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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

Protest Planned to Greet Boehner at $500/plate Fundraiser for McSally & Tobin


As announced earlier this week, the worst-ever Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, is coming to Marana on Saturday to be the headliner at a $500/plate fundraising dinner for CD2 candidate Martha “I got no opinions” McSally and gubernatorial candidate Andy “I heart the Christian Right” Tobin.

These three Regressive knuckle-draggers are perfect for each other: anti-abortion, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-immigration-reform, anti-healthcare-reform, pro-military-industrial-complex, pro-NRA, pro-Christian-Taliban, pro-Wall-Street. It’s a menage-a-tois made in heaven… er… backroom deals with the Koch Brothers.

By refusing repeatedly to offer opinions on just about any issue except the fate of her old aircraft,  the A10, McSally has been playing it even safer with her campaign in 2014 than she did in 2012. But actions speak louder than words. Her alignment with Teapublican Tobin (who has been in the thick of Arizona’s anti-gay and anti-woman legislation and personally tried to stop the Equal Rights Amendment this year) speaks volumes. Campaigning with one of the Arizona Legislature’s Christian Taliban adds to McSally’s street cred as a Teapublican “Regressive”.

If you’re as excited about the Boehner/McSally/Tobin event as I am, but don’t have an extra $500 to donate to the newly formed “McSally Tobin Victory Committee”, you may want to join the welcoming committee protest outside the event. Come to the corner of Tangerine and  Dove Mountain Blvd at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, and bring signs! Details here. Tucson, it’s your turn to show Teapublican Regressives how much you enjoy austerity, poverty, and legislation that steals your freedom.

[NOTE: I have stopped calling Teapublicans “conservative”, since they conserve nothing. “Regressive” is far more descriptive of their policies and ideology.]

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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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Here I am with the smallest member of the #tucson #FOP. The local FOP asked me to talk with them about pensions and other news from the #AZLeg. In 2017, I was the only member of the Arizona House to vote against changing the Arizona Constitution to diminish the benefits of workers. This change was necessary to enable a second bill to change the Corrections Officers Retirement Plan (CORP) from defined benefit (traditional pension) to defined contribution (401k). This pension change is bad for workers and for the long-term health of the funds because a decreasing number of active employees are paying in, and new employees are being funneled to 401k. They were very interested in the Banking and Insurance Committee bills. Check out the videos and agendas. English-only contracts and procurement exemption for ASRS investments were held again. They are on the Jan 22 agenda if you want to make a comment on Request to Speak. #azhouse #dems #demslead #progressive
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