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Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Gomez joined the Arizona Mirror in August 2022. Prior to that, she wrote for the Mirror as the UA School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. She has written for the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic and worked at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. She graduated in 2022 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science, with a Spanish minor. She’s a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

GOP leaders ask to intervene in Arizona abortion lawsuit

By: - February 6, 2023

Top Republicans are asking to defend an abortion law from 2021, in light of Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes’ unwillingness to do so. 

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GOP proposal would dramatically increase signature requirements for ballot measures

By: - February 3, 2023

Lawmakers are seeking to place a measure on the 2024 ballot that critics say could further hamstring Arizonans’ efforts to pass their own laws.  Since it was ratified in 1912, Arizona’s Constitution has given citizens the right to put changes to state law and the constitution on the ballot, as long as they gather the […]

Arizona Republicans approve bill to criminalize ‘evil’ drag shows

By: - February 2, 2023

Concerns that a proposal seeking to restrict drag shows could lead to the criminalization of transgender Arizonans were ignored by Republican lawmakers on Thursday, who defended their approval of the bill by equating drag with pedophilia and calling it “evil” that must be stamped out.  “I will do everything I can as a senator in […]

Arizona considers a doomed GOP bathroom bill, advocates warn of harm from continued anti-trans rhetoric

By: - February 1, 2023

Harrison knew when he was five that he was different, but he didn’t have the words to explain why he belonged in the boy’s restroom, and not forced into the girl’s. When he came out as trans in middle school, his classmates reacted with threats of assault.  Being able to use the right bathroom then […]

education funding

Lawmakers, some reluctantly, take first steps to address school spending limit

By: - February 1, 2023

With less than a month to go before schools are forced to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets, lawmakers took the first step towards addressing the problem on Tuesday — although some made sure to say they had reservations about doing so.  “My top concerns (are) academic achievement, rigor in the classroom and preparedness for […]

Bills would exempt period products, diapers from taxes

By: and - January 31, 2023

As many as 15 states have already eliminated the sales taxes from period products and diapers, and Arizona could be next.  Two identical bills have been introduced this year that would remove the sales tax added to feminine hygiene products, infant diapers and incontinence products.  The effort to give women and parents across the state […]

Proposal to increase felony charges for sex offenders could criminalize teen relationships

By: - January 27, 2023

A proposal to increase the punishments for sexual offenders could put teenagers in prison.  State law punishes sexual conduct with a minor who is at least 15 with a class 6 felony — the least serious felony type, which can potentially be moved down to a misdemeanor. House Bill 2169 seeks to rectify that by […]

education funding

Lawmakers mull a solution to the school spending cap, amid urgent calls to act

By: - January 26, 2023

As schools across the state face down an impending fiscal cliff, lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss what their options are — despite the fact that legislation to address the issue has been ready to go since the session started.  The financial dilemma is caused by school funding in the state exceeding, for the second […]

Republican election bills based on conspiracy theories, political grudges, advance

By: - January 26, 2023

Fueled by election conspiracy theories and axes to grind against political opponents, Republican legislators gave initial approval to a slate of bills on Wednesday that served as veiled rebukes against the 2022 midterm elections and the officials who oversaw them.  Democrats and Republicans clashed over the insinuation that Gov. Katie Hobbs, who served as Secretary […]

GOP bill would allow school boards to throw out superintendents whose districts have failing schools

By: - January 24, 2023

School boards would have broader power to fire superintendents they believe are failing to meet the job’s responsibilities, under a new proposal that critics say could put board members at odds with the person they hired to run the districts — to the detriment of the schools they oversee.  Currently, state law limits superintendents to […]

‘Drag is art’: Drag artists, LGBTQ community and allies rally against GOP vitriol

By: - January 23, 2023

Rey spent more than six hours perfecting her look for a protest against anti-drag bills at the state Capitol on Sunday. The 18-year-old donned a cinched corset, bright red lipstick, white eye contacts and two tall hand-made horns — both of which curved around a sign that read, in capital letters: DRAG IS ART!  “I […]

Federal judge allows Arizona to implement genetic-abnormality abortion ban

By: - January 20, 2023

A ruling Thursday from a federal judge that reinstates an abortion ban from 2021 has once again complicated the legal landscape for providers in Arizona.  U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Rayes refused to block a law that prohibits doctors from performing abortions due to the fetus’ genetic abnormality, saying that the overturning of Roe v. […]