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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

LD9 Debate Reveals Stark Contrasts between Democrat & Republican Candidates (video)

Can’t decide how to vote in the November 6 election? If you live in Legislative District 9, check out the LD9 debate before casting your vote. The debate video below reveals clear … Continue reading

October 22, 2018

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Disrupt Netroots Nation Sanders & O’Malley Town Hall

Wow! What just happened? I was sitting in a big hall with 100s of Bernie Sanders supporters waiting to film a Bernie love fest, but that’s not what happened at … Continue reading

July 18, 2015

Why Don’t Americans Vote? We’re Repeatedly Told Not To (video)

The United States is the world’s largest democracy, we spend an obscene amount of money on elections–more than any other country–and we have the lowest voter turnout. The trend has … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Close the Meth Lab of Democracy: Vote Blue Today

It’s time for Arizona to stop being the brunt of jokes on Comedy Central and time to close the Meth Lab of Democracy. Meth– like dark money from the Koch Brothers, … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

AZ Governor’s Race: ‘Not Sure’ Holds Lead in 9-Way Field

Nine candidates are running for governor of Arizona in the 2014 election. How do voters feel about them? Eh. According to a recent survey (pdf) of 870 Arizona voters by  Public Policy … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 5 Comments

Tucson Rep. Ethan Orr Votes FOR Voter Suppression Bill HB2196

Squeaky clean, self-proclaimed Republican moderate LD9 Rep. Ethan Orr voted for the voter suppression bill, HB2196 today, and it passed in committee. You’ll remember that the House Judiciary Committee tried to hear … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

State Political Meetings: AZ GOP Nullifies Fed Law, while Dems Endorse Marijuana Legalization

The party faithful of the Arizona Democratic and Republican Parties gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Maricopa County for their respective State Committee Meetings. State law requires official political … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

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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.”