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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Brewer, beheadings, and those pesky facts

You’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own set of facts.
— Senator Harry Reid, during the televised bipartisan healthcare negotiations.

Those pesky facts. We don’t like facts in Arizona– or science for that matter.

Arizona Legislator Russel Pearce’s penchant for making up facts about undocumented workers has catapulted him and his baby (SB1070) to national notoriety.

Not to be outdone, unelected Republican Governor Jan Brewer has started ginning up fear-mongering sound bites about beheadings and drug-smuggling illegal immigrants to keep ahead of her fellow reactionary ideologue Republican challengers in the governor’s race.

Although right-wingers would like to blame convention cancellations and a tourism slump on Congressman Raul Grijalva’s call for an Arizona boycott, Brewer is doing her part to further destroy the state’s economy by signing SB 1070 and continuing to tell blatant lies about undocumented border crossers, the drug trade, and violence in Arizona.

Rather than rehash the facts — or lack of them. Here are a few well-written blog posts on the subject:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road… “Gun-Fighting, Drug-Smuggling, Be-Headings, Oh My!”

Beheadings & Tourism. That’s the Ticket.

Gov. Jan Brewer and Sen. John McCain lying with impunity
This one includes a video link to Brewer lying about illegals beheading innocent Arizonans.

Quick Thought of the Day

And here are 2 stories about the $250,000 public relations campaign– started by Governor Brewer to combat the boycott Arizona fervor. Now it looks as if the PR folks also will be battling Brewer’s own negative campaign tactics. (And this woman is somehow ahead in the polls???)

AZ battles negative image


I hope Brewer enjoys the protest rallies at the governors’ conference this coming weekend.


This entry was posted on July 6, 2010 by in 2010 elections, Arizona, Drugs, economy, Immigration, Jan Brewer, Raul Grijalva, reform, SB 1070 and tagged , , .
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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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