Laura Gómez Rodriguez previously covered state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror.
Valenzuela fuming over flyer calling police, lobbyist support ‘blood money’
By: Laura Gómez - February 7, 2019
An incendiary political flyer hit the race for Phoenix mayor last week.
Man who sexually abused 7 boys at Southwest Key facility sentenced to 19 years in prison
By: Laura Gómez - February 1, 2019
A federal judge sentenced Levian Pacheco, who sexually abused several teenage boys at a shelter in Mesa for migrant youth, to 19 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.
Gallego, Valenzuela will draw from experience to address homelessness in Phoenix
By: Laura Gómez - January 31, 2019
Kate Gallego shared examples of existing programs she’s worked on that would continue to guide her policy on housing and services for homeless people, while Daniel Valenzuela centered the discussion around his personal experiences with housing instability as a child during a mayoral forum on health, housing and homelessness Tuesday. Both stressed that, as mayors, […]
Senate bill gives state more oversight of facilities like Southwest Key
By: Laura Gómez - January 30, 2019
A new bill would require all residential care centers for children in Arizona check employees against a state database that lists people with proven reports of child abuse or neglect, and allows regulators to inspect those institutions unannounced.
Senate committee urges congressional action on border wall
By: Laura Gómez - January 29, 2019
The Senate Government Committee voted to urge Congress to pass a border wall bill that is virtually dead. Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, who chairs the committee, introduced Senate Concurrent Memorial 1001 to urge federal lawmakers to “enact the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act or similar legislation” at the request of U.S. Rep. […]
Bombshell report increases pressure on embattled Stringer
By: Jeremy Duda and Laura Gómez - January 25, 2019
State Rep. David Stringer, who was already facing calls for his resignation and possible censure in the Arizona House of Representatives over a series of racist remarks, now faces intensified pressure following revelations that he was charged with sex offenses in Maryland in the early 1980s. The Phoenix New Times dropped a bombshell on Stringer […]
Judge orders woman to pay attorney fees to lawmaker in birther lawsuit
By: Laura Gómez - January 24, 2019
The southern Arizona woman who falsely claimed Rep. Raquel Terán couldn’t hold office because she is not a U.S. citizen will have to pay more than $3,000 in attorneys fees, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Connie Contes dismissed the case brought by Alice Novoa during a November hearing. The next day, […]
Bill to repeal vehicle registration fee gets bipartisan support
By: Laura Gómez - January 23, 2019
A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a bill to repeal the new and controversial $32 fee vehicle owners have to pay this year when they renew their registration. But Gov. Doug Ducey, who signed the fee into law last year, has already signalled that he’s not willing to repeal it. Senate Bill 1001, […]
Thousands turn out for Women’s March in Phoenix to show unity, reject Trump
By: Laura Gómez - January 19, 2019
Several thousand women, men and children turned out Saturday in Phoenix for the Women’s March at the Arizona State Capitol.
Rep. Salman: AZ Constitution needs amendment to protect right to vote
By: Laura Gómez - January 17, 2019
Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, will introduce legislation to amend the Arizona Constitution and add a section to explicitly state the right to vote is a fundamental right, she said during a press conference Thursday.
He’s back: Shooter seen on Senate floor, says he’s working on water plan
By: Laura Gómez - January 16, 2019
The 2019 legislative session is on its third day and expelled lawmaker Don Shooter couldn’t stay away.
National controversy won’t slow down Women’s March Phoenix, organizers say
By: Laura Gómez - January 15, 2019
The Phoenix group said it was never an official chapter under the national organization Women’s March Inc., and only had “little connections” related to web listings and conference calls.