‘A View from the Left Side’: New Podcast from Rep. PPH (video)

Rep. Pam Powers Hannley

I’m not the politician who strides into the room with an entourage and takes the first opportunity to grab a mic and give a speech. I’m the politician who wanders around parties and events chitchatting incognito until somebody, like my husband, tips people off and blows my cover.

Before COVID, I heard a lot of your stories with this way.

Literally everywhere I go–even to Jim’s recent Rincon Rangers High School Reunion–people tell me how much they appreciate getting an insider’s view of the Arizona Legislature through my video updates and blog posts.

Although this blog has been quiet since the end of a grueling, six-month Legislative session, I have been busy in the background.* Given the dismal state of our state government and the struggles to make progressive change in the Congress, I decided to up my communication game and start a weekly podcast.  Each episode of A View from the Left Side focuses on a specific topic and includes a commentary to set the stage, followed by guest interviews. My podcast is available in podcast format through several services like Spotify, Stitcher Radio, I Heart Radio and others. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and get the podcast, along with my other updates.

A View from the Left Side began with a soft opening on August 20 with Episode 1: The State of Politics in Arizona. There is obviously a lot of material for a political podcast in Arizona. 

Ending on June 30, 2021, the first session of the 55th Legislature was the longest session in recent history because it took the Republicans two months to get their radical agenda passed. With the House split 31-29, they needed every one of their members to pass horrible ideological bills like the Flat Tax, the alternative tax to get around Prop 208 (Invest in Ed), Arizona’s extreme anti-abortion bill (SB1457), Critical Race Theory, Empowerment Scholarship (ESA) expansion and the PEVL purge and other voter suppression.

As predicted, the state got sued over several laws and petition drives started. In Episode 2: Arizonans Fight Back Against #AZLeg Republicans with Six Referenda, my guests detail the pushback against extremist Republican ideas. Other episodes cover hot topics like COVID 19, reproductive choice, online gaming and more. Here is a list of the eight episodes that I have published. Look for new episodes every Friday. They premiere on podcast format first, followed by YouTube. (The YouTube version includes some video, whereas the podcast version is only audio.)

You can also subscribe to A View from the Left Side on multiple podcasting services such as iTunes, SpotifyStitcher RadioI Heart Radio and others. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and get the podcast, along with my other updates.

A View from the Left Side Episodes

Episode 1: The State of Politics in Arizona Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 2: Arizonans Fight Back Against #AZLeg Republicans with Six Referenda Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 3: Arizona Bowl: Using Sex to Sell Football and Gaming Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 4: Labor Day: How Unions Are Organizing Arizona Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 5: Fighting Back Against Repressive Anti-Choice Laws in Arizona and Texas Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 6: COVID19 in Arizona: Where Are We Now? 18 Months Later … Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 7: The Filibuster: It’s Time to Remove a Relic of Racism Podcast Format / YouTube

Episode 8: Updates: From Taxes to Reproductive Rights and COVID … What’s the Latest? Podcast Format / YouTube

* NOTE: I have since added the podcast episodes to this website for easy access.

 

Rep. PPH Capital Updates: Back Story on the Budget A View from the Left Side

The Arizona Legislature surpassed Day 150 this week. You'll remember that the target length for a session is 100 days. That shipped sailed in mid April.Season 2 Episode 8 of A View from the Left Side is a compilation of Legislative Updates recorded between April 18, 2022 and May 31, 2022. Three of these updates focus on the stalled budget process. The House Republican Caucus is fractured and there is no collaboration between the House and Senate leadership teams. There are rumors of another Republican budget but no bills have been dropped, and recent leaded spreadsheet likely doesn't have the votes to pass. Libertarians don't want to spend money on anything — despite great need in the state and a $5 billion surplus.Democrats aren't likely to support a budget that doesn't include a significant investment in public education. Prop 208, which the Republicans took down in court, would have provided $900 million in revenue for public education by assessing a fee on excessive income over $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for couples. Here is my starting point. Republicans don't want Arizona's 1% to pay more in taxes, so take a billion from the surplus and put it toward public education. That's what the voters said they wanted when they passed Prop 208 in 2020.It's June 7. We have until June 30 to figure this out. Many people have planned vacations. Stay tuned. It should be interesting. Time Stamps Rep. PPH Intro to Season 2 Episode 8 of A View from the Left Side   0:51 Grover Norquist Tax Pledge Unrealistic in Tax Giveaway State April 18, 2022  2:57Republicans Propose Austerity Budget. Why? April 19, 2022 (Day 100)  7:24Divided Republican Party Delays Budget and Drags Out the Session May 18, 2022  12:04 House Hears Seven Election Bills … Budget Remains Stalled May 17, 2022 (Updated May 31, 2022)  16:50[You can view the original video updates on my YouTube channel.]
  1. Rep. PPH Capital Updates: Back Story on the Budget
  2. Rep. PPH Capitol Updates: Culture Wars at #AZLeg with Abortion Ban, School Vouchers & Camps for Homeless
  3. Rep. PPH Capitol Updates: 'PC Bill' Drama, Wasting Time, & Anti-Worker Bills
  4. Rep. PPH Capitol Updates: Taxes, Voter Suppression, the Border Wall & More
  5. Rep. PPH Capitol Updates: COVID Vaccine Bans to School Vouchers & More