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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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Home builders can't escape their legal responsibility to create "habitable'' houses by instead giving buyers a different kind of warranty, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

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Gov. Doug Ducey wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it's historic decision in Roe v. Wade and leave the question of whether to allow abortion in Arizona to state lawmakers - and to him as an unapologetic foe of the practice.

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Groups linked to Donald Trump and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election have put more than $5.6 million into the audit run by a man who himself has touted some of the same rhetoric.

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A group of Arivaca residents and protesters has quietly dropped its lawsuit demanding better public access to the Border Patrol checkpoint in the community.

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The state's top health official is quitting. Cara Christ is leaving as director of the Department of Health Services to become chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Her last day will be Aug. 27.

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Ken Bennett is unhappy with what's going on at the Senate's audit of the 2020 election and threatened Wednesday to quit, though it now looks like he's staying on.

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Senate President Karen Fann now wants documents from Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in a sign the audit, which was supposed to be only about the 2020 election results, is now expanding in scope.

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An organization that pushes for lower taxes and less government regulation is trying to deny Arizonans the option to decide whether they want to approve or veto the $1.9 billion in tax cuts enacted last month by the Republican-controlled legislature.

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A federal judge has thrown out a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to void provisions in a COVID-19 federal relief package that preclude any of the cash being used for tax cuts.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his refusal to reimpose mitigation measures to help slow the increasing spread of COVID-19.

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