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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

#LD9 Voters – Can’t Decide How to Vote? Watch the Debate (video)

Randy Friese, Pamela Powers Hannley, Ana Henderson

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission recently hosted a debate between the three candidates vying for two seats in the Arizona House: Democrats Rep. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley (me) and Tea Party Republican Ana Henderson.

This debate was the first candidate forum that Henderson participated in with the two Democrats, and it’s likely the last. With 75 or more people from both parties, the debate was well-attended. The audience submitted many great questions. Some questions are asked of all candidates– like education funding, climate change, Prop 205 (marijuana legalization), and Prop 206 (raising the minimum wage).

Below is the video.

If you want to skip through the topics, here’s a list of the high points.

All candidates answered the first five questions.

7:10 – Most important issue for LD9.

12:22 – Prop 205 (marijuana legalization).

18:45 – Climate change.

25:27 – Prop 206 (raising minimum wage).

32:44 – This is where candidates begin answering individual questions posed by the audience.

33:18 – Public banking explained in 1 minute.

35:28 – Henderson voices her support for Donald Trump for president and makes excuses for his “locker room talk.”

38:58 – Henderson answers a follow-up about her support for Trump– given what he has said about women.

37:57 – Corporate tax cuts. (This topics comes up repeatedly throughout the debate.)

40:43 – Planned Parenthood funding.

41:57 – Guns as a public health issue.

43:00 – Local control. (Should states have the right to overturn local laws? Henderson says businesses should decide.)

45:37 – Teacher flight from Arizona.

46:54 – School vouchers.

48:04 – Fixing “Obamacare”. (I was glad I got this one!)

51:59 – Homelessness.

54:12 – Closing statements – including 2 takes on “small government”.

LD9 is not a Tea Party district. Ana Henderson is clearly a Tea Party candidate. She is taking her marching orders from ultra-conservative Phoenix-based consultant– Constantin Querard of Grassroots Consulting LLC. His website says that he works for “‘platform Republican[s]’ with uncompromising beliefs in the sanctity of life, pro-family issues, low taxes and the right to keep and bear arms…” He only accepts clients who are rubber-stamped by anti-abortion, anti-gay lobbyist Cathi Herrod.

Hold the line, LD9! #StopTheTeaParty

#AnaHenderson is #TooExtremeForTucson

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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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