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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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Even if measure passes, state utility companies can ignore Prop 127 by paying fine

PHOENIX — It ultimately may not matter if Arizonans vote in November to require utilities generate more of their electricity from renewable sources.

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Corporation Commission hopefuls split on energy proposition

Democrat Sandra Kennedy said Thursday there would be no need for voters to impose a renewable energy mandate if state utility regulators would do their job.

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Congressional candidates battle over ‘good American, Mexican-ness’

PHOENIX — Congressional hopeful Nick Pierson lashed out at incumbent Raul Grijalva, charging “he’s not a good example of a Mexican, not a good example of a Mexican-American, and he’s not a good example of an American.’’

State’s jobless rate holds steady at 4.6 percent

The state’s economy continues to be propelled along by people wanting some new place to live or at least to fix up the one they way.

Prop 306 not only about clean elections; there’s a veto in there

A measure put on the November ballot by Republican lawmakers could determine how much Arizonans actually know about who is trying to influence political campaigns.

Changes now to voter registration would cause chaos, judge says

A federal judge has refused to order Secretary of State Michele Reagan to immediately update voter registration addresses of 384,000 Arizonans who have moved since the last election.

Motion to have border patrol agent’s trial changed

Federal prosecutors are urging a judge to dismiss a bid by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz to have his new trial moved to Phoenix, saying there’s no reason to believe he would get a fairer trial -- and a more impartial jury — than he would in Tucson.

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State Senator: Lawmakers need to mandate oversight of charter school operations

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances.

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AG Brnovich alters language of ballot description for Prop. 127

PHOENIX — A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich altered language of the ballot description of Proposition 127 that the state’s top elections officer called “eyebrow raising’’ and the lawyer for initiative organizers said is designed to help Arizona Public Service convince voters to reject it.

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Education advocates trying to oust 2 Arizona justices

Decision on education tax hike proposal draws ire of some

PHOENIX — Upset with a ruling that knocked a tax hike for education off the ballot, some education advocates are trying to get voters to turn one or two Supreme Court justices out of office in November.

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