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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AG delines charges against Gowan despite 'questionable ... unethical behavior'

Attorney General Mark Brnovich said his attorneys and investigators found "a lot of questionable, even I would say unethical behavior'' in the actions of Gowan. These included multiple trips that Gowan took around the state in 2016 while running for Congress -- many far from his legislative district -- while saying he was on state business, a claim that enabled him to get reimbursed by the state for his expenses.

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New report highly critical of relationship between city councils and municipal courts

PHOENIX -- The current system of having city courts under the control of council members is so flawed that it needs to be overhauled or scrapped entirely, according to a new report.

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Voucher foes using paid circulators

PHOENIX -- Foes of taxpayer funded school vouchers are now using paid circulators to boost the chances that voters get the last word on the legislatively approved expansion of the program.

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Judge upholds law stifling Libertarian ballot presence

PHOENIX -- A federal judge has rebuffed a bid by the Libertarian Party to kill an Arizona law even its sponsors concede was designed to make it harder for minor party candidates to get on the general election ballot.

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Deal re-examines predator trapping practices to save endangered cat

Fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the United States, some in Arizona

Federal officials have agreed to analyze — and revise if necessary — their programs to catch predators in Arizona to ensure that they do not also harm the endangered ocelot.

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Prosecutors concede to defense claims in Border Patrol teen murder case

Prosecutors in the murder case against a Border Patrol agent are now willing to concede that the teen he shot and killed through the border fence was throwing rocks -- and apparently was trying to assist drug smugglers.

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At least for now, ‘Dreamers’ on equal footing with in-state residents for university tuition

Dreamers at the state’s three universities will be able to continue to go the school while paying the same tuition as other Arizona residents, at least for the time being.

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Elections fraud commission to review Arizona voter data

The state’s top election official is preparing to turn over data on Arizona’s 3.6 million registration voters to the head of a Trump-created commission exploring elections fraud.

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Court defers question on ‘dreamer’ driver’s license to Department of Justice

The ability of “dreamers’’ living in Arizona to drive could depend on what the Trump administration thinks.

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New health care plan to cost Arizona at least $2.9 billion

The new Senate health care plan would cost Arizona at least $2.9 billion between next year and 2026 -- and perhaps as much as $7.1 billion -- according to a new analysis by the Ducey administration.

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