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
10:07 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Mining Company Takes Local Law to Court

The operators of a proposed copper mine in Florence want a federal judge to void a new town law that would effectively thwart the project. 

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State Capitol News
3:33 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Food Prices Drop in Arizona

Tijmen Stam

Got a freezer? It might be a good time to stock up on meat.

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Elections 2012
9:11 am
Wed October 17, 2012

New Reports Show Where Governor's JanPAC is Getting Its Money

A Tennessee businessman with a penchant for collecting cars is helping Jan Brewer elect Republicans to Congress, here and elsewhere.

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State Capitol News
1:55 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Arizona Has a New Commerce Chief

Sandra Watson has been interim president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority since July 1st after Don Cardon quit. The authority board authorized a nationwide search for a replacement. But after a closed-door meeting the panel unanimously chose Watson. Gov. Jan Brewer who sits on the board conceded after the meeting the outcome was really no surprise.

"We certainly interviewed and consulted with a lot of different people," the Governor said. "But no one rose to the occasion. They were either extremely good in one arena or one area and not so good in another area."

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Elections 2012
10:11 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Governor's PAC Starts Spending

Governor Jan Brewer has finally decided where to start spending the hundreds of thousands of dollars she's collected for her political action committee.

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State Capitol News
4:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

SB 1070 Faces Another Court Challenge Next Week

The state heads back to court this coming week over SB 1070, this time to defend a provision aimed at day laborers.

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State Capitol News
3:56 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Governor Brewer Appoints 3rd Justice to State Supreme Court

Court of Appeald Judge Ann Scott Timmer, named Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

The choice was Ann Scott Timmer who now serves on the state court of appeals. Gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said his boss thinks she's well qualified for the job.

"Judge Timmer has a wide range of legal experience over the last 30 years including both civil and criminal law," Benson said. "She's been on the courts for the last 12 years and has earned the respect of her peers as somebody who's both fair-minded and even-tempered."

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Elections 2012
12:35 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Carmona and Flake Debate as Race Tightens

The candidates for U-S Senate went at each other Wednesday night in their bid for election.

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State Capitol News
3:05 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Upholds Taking Foreclosure Funds for Budget

A judge today upheld the decision by lawmakers to take $50 million out of the state's share of a mortgage fraud settlement case.

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State Capitol News
11:51 am
Wed October 10, 2012

FBI Uses Martha Stewart to Scare Witnesses

Martha Stewart, January 2008
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FBI agents in the state have crafted a new way to scare people into telling them what they want to know: Mention Martha Stewart.

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