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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

In Light of Local Poverty, Tucson Needs Creative Direction & Progressive Economic Ideas

Business friendly? Tucson’s been there, done that, … and got the t-shirt at Goodwill. As former City Councilwoman Molly McKasson said, we put all of our eggs in the development … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 10 Comments

It’s your turn to speak out: Convention hotel & medical marijuana zoning on City Council agenda

Tuesday’s Mayor and Council Meeting will be one of the liveliest meetings they have had for months. Both the Convention Center hotel project and proposed medical marijuana zoning are on … Continue reading

October 25, 2010 · 4 Comments

Mayor Walkup says, ‘No sunshine here’

Last week I posted 2 stories about downtown Tucson land deals currently being considered by the Mayor and Council– one urging the M&C to dump the convention hotel deal (for now) … Continue reading

October 19, 2010

Kozachik throws down the gauntlet: Will the hotel’s fate be decided in the sunshine or behind closed doors?

Earlier today, I posted a story about Mayor Bob Walkup using a procedural maneuver to delay a vote on the Convention Center Hotel project. Councilman Steve Kozachik, who has been trying … Continue reading

October 15, 2010 · 4 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.”