Howard Fischer, for the Courier

Capitol Media Services

Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 26 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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State, Yavapai unemployment rates drop again; increase in construction employment continues

Arizona’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state’s construction industry.

Initiative aims to eliminate ‘dark money’ in Arizona’s political campaigns

Republican Vernon Parker said Wednesday he supports an initiative to outlaw “dark money’’ in political campaigns because he knows what it’s like to be the victim of it.

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Lawsuit claims Don Shooter not eligible to run for LD13 seat

A Republican contender for state Senate is trying to short-circuit a bid by ousted Rep. Don Shooter to get back into the Legislature.

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Groups seek to void Arizona initiative law

Several organizations are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void a law they say will make it more difficult for groups like theirs to put initiatives on the ballot.

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Medical marijuana protection legislation comes up short

Arizona’s more than 162,000 medical marijuana users are not going to get any state protection from being sold drugs that are tainted with pesticides or mold, at least not for the time being.

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Arizona Supreme Court to hear arguments on Snowbowl effluent case

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Hopi tribe can try to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Gov. Ducey pushing school safety bill, despite party opposition

Undeterred by opposition from his own party, Gov. Doug Ducey is determined to make another bid this coming year to let parents and school officials ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves or others -- assuming he’s still governor.

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Arizona Senate OKs budget with big teacher raise

The Arizona Senate has passed a $10.4 billion state budget plan that provides more than $300 million in raises for many of the state's striking teachers after working all night.

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Initiative would target high-income earners with surcharge for education funding

Ignored by the governor and GOP lawmakers, a coalition of teachers, parents and education advocates are taking their case for more state dollars for classrooms directly to voters even as Ducey and legislative leaders say they’ve reached a budget deal — one that ignores those demands.

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Campbell proposes one-cent sales tax for education

Prescott representative: 'If you've got a better idea, put it in writing'

PHOENIX – With a teacher pay plan eluding a deal and what he contends are unrealistic revenue estimates from Gov. Doug Ducey, a Prescott Republican lawmaker wants colleagues to consider a financial "bridge'' to provide immediate dollars.

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