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
3:18 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Open Primary Supporters May Get Question on Ballot

Petitions with more than 300,000 signatures were submitted today to give voters a chance to decide this fall whether to revamp the way they elect public officials. 

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State Capitol News
9:23 am
Mon July 2, 2012

SB 1070 Opponents Look for Another Challenge

Last week's Supreme Court ruling on the state's immigration law now has other foes trying to figure their next move.

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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

1 Cent Sales Tax May Make it to Ballot

Backers of extending the state's temporary 1-cent sales tax submitted more than 290,000 signatures Monday to put the issue on the November ballot. But at this point all they've really done is guaranteed a court fight.

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State Capitol News
3:40 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Governor Brewer Reacts Strongly to President Obama's Immigration Announcement

President Obama said today he would allow those brought to this country illegally as children to remain -- and even to work -- drawing fire from Governor Jan Brewer. 

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State Capitol News
12:12 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

State's Voter ID Law Holds Until Court Ruling

The state can continue to demand proof of citizenship before registering voters -- at least for the time being. 

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

ACLU Warns Police Not to Enforce SB1070 Before Court Ruling

The American Civil Liberties Union wants state officials to warn police officers not to enforce the state's immigration law before they are legally entitled to do so. 

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State Capitol News
3:48 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Sonora and Arizona Talk Electric Power Sharing

The governors of Arizona and Sonora are meeting today in Tucson on cross border issues. One issue involves promoting the sale of electricity into Mexico.

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State Capitol News
3:45 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Report: AZ's Medicaid Paying out $50 Million Too Much

A new report today says the state's Medicaid program is paying out up to an extra $50 million a year to provide care for those who are ineligible. 

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State Capitol News
9:27 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Voters to Choose if More Judges Get Appointed or Elected

Voters are going to decide in November whether to give Gov. Jan Brewer and her successors more power to choose who sits on the bench. 

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State Capitol News
5:02 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Tombstone Strikes Out Again

Tombstone struck out again today in its bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in its fight with the Forest Service. 

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