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
9:01 am
Tue November 27, 2012

ABOR Suspends Collection of Student Assoc. Fees

The Board of Regents voted Monday to suspend the collection of a fee on all university students.

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State Capitol News
12:59 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Attorney Asks Court to Block Grab of Mortgage Settlement Funds

An attorney for housing rights groups and distressed homeowners asked the state Court of Appeals today to block lawmakers from taking some funds he said are earmarked for them.

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State Capitol News
10:06 am
Mon November 26, 2012

New State Website About Abortions Goes Live

State Health Director Will Humble
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services file photo

The new state website aims to provide more information about abortions -- and potentially dissuade some women from going ahead. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:46 am
Wed November 21, 2012

AZ Public Interest Research Group Has Latest List of Dangerous Toys

Monica Flores of Arizona PIRG says a Dora the Explorer toy guitar plays louder than is considered safe for children. Flores and Dr. Kathy Graziano of Phoenix Children's Hospital warned parents about potentially unsafe gifts.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The Public Interest Research Group is warning parents shopping for Christmas that Dora the Explorer can be hazardous.

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State Capitol News
4:46 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Sec.of State Wants to Revamp Polling System

Secretary of State Ken Bennett discusses Tuesday how the state needs to revamp its system of casting and counting ballots to ensure quicker election results even as voting habits are changing.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The state's chief election official wants lawmakers to consider a system that would allow any voter to show up at any polling place in the county.

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State Capitol News
4:21 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

AZ's Legislative Districts to Face Scrutiny in Court

A federal court is going to give Republicans a chance to argue that the state's 30 legislative districts should be redrawn for the 2014 election.

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State Capitol News
2:08 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Foes of Florence Copper Mine Drop Bid for Injunction

Nearby developers and the operator of a water company contend the state Department of Environmental Quality should not have issued a permit to Curis Resources to pump sulfuric acid into the ground.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Thanksgiver Dinner Cheaper This Year

Credit Alcinoe

It's going to be a bit cheaper to feed the hungry horde around your Thanksgiving table this year -- and a lot cheaper if you're into organic.

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State Capitol News
1:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

AZ Secretary of State Wants Tighter Campaign Finance Laws

Secretary of State Ken Bennett said he wants better financial disclosure laws so voters can figure out who is funding campaigns.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

The state's chief election officer wants to tighten financial disclosure laws so voters get a better chance to find out who's really funding campaigns.

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Elections 2012
12:12 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Did the Election Change the Statehouse?

Credit Taylor Arrazola

  

Much of the attention during Tuesdays election was on the top of the ticket....the President, Senators and Representatives.

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