Tucson Progressive

Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Council sends sales tax and charter changes to Nov ballot

An overflow crowd attended yesterday’s Tucson City Council meeting to offer opinions and hear decisions on 3 major issues: a half-cent increase in the cap on city sales tax, a … Continue reading

July 8, 2010

>7/7: A day of decisions for the Tucson City Council

>Today–July 7– will be a day of decisions for the Tucson City Council. It is the last day to decide what will be on the November ballot. Two major ballot … Continue reading

July 7, 2010

Community residents want more time, more inclusiveness in charter change process

>At Thursday’s combined Wards 1 and 5 public hearing, the message was loud and clear: The city should take more time and include more stakeholders in the process to change … Continue reading

July 2, 2010

SALC: Show us the money

Due to their latest proposal to alter the Tucson City Charter, I have written several articles about the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) recently (1, 2, 3, 4). Consequently, I … Continue reading

June 26, 2010 · 1 Comment

>Is the Tucson City Council about to be ‘swift-boated’?

>Will the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) be successful in changing our city, our City Council, and life as we know it in the bluest part of Arizona? It could … Continue reading

June 23, 2010

City to hold public hearings on charter changes

>Tucson’s City Council Chambers were filled with businessmen in suits and activists in blue jeans, as business leaders and neighborhood leaders squared off on the topic of changes to Tucson’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2010

Should the most powerful person in Tucson government be an unelected bureaucrat?

While most Tucsonans are busily bracing themselves for another summer or making plans to escape the heat, local corporatists are making plans to change local government– in a big way. … Continue reading

June 14, 2010
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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.”