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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

J.T. Ready– Neo-Nazi, Russell Pearce’s Pal, and Candidate for Sheriff– Dead

Jason “J.T.” Ready killed four people before killing himself today in a grisley murder-suicide in Gilbert, Arizona. According to the Arizona Republic and USA Today, Ready killed his girlfriend, her daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend, and a child.

Here are links to related stories…

Gilbert mass killing: Border militia leader identified as shooter

5 dead in murder-suicide near Phoenix

Ready to Serve: Elect J.T. Ready for Sheriff of Pinal County

Russell Pearce Endorsed White Supremacist JT Ready for Mesa City Council in 2006

Russell Pearce’s Willie Horton: White supremacist J.T. Ready.

UPDATE: Here’s a more detailed story from May 3.

Gilbert mass shooting: White supremacist J.T. Ready left tracks in politics

How many more mothers and toddlers will die before we adopt a sane gun control policy?

Originally posted on Blog for Arizona on May 2, 2012.

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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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