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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Suburb growth causes Arizona population to swell

PHOENIX -- If you’re wondering where Arizona is putting all of its new residents, look to the far suburbs.

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Minimum wage takes another 50-cent jump in Arizona in January

PHOENIX -- What would you do with an extra $1,000 a year?

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McSally gets nod from Ducey to succeed Kyl in U.S.Senate

PHOENIX -- A month after losing her own bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Doug Ducey is appointing Martha McSally to a vacant seat in the upper chamber of Congress.

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Jon Kyl to resign U.S.Senate seat Dec. 31

PHOENIX -- Saying his commitment was only until the end of the year, Jon Kyl is stepping down from the Senate seat to which he was named less than four months ago.

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Ducey threatens veto if lawmakers alter drought plan

Gov. Doug Ducey threatened to veto any drought contingency plan that does not equitably divide up the pain of Arizona having less water in 2020 and eventually leads to lower water use in the state.

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Arizona taxpayers get $2 million bill for effort to block ‘Dreamers’ from driving

The unsuccessful bid by Gov. Jan Brewer and the state to keep “dreamers’’ from getting licenses to drive is going to cost Arizona nearly $2 million.

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Lawmaker seeks repeal of ‘sneaky’ state vehicle fee

Calling its enactment “sneaky,’’ a veteran lawmaker wants to repeal a new $32-a-vehicle fee on every car, truck, motorcycle and trailer that is being used to balance the state budget.

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Gov. Ducey says Trump tweet on border surge raises questions

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday he has no knowledge of Arizona “bracing for a massive surge’’ of migrants through a “non-walled’’ part of the border despite a warning by President Trump.

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Local school districts cash in on Volkswagen lawsuit settlement

PHOENIX -- Beaver Creek, Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union High School are among the more than four dozen Arizona school districts getting new school buses at no cost to taxpayers.

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Rep. Stringer of Prescott loses chairmanship for ‘vile’ comments

Lawmaker under fire under over remarks on race, immigration

The latest comments by a Prescott Republican lawmaker about race, immigration and assimilation have cost him the chairmanship of a committee he has sought for years.

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