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by Pamela Powers Hannley Once again, Arizona is on the brink of taking a giant leap backward. This time it’s picking the wrong side in the fight for LGBT equality. Both chambers of the Arizona Legislature recently passed a bill... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley At least 17 Arizona state legislators attended a lavish recruitment dinner on Tuesday for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an out-of-state right-wing corporate bill mill that wields a heavy influence in Arizona and at state... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley At the Feb. 19 study session and evening meeting, the Tucson City Council will consider two issues that could greatly affect bus service in our town. During the study session, they will consider a proposal to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley Rep. Victoria Steele’s (D-9) bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (HCR2016) was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee late last week. (You’ll remember that mid-week, I reported it was languishing on the desk of House... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has received bipartisan support in the Arizona Legislature, but Arizona's Congressional delegation appears to be lagging behind. Of Arizona's 11 Senators and Representatives, only two-- Southern Arizona Reps. Raul... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley Tucson Rep. Victoria Steele has introduced two bipartisan bills to advance the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Arizona Legislature. One has made it to committee, while the other is waiting on Speaker of the House... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Does pro-life warrior woman CD2 Congressional candidate Martha McSally back the ERA? Who knows? Her campaign website has no issues tab. How can you campaign when you have no stated positions and refuse to answer questions?
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Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. – Equal Rights Amendment by Pamela Powers Hannley There is an ideological perfect storm brewing in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley Grassroots volunteers mingled with local and statewide Democratic Party glitterati at the official campaign kick-off event for Dr. Randall Friese, who is running for a seat in Arizona House of Representatives. Friese recently announced his candidacy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong reported that the highly profitable, multi-million-dollar company was forced to cut employee benefits because of increased insurance costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the cost of care for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley In today's Arizona Daily Star, columnist Tim Steller chides the Pima County Democratic Party for trying to take down "moderate" Republican LD9 Legislator Ethan Orr. First of all, a quick look at Orr's voting record and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Squeaky clean, self-proclaimed Republican moderate LD9 Rep. Ethan Orr voted for the voter suppression bill, HB2196 today, and it passed in committee. You’ll remember that the House Judiciary Committee tried to hear this bill last week, but when PEOPLE showed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Yes, the choice couldn't be clearer between the two parties.
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by Pamela Powers Hannley The party faithful of the Arizona Democratic and Republican Parties gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Maricopa County for their respective State Committee Meetings. State law requires official political parties to meet quarterly. Precinct committee... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley Politicians and energy industry enthusiasts have touted fracking as the path to US energy independence, while environmentalists have battled against the proliferation of fracking and the resultant damage to the Earth. Despite environmental concerns, 18 states... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee of the Arizona House of Representatives was scheduled to discuss repealing last year’s omnibus voter suppression bill (HB2305). Since thousands of Arizona citizens had signed petitions to stop implementation of HB2305 and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley In the wee hours of the 2013 session of the Arizona Legislature, Republican legislators cobbled together several voter suppression initiatives that had gone no where and passed them (at the urging of House Speaker John Boehner)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley Following the Wall Street crash and the housing market collapse a few years ago, the Move Your Money campaign encouraged millions of Americans to take their money out of big commercial banks and hold the funds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley The lives of 300,000 central West Virginia residents were thrown into chaos a week ago when 1000s of gallons of solvent leaked from a storage tank and drained into the scenic Elk River, contaminating the water... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley January 13 marked the opening of the Arizona Legislature’s 2014 session. Since Governor Jan Brewer took over the helm, this day of speecheshas evolved into a day of protest. Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) organized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley If you don’t like the way Facebook shovels advertising and promoted posts into your “news feed”, instead of the latest photos of your friends’ vacations, you’re really not going to like the new and improved Internet.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Join the rally today in support of continued contract union/management negotiations at ASARCO. Here are the details from the Pima Area Labor Federation. The nearly 2000 union members who work in ASARCO’s copper mines, smelters and refineries entered contract negotiations... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
by Pamela Powers Hannley My coffee table book is too large for my coffee table. My Internet connection is too slow. My dishwasher doesn’t really get the dishes clean. iPads should have a USB connection. I can’t remember all of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
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by Pamela Powers Hannley As one year comes to a close and another begins, people often look back at events to reflect and perhaps resolve to improve their lives or change their behaviors in the coming year. In 2013, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Blog For Arizona
Yes, it was daunting even for me, and I have a Masters in Public Health and 30 years experience in medical research and health communications! I kept thinking about everyone else trying to figure this out on their own. Using a navigator or a broker is a good idea, in my opinion, because they can explain the nuanced differences between different plans. Affordability is still an issue, I think. We will be paying $500+/month for Jim plus the dental/vision add-on for both of us. Although it is $300/month less that we were quoted without ACA, it's not an insignificant cost. The question is: What will people forego purchasing because they are now buying insurance? Also, how many people will opt to be underinsured because they can't afford the monthly cost for a more comprehensive package? That's what happened in Massachusetts under Romneycare. More people were covered under insurance, but medical bankruptcies didn't go down because so many people were underinsured. My guess is that popular plans will rise to the top, and others will disappear. It's ironic that one of the Republican complaints about ACA is that people will have less choice and will not be able to exercise free will in their insurance purchases. This couldn't be further from the truth. 84 plans-- just in Pima County-- is too much choice. We still need Medicare for all!
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