Howard Fischer

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.

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Arizona jobless rate ticked upward

The state’s jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 5.1 percent as Arizona employers shed more jobs last month than they typically do this time of year.

Precedent set for anti-trust violations by utilities companies

An Arizona utility can’t escape being sued for anti-trust violations for the rates it sets solely because it’s a quasi-governmental entity, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

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State health director wants daily opioid death reports

Citing state laws on epidemics, the state’s top health official wants Gov. Doug Ducey to give her more powers to deal with opioid overdoses, including the ability to identify and track individual patients.

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State of Emergency: Opioid overdoses get governor’s attention

Two Arizonans a day die from the more than 431 million pills prescribed and dispensed yearly

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a state of emergency on opioid overdoses...

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Farley announces intent to run in gubernatorial election

Admittedly underfunded and less well known than the incumbent, Tucson Democrat Steve Farley announced Monday he intends to take on Doug Ducey for governor.

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Arizona census data shows state growth, decline: Kingman up 0.9 percent

Arizona continues its most rapid growth on the edges of its largest communities.

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Indictment could lead to appointment vs. election for corporate commission

The head of the Arizona Corporation Commission says the indictment of a former member on bribery charges may make the case for appointing utility regulators instead of electing them.

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Arizona prisons illegally read inmate mail, 9th Circuit rules

For the second time in three years, a federal appeals court has declared illegal the methods used by state prison officials to check mail sent to their attorneys.

Petition started to fight vouchers for all Arizona students

Arizona voters may get the last word on making vouchers available to all students.

Effort to halt citizen initiative changes takes shape

Two former politicians are moving to overturn the decision by the Republican-controlled legislature to make it more difficult for voters to propose their own laws.

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