Christmas Coloring Contest
The Kingman Daily Miner Logo
Trusted local news leader for Kingman, Arizona & Mohave County
7:35 PM Sat, Dec. 15th

Back to profile

Howard Fischer, for the Miner

Stories by Howard

Tease photo

Education a hot topic at first of two gubernatorial debates between Ducey, Garcia

Ducey and Garcia will face off again Tuesday at an event in Tucson; Torres was not included.

Tease photo

What is hidden in Prop. 306?

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. Anyone reviewing all the statements in support of Proposition 306 in the brochure being sent to voters would think the measure is aimed at keeping publicly funded candidates from buying services from political parties.

Tease photo

Judge denies auto-updates to voter registration – for now

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.

Tease photo

Added language by attorney general's office raises eyebrows of Prop 127 supporters

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.

Tease photo

Arizona lawmakers eyeing the financial operations of charter schools

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

Tease photo

State AG to investigate tracking of cellphone users

Saying consumer privacy is being invaded, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich has launched an inquiry into whether a major tech firm is violating the rights of Arizona residents by tracking their movements and activities through their cellphones – even after the users think they've told the company to stop.

Tease photo

How To Limit Google

The way to further limit what Google keeps and learns takes far more than simply turning off the "location history'' and "location sharing'' buttons on the phone.

Tease photo

Teachers rallying voters to oust AZ Supreme Court Justices

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

Tease photo

Arizona race for U.S. Senate even, according to latest poll

A live-telephone survey done Sept. 4 through 6 by Data Orbital found Democrat Kyrsten Sinema supported by 46.1 percent of those questioned, giving her a 4.3 percentage point lead over Republican Martha McSally.

Tease photo

Head of local Border Patrol begs citizens ‘do not vote for lawlessness’

The head of the local Border Patrol union is telling Hispanics they should not support David Garcia for governor simply because he also is Latino.

Tease photo

Law firm fighting against Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance

The city of Phoenix is fighting back against a bid by a Christian law firm to get the state’s high court to conclude that businesses have a right to refuse to provide certain services to gays.

Tease photo

Appeal of ballot harvesting decision headed to federal appeals court

A federal appeals court is going to give a Democratic activist one last chance to be able to argue that she and others should be able to “harvest’’ ballots in the upcoming general election.

Tease photo

Riggs GOP nominee for schools chief

Final unofficial vote tallies show former California Congressman Frank Riggs with 124,666 votes, edging out Bob Branch who has been involved in teaching educators.

Tease photo

Thousands of teacher vacancies four weeks into academic year

The Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association found that the 178 school districts and charter schools who responded to the survey reported they needed to fill 6,227 slots this school year.

Tease photo

Ducey appoints former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain

The announcement comes less than a week after Rick Davis, McCain's former campaign manager, said he thought that his former boss would have liked to see his seat filled by a Hispanic woman. Instead he got an older white male who previously served in Congress for 26 years, 18 of those in the Senate.

Tease photo

Court’s decision leaves ‘dark money’ initiative off ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court late Wednesday rejected a last-ditch effort by supporters of a ban on "dark money'' in political races to put the issue to voters in November.

Tease photo

Counties don't need bids to sell property

Pima County did nothing wrong when it did not seek bids for a site that ultimately became the World View high-altitude balloon launching site, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Tease photo

Court throws education tax initiative off ballot

In a brief order Wednesday, the Arizona Supreme Court said petition signers were not informed that the measure would do more than increase the tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 a year. It also would eliminate the indexing of income tax brackets to account for inflation.

Tease photo

Court approves clean energy initiative for ballot

Arizonans are going to get a chance to decide whether they want to require utilities in the state to produce more of their power from renewable sources

Tease photo

It’s Ducey vs. Garcia for Arizona governor

An educator who couldn’t defeat Diane Douglas for state schools chief two years ago is in line to be the Democrat who takes on incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in November.

Tease photo

Steve Gaynor takes Michelle Regan, faces Katie Hobbs for Secretary of State

Incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan found herself unable to hang on to her office Tuesday as she spent the campaign defending herself from election day problems from years’ past – some of those not even her fault.

State supreme court rules for release of climate change emails

An organization that questions the role of humans in climate change is going to get access to the emails and records of work done by two scientists at the University of Arizona in its bid to argue that their research is flawed.

Tease photo

Judge gives clean energy initiative the go-ahead for ballot

In a 33-page ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected the contentions of the APS-funded group.

Tease photo

Bennett taking Secretary of State’s Office to court

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is asking a judge to give him one last chance to qualify for public funding for his campaign.

Judge rejects bid by Democrat to restore ballot harvesting

A federal judge has slapped down a bid by a Democrat activist to void a 2016 law that makes “ballot harvesting’’ illegal and allow the practice to resume for Tuesday’s primary.

Tease photo

Arizona Democrats appear more energized than Republicans

But a new report from the Secretary of State’s Office suggests that Arizona Democrats appear to be more energized this year than Republicans. And that may translate to victories in races that in any other year they could not win.

