Friday, August 29, 2008

AZ House campaigns hustle before Tues primary

Daniel and his lovely smart wife Jeneiene. VOTE PATTERSON Tuesday, Sept 2

TUCSON -- From today's Arizona Daily Star, by Josh Brodesky:

The scramble is on in District 29, where seven Democrats are running for state representative.

With the race likely to be decided by as few as 8,000 voters, and the end of the primary season near, every vote is precious.

So the candidates have kicked their campaigns into high gear, hoping to court the last few undecided voters in the district, which stretches from Downtown to the far Southeast Side and covers much of the city's South Side.

Trying to cast a wide net to reach as many undecided voters as possible, ecologist Daniel Patterson has been hitting the airwaves with TV commercials. ...

"You are certainly advantaged going into the race if you are already active in a public sphere," said Fred Solop, chair of the department of politics and international affairs at Northern Arizona University. "If people start to see multiple messages from you, then a candidate's reputation can lodge in the minds of the voters."

Patterson, in particular, has served up his message in a variety of ways. He is on the Internet in the form of a blog, a campaign Web site and a MySpace page. He has knocked on doors, and used signs and mailers. And he's hitting the airwaves through radio and TV.

"We have got a very aggressive campaign that is going directly to the voters every single day knocking on doors," Patterson said.

To save money for the TV ads, which are in Spanish and English, Patterson said he didn't go for color mailers and printed up some very basic signs.

"We made some decisions early on. We decided to go with a black-and-white mailer," Patterson said. "It's printed on fairly basic recycled paper. We didn't blow a bunch of money on giant, superthick, full-color postcards. I really think a lot of voters don't mind getting your information in black and white." ...

Also, some new local TV news coverage from Channel 11's Kacie Talamante:

As the race for the White House heats up, so do local primary races here in Tucson. In District 29, seven Democratic State House candidates are going head-to-head, trying to survive to the General Election.

It’s a diverse field of candidates for a diverse district, which reaches from downtown to the south side, covering neighborhoods around Davis-Monthan Air Force Base...

Daniel Patterson currently serves on the Tucson Planning Commission and the Pima County Board of Adjustment. “Our main issue in this election is the economy,” he says. “There’s far too many people suffering from inflation, prices going up, and wages going down.” ...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama and Gov. Richardson tonight at Mile High

Barack and Bill tonight

DENVER -- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson got a promotion at the DNC and will join Barack Obama speaking tonight in front of 75,000+ people live at Mile High stadium, and hundreds of millions more on TV across the US and the world.

As a progressive Democrat for State House in Arizona district 29, I am proud to have endorsed Barack Obama, and been invited to join Michelle Obama on-stage in Tucson prior to the February primary.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Patterson will help solve transit & lands problems

With your support, I will work with the Governor and all leaders to solve problems, help people and build bridges for positive change

TUCSON -- Now that the State Lands and TIME initiatives are off the ballot without any doubt, the Arizona Legislature should work more cooperatively with Gov. Janet Napolitano in 2009 to solve our problems on transportation and State Lands reform.

The Legislature has repeatedly failed to address these problems, but with your support and vote on Tuesday, Sept 2, I will work cooperatively across the aisle in the State House starting in January to build bridges for positive change on these and other critical issues.

I did support the proposed State Lands initiative, as a good first step toward reform to benefit education, the environment and our quality of life. But we can work for a better plan in the State House, and as an ecologist my proven skills in planning and natural resources will help solve this problem.

The failed TIME 18% sales tax increase, pushed by my main opponents in the district 29 primary, was not fair to lower income people and would very likely not pass in November during this bad economy. A Tucson City Council member estimated the sales tax increase would take at least $20M annually in disposable income out of the pockets of people in LD29.

The TIME approach also favored giant new roads too much instead of more for clean transit, which is the wrong way to go in this time of global warming and expensive peak oil, and drew opposition from the Sierra Club. In 2009, the Legislature will have to get serious about crafting a more supportable balanced and fair transportation plan, including making sure growth pays for itself, and I will help.

