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Jim Hightower stumps for Grijalva in Tucson (video)

Humorist Jim Hightower

Humorist Jim Hightower

Progressive activist and humorist Jim Hightower  was in Tucson recently to stump for Congressman Raul Grijalva.

Hightower and Grijalva spoke and mingled at an intimate gathering at former City Councilwoman Nina Trasoff’s house before heading to The Loft for a more formal event. (See the video below, after the jump.)

Grijalva is one of the most liberal members in the US House of Representatives, a co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, and one of the Congressional candidates being backed by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). Grijalva– who has been an outspoken proponent of the People’s Budget (as opposed to the corporatists’ budget), immigration reform, universal healthcare, and protecting the environment– is facing two primary opponents, both backed by Rosemont Mine. (This is reminiscent of the recent Tucson mayoral race. Republican Mayoral Candidate for the 1% Rick Grinnell was bankrolled by Rosemont Mine also. Luckily, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild– pro-water and anti-mine candidate– beat him handily.) Hightower, who is known for his newsletter The Hightower Lowdown and witty commentary on KXCI, is a member of the PDA board and a strong supporter of the new progressive movement in the US.

Congressman Raul Grijalva

Congressman Raul Grijalva

As always, Hightower was a delight. Here are a few gems from his presentation at The Loft.

Hightower on Congress: The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.

Hightower on Democrats: Some dems are weaker than Canadian hot sauce.

Hightower (who hails from Austin, Texas) on Rick Perry: Rick Perry put the “guber” in gubernatorial.

Hightower on the 99%: It’s not charity we want. It’s economic and social justice.

Hightower on corporate money and PACs: It’s not Raul Grijalva they’re after — it’s you.


Check out PDA Tucson’s Facebook page (here) for more photos from this event.

[This post was published originally on Blog for Arizona on July 6, 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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