Tease photo

Prop. 207 would repeal graduated tax law

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Connie Contes ruled that the evidence supports the argument that Proposition 207, if approved, would repeal a 2015 law designed to protect Arizonans from paying more income taxes solely because their wages keep pace with inflation.

Tease photo

‘Dark money’ vote looking as if it won’t happen

A new court decision Thursday has left backers of a ban on “dark money’’ even further from their goal of getting the measure on the ballot

Tease photo

Governor hopeful Bennett blames Reagan for missing deadline

Officials in Reagan’s office are not disputing what happened. And they say the site was restored – apparently several hours later – after being informed of the problem.

Tease photo

Republican Governors Association spends big against Garcia, but virtually nothing ‘pro-Ducey’

RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said his organization normally doesn’t talk about how it spends its money, dollars generated through business contributions to the national organization.

Tease photo

State secretary sued to clean up voter registration process

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal judge to order Secretary of State Michele Reagan to update the addresses of people who have moved so their votes will be counted in November.

Tease photo

Right to know who is financing campaigns argued in court

But attorney Kim Demarchi, who represents initiative organizers, is urging Sanders to reject that contention. If nothing else, she said these subpoenas were served just days ago, giving people insufficient time to respond.

Tease photo

New trial in 2012 border shooting set for October

Government and defense attorneys are angling to have questions asked of jurors in the second trial of a Border Patrol agent that were not asked the first time, each in hopes of getting an outcome they want.

Tease photo

Electric company hopes to block renewable energy ballot initiative

The state’s largest electric company hopes to block a public vote on a renewable energy initiative by charging that initiative organizers purposely – and knowingly – submitted signatures they knew were invalid.

Tease photo

Arizona loses jobs, but unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

Mohave County's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent in July with total employment of 81,300, according to the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Tease photo

Gov. Ducey doubles down on school gun safety plan

Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his push for a law to let judges take guns from some people considered "dangerous'' even though it was that provision that killed pretty much his entire school safety plan earlier this year.

Tease photo

Judge rules tax on rich for education good for ballot

In an extensive ruling Thursday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith acknowledged that, strictly speaking, hiking the top income tax rate from 4.54 percent to 8 percent for those earning more than $250,000 a year actually increases the tax rate on those earnings by 76 percent.

Tease photo

Statewide poll shows McSally extending senatorial lead

A new statewide poll suggests that all the money being spent on behalf of Martha McSally on TV commercials to become the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate has been paying off.

Tease photo

Invest in Ed initiative could be hanging on difference between ‘percent’ and ‘percentage point’

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher's explanation of the difference between "percent" and "percentage point.''

Tease photo

Ducey claims success in opioid battle

Gov. Doug Ducey is claiming progress on getting the opioid crisis under control even as the rate of overdoses shows no sign of abating.

Tease photo

Shooter’s demands for documents met with resistance

The attorneys who handled the sex harassment investigation that resulted in the ouster of Rep. Don Shooter are balking at his bid to get the full report and all the documents used to prepare it.

Tease photo

Is there a right to deliver someone else’s ballot?

Attorneys for a Democrat activist told a federal judge Friday there is a legal and constitutional right for her and others to deliver someone else’s ballot to polling places.

Tease photo

Pot fund keeps growing, other uses for dollars – except lowering fees – being sought

State lawmakers are free to use fees paid by medical marijuana patients to operate programs to help get people off of other drugs

Tease photo

Appeals court: No immunity for agent in cross-border killing

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the mother of a teen shot by a Border Patrol agent through the fence has a legal right to sue him

Tease photo

Ducey doesn’t think press is ‘enemy of the people’

He said it isn’t always a smooth relationship

Tease photo

Organizers fighting in court for #InvestInEd ballot measure

Saying voters are purposely being misled, organizers of the #InvestInEd initiative asked a judge Friday to force lawmakers to recraft the description of the measure that will go to voters.

Tease photo

Ducey won’t debate Bennett for Republican governor nomination; what if they did debate?

On one hand, challenger Ken Bennett says that, as Senate president, he put together a budget that cut individual income tax rates by 10 percent. Yet incumbent Doug Ducey, while vowing when first elected to cut income tax rates to "as close to zero as possible,'' has been unable to move the needle.

Tease photo

ACLU drops Morgaine v. Gosar lawsuit

Congressman says he won't block constituents on his Facebook page

The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped its lawsuit against Congressman Paul Gosar, saying it now has assurances that constituents won't be blocked from posting comments on his Facebook page he does not like

Tease photo

Democrat gubernatorials debate, brush off Ducey assertions that all is great

The three Democrat gubernatorial hopefuls worked Thursday night to refute Doug Ducey's narrative that job and population growth shows what a great job he is doing

500,000 jobs expected to be added in Arizona by 2026

State economists predict Arizona will add 542,975 new jobs by 2026. But one out of every eight of them will be in preparing and serving food.