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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only 33 percent approval rating in national survey
Donald Trump remains more popular in Arizona than the nation as a whole.
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.
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.