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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

UA student ‘housing’: Maxi-dorm developers rush to make big bucks

The Arizona Daily Star’s banner headline on Sunday was “Luxury for students”.  The article by Carli Broseau focused on a run-down (no pun intended) of the development that is in full … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Remembering May Day with movies: Black, brown, white– unite

May Day– more than any other day– is a holiday for the 99%. For decades, on May 1, workers around the world have honored the memory of Haymarket Square and … Continue reading

May 3, 2012

Public forum today: Should RTA knock down 100 buildings to make Broadway look like a freeway?

Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik is shaking up local politics again— by fighting for the people and for common sense. Koz’s latest crusade is challenging the $71 million Regional … Continue reading

April 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

Join the debate: Should Arizona adopt the open primary system?

Years of gerrymandering and cronyism have left Arizona with one of the most ideologically conservative, Teapublican Legislatures in the country. Instead of balancing the budget and funding programs (like education) … Continue reading

April 26, 2012 · 19 Comments

Where are all the women at? We’re at war. (video)

No longer just a punchline from Blazing Saddles— “Where are all the women at?” became a rallying cry for feminists across the country when a male-dominated Congressional committee refused to allow … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 23 Comments

AFL-CIO Day of Action draws 1000 workers: Unions keep the pressure on AZ Legislators (video)

  Last week’s AFL-CIO Day of Action at the State Capitol was a resounding success. Approximately 1000 workers came to Phoenix to express their displeasure with our state’s Republican-controlled government … Continue reading

March 6, 2012

On the eve of Super Tuesday: John Nichols critiques the Republican Presidential race (video)

Is Newt Gingrich really looking for his fourth wife on the campaign trail? Check out The Nation’s John Nichols’ humorous critique of the Republican Presidential candidates. Nichols spoke last week … Continue reading

March 5, 2012

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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.”