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Who’s Your ‘Best Blog’? Blog for Arizona

Blog for Arizona

Blog for Arizona authors and contributors (most of them, anyway).

The Tucson Weekly has been sponsoring its Best of Tucson contest since 1987. This year–for the first time ever– the contest not only gives you six ways to vote for the best pizza in town, but it also allows you to vote for the Best Blog in Tucson. With the Arizona Daily Star’s dramatic reduction in staff a few years ago and consequent reduction in original content, the final death of the Tucson Citizen, and the recent sale of the Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business, news from blogs is increasingly important in the Tucson media market.

We here at Blog for Arizona hope you will vote for us as the Best Blog– before the April 30, 2014 deadline. Why vote for us?

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Blog for Arizona as Best Blog

10. Blog for Arizona is a statewide political blog that is not afraid to step on the toes of the rich and powerful.

9. Blog for Arizona has a searchable calendar, with political and community events from around the state.

8. Blog for Arizona is not the mouthpiece for any political party or candidate. Yes, we grouse about Republicans and Tea Partiers more than Democrats or Progressives, but just ask the Blue Dogs, and they’ll tell you that we’re not easy on them either. We care about integrity, and we’re not beyond holding anyone’s feet to the fire.

7. Blog for Arizona has 11 seasoned bloggers and several contributors– including three women. This blog has more than one voice. Yes, Blog for Arizona has a decidedly progressive tone, but we don’t always agree with each other– which is a good thing because that gives you– the reader– more information upon which to make wise decisions.

6. Blog for Arizona has new content throughout the day– every day. With so many authors, BfAZ publishes as many as 10 new stories per day.

5. Blog for Arizona is not a “Johnny-one-note” blog. You know the type: they tell you every minute detail about one issue but nothing about anything else. BfAZ authors cover a broad spectrum of topics– from the foibles of the Arizona Legislature to protest marches, Congressional doings, feminist issues, action alerts, campaign activities, and community events. You’ll read things here that you won’t see anywhere else.

4. Blog for Arizona has the best coverage of Arizona government… period. The Arizona Daily Star and other news outlets rely primarily on the voice of ONE reporter who works for ONE news outlet to tell readers what the Arizona Legislature is doing. BfAZ’s AZ Blue Meanie and Craig McDermott regularly dissect legislation and report on actions by the Arizona Legislature, the governor, and other elected officials. Their in-depth reporting and commentary is augmented by posts from the rest of us. You won’t get that level of coverage anywhere else.

3. No one tells us what to write– including each other. Although Mike Bryan started this blog years ago, he doesn’t dictate to the rest of us what to cover and what not to cover. Even when we openly disagree with each other, no one tells us to STFU. More importantly, we are not beholden to any big media corporation, political party, or political action committee. We have no corporate bosses to kowtow to; we write from our own conscience.

2. Blog for Arizona doesn’t take money from anyone. We have no advertising. None of us are paid.

1. Blog for Arizona is a comprehensive, completely independent news source. We write for you, not “them”.

We hope you will vote for us. Here is a link to the Weekly’s contest. Please read the rules. There will be two rounds of voting– preliminary round until April 30 and a run-off between top vote-getters later. Also, you have to vote in at least 30 categories.

Blog for Arizona was voted best political blog in Arizona by the Washington Post. Help us get the Best of Tucson title.

One comment on “Who’s Your ‘Best Blog’? Blog for Arizona

  1. revgerry
    April 27, 2014

    OK, it’s done, but I never realized what a recluse I have become. 30 answers? Tough one. Where IS the best karaoke BTW?


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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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