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
9:27 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Federal Judge Seemed Skeptical of AZ's Funding Cut to Planned Parenthood

A federal judge indicated Friday's he's not buying the state's argument that it can cut off family planning funds for Planned Parenthood.

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State Capitol News
10:20 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Economists: Be Wary of Strong Housing Market in Phoenix

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Homeowners happy with the current double-digit increases in values should be warned: There could be a bubble. And bubble can go 'pop.'

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Elections 2012
4:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

A Primer and a Debate on the Corporation Commission

Solar Array at Arizona State University
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Earlier  this week, the candidates running to take, or keep, a seat on the state’s Corporation Commission held a debate. 

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State Capitol News
5:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Anti-Planned Parenthood Law Goes to Court

A federal judge will hear arguments Friday about whether the state can legally cut Planned Parenthood out of a program to provide family planning services.

Arizona law already precludes public funds for abortions. But earlier this year lawmakers voted to prohibit any family planning dollars from going to any organization that also PERFORMS abortions. Planned Parenthood sued. But state Solicitor General David Cole said lawmakers are entitled to make that call based on the argument that state dollars for family planning can free up other Planned Parenthood funds for abortions.

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State Capitol News
10:50 am
Tue October 2, 2012

FBI Also Reports AG Horne Involved in Hit and Run

Arizona Atty General Tom Horne, 11 November 2011
Gage Skidmore

The FBI probe into Tom Horne's campaign finance resulted in a discovery unrelated to how money was being spent to get him elected attorney general.

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State Capitol News
3:35 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

AG Horne Says He'll Fight Campaign Finance Allegations

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery explains the civil charges being brought against Attorney General Tom Horne and Kathleen Wynn, who now is a Horne staffer, over allegations they violated campaign finance law in Horne's successful 2010 campaign
Howard Fischer Capital Media Services

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery accused Tom Horne today of breaking campaign finance laws in his successful run for attorney general two years ago.

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State Capitol News
3:22 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Controversial Provision in SB1070 is Now in Effect

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton formally dissolved the injunction she issued two years ago against the provision of SB 1070 that requires police to question those they have stopped about their immigration status if there is reason to believe they are in this country illegally.

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State Capitol News
11:23 am
Tue September 18, 2012

New Figures Show Increase Reporting in Abortions Performed in AZ

On paper, 13,606 Arizona women terminated a pregnancy in 2011, compared to 11,059 the year before.

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State Capitol News
3:43 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

State's Attorneys Respond on SB 1070 Suit

Attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer told a federal judge today she should reject a bid to keep a controversial section of SB 1070 from being enforced for at least for a little while longer.

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State Capitol News
5:03 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Rights Groups Still Trying to Stop SB 1070

Civil rights groups are making a last-ditch effort this afternoon to keep a key provision of the state's immigration law from being enforced as early as next week.

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