Howard Fischer, For the Courier

Capitol Media Services

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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Relief down the aisles: prices at the grocery store drop average of 2.5%

PHOENIX — Arizona shoppers can expect to find a bit of relief at the grocery store.

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Regulator calls for 80 percent renewable energy by 2050

PHOENIX — With a renewable energy initiative ready to be filed next week, a state utility regulator is filing his own proposal, one that electric companies are likely to find more attractive.

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Political foe launches last-ditch effort to keep Shooter off August primary ballot

PHOENIX — A political foe of Don Shooter is making a last-ditch effort to keep the ousted former state representative from even trying to make a political comeback.

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Gov. Ducey won’t debate Bennett before Aug. 28 GOP primary

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t debate his Republican foe, with an aide calling Ken Bennett a “fringe’’ candidate despite the fact he was elected secretary of state in 2010.

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Ducey vows to keep troops at Arizona, Mexico border

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t withdraw National Guard troops from the border even though he objected to President Trump’s policy of separating children from their families.

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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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