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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

July LD9 Constituent Update: News & Upcoming Events

Rep. Kirsten Engel and I attended the Memorial Day event at the VA.

It may be hot on the sidewalks of the Old Pueblo, but that doesn’t stop Tucsonans from getting together for community events. Since the Arizona Legislature ended its session in mid-May, I have attended several community events and have given a number of Legislative Updates to groups. I have two events set up so far for July. (You can see the details below or on my Facebook page.)

There were many hot topics in the Legislature this session: teacher pay, the assault on public education and expansion of private and public school vouchers(ESAs), the assault on the Citizens’ Initiative process, hemp cultivation, gun rights, restoration of cash assistance and child care credits for needy families, theEqual Rights Amendment (ERA), fetal resuscitation, corporate tax cuts, andsurprise billing insurance reform, to name a few.

After the session, I was honored to be recognized by the Sierra Club with an A+ rating, by the Secular Coalition as a“Secular Star”, by Children’s Action Alliance with a 100% rating and by the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) formy work on the Spice issue.

Thank you for your support and your emails. It is an honor to serve you in the Arizona House.

Below are a few news items from my email blast. If you want to be on my email list or my blog go here.

Rep. Randy Friese, Senator Steve Farley, Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

Rep. Randy Friese, Senator Steve Farley, and me at the Unity Party after the August 30. 2016 primary.

July 8: LD9 Constituent Town Hall

Mark your calendars for an LD9 town hall event featuring all three LD9 Legislators: Rep. Randy Friese, Senator Steve Farley, and me. The event will be 12-2 p.m. at the Martha Cooper Library in midtown. Bring your questions! Facebook event here.

July 23: The Yin & Yang of Public Policy
Rev. Ron Phares (pictured above) of the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church gave the prayer in the Arizona House on UU Day at the Legislature this session. On July 23, I’ll be delivering a sermon on the moral choices involved in making public policy: “Balancing Responsibility and Liberty: the Yin and Yang of Public Policy.” Facebook event here.

Healthcare Debate Heats Up

Since January, Congressional Republicans been busily working on their healthcare “reform” bills. Both the House and the Senate versions have been crafted behind closed doors because they don’t want YOU– the voters– to know how many millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, if they get their way.

Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley

Where is Senator Jeff Flake? His constituents want to talk about healthcare reform.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (pictured above) has been at the center of the storm because he is seen as a moderate who may vote “no” on the Senate bill. More than 400,000 Arizonans could lose their health insurance if either of the Republican plans passes.

Yes, definitely, the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) should be reformed, but we don’t want a system that leaves more than $20 million Americans uninsured; eliminates gender equity in insurance pricing; eliminates good-paying healthcare jobs in Arizona; brings back pre-existing conditions and forces patients into expensive high-risk pools; and gives tax breaks to the rich while denying care to the poor.

Please contact your Congressional representatives and urge them to work together on nonpartisan reform of the Affordable Care Act and to dump any plans that would cover fewer people for more money.

Referenda Petitions

There are multiple citizens’ veto (AKA referenda) petitions circulating around town this July. Save Our Schools volunteers are circulating petitions to stop implementation of the Empowerment Scholarship Awards (ESA), and another group is circulating petitions to stop implementation of laws restricting the Citizens’ Initiative process. I received more constituent email about these two issues than anything else. From what I heard, you support public education and the Citizens’ Initiative process (and so do I).

Legislative Updates & Other Events

Giving the LD9 update at the June meeting. What a great crowd!

Since the end of session, I have given updates to the LD9 precinct committee people, to the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, to Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), and to the National

Organization for Women (NOW). Between now and January, I’ll be in Tucson (mostly). If you want me to speak or attend an event or meeting, please call my Phoenix office 602-926-4848 and set something up. I would be happy to give a Legislative Update, participate in a panel discussion, or provide information on bills or issues (particularly those that went through my two committees– the Health Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee.) Watch the events tab on my Facebook page for upcoming events.

Cross-posted from PowersForThePeople.net. To see additional photos from this update, check out the original post here.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

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 focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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