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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Judge rules Shooter qualified to run for Senate

Dismisses alternate address outside district

Don Shooter is a resident of Yuma and is legally qualified to make a bid for a political comeback to be a senator from the legislative district that he has represented before, a judge ruled Friday.

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Attorney: Facebook block lawsuit versus Rep. Gosar is flawed

No one is currently blocked from his Facebook page

A congressional attorney is asking a federal judge here to toss out a lawsuit demanding that Rep. Paul Gosar be barred from blocking them — or anyone — from his Facebook page.

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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Bennett doubles-down, would not appoint Cindy McCain to Senate

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is using the question of who would replace John McCain in the U.S. Senate — if or when McCain resigns or dies — to round up votes and raise money for Bennett’s gubernatorial campaign.

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Former state Sen. Bennett to challenge Ducey in primary

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey isn’t going to get a free ride to the November election.

Arizona unemployment rate reaches 4.9 percent; US at 3.9 percent

Arizona’s jobless rate is stalled - and at a rate higher than earlier this year -- even as the national figure continues to drop.

Judge: ‘No citizen has legal right to ignore, defy officer’ during traffic stop

Waiting until you’re on your own property before pulling over for police won’t save you from having you or your vehicle legally searched.

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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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