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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Fund established at Community Food Bank

Commander Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has established the Gabrielle Gifford Hunger Fund at the Tucson Community Food Bank According to the Food Bank website, Kelly released a … Continue reading

January 13, 2011

Together We Thrive: Can a torn nation heal itself? (video)

Yesterday in Tucson, President Obama urged us as a nation to move forward from the tragedy of Saturday’s mass shooting and become a better democracy. He invoked the memory of … Continue reading

January 13, 2011 · 6 Comments

Only in America: Putting a positive spin on assassination (video)

Regardless of what Bill O’Rielly says, right-wingers are the masters of spin. I knew that my anti-gun-violence article in Sunday’s Tucson Citizen would spark a plethora of the 2nd Amendment … Continue reading

January 10, 2011 · 30 Comments

Stop gun violence: How’s that ‘Constitutional Carry’ Law workin’ for ya now? (video)

The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature has long been controlled by the gun lobby. Guns in bars. Guns in schools. Guns on university campuses. Guns in parks. Where will this nonsense end? … Continue reading

January 9, 2011 · 80 Comments

UMC to provide update on Giffords’ condition on Sunday morning

University Medical Center (UMC) has announced that there will be a media briefing to update everyone about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ condition this morning– Sunday, January 9, 2011– at 10 a.m. … Continue reading

January 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

Giffords shooting rocks democrats at Pima County reorganization meeting (video)

News of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting rocked the Pima County Democratic Party’s reorganization meeting today in Tucson. A Facebook post from the Three Sonorans sent shockwaves through the Democrats’ media … Continue reading

January 8, 2011 · 3 Comments

Arizona’s 2010 election: Counties still counting…

The Associated Press and other national media outlets have declared Congressman Raul Grijalva the winner in Arizona’s Congressional District 7 race. Although Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford has increased her lead over … Continue reading

November 5, 2010 · 1 Comment

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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.”