With better skilled leadership in the State House, we can solve these problems, help people and make Arizona a better place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

AZ retirees say DP is only choice for Rep in LD29

Arizona Alliance member fights for economic justice

TUCSON -- The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans has announced its primary election endorsements for the state legislative races, including Daniel Patterson, Democrat for State House in district 29.

"It is a pleasure to endorse candidates that will advocate on behalf of retirees, seniors and their families. We feel confident that these candidates will share our passion in being a voice for retirees in this state," said Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans President Doug Hart.

I've listened to and worked with many retirees across the south and southeast sides in LD29, most on very limited incomes, who need our strong leadership and help at the State Capitol.

The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans represents almost 10,000 members in seventeen chapters across the state. Their members participate in advocating and supporting legislation and public policies that protect the health and economic security of retirees, seniors, and their families. They endorse candidates for the Arizona Legislature who support and sponsor legislation that is beneficial to the improvement of the quality of life for members, retirees, and seniors.

The mission of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

In addition to Patterson as the only endorsed candidate in district 29, the Alliance also backs these other southern Arizona candidates: State Senate: Georgette Valle, LD30. State House: Pat Fleming, LD25; Nancy Young Wright and Don Jorgensen, LD26; Phil Lopes, LD27; and Andrea Dalessandro, LD30.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Patterson campaign well represented at DNC

DENVER -- Due to my hard-working campaign, I can't be there, but our campaign is well represented at the Dem Convention by respected long-time Tucson political activist Judy Nagle. She is a strong supporter of my progressive and popular district 29 State House campaign.

Judy is running a blog from the DNC, Dem Dames in Denver, with focus on the Arizona delegation and other happenings.

Another Patterson backer at the DNC is Obama advisor General John Adams, US Army (ret.).

Tucson Dems Judy Nagel (at right) and Elly Anderson at the DNC

Saturday, August 23, 2008

AZ educators get involved in State House race

Teachers back Patterson as top candidate for education

TUCSON -- We want to thank teachers and other education advocates, especially from Sunnyside, for helping us this weekend on our progressive campaign for State Rep in district 29.

“Daniel Patterson will listen to teachers and the people who work in our schools. Investing in public education is his priority,”
says John Wright, Arizona Education Association President. “A vote for Daniel Patterson is a vote to put another friend of teachers and public education in the legislature."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Another big healthcare endorsement for LD29 Dem

Patterson is strong on healthcare, and other big issues

TUCSON -- I'm thankful to announce, that I, Daniel Patterson have won the endorsement of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. Earlier we won the backing of the Arizona Nurses Association.

"I look forward to a long relationship with you as we work together on... healthcare issues facing the state of Arizona," said John R. Rivers, FACHE, President and CEO of AzHHA.

Improving Arizona's healthcare, economy, education, energy and the environment are all strong points of our progressive clean campaign for State Representative in district 29.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Patterson for Rep unveils 'problem solver' TV ads

The time for change is now!

TUCSON -- Our positive clean campaign in Arizona district 29 has released two TV spots that are airing now through the Sept 2 primary.

View Patterson's 'problem solving family man' ads.



Campaign gets stronger in sprint to Sept 2 finish

Solving problems and helping people as a leader, family man and ecologist with a proven record of community and government leadership

TUCSON -- There's some new coverage by Hank Stephenson in the Weekly of the Democratic race for State House in district 29:

'...ecologist Daniel Patterson, who has built his campaign around support for education, the environment and economic development. Patterson has also been picking up endorsements, from the Arizona Education Association, the Pima Area Labor Federation and the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. In addition to walking door to door, the local blogger has been campaigning aggressively on the Internet, with regular updates on his campaign page, regular posts at local political blogs and mass e-mails whenever he scores a new endorsement.'

