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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.

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Arizona 2022 midterm election voter guide

By: - September 15, 2022

Election Day falls on Tuesday, Nov. 8. To be eligible to vote, make sure you’re registered by Oct. 11. The best way to do this is by visiting the Arizona Department of Transportation website’s voter registration portal at: Arizona Voter Registration – ServiceArizona – ADOT & MVD Services. It’s also a good idea to double-check […]

Flagstaff needs 7,000 more homes, no easy solution in sight

By: - September 9, 2022

Flagstaff has a shortage of more than 7,000 homes and local developers blame complicated zoning codes — but city officials refute that, saying the issue is much less clear cut.  The city’s challenges were the focus of the fifth meeting of a housing supply study committee held by state legislators in Flagstaff on Wednesday afternoon.  […]

New voter bloc of naturalized citizens might swing Arizona midterms

By: - September 2, 2022

A wave of newly naturalized voters in Arizona could help determine the result of the 2022 midterm elections, advocates say. 

Arizonans can get the new COVID-19 omicron booster as soon as next week

By: - September 2, 2022

Arizonans can expect to line up for the new omicron-aimed COVID-19 booster shot as soon as next week, now that the vaccines have been approved for deployment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The shots, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, were granted emergency authorization by the FDA on Wednesday, in recognition of the […]

Private school students flock to expanded school voucher program

By: - September 1, 2022

In the first two weeks since applications for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account program opened, roughly three of every four students who sought school voucher funding had never set foot in an Arizona public school. That represents a major departure from how ESAs, as they’re typically called, were designed. The selling point was that they […]

Inflation Reduction Act helps seniors with health care costs

By: - August 30, 2022

Retirees in Arizona struggle to divide monthly social security payments of $1,667 between rent, food and healthcare bills. Provisions in the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act seek to ease some of that budget strain by introducing caps on rapidly rising Medicare costs.  “In the past year, Medicare went from $143 a month to $178. You […]

Whiplash: Free and Fair Elections Act won’t be on the ballot after last-minute math changes

By: - August 26, 2022

A ballot initiative to reform elections and campaign finance laws was barred from the November ballot on Friday afternoon by the Arizona Supreme Court after a week of legal activity that saw the measure’s fate reversed. 

Arizona Supreme Court keeps sweeping election ballot measure in limbo

By: and - August 25, 2022

A ballot initiative that would overhaul Arizona election and campaign finance laws is tentatively approved for voters to consider in the November election — but that could change Friday if the Arizona Supreme Court doesn’t like how a trial judge counted the initiative’s signatures. Nearly two hours after the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline that Maricopa […]

Democrats sound the alarm over anti-abortion GOP candidates

By: - August 25, 2022

On the two-month anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Roe v. Wade, Arizona Democratic Party chair Raquel Terán slammed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters, calling him dangerous for women in the state and across the country, and urging voters to reject him.  “If Blake Masters ever gets his way, women across the […]

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Arizona’s housing crisis goes hand-in-hand with the state’s water and heat crises

By: - August 24, 2022

A recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition ranked Arizona among the five worst states for affordable housing, with just 26 available options for every 100 extremely low income households.  Amid this crisis, state legislators met Wednesday with experts to discuss the environmental challenges to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Arizona […]

A Republican candidate’s bold pitch: Arizona should give all teachers a $10,000 pay raise

By: - August 23, 2022

A Republican legislative candidate is proposing a $10,000 pay raise for every teacher in Arizona, but the president of the state’s largest teacher’s union isn’t convinced.  Matt Gress, a candidate for the state House of Representatives aiming to represent District 4 in northeast Phoenix, announced his “Pay Teachers First” plan on Monday, centered around an […]

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

By: - May 13, 2022

Valley residents spend an average of 62 hours a year staring at license plates while stuck in traffic. But specialty license plates are more than just decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year, which began in July 2021.  Currently, the Arizona Department […]