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This episode of Arizona Edition is part two of an interview that aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on July, 2, 2021.  

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Two school districts are telling the governor that he's legally off base in demanding they scrap their quarantine policies. 

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Maricopa County officials say the claims made about the election that some have labeled a "bombshell'' are really a dud. 

 

Victor Calderón/KAWC

While the city of Yuma gets a lot of attention for its proximity to the United States-Mexico border, it isn’t the only Yuma County city on the border. That distinction also belongs to the small city of San Luis. 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The outside contractors conducting the audit of the 2020 election told GOP lawmakers Thursday they already have identified a series of inconsistencies between information that Maricopa County reported and what they have found. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 
 

PHOENIX -- A judge has slapped down efforts by the state Senate and Karen Fann, its president, to avoid having to disclose various documents related to the audit of the 2020 election. 

 

The water levels behind the Colorado River’s biggest dams are fast-approaching or already at record lows. The historic 21-year megadrought that is squeezing some Western states’ water supplies will also likely start showing up in energy bills, because those dams can’t produce as much electricity. 

By Howard Fischer 

Capitol Media Services 
 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

(Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey tapped an attorney who represents employers in legal matters, including with workers, to be the newest justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. 

 

Drier springs bring hotter summers in the withering Southwest

Jul 9, 2021
(Luke Runyon/KUNC)

A question has bothered climatologist Park Williams during the decade he’s been probing drought in the Southwest. Like other climate scientists, he knew from research papers and worldwide storm patterns that a warming atmosphere is thirstier and sops up more moisture from oceans and the land.

This story aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on July 2, 2021   

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to let Arizona refuse to count early ballots that voters forgot to sign initially and did not fix by election night. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The attorney for Senate President Karen Fann told a judge Wednesday that the public has no right to know who is paying for the audit of the 2020 election the Senate is conducting. 

Or, for that matter, pretty much anything else related to how Cyber Ninjas, the outside firm hired to do the work, is handling it. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The former chairman of the Navajo County Democratic Party is spearheading an effort to get voters to overturn three changes in election laws approved this year by the Republican-controlled legislature in the wake of Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A federal judge has slapped down a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to get the federal government to take custody of and deport more people who are here illegally and do it quicker. 

Yuma County Sheriff's Office

If you live in Yuma County and are missing a potbelly pig, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know it is in good health. And it is ready to come home. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizonans may get the last word on a nearly $2 billion tax cut plan that mainly benefits the wealthy. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- It looks like Bruce Babbitt is going to remain the last Arizona governor to have a veto overridden, at least for the time being. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona schools would be required to teach that any claim that the state of Israel has no right to exist is anti-Semitic, according to legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Saying it might lead to more -- and better -- candidates, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to more than triple their own cost-of-living allowance, at least for those who live outside Maricopa County. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona is going to get to keep its laws against "ballot harvesting'' and saying that only votes cast within the proper precinct get counted. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation putting in place an immediate $1.3 billion tax cut, set to rise to $1.9 billion, that is designed largely to benefit the most wealthy. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 

Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The race for governor continues to get more crowded. 

On Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Aaron Lieberman of Paradise Valley added his name to the list of contenders to fill the office once incumbent Doug Ducey has to leave at the end of 2022 due to term limits. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers have absolute immunity from being sued by those who are the targets of legislative investigative reports, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- It's not just the future of whether Arizona gets to keep its ban on "ballot harvesting'' that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week. 

Lou Gum

Part two of this series aired on KAWC’s Arizona Edition on June 25, 2021. To listen to part one visit here.   

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers voted Friday to require that students be exposed to the stories of people who have fled communism as part of a curriculum to prepare them to be "civically responsible and knowledgeable adults.'' 

 

Luke Runyon/KUNC

Colorado River water managers could be pulled back to the negotiating table as soon as next year to keep its biggest reservoirs from declining further.

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