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Howard Fischer, For Prescott News Network
Capitol Media Services

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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 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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Bill to politicize school board elections falls in state Senate
Measure would also have permitted ‘peaceful protesting’ outside school board meetings

State senators on Tuesday quashed legislation designed to ensure that parents and others can protest outside school board meetings without fear of arrest.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has doused the last hope of former state Rep. Don Shooter to claim that his rights were violated when he was expelled in 2018 from the House of Representatives.

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Saying he is protecting children from possible social, emotional and mental health effects of having to wear a mask, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday asked a federal judge to rule he is doing nothing legally wrong by denying federal COVID relief funds to schools with mask mandates and giving parents vouchers to remove their youngsters from those schools.

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The state Court of Appeals has rebuffed a bid by a group that spent $260,000 attacking a 2014 foe of Doug Ducey in his first gubernatorial campaign to escape a fine for violating state campaign finance laws.

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Insisting it will make students safer, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to let anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon bring it on to university and college campuses, including classrooms and dorms.

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The attorney general’s office is threatening to prosecute — and seek jail time — for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs if she follows through with her plans to temporarily take an online portal for candidate petition signatures offline.

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A House panel voted 6-4 Tuesday, Jan. 18, along party lines to make teaching about racism illegal if it is done in certain ways.

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An Apache Junction lawmaker who continues to question the outcome of the 2020 presidential race now wants to represent southeast Arizona in Congress.

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The way David Cook sees it, once you’ve been elected to office you shouldn’t have to be bothered gathering signatures on nominating petitions for your reelection.

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Federal officials are ordering Arizona to rescind its policy of giving COVID dollars only to schools without mask mandates or face having to give back $163 million in aid.

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