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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.

Hobbs asks for Tom Crosby and Peggy Judd to be prosecuted for delaying the election canvass

By: - December 2, 2022

The Republican Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify the election results should be investigated and criminally prosecuted, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a letter to state and county attorneys.  Without repercussions, Hobbs wrote to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, the decision of supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy […]

Lawmakers: Ducey is breaking his promise to protect school funding

By: - December 2, 2022

Arizona lawmakers are demanding Gov. Doug Ducey call a special session to allow the legislature to waive a spending cap that threatens to cut $1.4 billion in public school funding across the state, accusing him of dragging his feet despite clear lawmaker support and his own promises.  “Governor Ducey, all we’re asking you is to […]

Judges mull whether Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban can co-exist with 50 years of laws regulating abortion

By: - November 30, 2022

The future of abortion access in Arizona remains in limbo after a three-judge panel in Tucson heard arguments Wednesday on the validity and application of a near-total ban from 1864 — and whether it can coexist with a 15-week ban passed this year.  The Arizona Court of Appeals took on the case after a trial […]

Majority of Arizonans trust elections, despite persistence of election denialism

By: - November 30, 2022

An overwhelming majority of Arizona voters trust elections and don’t want to see baseless challenges to their outcomes, according to a recent poll. Secure Democracy Foundation, a nonpartisan election policy advocacy group based in Washington D.C., conducted polls in five battleground states ahead of the midterms. Despite persistent and baseless allegations that elections in the […]

Judge throws out Abe Hamadeh’s bid to overturn the election because it’s too early to challenge the results

By: - November 29, 2022

An attempt by Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for attorney general to overturn the election results in a race he lost was dismissed Tuesday afternoon because he ignored a state law requiring election challenges be filed after the election has been certified.  Hamadeh filed a lawsuit last week challenging the election, which he lost to […]

School leaders: Ducey needs to call a special session to lift the school spending cap

By: - November 29, 2022

More than 50 school boards are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to take action to head off a funding cliff that would force public schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets in the middle of the school year, resulting in widespread layoffs and closures.   “We’re asking the current legislators and Gov. Ducey — the […]

Abe Hamadeh’s election challenge lawsuit moves forward, for now

By: - November 28, 2022

A Maricopa County judge gave a tentative go-ahead to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the attorney general’s race, amid criticism that it lacked sufficient evidence and was filed prematurely based on statutory guidelines, though he warned he may yet dismiss the legal challenge.  Last week, Abe Hamadeh, the Republican candidate for attorney […]

Kari Lake files suit against Maricopa County election officials

By: - November 23, 2022

Republican Kari Lake has filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County election officials, demanding they provide information about voters whose ballots were affected by tabulation mishaps in the county on Election Day in a last-ditch attempt to cast doubt on the results that determined she lost her bid for governor. In a video interview with former […]

Young Arizona voters delivered wins for Dems in 2022

By: - November 22, 2022

Young voters are an increasingly powerful segment of the Arizona electorate and helped propel Democratic candidates to key victories during the midterms, but experts and voting advocates say the bloc still has a lot of room to grow.  Voters 65 years and older make up 28% of all registered voters in the state, while only […]

early ballots election audits

Arizona voters rejected new identification requirements on early ballots, Election Day polling sites

By: - November 18, 2022

Arizonans narrowly rejected an attempt to overhaul voter identification requirements for early ballots — which are used by more than 80% of voters — that critics said would have resulted in tens of thousands of ballots being rejected. Proposition 309 would have required voters to include personally identifying information on early ballots and limited the […]

Latino midterm participation increased, advocates say it’s just the start

By: - November 17, 2022

A record number of Latinos participated in the midterms and voter advocacy organizations say that’s just the beginning of the voting bloc’s increasing influence in Arizona.  As many as 400,000 Latinos voted in the November election, according to early voting data analyzed by DJ Quinlan, a partner at Phoenix-based Democratic consulting firm Radar Strategies.  “What’s […]

Arizona tuition Prop 308 election

Arizona says ‘yes’ to in-state tuition rates for undocumented students

By: - November 16, 2022

Hazel Villatoro has called Arizona her home since she was a toddler, but her undocumented status meant she faced higher tuition rates when she started applying to universities, despite otherwise meeting the same residency requirements as her peers.  But the passage of Proposition 308 this month guarantees in-state tuition and access to state-funded financial aid […]