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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.

A new year means some new laws are now in effect

By: - January 3, 2023

A new year means new beginnings, and the same holds true for some state laws.  The vast majority of new laws become official 90 days after the end of the legislative session in which they were approved, but some are delayed for a later date, often to give agencies time to prepare for their implementation. […]

New GOP-proposed bill targets preferred pronoun use in schools

By: - December 28, 2022

Arizona legislators are beginning to file bill proposals for the upcoming legislative session and one of the first seeks to restrict the use of students’ preferred pronouns in schools.  The proposal, aimed at transgender and nonbinary students, comes on the heels of a year marked by a wave of anti-LGBTQ laws across the country. The […]

Hamadeh’s election challenge shot down by judge 

By: - December 23, 2022

Abraham Hamadeh’s bid to throw out the results of the race for Arizona attorney general that he lost based on unsubstantiated allegations of misconduct failed to convince a Mohave County Superior Court Judge on Friday.  Judge Lee Jantzen dismissed the case after attorneys sparred over just 14 ballots submitted as evidence.  “The bottom line is […]

Judge rejects suit challenging Prop. 209, appeal on the horizon

By: - December 23, 2022

A lawsuit hoping to void the medical debt reforms in Proposition 209, overwhelmingly approved by voters in November, was dismissed on Thursday by a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge.  A group of lenders and debt collectors alleged that the guidelines for wage garnishment in Prop. 209 were too vague and posed legal and financial risks […]

Judge denies Hamadeh’s request to inspect more documents ahead of trial

By: - December 22, 2022

A last-minute request from Abraham Hamadeh to increase the number of election documents he can inspect ahead of a trial to decide whether misconduct cost him the attorney general race was denied by a judge on Thursday.  Hamadeh is challenging his 511-vote loss to Democratic Attorney General-elect Kris Mayes, claiming that incorrectly counted ballots and […]

Conservative groups sue to block voter-approved ‘dark money’ law

By: - December 21, 2022

Two conservative groups are suing to block Proposition 211, which targets dark money in elections, arguing that it violates the constitutional right to freedom of speech.  Prop. 211, dubbed the ‘Voters Right to Know Act,”was approved by an overwhelming majority of Arizona voters in November and became law earlier this month after the election was […]

Abraham Hamadeh lawsuit will go to trial, request to inspect ballots approved

By: - December 20, 2022

Abraham Hamadeh got the green light from a Mohave County Superior Court judge to go to trial over an election he says was compromised by misconduct.  Earlier this month, Republican Hamadeh filed a lawsuit alleging that his 511-vote loss to Democrat Kris Mayes in the race for Arizona attorney general was the result of election […]

Maricopa County says Hamadeh’s lawsuit logic is flawed

By: - December 19, 2022

Abraham Hamadeh’s reason for his request to inspect ballots — which he hopes will turn up some evidence of misconduct in the race he lost — is fatally flawed and should be dismissed by the court, according to attorneys for Maricopa County.  Hamadeh, the Republican nominee for attorney general, filed a lawsuit claiming that a […]

Debt collectors, reform advocates spar in court over fate of Prop. 209

By: - December 19, 2022

The lawsuit seeking to void voter-approved medical debt reforms in Proposition 209 should be rejected because it’s too vague and doesn’t sufficiently prove its claim that the new laws cause harm, said attorneys for the state and Healthcare Rising Arizona, which ran the ballot measure’s campaign.  Earlier this month, a group of debt collectors and […]

Hobbs: Hamadeh’s lawsuit lacks evidence and facts, should be rejected

By: - December 15, 2022

Republican Abraham Hamadeh’s lawsuit requesting that the election he lost be overturned has no leg to stand on and should be rejected by the court, said Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. “(This) election contest is little more than a claim in search of a factual basis,” Hobbs’ attorney, Andy Gaona, wrote in a motion asking […]

Mayes’ attorney slams Hamadeh’s election challenge as speculation, says it should be dismissed

By: - December 15, 2022

A lawsuit from Abraham Hamadeh seeking to overturn the election he lost should be thrown out of court for its complete lack of evidence, attorneys for his opponent say.  Hamadeh, the Republican nominee for attorney general, challenged his 511-vote loss last week, alleging that election misconduct across the state cost him a victory. Dan Barr, […]

Abe Hamadeh challenges election results, says election issues across the state cost him the race

By: - December 9, 2022

Republican Abe Hamadeh, who lost the office of attorney general by just 511 votes, filed a lawsuit against election officials across the state, claiming, without proof, that a combination of uncounted votes for him and illegal votes for his opponent cost him the election. “At 511 votes out of 2.5 million, our race is the […]