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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

US Ordered to Change Consumer-Protection Law: WTO Decision Foreshadows How Bad #TPP Would Be (video)

For a sovereign country, the most dangerous section of the secret “free” trade deal known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the one that allows corporations to sue countries over … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Trip Down Memory Lane: What is our shared vision for downtown Tucson?

This article was originally published in 2009 on my Progressive Examiner blog. This month [November 2009] marks the end of an era in downtown Tucson– an era of art, innovation, … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are ‘casinos’ the 6th ‘C’ in Arizona’s economic development plan?

When old timers talk about Arizona’s economy, they often refer to the “5 C’s”– cotton, copper, cattle, citrus, and climate. The “5 C’s” built Arizona, but how relevant are they … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · 6 Comments

Mitt Romney: President for the 1% (video)

Mitt Romney has had such a lackluster showing on the national stage that I am amazed he is still running for president. But he has enough money behind him to … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · 5 Comments

Spending Labor Day with Republicans: An educational experience for all

Labor Day 2011 in Tucson was a blend of old fashioned games and old fashioned politics. As a volunteer with the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) booth, my job was … Continue reading

September 6, 2011 · 5 Comments

Tucson’s 15.9% rental vacancy rate: Mini-dorms in a sick housing market

Each August Tucson– like college towns nationwide– sees a flurry of activity as students move back to town and scramble to find lodging. In recent years, local mini-dorm developers have … Continue reading

August 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

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

Save Tucson’s Sign Code: Will tinkering bring back the ugliest street in US?

Cluttered with so many signs that you can hardly see the street, Speedway Blvd. was dubbed the ugliest street in American by Life Magazine in 1970. Being known as “ugly” … Continue reading

June 14, 2011 · 37 Comments

Would Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan increase the medical bankruptcy rate? It could happen.

Rep. Paul Ryan’s extreme cost-cutting budget passed the US House of Representatives last Friday on a straight party line vote– all Republicans voting for it, all Democrats against it. Although … Continue reading

April 18, 2011 · 3 Comments

‘The false debate on the debt’

Here is an awesome commentary on the national debt debate from The Nation… In the ever-so-smug company of the rich and powerful it is a given that there is never … Continue reading

April 16, 2011 · 5 Comments

About

The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

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 focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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