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
4:49 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Gov. Brewer Vetoes Child Welfare Study Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Ross D. Franklin/AP

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Wednesday to have a quarter-million-dollar outside study of the state’s child welfare agency. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:18 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Judge Allows State to Block In-State Tuition for DREAMers

The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund at a 2010 press conference in Phoenix.
Credit AP/Elliot Spagat

A judge has given Gov. Jan Brewer the go-ahead to try to block policies that allow DREAMers to pay lower tuition at community colleges. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Federal Court Leaves Arizona’s Contested Legislative Lines in Place

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A federal court refused today to disturb the lines for the state’s 30 legislative districts — even if there’s evidence those lines were designed, at least in part, to give Democrats a political leg-up. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
7:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

State Legislature Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn Redistricting Laws

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The state Legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to give its members back the right to draw the lines for the state’s nine congressional districts. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:47 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

ACLU Files Suit Claiming Civil Rights Abuses by Border Patrol

A U.S. Border Patrol truck on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Credit David McNew/Getty Images

Claiming a pattern of civil rights abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit today in federal court to find out exactly how the Border Patrol enforces immigration law far from Mexico. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:29 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent In-State Tuition for DACA Participants

Attorney General Tom Horne
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An assistant attorney general told a judge today that Gov. Jan Brewer is entitled to go to court to enforce pretty much any state law she wants, even those that don’t involve state government. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:50 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Governor Vetoes Death Penalty, Gun and Rideshare Bills

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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation Thursday that would have allowed more criminals to be executed. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
10:31 am
Fri April 25, 2014

State Legislature Wraps Session with Unbalanced Budget

Gov. Jan Brewer
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State lawmakers approved an unbalanced budget in the just-completed session. But, Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that did not stop them from cutting taxes, again.

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State Capitol News
11:13 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Arizona Legislature Wraps 2014 Session With a Flurry of Activity

Rep. Warren Petersen from Gilbert is a supporter of letting rideshare companies operate legally in the state.
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State lawmakers wrapped up their 2014 session shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports on some of the last-minute activity.

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State Capitol News
3:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

State Workers Fired for Child Welfare Case Mismanagement

Charles Flanagan, head of the new Division of Child Safety and Family Services.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Six state workers associated with the ignoring of nearly 6,600 reports of child abuse were fired today. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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