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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.

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 […]

Phoenix Union High School District announces support of trans students, denounces anti-trans legislation

By: - May 11, 2022

Last week, Phoenix’s third-largest school district issued a statement in support of transgender youth across the state, denouncing recently passed legislation that targets trans student athletes.  The governing board of Phoenix Union High School District unanimously approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1165, which bars trans girls and women from joining the athletic teams of […]

On eve of first Arizona execution in 8 years, advocates call for an end to the death penalty

By: - May 11, 2022

Khalil Rushdan knows firsthand what a prison looks like during an execution. In 1997, he was hard at work in the kitchen of an Arizona prison the day it happened.  “That day was the only day that it was silent. Everybody in that yard knew what was going on,” he said.  On Wednesday morning, Clarence […]

‘Where is the justice?’: Indigenous families plead for help combatting violence

By: - May 6, 2022

Odelia Jose should be enjoying her retirement surrounded by family. Instead, the 58-year-old member of the Gila River tribe is in a state of constant grief after losing two of her three children to violence — a tragically common story among indigenous people in Arizona, which ranks third in the nation for missing and murdered […]

Teachers union calls for $1.7 billion in new school funding

By: - May 4, 2022

With legislators still undecided on how to spend the record $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus, the Arizona Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, is demanding massive increases in education funding. Heather Ayers, president of the Isaac District Association and a teacher at Joseph Zito Elementary School in Phoenix, said that the unwillingness of lawmakers […]

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With abortion rights in jeopardy, fears of less freedom for women spur protest

By: - May 4, 2022

From a legal perspective, the implications of overturning abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade decision are worrying, said Erin Maher.  “The way constitutional law is built is like building blocks,” the recent law school graduate explained.  Legal decisions are stacked on top of previous ones, and doing away with Roe v. Wade in […]