Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona
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