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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Join PDA’s Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and allies have been working to overturn Citizens United, the dubious Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to let special interest money dominate and corrupt our elections. … Continue reading

July 9, 2014

Now that ‘Obamacare’ is Constitutional, the next step is Medicare for all

Whew…I feel as if we, as a country, have dodged a huge bullet today. As predicted yesterday by former Treasury Secretary Robert Reich, the Chief Justice John Roberts crossed party lines and sided … Continue reading

June 28, 2012

SCOTUS gives split decision on SB1070: UPDATE on Tucson protest

The US Supreme Court issued their long-awaited decision Arizona’s infamous SB1070. They struct down several parts of the “papers please” law, but kept the “papers please” part. From the Huffington Post… … Continue reading

June 24, 2012

Lawmakers call for investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas… finally

Progressive groups like Common Cause have been calling for a conflict of interest investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for months now. Back in January, Common Cause linked Justices Thomas … Continue reading

September 29, 2011 · 12 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.”