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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Will the real Ruth McClung please stand up?

My 2 recent stories about Raytheon “rocket scientist”, war machine wonk, and Republican Congressional candidate Ruth McClung and her debate with CD7 Congressman Raul Grijalva, Libertarian George Keane, and Independent … Continue reading

October 14, 2010 · 61 Comments

CD7 debate: Fiery ideology vs ideas and facts

Last night’s Congressional District 7 public debate revealed the stark contrast between the candidates and their followers. Congressman and incumbent Democrat Raul Grijalva faced challengers Republican Ruth McClung, Libertarian George … Continue reading

October 14, 2010 · 34 Comments

Ruth McClung: Brought to you by the Republican Party Machine

Ruth McClung delivered an outstanding performance this evening at the CD7 debate with Congressman Raul Grijalva, Libertarian George Keane, and Independent Harley Meyer. She didn’t offer any specific ideas– just … Continue reading

October 13, 2010 · 38 Comments

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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.”