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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.

education funding

Bipartisan measures aim to increase school spending cap, avoid $1.2B in education cuts

By: - February 14, 2022

Bipartisan proposals to fend off the threat of nearly $1.2 billion in mid-year funding cuts for Arizona schools were introduced Monday in the state Senate and House of Representatives, just two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline to act before schools are forced to layoff staff and face shutting down.  House Speaker Russell Bowers […]

Proposal adds ‘teeth’ to parents’ bill of rights, paving the way for lawsuits against teachers

By: - February 14, 2022

Teachers could face lawsuits from parents and potential criminal charges under proposed legislation that adds penalties to violations of Arizona’s parents’ bill of rights.  State law already protects the rights of parents to raise their children, but it doesn’t include recourse for parents who feel their rights have been violated. That would change if Senate […]

Republican lawmakers move to clean up voter rolls

By: - February 11, 2022

In a meeting riddled with false accusations of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, Republican senators approved bills in the Senate Government Committee to increase the monitoring of voter registration rolls and purge more voters from the voting rolls.  Arizona was among the states that pioneered mail-in voting, and it has allowed voters to […]

Senate panel rejects bill to ban medical care for trans youth in Arizona

By: - February 9, 2022

Skyler Morrison was barely taller than the podium, but the 13-year-old’s voice was firm on Wednesday as she told state legislators how important it was that her doctor be able to treat her properly — something that would be illegal if a change to state law they were considering won approval. “This bill is a […]

Nearly 90% of Arizona voters use early ballots. Republicans would eliminate that to combat imagined fraud.

By: - February 8, 2022

Driven by false claims that the 2020 election was plagued by fraud that changed the outcome in statewide races — but not their own victories — Republican legislators on Monday gave initial approval to a host of proposals that critics say will make it harder for Arizonans to vote. The changes include doing away with […]

To expose ‘critical race theory’ in classrooms, Republicans move to have teachers post all lesson materials online

By: - February 4, 2022

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of “critical race theory,” Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.  The goal, says state Sen. Nancy Barto, is to increase transparency for parents who […]

House Republicans pass bill to prohibit sexually explicit materials in schools

By: - February 3, 2022

The Republican-controlled House passed a measure that would ban sexually explicit materials in K-12 classrooms across the state.  Rep. Jake Hoffman, a Queen Creek Republican, said the bill would shield children from inappropriate content.  “This (bill) is about nothing more than protecting the innocence of Arizona children from sexually explicit materials,” he said during a […]

Democrats call on Republicans to support paid leave, affordable housing

By: - February 2, 2022

Democrats urged their Republican colleagues to support legislation that would ensure paid family and medical leave and greater access to affordable housing Tuesday morning at a press conference in front of the state Capitol.  Rep. Reginald Bolding, the Democratic House Minority Leader, called on the governor and Republican lawmakers to invest in Arizonans.  “Our state’s […]

Mayoral power to shut down businesses in emergencies limited by new legislation

By: - January 31, 2022

Mayors would no longer be able to order businesses to close during a state of emergency under a GOP-backed proposal fueled by anger stemming from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Arizona cities ordered many businesses to temporarily close. It’s the latest attempt to reduce the use of emergency powers, following the advancement […]

Arizona businesses with vaccine mandates would face $500K lawsuits under GOP proposal

By: - January 28, 2022

Arizonan businesses would be on the hook for half a million dollars in damages if they refuse a religious exemption from an employee who later experiences significant injury as a result of getting vaccinated under a proposal advancing in the GOP-controlled legislature. Employers who both deny a religious exemption and require a vaccination for continued […]

Republicans seek to criminalize and outlaw gender-affirming care for trans kids

By: - January 27, 2022

Dana has known she’s a girl since she could talk, but Republican senators want to force her to grow up as a man and put her doctors in jail for providing medical treatments aimed at combating gender dysphoria.  A proposal from Sen. Wendy Rogers — who has a history of introducing anti-trans legislation — would […]

covid 19

Move to limit gubernatorial emergency powers, sparked by COVID-19, advances

By: - January 25, 2022

New legislation that limits the power of future Arizona governors to declare a public health emergency has passed the Senate Government Committee with a slim margin and now awaits debate by the full Senate.  Senate Bill 1009 caps a governor’s state of emergency proclamation for reasons of public health to 120 days, and only 30 […]