Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in
Arizona since 1982, the last 25 for Capitol Media Services which he founded in 1991. Fischer's news reports appear in daily and weekly newspapers around the state, and are heard on Arizona Public Radio.

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Ducey defends voucher decision during debate

Gov. Doug Ducey defended his decision Monday to sign legislation to allow any student get a voucher of tax dollars to attend private or parochial schools, a measure that voters will decide in November whether to ratify even as they determine whether the incumbent gets another four-year term.

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Governor contends new law makes Prop 127 vote meaningless

It ultimately may not matter if Arizonans vote in November to require utilities generate more of their electricity from renewable sources.

Arizona jobless rate holds steady at 4.6%; U.S. average at 3.9%

The state’s economy continues to be propelled along by people wanting some new place to live or at least to fix up the one they way.

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Attorney General changes language on Prop 127 ballot

PHOENIX -- A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich altered language of the ballot description of Proposition 127 that the state's top elections officer called "eyebrow raising'' and the lawyer for initiative organizers said is designed to help Arizona Public Service convince voters to reject it.

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Ducey open to reforms in charter schools amid reports of financial controversies

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said he's open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances.

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School super candidates unite in opposition to Prop 305

The two contenders for state schools chief found one key area of agreement in a debate Thursday: Both oppose Proposition 305.

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Border Patrol union aligns with Ducey in gubernatorial race

The head of the local Border Patrol union is telling Hispanics they should not support David Garcia for governor simply because he also is Latino.

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New Arizona law keeps Libertarians off election ballot

For the first time in more than two decades, Arizonans won't have the option to vote for a Libertarian Party candidate for governor.

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Attorney seeks reversal on ruling that hashish not part of medical marijuana law

Attorneys for a Yavapai County resident are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision which makes criminals out of medical marijuana patients who choose to use edibles and liquids rather than smoking the plant's dried flowers and leaves.

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Riggs, Hoffman advance in race for superintendent of public instruction

The Republican Party finally has its nominee for superintendent of public instruction.

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