A View from the Left Side

A View from the Left Side

A Progressive Democrat in the Arizona House, Rep. Pam Powers Hannley and her guests break down the politics, policies and personalities in Arizona today.

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November 18, 2021 36 min

Long-term drought, extreme heat, intense fires and unpredictable weather -- obviously, Arizona is feeling the effects of climate change now. 

Governor Doug Ducey and Republican Legislators continue to pursue the capitalist path of unbridled and unchecked growth as the road to prosperity, with no concern regarding the environmental impact or the long-term sustainability of their ideas. 

 In her speech to the  UN climate conference in ...

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Arizona’s 2021 Independent Redistricting Commission has been working on new Congressional and Legislative maps for a few months now. Controversial draft maps (version 10) were passed by the commissioners on October 28, 2021.   

The maps are not final, and many people in Pima County, myself included, are not happy with the Pima County’s gerrymandered districts. Tucson proper is split into four different districts, ignoring natural bo...

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During my five years in the Arizona House, I have been a crusader for increased funding and services for maternal and child health. Arizona is worst in the country for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Far too many Arizona children grow up with food insecurity, housing insecurity and financial insecurity, while the state government gives away billions each year in tax breaks. 

With so much cash on hand, it’s time for the Arizona Legisl...

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An overabundance of fake news, paid political advertising and trolls gaslighting the facts have turned most social media sites into cesspools of misinformation and click bait to boost engagement and profits.

There is little or no regulation to protect the privacy of the unassuming public or to ensure the accuracy of information disseminated through social media. Consumers are left to ferret out scams and misinformation on their own....

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October 18, 2021 28 min

"Ya know Arizona is a right-to-work state. Don't'cha? The right to work for less," my Dad warned me, 40 years ago when I moved to Tucson in the fall of 1981.

Back in 1981, I knew what right to work meant, but I didn't realize how anti-union, right-to-work laws suppress wages for everyone. I also had no idea how moving from a highly unionized state to a right-to-work state would impact my career, my future wages ...

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One of my pet peeves is reading a cliff-hanger news story, only to be left hanging when there is no follow up. Several stories reported in my previous podcasts have had newsworthy developments since those episodes aired.

To catch you up on the details, Episode 8 is a compilation of updates.

Many of my podcasts referred to petition drives and court cases that were trying to stop bad Republican bills from being enacted. These issues w...

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In 2020, President Obama called the filibuster a relic of the Jim Crow era. Obama was putting it mildly. Historically, the filibuster has been a primary weapon against civil rights legislation for more than 100 years. Many Americans have celebrated the removal of statues and renaming of boulevards that glorified Confederate leaders. Taking down statues is just feel-good public relations as long as our politicians silently kill impo...

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Eighteen months ago the Arizona Legislature shut down due to the COVID19 pandemic and the governor's shelter in place order. Arizonans have traveled a rocky road since then. 

Throughout most of the pandemic, Arizona's government has been willing to sacrifice lives in order to hew faithfully to the right's anti-science ideology, which dovetails neatly with the "open for business" mantra. Pressure from the Chamber...

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In 2016, Senate Republicans stopped President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was too close to the election and that the new president should choose the new supreme court judge. Despite nationwide outcry against this, the Supreme Court functioned for months with only eight justices. After President Donald Trump to...

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Work has changed dramatically in the past 40 years. 

In the 1980s, President Reagan busted the air traffic controllers’ union, corporations began closing factories and offshoring American jobs to countries with cheap labor, and trickledown economics dictated tax cuts for the rich and the dregs for the rest of us. 

It the 1990s, banking deregulation paved the way for the Wall Street crash of 2008 by eliminating financial protections e...

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In early August, a friend of mine invited me to like the Facebook group entitled “Stand Against Barstool Sports Rape Culture.” It didn’t take much digging to figure out why my friend Kat Stratford had created this group. Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy has quite Internet rap sheet when it comes to sexist behavior and raunchy, misogynist comments about women. With boobs, butts, beers, and blackout parties, Portnoy built the “B...

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As predicted many times by the House Democrats, the people of Arizona are fighting back against bad government and unconstitutional laws passed by Republican Legislators during the 2021 session, which ended on June 30. There are six referenda, a few citizens initiatives, and some lawsuits at play two months after the session ended. Signature drives are happening statewide to stop several bills from becoming law and sending them to ...

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August 27, 2021 30 min

Fifteen months out from the 2022 election, the US is awash with conspiracy theories about the results of the 2020 election and the COVID19 pandemic. Arizona Senate's infamous audit of Maricopa County's 2020 ballots is rumored to be winding down, finally. What can we expect from the so-called "fraudit" report? Thanks to low vaccination rates, the COVID19 delta variant is running rampant in red states like Arizona and...

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