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Howard Fischer, For the Courier

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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Latest vote tally reveals Hobbs in lead for secretary of state

Katie Hobbs is going to be Arizona’s next secretary of state — and a heartbeat away from governor — absent a sudden and unlikely last-minute burst of Republican votes from Maricopa County.

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ACC asks judge to block bid to investigate APS election finances

Attorneys for members of the Arizona Corporation Commission told a judge Tuesday he should block a bid by one of the panel’s members to investigate whether financial help they got or are suspected of getting from Arizona Public Service for their elections tainted their vote to allow the company to collect more money from customers.

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Price of Thanksgiving meal in Arizona down slightly

Drop in turkey costs caused by increase in supply

PHOENIX — A healthy supply of turkeys is going to make the cost of feeding the family Thanksgiving dinner a bit less expensive this year.

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Vote Update: Democrat Katie Hobbs maintaining lead for secretary of state, but barely

The latest votes counted appear to put Democrat Sandra Kennedy close to being able to reclaim a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Senate seat after Martha McSally concedes

PHOENIX — The latest batch of votes counted Monday put the U.S. Senate out of the reach of Republican Martha McSally and into the hands of an Arizona Democrat for the first time since 1994.

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Arizona general election recounts require less than 1% margin

PHOENIX — Any losing candidate in the general election who is counting on an automatic recount needs to come close to winning.

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Sinema still holding lead, Hobbs within striking distance for Secretary of State

PHOENIX — New election returns Sunday put Democrat Katie Hobbs in striking distance in the race for secretary of state.

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State pushes for court ruling to allow ban on companies that boycott Israel

PHOENIX — Attorneys for the state want a federal appeals court to allow it to deny public contracts to those who boycott Israel, saying Arizona has a legitimate interest in denying support to the Palestine Liberation Army and its “unsavory — and frequently murderous — ends.’’

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Latest vote tally helps Dems more

‘Emergency voting,’ ballot checks alarm GOP

Unless the trend in election returns shift — and soon — Arizona will get its first Democrat in the U.S. Senate in decades.

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Mount Lemmon fire dept. sued for discrimination

Two former Mount Lemmon firefighters have won the right to sue the tiny department for age discrimination.

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