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Howard Fischer, For the Independent
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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Republican lawmakers took the first steps Monday to making it more difficult for those who have crossed the border illegally to get public benefits.

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The way Justine Wadsack sees it, some people looking for new homes may want to be in a legislative district where they are represented by someone who shares their political views.

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A year after exempting themselves from public records laws, state lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to formally repeal requirements that they obey the same open meeting laws that exist for everyone else.

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The Arizona Free Enterprise Club is asking a judge to void proposed rules that say its members have no right to photograph, approach, question and even seek "documentation'' of voters who are using drop boxes.

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Arizona schools could soon be providing lessons that have an animated video of Christopher Columbus saying that "being taken as a slave is better than being killed.''

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A new lawsuit against Secretary of State Adrian Fontes could end up affecting whether Arizonans will actually get a voice in the November presidential election.

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Saying thieves pay attention, a state lawmaker and a prosecutor are moving to enhance the penalty against those who engage in multiple incidents of organized retail theft.

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The flying cars that The Jetsons made us believe we would all have by now haven't quite materialized.

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Gov. Katie Hobbs insists that her plan to take 8.9% out of the state land trust every year to pay for her plan to boost education funding won't harm the account.

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It's not quite like taxing Arizona's abundant sun.

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