Republicans Push to Expand School Vouchers … Again (video)

Rep. Pam Powers Hannley on school vouchers.

In 2018, more than one million Arizona voters said NO to expansion of private school vouchers (AKA empowerment scholarships). That inconvenient truth means nothing to Arizona Republicans. They get their marching orders from right wing “think tanks” like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Rep. Shawnna Bolick’s strike everything amendment to HB2803 is ALEC model legislation.

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CRT Takes Center Stage in #AZLeg African American Protocol Day (video)

Rep. Pam Powers Hannley

February 10, 2022 was African American Protocol Day in the Arizona Legislature. This is a day when leaders from the African American community statewide come to the Legislature to educate us.

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I Am the Most Independent Voting Democrat in the #AZHouse: Here’s Why (video)

Rep. Pam Powers Hannley

I am the most independent-voting Democrat in the Arizona House and perhaps in the Arizona Legislature. How did that happen? When I first ran for office in 2015, I said I would look at every bill and ask myself, “How does this help the people of Arizona?” And if it didn’t broadly help people OR if it was a carve-out for the connected, there was no reason for me to support it.

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The Story of the Underground Railroad & the Oberlin Rescuers (video)

Oberlin, Ohio Underground Railroad

In honor of Black History Month, I told the Story of the Underground Railroad & the Oberlin Rescuers. Given the current furry over critical race theory and what is taught in public schools, will this story about a valiant little village that defied the federal government and smuggled escaped slaves to freedom be taught in school in the future?

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There’s Progress in Maternal & Child Health … But We’re Not Done (video)

sleeping baby

For years, I have been pounding a drum about the need for the state of Arizona to fully fund maternal and child health and to tackle Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Too many Moms and babies are dying or living with poverty and disease due to stingy policies in Arizona.

Arizona’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Report (AMMMR) showed that 80 percent of the post childbirth maternal deaths were preventable and 20 percent were suicides. Moms need help — especially now with the added stress of COVID19 and limited childcare options.

M&C Health got a much-need boost recently with the passage of increased funding for Healthy Families (HB2111). Healthy Families is a program that was cut dramatically in the past 10 years and never restored. It is a voluntary home visitation postpartum program. Health educators visit new moms and their babies and teach topics like breast feeding, healthy diet, and coping skills, along with strategies to be a better mom.

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Podcast: News from the Capitol: Rep. PPH Updates (Jan. 10-20, 2022)

Arizona Legislative Updates

If you have missed one of my 2022 Legislative Updates, you can check out this compilation from the first 10 days of session. Enjoy!

There is a link to this podcast below. You can also subscribe to A View from the Left Side on multiple podcasting services such as iTunes, SpotifyStitcher RadioI Heart Radio and others. The original Legislative update videos on these topics can be found on my YouTube Channel.

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