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Howard Fischer, For Prescott News Network
Capitol Media Services


Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 27 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. Doug Ducey wants to reduce taxes by $200 million this coming budget year — and another $200 million a year in each of the following two years — but isn’t ready to say who he wants to get that relief.

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Gov. Doug Ducey wants to open the door to allowing Arizonans to bet on -- or against -- the Diamondbacks and the Cardinals. And maybe even the Wildcats and Sun Devils.

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An attorney for the city of Tucson asked Arizona Supreme Court last week to slap back yet another effort by state lawmakers to tell charter cities when they have to hold their elections.

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Eight Democratic state legislative leaders are asking the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate four Arizona Republican officials over any roles they had in the Jan. 6 riot where protesters breached Congress, resulting in five deaths.

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The state’s top health official said Friday, Jan. 8, she sees no reason to impose additional restrictions on Arizonans even as available hospital beds drop to 7%, the number of deaths is poised to hit 10,000, and the state tops the world in current rates of new infections.

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Gov. Ducey defends COVID-19 actions in ‘State of the State’ address
Proposes lowering taxes, selling unnecessary state buildings and summer school for state’s students

Gov. Doug Ducey used his State of the State speech Monday to launch into a full-throated defense of what he has — and has not — done to deal with COVID-19 even as the state set new records.

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A state legislator is asking Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate whether Pima County is acting illegally in establishing and maintaining a curfew.

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Arizona finally got its 11 electoral votes for Joe Biden counted late Wednesday after Congress reconvened -- and after a majority of federal lawmakers rejected claims on how the tally here was unreliable.

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Legislature opens 2021 session Monday with focus on the letter E
Emergency powers, election legislation, education funding at forefront

The 2021 legislative session is being brought to you by the letter E ... as in emergency powers, election legislation and education funding.

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So you think you know how a bill becomes law? Well, it isn’t exactly the process from the Schoolhouse Rock song, “I’m just a bill on Capitol Hill.’’

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