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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Attorney: Citizens Clean Elections Commission lacks power to impose fines

A group that spent $260,000 attacking a 2014 foe of Doug Ducey in his first gubernatorial race is trying — again — to escape paying a fine for violating state campaign finance laws.

Appeals court rules breast implant company not liable in lawsuit

Just because a silicone breast implant ruptures does not give the patient the right to sue, a federal appeals court ruled last week.

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Reports: Arizona Dems raising more than state's GOP

The Arizona Democratic Party is outraising the state GOP — by a lot.

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Jobless numbers barely budge in Arizona

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate barely budged last month as the number of jobs available pretty much matched the number of people entering the workforce.

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Fired staffer set to return to Arizona Senate

A federal judge late Thursday ordered the Arizona Senate to reinstate a staffer who a jury concluded had been the victim of racial and sexual discrimination.

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Ducey won’t criticize power rates

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t criticize the the rates being charged by the state’s largest electric company despite the fact that 8 percent of its residential customers could not — or would not — pay their bills this summer.

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Audit: University of Arizona may have misspent millions

Report: Arizona Board of Regents leasing out property without proper oversight

The Arizona Board of Regents is leasing out property for commercial use without proper oversight and with only limited transparency, creating a “risk of inappropriate use of public resources’’ according to a new audit.

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Federal appeals court calls AG Brnovich’s argument about pressure cooker settlement legally irrelevant

A federal appeals court has slapped down a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to undo a class-action settlement of a lawsuit over allegedly defective pressure cookers.

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Lawmakers to take closer look at school voucher approval process

State lawmakers are going to spend at least $125,000 to determine why parents seeking to use state funds for private and parochial schools say they can’t get approved.

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Staffers for state’s largest newspaper vote to form union

Reporters, photographers and non-management staffers at the state’s largest newspaper voted Thursday to form a union.

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