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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AG wants to criminalize pot extracts, edibles

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to declare possession of hashish a crime, including for patients, even as state-licensed dispensaries sell not just that but other products and edibles made with marijuana extracts, all apparently with the knowledge and approval of state health officials.

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Jobless rate up slightly in Arizona to 4.7 percent

PHOENIX — The state’s jobless rate is up one-tenth of a point and stands exactly where it did a year ago. And it’s now a full point higher than the national figure.

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Chispa Arizona launching $2.8M ad campaign for Kennedy, Sears’ ACC bid

If money is speech, the state’s largest electric utility is not going to have the only voice this year in trying to affect who gets elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Gov. Ducey, GOP outspending Garcia for re-election bid

PHOENIX — Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey is burying his Democratic foe in a landslide of dollars.

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Fight over Prop 127 becoming most expensive in state history

PHOENIX — Tom Steyer has spent more than $18 million so far in his bid to convince Arizonans to support a constitutional mandate that half of all electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

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Rep. Martha McSally accuses Senate opponent Sinema of ‘treason’

Hoping to remind voters of her foe’s history, Republican senatorial contender Martha McSally said Monday that Kyrsten Sinema, her Democratic foe, is guilty of “treason.’’

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Scientist: ‘It turns out Arizona is earthquake country’

Preparedness drill scheduled for Thursday morning

PHOENIX — It’s not quite the “duck and cover’’ exercises of the 1950 when school children were practicing to be prepared for nuclear attack.

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Gov. Ducey signs executive order for autonomous cars in Arizona

PHOENIX — Four years after allowing companies to test driverless cars on Arizona streets, Gov. Doug Ducey is moving to make the state the center of testing for the next generation of autonomous automobiles.

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Carolyn Warner, Arizona political legend, dies at 88

PHOENIX – If it weren't for Bill Schulz, Carolyn Warner, who died Tuesday, could have been the first woman governor of Arizona.

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