Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

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.

Recent Stories

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Recess should count toward school funding, AZ senator says

PUSD superintendent: Not quite help needed

The way Sen. Warren Petersen sees it, elementary school children are being rushed through lunch and recess by schools that are fearful of losing state aid.

Unemployment drops again

Yavapai 1 of 2 counties with lowest jobless rates; retail remains weak, battles online competition

The state’s jobless rate ticked down two tenths of a point last month as companies continued to add workers at a slow but steady rate.

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Medicaid expansion remains, high court affirms

Fee paid by hospitals is legal; opposition calls it new ‘loophole’

The state’s high court on Friday upheld the legality of an assessment on hospitals that helps pay for health care for 400,000 Arizonans.

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Koch’s nonprofit gets involved in Arizona’s voucher debate

Conservatives to educate voters before next year’s referendum

A nonprofit funded at least in part by the Koch brothers is financing a six-figure TV campaign that a spokesman said is designed to “educate” Arizonans about school choice.

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Ducey: ‘No place for sexual harassment’ at Capitol

Let investigators do their job, the governor says

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday his experience is that women who complain about being sexually harassed are generally telling the truth.

Gilbert, Scottsdale families spend most on gifts

Tucson spends the least

Don’t be surprised if that Christmas gift from your friend or relative in Tucson is not quite as flashy as one from someone in Gilbert.

Groups go after new ‘dark money’ contributions

Lawsuit calls law flawed, says Legislature acted illegally

A voter advocacy group, a union and Democrat lawmakers are asking a judge to void a new Arizona law expanding the ability of some group to make anonymous “dark money” contributions to political campaigns.

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President Trump enjoys 45-49% popularity in Arizona poll

Only 33 percent approval rating in national survey

Donald Trump remains more popular in Arizona than the nation as a whole.

Groups claim state violates federal laws on voter registration

Coalition gives Arizona 90 days to correct them, or they’ll sue

A coalition of voting rights groups is charging that state agencies are violating federal laws designed to provide opportunities for people to register.

Medical marijuana patients claim state permit price too high

Calling the fees illegally high, an attorney for medical marijuana patients is asking the Court of Appeals to force state health officials to slash what they charge people to get the state-issued permit they need to buy the drug.

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