Tucson Progressive

Pamela Powers, 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

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

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
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About

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.”