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Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow

Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow

Gloria Gomez is a senior at the University of Arizona and the 2022 UA School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. Gomez has interned at the Arizona Daily Star and worked at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. She is a dual major 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. The UA School of Journalism started the fellowship in 1977 to honor Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter killed in a 1976 car bombing.

voting hacking

Every voter’s name, address and ballot would be published online after every election under GOP proposal

By: - March 22, 2022

Every voter who casts a ballot would have their name and address published online by election officials under a proposal being backed by Republican legislators.  The secretary of state would also have to say whether each voter cast their ballot early or in person on Election Day. The measure is one of a host of […]

Shelved bill banning LGBTQ discrimination, conversion therapy sparks debate

By: - March 18, 2022

Advocates for LGBTQ rights and defenders of religious freedom faced off during a Thursday hearing over a bill proposing to ban discrimination and conversion therapy.  The bill will not be moving forward, assured House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who co-sponsored the bipartisan measure. Instead, the hearing was intended to provide a forum to discuss its strengths […]

Republican-backed measure to restrict filming of police officers passes Senate committee

By: - March 17, 2022

Legislation which would make it illegal to film police officers within eight feet of them is closer to becoming law, despite concerns that it could hinder efforts to document misconduct. “We believe that this bill stacks the deck against the public check on officer misconduct,” Timothy Sparling, a lawyer and legislative advocate for Arizona Attorneys […]

Legislators take aim at mask mandates in schools

By: - March 15, 2022

Schools could have their hands tied in the future by a legislative proposal hoping to prohibit masking requirements without a parent’s OK.  An attempt last year to ban mask mandates in public schools was killed by the Arizona Supreme Court, which ruled that it was unconstitutional to package such legislation in budget bills. The new […]

Senate approves bill requiring teachers to post curriculum online

By: - March 15, 2022

Citing a need for academic transparency, Senate Republicans on Monday approved a bill that would require teachers to post all their lesson plans and materials online for parental review, despite some reservations.  “In my opinion (it) really does add a lot of busywork for teachers. … I think some of it is good. Parents should […]

Courts

Proposed legislation would publish mugshots of undocumented immigrants online

By: - March 14, 2022

Undocumented immigrants on supervised probation who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony would have their pictures published online under a new legislative proposal framed as a way to collect data on crime rates in the immigrant community — but critics say it’s simply an attempt to single them out.  K.M. Bell, an attorney […]

Effort to punish human smugglers could end up criminalizing undocumented parents

By: - March 11, 2022

Republican proposals seeking to criminalize anyone transporting or illegally immigrating with undocumented minors are moving unimpeded through the legislature.  A bill conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators during a Thursday hearing, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading.   “If we’re going to talk about transporting […]

Movie tax credit bill will cost Arizona big, legislative analysists say

By: - March 10, 2022

A new analysis of a push to lure movie productions to Arizona with $150 million in tax credits says claims that the state will see a return on its investment are unfounded — and the state could end up getting little in return for its money.  Legislative budget analysts looked at Senate Bill 1708 and […]

GOP bills to restrict some voter registrations clear Senate committee

By: - March 8, 2022

Senate Republicans on Monday advanced bills on voter registration that critics say will discourage some younger people — particularly college students — from registering to vote.  On Monday afternoon, the Senate Government Committee considered bills from the lower chamber. One bill would ban same-day voter registration — something that doesn’t exist in Arizona. Instead, residents […]

Rape evidence kit

Still no evidence of governor’s claim that victims are being billed for rape kits

By: - March 4, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey’s claim that facilities in some Arizona counties are charging victims to process their rape kits is disputed by almost every county, and those advancing the claim refuse to reveal where it’s happening.

A ‘punitive model’ for failing schools: GOP proposal would let charters take over district schools

By: - March 4, 2022

In 2019, there were 180 Arizona schools that received a D or F rating and new legislation given preliminary approval by the House would hand over their operations or shut them down if they don’t improve.  House Bill 2808 establishes the Arizona Achievement District. This district is made up of high-performing district and charter schools […]

Bills to increase scrutiny of school library books, access to classrooms advance

By: - March 2, 2022

Schools would be required to publicly post every new book bought for their libraries, have elected governing board members approve all new book purchases and let parents know every book their child checks out under a proposal Senate Republicans advanced Tuesday. Critics said the new requirements would decrease diversity of viewpoints by adding library books […]