"I've got a proven record of community and public service in District 29 and Tucson," Patterson says. "I've been in the district for a long time, a lot longer than some of the other candidates, certainly, and I know how the Legislature works."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

EPA elbows Corps aside to protect western rivers

Santa Cruz River in southern Arizona

WASHINGTON -- In a move to protect Western rivers from pollution and development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken jurisdiction away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine whether two rivers are covered by the Clean Water Act, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), where I serve as Ecologist and Southwest Director. The action by EPA effectively trumps recent steps by the Corps to declare much of Arizona's Santa Cruz and California's Los Angeles river systems to be non-navigable and thus ineligible for federal protection.

In an unusual letter sent this past Sunday, August 17, EPA Assistant Administrator Benjamin Grumbles informed his counterpart overseeing the Corps, Assistant Army Secretary John Woodley, that -

"I am designating the Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Rivers as Special Cases…and therefore EPA Headquarters will make the final determination of their jurisdictional status under the CWA [Clean Water Act]."

At the urging of the National Association of Homebuilders, the Corps had in recent weeks sent signals that it would radically narrow its standard for whether rivers that flow intermittently should be protected:

  • In June 2008, the Corps declared only a small portion of the L.A. River navigable, thus signaling that the bulk of the river and all its tributaries would not be covered by the Clean Water Act; and
  • In July 2008, the Corps suspended its previous decision that the Santa Cruz River in Arizona was covered by the CWA. Under the standards proposed to the Corps, fully 96% of all of the surface waters in the state of Arizona would fall outside the Clean Water Act.

"It is refreshing to see EPA show some spine on a politically charged pollution issue," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that Clean Water Act prevents the rivers from being eliminated through fill and prohibits dumping of sewage and toxic materials as will as run-off from construction sites and streets. "The reverberations from this action extend beyond these two rivers, across the West."

The EPA action does not guarantee protection for the two rivers but it is highly unlikely that EPA would have intervened if it agreed with the Corps.

Navigability is one of the thorny issues created by a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision (U.S. v Rapanos) that the Bush administration is using to cut back protections for wetlands and other vital waters. Congress is currently debating legislative remedies to these rollbacks. Two of the leading reform sponsors, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and James Oberstar (D-MN) have demanded the Corps explain its navigability ruling reversals. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and the Pima County Board of Supervisors have all opposed the Corps moves. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has said nothing.

Cleaning up the Clean Water Act should be high on the agenda of the next Congress and Administration.

- adapted from PEER

Monday, August 18, 2008

AZ law enforcement backs Patterson for State Rep

AZ officers back Patterson

TUCSON -- The Fraternal Order of Police, Arizona State Lodge has endorsed me for State Representative in LD29.

"...the FOP, Arizona's largest police organization, believes that you support Arizona's law enforcement officers... The FOP is pleased to endorse your candidacy," says Bryan Soller, President of AZ FOP.

We thank the AZ FOP for their support.

New Patterson for AZ Rep interviews released

I will work at the Capitol for your interests, not special interests

TUCSON -- Please visit our media page at and listen to new interviews from KXCI's David Yerkey, and John C. Scott's show on KVOI. Energy, the economy, economic justice and other critical issues are discussed.

Democrats and Independents in LD29 on the south and southeast sides, I ask for your vote now on your early ballot or at the polls Sept 2.

The time for change is now! With your support, I will work to build bridges in the State House and establish better respect from the Legislature toward those of us in Tucson and Pima County, especially on the south and southeast sides in district 29.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Weekend campaign roundup from AZ district 29

People rocked tonight downtown for Obama

TUCSON -- I just finished a big weekend of positive campaigning across the south and southeast sides.

Last night, I participated in an event at Congressman Raul Grijalva's office about increasing the TUSD budget by voting yes in November on the override.

Saturday and today we spent talking with voters, who are very supportive of our clean campaign to solve problems, help people and build bridges for positive change in the Arizona Legislature.

