign finance reports show Realtors put more than $186,000 into the corporation commission race to get a panel it hopes will be more favorable to its issues.

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State Capitol News
10:24 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Campaign Finance Reports Show Money not Always Key to Success

Final campaign finance reports show supporters of Proposition 204 spent nearly $2.5 million in their unsuccessful bid to impose a permanent one-cent sales tax to benefit education and other causes.

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State Capitol News
12:44 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Bennett: Governor Can't Run Again

Gov. Jan Brewer and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the man who says she can't run again in 2014, from a 2009 photo after both got their new offices following the resignation of Janet Napolitano.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The state's chief election official said Monday morning that as far as he's concerned, Jan Brewer's reign as governor ends in January 2015, no matter what she and her legal help say.

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State Capitol News
12:25 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The Future of Med. Marijuana May be in Court

The future of medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona is likely going to have to be finally resolved by the state Supreme Court.

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State Capitol News
11:57 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Governor Brewer in Afghanistan

Gov. Jan Brewer got an up-close look at the war in Afghanistan this week.

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State Capitol News
11:49 am
Fri December 7, 2012

National Guard to Stay at the Border

The initial deployment of 12-hundred soldiers in 2010 was supposed to last only a year while the Border Patrol hired and trained staff.

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