Howard Fischer, for the Miner

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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Intelligent design in state superintendent debate

Three of the Republicans hoping to be state school superintendent want students exposed to and taught “intelligent design,’’ but not necessarily as part of the science curriculum.

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Ducey to refuse debate with primary challenger

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t debate his Republican foe, with an aide calling Ken Bennett a “fringe’’ candidate despite the fact he was elected secretary of state in 2010. But he will have to face him in August, at least on the ballot, if not on TV.

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Gov. Ducey keeps National Guard at border

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t withdraw National Guard troops from the border even though he objects to President Trump’s policy of separating children from their families.

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Gov. Ducey’s campaign about ‘what’s next’

In formally launching his reelection bid, the governor touted what he said is the turnaround of the state’s financial fortune.

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Judge: Ousted Arizona lawmaker can run for state Senate

Don Shooter is a resident of Yuma and is legally qualified to make a bid for a political comeback to be a senator from the legislative district that he has represented before, a judge ruled Friday.

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Attorney asks for Gosar Facebook suit to be tossed out

A congressional attorney is asking a federal judge here to toss out a lawsuit demanding that Rep. Paul Gosar be barred from blocking them – or anyone – from his Facebook page. Thomas Hungar, the general counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, contends that the two people who filed suit have no legal standing.

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Unemployment dips on strength of construction jobs

Arizona’s jobless rate dropped two tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state’s construction industry.

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Calls begin for Prescott lawmaker who used racist language to resign

Citing his comments on immigrants and immigration, the head of the Arizona Republican Party is calling on Rep. David Stringer to resign.

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Prescott lawmaker has choice words on race, immigration

Republican Rep. David Stringer said that new immigrants – especially those from non-European countries – do not assimilate as easily as those who came a century earlier.

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Attorneys try to discredit key witness in Corporation Commission bribery case

Kelly Norton acknowledged that she never reported to the Internal Revenue Service the $6,000 a month she was paid over nine months in 2011 and 2012 by utility company owner George Johnson for political consulting work.

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