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
5:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Denies Ballot Position for Open Primary Initiative

A state judge ruled today that an initiative to create an open primary is legally flawed and cannot be on the November ballot.

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State Capitol News
5:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to be Chosen Tuesday

State health officials will award the first certificates Tuesday to sell medical marijuana.

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State Capitol News
9:39 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Changing Demographics Could Change AZ's Political Landscape

A new report this morning suggests the high birth rate of Hispanics could turn politics in the state on its head in less than two decades.

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State Capitol News
12:04 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

County Prosecutors Want Halt to Medical Pot Program

Prosecutors from 13 of the state's 15 counties are asking Gov. Jan Brewer to halt the medical marijuana program.

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State Capitol News
6:28 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Federal Judge Upholds AZ's Abortion Ban

A federal judge today upheld the legality of a new state law that outlaws virtually all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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State Capitol News
9:54 am
Mon July 30, 2012

State Opposes New EPA Regs on Cleaner Air

Cholla Power Plant, near Holbrook, Arizona 16 January 2010
snowpeak

State officials and utilities are trying to kill a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force owners of three coal-fired power plants to install expensive pollution control equipment to improve visibility. 

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State Capitol News
9:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Cost of Beef is Inflating Family Grocery Bill

Erik Calonius

The cost of feeding your family is going up, at least a bit. 

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State Capitol News
9:22 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Backers of Sales Tax Bill File Suit Over Ballot Description

Backers of an extension of the state's sales tax surcharge filed a new lawsuit Wednesday, this one over how their measure is being described to voters.

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State Capitol News
9:17 am
Thu July 26, 2012

AZ Abortion Ban Goes to Federal Court

Attorneys faced off Wednesday in federal court over the legality of a new state law banning abortions after 20 weeks.

Janet Crepps of the Center for Reproductive Rights told Judge James Teilborg the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states have no right to impose such a restriction prior to viability, considered to be in the 22-24 week range. But Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Teilborg should defer to the decision of Arizona lawmakers.

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State Capitol News
6:28 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Judge to Hear Arguments Over Open Primary Initiative

A judge will consider whether voters will get to decide whether they want to make major changes in state election law.

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