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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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The state’s chief elections officer said she won’t oppose legal efforts to allow initiative drives to gather the remaining signatures they need online.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich says it's up to Gov. Doug Ducey to make the first decision on whether to let initiative circulators gather signatures online despite a state law to the contrary.

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Conceding there's no way to operate them safely, Gov. Doug Ducey today ordered the shuttering of barbers, beauty parlors, nail salons and spas.

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Arizonans hoping to avoid contracting COVID-19 won't be able to get their hands on an experimental drug, at least not legally here in the state.

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Groups trying to put measures on the November ballot are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to let them gather the remaining signatures they need online.

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The stay-at-home order issued this week by Gov. Doug Ducey has left some Arizonans asking what they can -- and cannot -- legally do.

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In the latest of what has been a flurry of executive orders, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday directed that veterinarians may now use "telemedicine'' to diagnose and treat animals the same way that medical doctors now use telephone and computer hookups to deal with their two-legged clients. And the reason for it is the same as the others: COVID-19.

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he way a federal appellate judge sees it, a squeaky dog toy in the shape of a whiskey bottle, manufactured by an Arizona firm, is "surely not the equivalent of the Mona Lisa.''

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Police and sheriff's deputies are legally entitled to enforce emergency proclamations and orders issued by state and local officials, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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State School Board: Seniors will still graduate
Non-seniors: Unclear how nearly one-third of school year will be made up

The state's estimated 86,000 high school seniors won't be prevented from graduating just because the governor shut down Arizona schools through the end of the academic year.

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