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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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Gov. Ducey not a fan of Trump's new 'green card' policy

Gov. Doug Ducey took a slap Tuesday at the new Trump administration policy that seeks to deny "green cards'' to those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

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Lawmaker seeks sales tax holiday on summer school-supply purchases

PHOENIX -- Saying it will help parents, a Scottsdale lawmaker is proposing a sales tax holiday of sorts every summer to give parents a break on school supplies.

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New marijuana initiative prevents state from lowering potency of edible products

PHOENIX -- A claim by organizers of an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana for adults that it would limit the dosage of THC in edible products is false.

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Off-track betting lawsuit targets new state law

The owners of off-track betting signals from several out-of-state tracks is asking a federal judge to void a new law which would require them to sell their services to all Arizona tracks, whether they want to or not.

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Push begins to let voters decide legalization of marijuana

Backers of legal recreational marijuana took the first steps Friday to putting the issue on the 2020 ballot.

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AZ minority leader seeks special session for gun control measures

With two mass shootings fresh on people's minds the top state House Democrat wants a special session to debate -- and presumably enact -- a series of gun control measures.

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Dist. 6 Rep. Walt Blackman pushing state prison reform

Saying the current system is unsustainable, a first-term lawmaker took the initial steps Monday to what he hopes will be reforming the state prison system.

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Governor renews ‘Severe Threat Order’ gun restriction proposal

Calling it the best way to prevent mass shootings, Gov. Doug Ducey is renewing his bid to allow judges to take away guns of people believed to be a danger to themselves or others and have them held for mental examination.

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Governor denies ordering withdrawal of $1 million Nike incentive

Gov. Doug Ducey denied Tuesday that he unilaterally ordered the Commerce Authority to rescind a $1 million incentive that had been offered to Nike to locate a manufacturing facility in Goodyear.

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Appeals Court rules Arizona residents have right to internet privacy

Arizonans have a constitutional right to online privacy to keep police from snooping around to find out who they are without first getting a warrant, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

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