Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

Capitol Media Services

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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School gun safety plan riles opposition

Foes say there is 'glaring loophole,' does nothing to help existing laws

A Senate panel voted 4-3 Thursday to allow judges to force some people to surrender their weapons -- but only after a multistep process that supporters say will protect due process rights.

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Ducey: ‘Our teachers have earned this raise’

Governor attacks members of his own party on teacher pay

Already fighting with educators over his pay hike plan, Gov. Doug Ducey opened a second front Friday, this time attacking members of his own Republican Party.

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AZ teachers vote to walk out of classrooms next week

'This is undeniably and clearly a mandate for action'

PHOENIX -- Claiming overwhelming support, leaders of the #RedForEd movement called Thursday night called for a strike -- but not for another week.

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Arizona PTA withdraws support of governor’s plan to boost teacher salaries

Calling the governor’s plan not financially sustainable, the Arizona PTA has withdrawn its backing for Gov. Doug Ducey’s teacher pay hike plan.

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Voting process underway to decide Arizona teacher strike

Empowered by successful walkouts in other states, Arizona teachers began three days of voting Tuesday on whether to follow suit here.

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#RedForEd to vote this week on teacher strike

PHOENIX -- Calling the governor's proposal inadequate, leaders of the #RedForEd movement have scheduled a vote this week to decide by Friday whether to strike.

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Governor pledges major pay raises for Arizona teachers

Arizona Educators United not ready to abandon protests

PHOENIX -- Lack of details of where the money is coming from and what the governor’s plan does not include has Arizona educators pannin

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New state law limits legal debates to English language version of insurance documents

Better make sure you understand the coverage documents you’re given in English. That’s because it soon won’t matter whether the copy or explanation you got in another language says something else.

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State seeks clampdown on online alcohol sales

The way Attorney General Mark Brnovich sees it, you can’t get on your computer and order booze between 2 and 6 a.m., even if you’re not planning to have your order delivered until more reasonable hours -- and even if that order is going out of state.

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Arizona unveils school safety strategy

PHOENIX -- Hoping to corral the votes for his school safety plan, Gov. Doug Ducey has agreed to some changes in key provisions that would allow judges to take away someone’s guns, at least on a temporary basis.

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