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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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System failure alleged as candidate petitions near due date
Rep. contender Gaynor accuses Sec. Hobbs of injustice

Problems in the system for candidates to qualify for the ballot with online signatures may leave some of them out of the 2022 race.

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Some Republican lawmakers want to revisit -- and repeal -- the 2016 measure that stripped local governments of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.

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Federal officials are ordering Arizona to rescind its policy of giving COVID dollars only to schools without mask mandates or face having to give back $163 million in aid.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delivered his final State of the State speech to legislators on Monday, placing priority on a $1 billion desalination project for a lasting and secure supply of water. Additionally, he wants a major cash investment to get students who have fallen behind due to COVID back on track.

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Lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday with a full agenda of things they want, ranging from re-enacting what the Supreme Court voided to deciding what to do about previously approved tax cuts that are subject to voter repeal.

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The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday issued a broad ruling that will change forever how state budgets are adopted.

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Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona lawmakers appear finally ready to act on a more permanent solution to the fact that it's hotter and dryer -- and there just isn't enough water to sustain the state's growth.

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Arizona added nearly 109,000 new residents last year.

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Arizona nets tepid early numbers from sports betting
'These numbers are going to go up'

Arizonans bet nearly $780 million in the first two months the state allowed gambling on sporting events.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down in his fight with public schools over their virus policies, offering cash to parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools if a school -- or even a classroom -- has to shut down for even one day due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

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