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
5:51 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Federal Judge Recognizes Another Challenge to SB 1070

A federal judge has set the stage for another challenge to the state's immigration law. 

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State Capitol News
9:56 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Health Dept Swamped with Med Pot Applications

Medical marijuana neon sign at a dispensary on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley—Los Angeles, California.
Original uncropped image from Laurie Avocado

Nearly 500 organizations have submitted applications to run at least one of the state's new marijuana dispensaries. 

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State Capitol News
6:10 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Atty to State: Don't Take Foreclosure Settlement Money

An attorney for two Arizonans at risk of losing their homes asked a judge today to block lawmakers from taking 50 million dollars out of a special fund designed to help prevent foreclosures to instead balance the state budget. 

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State Capitol News
9:41 am
Thu May 24, 2012

AZ Home Sales Up

Lots of houses for sale
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A new report today paints a mixed picture of home values in the state. 

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State Capitol News
9:34 am
Thu May 24, 2012

State Regulators: Be Careful of Store Promises

Vector illustration of sale tags
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A new study shows that some merchants may not be giving consumers what they were promised. 

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State Capitol News
9:22 am
Wed May 23, 2012

AZ Secretary of State Satisfied That President Obama is a US Citizen

AZ Sec. of State Ken Bennett at a rally for Mitt Romney in 2012
Gage Skidmore

One hurdle to Barack Obama being on the November ballot has been removed. 

That came late Tuesday when Secretary of State Ken Bennett got an e-mail from Hawaii officials confirming for him that they do, in fact, have an original birth certificate for the president on file.

"There's 12 points," he noted. "The first one says a birth certificate is on file with the department of health indicating that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. And then the second through 12th points each deal with a different point that we asked in the request."

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State Capitol News
5:53 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Plaintiffs Have Asked Court Not to Re-Draw State Districts

A federal court will not upset the lines drawn for the state's 30 legislative districts -- at least not this year. 

The lawsuit filed in federal court by Republican interests charges the Independent Redistricting Commission acted improperly in coming up with the maps. Challengers want a three-judge panel to review those maps and, if they find problems, issue an injunction blocking them from being used in this year's election. But attorney Mike Liburdi said he is pulling the plug on that request.

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State Capitol News
10:40 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Secretary Bennett's Endorsement of Romney Raises Questions

Ken Bennett at a rally for Mitt Romney in Tempe, Arizona, 20 April, 2012
Gage Skidmore

A 2010 comment by Ken Bennett when he was running for secretary of state may be coming back to haunt him. 

During a debate in the 2010 race, Bennett was asked about endorsing something on that year's ballot.

"It's not appropriate for election officials to be taking positions on either the propositions or candidates when we're going to have to conduct the election," he said. 

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State Capitol News
6:01 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

State's Cut on Briefs Rejected

A federal judge today slapped down a cost-cutting bid by the state's Medicaid program to deny incontinence briefs to adults who need them. 

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State Capitol News
9:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Governor Brewer Talks About Morality and This Year's Legislative Session

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Gage Skidmore

This year's legislative session was heavy on issues related to issues of morality and religion.

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