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Laura Gómez

Laura Gómez

Reporter Laura Gómez Rodriguez covers state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. She was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for education, immigration, political, and public safety reporting and Spanish-language news and feature reporting. Laura worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona for four years, covering city government, economic development, immigration, politics and trade. In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border for “The Wall,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014. Catch her researching travel deals, feasting on mariscos or playing soccer.

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Lawsuits mount against Phoenix, county for ‘outrageous’ criminal cases against protesters

By: - July 20, 2021

A lawsuit claims the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department and leadership at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office conspired to falsely arrest and maliciously prosecute people who rallied last year to protest the deaths of George Floyd, Dion Johnson and other Black people.  The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit include 20 people who were […]

DACA dreamers

A Texas judge blocked DACA protections, ramping up pressure for congressional action

By: - July 16, 2021

A Texas judge on Friday blocked the federal government from granting temporary work permits and deferral from deportation to first-time applicants to the Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals program. 

Police critics arrested after 2019 immigration protest sue Phoenix, police

By: - July 16, 2021

A man who Phoenix police arrested during an interview with the Arizona Mirror at a July 2019 protest and another bystander who police mistook for a right-wing agitator have filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and several police officers.  

Arizona students will learn about the Holocaust, other genocides, under new law

By: - July 14, 2021

Arizona schools will be required to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides twice in a six-year span under a new law. 

New law prohibiting mask mandates in schools ‘reckless, dangerous and short-sighted’

By: - July 8, 2021

Public health experts said Arizona’s new prohibition on face masks mandates in schools is a political move not supported by science that endangers children, teens and school staff.

Education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts

By: - July 7, 2021

A coalition of public education advocates are mounting a campaign to ask voters to overturn the tax cuts that were the centerpiece of the budget that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ducey just approved.

Feds slow to process new DACA applications, creating 55k case backlog

By: - July 6, 2021

The federal government has been slow to approve thousands of applications it received this year for people who had been blocked from protections granted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for more than two years.

New laws take the ‘civilian’ out of civilian review boards overseeing police

By: - July 6, 2021

Any plans to implement independent community oversight of Arizona police departments are effectively dead after Republican lawmakers passed laws aimed at excluding police critics and letting cops lead that oversight.

House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills ESA expansion

By: - June 26, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools.

GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate

By: and - June 25, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives passed large swaths of the state budget package Thursday, including a sweeping tax plan, a prohibition on COVID-19 vaccination requirements in public universities and rules for printing ballots with watermarks and holographic foil as “anti-fraud measures.”  

Invest in Education Prop 208

Public education groups ready referendum, lawsuits on tax cuts and other budget items

By: - June 24, 2021

A coalition of public education advocacy groups that banded together last year to pass higher taxes on the wealthy to increase teacher pay and boost school funding are now looking at ways to stop Republican legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey from undermining that tax increase in a state budget that includes massive tax cuts for […]

Activists tell Sinema to ‘put people over politics’ and call on end to filibuster

By: - June 22, 2021

Community organizations rallied on Tuesday outside of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office to pressure the once staunchly progressive lawmaker to end the filibuster to allow landmark election and immigration reform to pass with a simple majority.  Phoenix police responded to the rally near Camelback Road and 33rd Street and ordered everyone — including members of […]