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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

On the 46th anniversary of Medicare, Republicans attack our ‘Great Society’

It’s highly ironic that the current social and political battle over our nation’s debt and deficit is occurring this week with the 46th anniversary of the signing of Social Security … Continue reading

July 27, 2011 · 7 Comments

Giffords’ deficit reduction town hall features right-wing talking points (video)

The featured speakers at a recent deficit reduction town hall in Tucson– David Walker from the Comeback America Initiative and Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition— were well-versed in how … Continue reading

July 2, 2011 · 8 Comments

Chris Hayes smackdown: GOP haunted by big spending, corporate favors (video)

What does the Republican Party stand for? Small government and reduced spending. Right? Wrong. That’s their PR story, but that’s not their behavior. The graphic above leaves little to the … Continue reading

January 25, 2011 · 3 Comments

Extension of tax cuts: To be or not to be? (video)

Should the budget-busting Bush Era tax cuts be extended or not? This question has dominated the news in the last few weeks. President Obama has said for months that the … Continue reading

December 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

How to eliminate the US budget deficit in a few easy steps

Fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget were two right wing rallying cries in the recent election. Repeatedly, Sarah Palin, Ruth McClung and other Mama Grizzlies offered the schmaltzy recommendation that … Continue reading

November 18, 2010 · 19 Comments

Drug Wars: Follow the Money

Immigration, violence, drug policy, and world economics…it may seem odd to lump these four issues together, but I believe they all are connected. In order to regulate drug use, US … Continue reading

May 8, 2009

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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.”