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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

Democratic Party Glitterati Coming to Arizona

President Bill Clinton at ASU in 2012

President Bill Clinton at ASU in 2012

Do the Democrats smell blood in the purple waters of Arizona? Given our Tea Party Legislature’s current assault on the citizens of Arizona. Let’s  hope so.

Democratic Party superstars–Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton and Nancy Pelosi– are coming to Arizona this spring for separate events.

The Clinton Global Initiative University is sponsoring a university-based event at ASU on March 21-23. Details in our Calendar here and background here. Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea are all attending.

As we look forward to the 2016 presidential race, you’ll remember that Hillary took Arizona in 2008. My theory has always been that she won Arizona (over Barack Obama and John Edwards) because she didn’t send the “second string” to Pima County (where the Democrats live!). She and Chelsea rocked the house in Bear Down Gym and to the overflow crowd that filled the mall and watched her on remote TV. It was one of the most exciting political speeches I ever heard.

Nancy Pelosi talking with reporters at the Democratic National Convention, 2012.

Nancy Pelosi talking with reporters at the Democratic National Convention, 2012.

In April,  Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will a special guest at the Arizona Democratic Party’s State Committee Meeting. This is obviously a “rally the troupes” moment. This meeting was scheduled originally for April 12 in Tucson but has been changed to Phoenix. (As one BfAZ author remarked, “Didn’t they think Pelosi could find Tucosn?) Stay tuned for more information on both of these events and, most likely, related campaigning while the stars are in the state.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

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 focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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