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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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.''

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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

He said it isn’t always a smooth relationship

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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.

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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.

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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

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