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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Arizona Swims against the Tide of Growing Equality…Again

Once again, Arizona is on the brink of taking a giant leap backward. This time it’s picking the wrong side in the fight for LGBT equality. Both chambers of the … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

Money and power: Who is behind TREO?

Since 2005, Tucson and Pima County have sunk millions of dollars into the economic development group Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO). Until I read Josh Brodesky’s recent Arizona Daily … Continue reading

November 21, 2011 · 8 Comments

Progressive Democrats of America: 300 Tucsonans ready to fight back

Who said the progressive movement was dead? It is alive and well in Tucson, Arizona. An estimated 300 activists, liberals, Green Party members, and Democratic Party foot soldiers crammed into … Continue reading

February 22, 2011 · 54 Comments

Step 1 to fixing Arizona’s economy: Revise the tax code

Finally, there is something that the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and I agree on: To stabilize Arizona’s economy, the tax code should be overhauled; Arizona’s tax code relies too … Continue reading

December 23, 2010 · 12 Comments

‘Scrooge of the Year’ Award: Brewer coasts to easy victory

Governor Jan Brewer handily won the Tucson Jobs with Justice Scrooge of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the anual awards dinner. Seven people were nominated for the 2010 … Continue reading

December 13, 2010 · 24 Comments

Connect the dots: Local big businesses are working on a multi-level coup

The Roberts’ Court ruling overturning campaign finance laws in January 2010 opened the gates for corporations to flood the 2010 midterm election with cash… anonymously. Hundreds of millions of dollars … Continue reading

October 21, 2010 · 13 Comments

Come to ‘Drinking Liberally’ for a lively discussion of 2010 ballot propositions

Sunday, October 10, the Tucson Chapter of Drinking Liberally will host a discussion on the ballot propositions– and thanks to the Arizona Legislature, there are lots of them. (You see, … Continue reading

October 9, 2010 · 8 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.”