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
8:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Lawmaker Says Governor Brewer Isn't Upholding Parts Of The President's Deferred Action Program

A state lawmaker is claiming that a new federal memo shows that Governor Jan Brewer is wrong in denying drivers' licenses to those in the president's deferred action program. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fisher reports.

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State Capitol News
12:28 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Ex-Phone Co. Executive to Become Consumer Advocate

The new director of the agency charged with watching out for utility consumers will be someone who has been on the other side.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:27 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Are Kids Getting Pot from Med. Marijuana Cardholders

A new report shows that nearly one out of every eight high schoolers who regularly smokes dope got it from a medical marijuana cardholder.

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State Capitol News
10:14 am
Thu January 3, 2013

AZ Lawmaker Wants Earlier Presidential Primary

A Republican lawmaker wants to be sure voters in the state actually have a real voice in deciding who will run for president in 2016.

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State Capitol News
3:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

State Goes to Appeals Court to Cut Off Funding for Planned Parenthood

Attorneys for the state and abortion foes are asking a federal appeals court to let it cut off federal and state funding for Planned Parenthood because it also offers abortions.

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State Capitol News
5:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Armed Guards in Every School?

A proposal by the National Rifle Association for armed police officers in every school is picking up an unusual ally -- the state House Democratic leader.

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State Capitol News
3:17 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

AZ Unemployment Numbers Drop Again

The state's jobless rate last month dropped to its lowest level in four years.

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State Capitol News
2:34 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

State Court Gives Go-Ahead to Med Pot Dispensary

The state Court of Appeals this afternoon rejected Maricopa County's bid to delay a medical marijuana dispensary.

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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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