Earlier tonight we had a meeting of south downtown Democratic voters, and I just returned from speaking at the 'Barack 'N Roll' concert at Hotel Congress in support of Obama for President. Sarah Robinson and other volunteers did a fine job with this well attended motivational music event.

My campaign for State House sure is a lot of work, and it's also very rewarding and fun. I thank everyone for the strong support we are getting.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Leadership for a fair and prosperous AZ economy

Vote Patterson for economic justice. Image from Wall Street Journal

TUCSON -- As a homeowner and family man, I know today's economy is painful. As foreclosures continue to rise, vacant looted houses harm neighborhood values and safety. As a south side Neighborhood President, I am concerned about people losing their homes. One big expense can put people over the edge, into big debt and worse. I know. My wife and I are not rich, and we have a child to support.

Arizona's economy is gloomy. Unemployment and prices keep rising. Workers' wages and benefits are too low. This is not the time to raise sales taxes. Losing non-stop flights at TIA hurts.

Arizona needs experienced, hopeful leaders who listen, help and understand, and will diversify our economy with responsible public investment that restores economic justice. Arizonans deserve new leadership to solve problems and stop the 'race to the bottom', and build a sustainable, fair and prosperous new economy that helps workers and businesses thrive.

Vote Patterson, Democrat for State Rep in district 29, now - Sept 2.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Eat local for a sustained environment & economy

Who's your farmer?

by Jeneiene Schaffer

TUCSON -- Do you ever wonder if the food you eat has traveled to more exotic places than you have? Out of season produce travels an average 1,500 miles to get to our plates. You've cut back on driving, and now it's time to reign in your food as well. The health of you, your family, and indeed our earth depends on it.

Eating locally has really caught on. I remember reading an article last year in the New York Times about a young couple with a toddler living in Manhattan who decided to eat everything for a year within a 100 mile radius. Then, there's the captivating and inspirational chronicle of eating locally written by beloved author Barbara Kingsolver called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Written after she and her family moved to their southeast farm, it show cases how eating local food from family farms and your own garden can take back our health and communities from multi-national corporate control.

Starting September 15th, Tucson's Food Conspiracy Co-Op located on 412 N. 4th Avenue, is hosting an Eat Local America Challenge. In cities around the country, people will be taking this challenge to eat food sourced closer to home. For tips on how to prepare and for more info visit the co-op's website.

Here at the Patterson/Schaffer south side ranchita we've been doing many things as a family to eat and support local foods. We belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Every week we collect our share of produce from local farm Agua Linda. We raise healthy hens on organic vegetable table scraps. Our girls produce yummy eggs and Ruby has a blast tossing scratch feed to them. I grow a nice backyard vegetable garden twice a year. When the garden is fallow, I let our ladies scratch, chase and eat bugs, and poop fertilizer. During the monsoons, we collect rain water in two cisterns which will help to water the garden and fig trees. This year I discovered an added bonus: I just sold 15 pounds of mission figs to the co-op for $46. Sweet!

Have fun on your Eat Local America Challenge! Supporting local farmers and growing your own food is patriotic and the best homeland security there is.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Obama will protect wildlife, McCain 'no comment'

Endangered desert nesting Bald Eagle in Arizona

TUCSON -- As the dirty Bush/Cheney gang prepares to ride out of Washington in their Hummer limos, they are trying to torch the Endangered Species Act, America's most important wildlife law.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's campaign says: "This 11th-hour ruling from the Bush administration is highly problematic. After over 30 years of successfully protecting our nation's most endangered wildlife like the bald eagle, we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it," said Obama campaign spokesman Nick Shapiro. "As president, Senator Obama will fight to maintain the strong protections of the Endangered Species Act and undo this proposal from President Bush."

A spokesman for Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, said he had no comment on Bush's revisions.

As an ecologist, I have a comment, "vote for Obama".

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Pima labor kicks off Arizona election campaign 08

Economic justice for working people. The time for change is now!

