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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Citing GOP extremism, state senator opts not to seek re-election

Decrying the direction of his Republican Party, state Sen. Bob Worsley yanked his name from this year's ballot.

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Lawmaker expelled from House now making run for Arizona State Senate

PHOENIX -- Don Shooter is a resident of Yuma and is legally qualified to make a bid for a political comeback to be a senator from the legislative district that he has represented before, a judge ruled Friday.

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Court hears arguments in Gosar case concerning blocked Facebook commenters

A congressional attorney is asking a federal judge here to toss out a lawsuit demanding that Rep. Paul Gosar be barred from blocking them -- or anyone -- from his Facebook page.

Arizona jobless rate falls to 4.7 percent

Arizona's jobless rate dropped two tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state's construction industry. And there are indications on the horizon that trend will continue -- unless rising interest rates dampen demand.

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Ken Bennett faces legal challenge over nomination petitions in governor's race

Political allies of incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey are going to court to keep him from having to face a challenger in the Republican primary.

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Prescott lawmaker: Immigration 'represents an existential threat to the United States''

A first-term Prescott lawmaker is warning that immigration "represents an existential threat to the United States'' and needs to be curtailed before the country is irrevocably altered.

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Effort to outlaw ‘dark money’ in campaigns gains support

Republican Vernon Parker said Wednesday he supports an initiative to outlaw "dark money'' in political campaigns because he knows what it's like to be the victim of it.

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Secretary of State agrees to provisions to ease voter registration process

The state's top election official has agreed to remove a series of hurdles now in the path of those who want to register to vote.

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Bennett rejects notion that Cindy McCain should succeed her husband in Senate

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is using the question of who would replace John McCain if and when the senator quits or dies to round up votes and raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

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State extends comment period on evolution debate in high school science standards

Arizonans will get a bit more time to weigh in on the proposed new science standards for high schools, including the bid by Diane Douglas, the superintendent of public instruction, to eliminate several reference to "evolution.''

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