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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 could lose $1.7B under latest health care bill

Arizona stands to lose one-third of its federal funds that support the expanded Medicaid program as early as 2020 if Congress adopts the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, according to legislative budget staffers.

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Ducey defends decision to back Obamacare repeal

Governor doesn’t know how many Arizonans will feel impact of new bill

Gov. Doug Ducey is defending his support for the latest bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act even though he has no idea how much federal aid that would cost the state and how many Arizonans would lose health care.

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Court: Give gays full marriage rights

Arizona Supreme Court rules in favor of parental rights in broad ruling

Saying all marriages are created equal, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the wife of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental rights as if she had been a man.

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Gov. Ducey supports plan to kill Obamacare

Gov. Doug Ducey has thrown his support behind the latest plan to kill the Affordable Care Act despite estimates showing it will cost the state billions in lost federal dollars.

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Arizona jobless rate goes down, nation is up

Age and eating out affect state’s employment numbers

PHOENIX — Want to know what’s propelling Arizona employment? Old people. And folks who like to eat out.

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Ducey: ABOR keeping tuition promise

Tution is ‘as nearly free as possible,’ despite AG’s assertion otherwise, governor says

Arizona’s three universities are in compliance with constitutional requirements to keep instruction “as nearly free as possible,” Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday, despite what Attorney General Mark Brnovich contends.

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Court: No blocking marijuana sales

Arizona’s top judges: No hiding behind federal drug laws

The Arizona Supreme Court won’t allow state and local officials to hide behind federal drug laws to throw roadblocks in the path of those who want to sell marijuana.

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Court won’t help PTSD patients get medical pot

The Arizona Supreme Court will not remove some barriers that now exist for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder to get medical marijuana.

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Arizona utility regulator to take job in Washington

Doug Little accepts post at U.S. DOE

State utility regulator Doug Little is leaving to take a job in the Trump administration.

Court to hear Medicaid challenge

Arizona Supreme Court to consider if levy that funds program expansion is a tax

The state’s high court agreed Tuesday to decide whether a levy that funds Arizona’s expanded Medicaid program was illegally enacted.

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