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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Drinking Liberally & The Shanty: A Messy Break-up that Was Long Overdue

Why didn’t they break up sooner?  Isn’t that what the friends say when a dysfunctional relationship finally ends? That is how I feel about the recent messy divorce between Drinking … Continue reading

July 21, 2014

‘SPINtervention’: Frame yourself or get framed

We live in a world flooded with fact-free spin. Faux News started it. The astroturf Tea Party used it to rise to power. And billions of dollars from the Kochtopus are being … Continue reading

March 26, 2014

PDA’s Phil Lopes to speak at Drinking Liberally

Phil Lopes, former State House Minority Leader, will update lefties of all stripes on local Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) organizing efforts at the Drinking Liberally gathering on Sunday, April … Continue reading

April 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

What is the future of the Democratic Party in Arizona: Voice your opinion at Drinking Liberally

Let’s face it. 2011 looks pretty damn depressing for liberals in Arizona– No Plan Jan will continue her reign of terror aided by corporate chums, private prison lobbyists, and a … Continue reading

December 8, 2010 · 6 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.”