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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Arizona flu cases spike

A huge spike in the number of flu cases could portend a particularly bad year for the flu in Arizona.

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Congressman Trent Franks resigns from U.S. House after allegedly asking staffers to have his child

PHOENIX -- Congressman Trent Franks said Thursday he is resigning from the U.S. House ahead of an Ethics Committee investigation stemming from his discussion with two female staffers about the possibility of surrogacy.

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Will governor put money where his mouth is on high school coding program?

PHOENIX -- A program to teach coding to high schoolers praised Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey as key to Arizona’s economic future had to be financed by local taxpayers and grants due to the lack of state dollars.

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Proposed legislation would prohibit non-disclosures in sex harassment cases

PHOENIX -- A first-term state lawmaker wants to curb the ability of those accused of sexual harassment or rape to buy silence from their victims.

Ducey opposes plan to clamp down on dark money campaign financing

Gov. Doug Ducey signaled his opposition to a new initiative to forbid anonymous funding of political campaigns, saying it would interfere with the ability of people to participate in campaigns without fear.

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Governor dismisses new report critical of Arizona education funding

Gov. Doug Ducey is fighting back against a report by a left-leaning research group that shows Arizona is spending less on K-12 education today than before the recession when inflation is taken into account.

Medicaid officials prepare contingency plan to continue coverage for children of working poor

With no immediate congressional action in sight, state Medicaid officials are preparing to implement a contingency plan to ensure that nearly 24,000 children of Arizona working poor do not lose their health care coverage this coming month.

Lawmaker wants to repeal law on training required to be hair stylist

Scottsdale Republican wants to repeal a state law which says you can't style hair in Arizona without at least 1,100 hours of training at a state-licensed school.

Legal opinion sought on legislature's authority over Board of Regents

An Oro Valley Republican lawmaker wants to know whether he and fellow legislators can legally clamp down on the Arizona Board of Regents.

ASU journalism school revokes lifetime achievement award given Charlie Rose

Calling the behavior "unacceptable,'' the journalism school at Arizona State University took the unprecedented move of revoking the lifetime achievement award it gave just two years ago to Charlie Rose.

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