Howard Fischer is a veteran journalist who has reported on state government and legal affairs in Arizona since 1982, the last 27 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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Gov. Ducey doubles down on gun provision of school safety plan

MESA — Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his push for a law to let judges take guns from some people considered “dangerous’’ even though it was that provision that killed pretty much his entire school safety plan earlier this year.

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Education tax initiative hinges on ‘percent’ vs. ‘percentage’

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.’’

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Ducey confident about getting opioid crisis under control

Gov. Doug Ducey is claiming progress on getting the opioid crisis under control even as the rate of overdoses shows no sign of abating.

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Gov. Ducey rejects Pope’s view on death penalty

Gov. Doug Ducey said he will obey Arizona law and not Pope Francis, who has now declared that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases.

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Governor says Arizona law trumps papal decree on capital punishment

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said he will obey Arizona law and not Pope Francis, who has now declared that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases.

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‘Ballot harvesting’ suit questions 2016 law; activist calls it violation of her rights

PHOENIX — Attorneys for a Democrat activist told a federal judge Friday, Aug. 10, there is a legal and constitutional right for her and others to deliver someone else’s ballot to polling places.

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High court water ruling could impact development in rural areas

The Arizona Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to new development in and around Sierra Vista even if it could dry up the San Pedro River — and even if it turns out that the home buyers later end up with nothing but sand coming out of their faucets.

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Gov. Ducey doesn’t consider media ‘enemy of the people’

PHOENIX — He said it isn’t always a smooth relationship.

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Federal court rules mother of teen killed by Border Patrol agent can sue

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the mother of a teen shot by a Border Patrol agent through the fence has a legal right to sue him — and, by extension, the federal government as his employer — in U.S. courts for wrongful death.

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Anti-adoption rules for Native children 'racist,' attorney says in wake of ruling by 9th Circuit

PHOENIX — A court has thrown out a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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