TUCSON -- As an endorsed candidate in district 29, I was honored to be invited to speak tonight to a strong and spirited group of Arizona labor leaders, at the Pima Area Labor Federation's 2008 election kickoff event at the IBEW hall located in LD29.

When I am in the house of labor, I am in the house of friends.

Joining me were Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, State House Democratic leader Phil Lopes, Rep. Steve Farley, State Senators Paula Aboud and Jorge Garcia, and others.

As part of my popular speech, I outlined an aggressive plan to go on the offense at the State Capitol for economic justice for all Arizonans. Changing the majority in the House to the Democrats will help this strategy, and there is a great chance it will happen in November.

I am very thankful to have earned the backing of Arizona's labor groups representing union workers, teachers and nurses. I've always been a friend to labor and economic fairness, and will continue to be in the Legislature.

AZ should reconsider 'cap & trade' pollution idea

Polluting coal plant in eastern Arizona

PHOENIX -- As Arizona, other states and Canadian provinces plan to meet soon as part of the Western Climate Initiative -- an effort I support -- Gov. Janet Napolitano and other leaders should reconsider over-reliance on risky unproven 'cap-and-trade' pollution credits.

While cap-and-trade may be the most politically palatable approach for controlling greenhouse gases, it may be the most ineffective and unreliable. These problems are evident in an open letter by EPA experts released this May detailing major impediments in implementing an effective trading program.

Experience with harnessing market forces to control air pollution has not been promising, according to analyses of three recent programs. These programs are analogous to the cap-and-trade plans now being considered by politicians as the principal mechanism for reducing greenhouse gases contributing to global warming and related climate change.

The most studied program was the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) program by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur oxides (SOx) emissions through a cap and declining balance set for more than 350 of the largest polluting facilities in Southern California. RECLAIM has the longest history and practical experience of any locally designed and implemented air emissions cap-and-trade program.

An audit of the nine-year RECLAIM record by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in November 2002 found that the program did not come close to living up to expectations:
  • RECLAIM “produced far less emission reductions than either were projected...or could have been expected from [traditional control regulation]”;
  • Contrary to claims about stimulating new technology, EPA found an extremely low “likelihood such programs will produce innovation”; and
  • Overall, EPA found “little in the literature and reports by implementing agencies describing how the underlying theories or assumptions of market incentives programs are to be (or were) practically tested.”

The RECLAIM disappointment was not unique. In Chicago, a cap-and-trade program, called Emissions Reduction Market System (ERMS) for volatile organic materials (VOMs), also failed to significantly reduce emissions, according to a 2006 analysis. In 2002, an EPA-sponsored emissions trading program based in New Jersey and Michigan completely collapsed due to crippling verification and enforcement deficiencies.

While some proponents see a lucrative market in trading emissions credits, there is also a potential for environmental Enrons. The call to harness market forces may in fact be a siren song to hitch our wagon to a scam.

- info from PEER

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

To win, Obama needs western Governor for VP

Barack and Bill would win the White House

TUCSON -- All the political junkies are talking about it, so I'll share my view.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) should ask New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to be his running mate.

To beat Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Obama needs a Governor on the ticket, and it should be a well known one from the west. As a super-qualified popular Latino, Richardson would be the strongest pick, if he wants to be Vice President. Who knows, Big Bill may prefer to stay on as Governor of the Land of Enchantment?

Let me also say Obama's fellow Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) would not be the best pick. Biden is smart and well qualified, but no one wants to vote for two Senators, and Biden's northeast roots will not help Obama win.

One wake up call to the Obama staffers reading this, get your candidate to stop in Arizona soon, preferably Tucson, the progressive heart of the state. Make McCain campaign here. As a DC-insider, he is not as popular in Arizona as you may think. Obama can win Arizona if he tries.

Just have Obama make a quick stop in Arizona during one of his many trips to Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Visit Phoenix again too, but if you want to win Arizona don't skip million-person Tucson. Not campaigning in Arizona means you will surely lose here, and Arizona has more votes than the other states I just mentioned where Obama is visiting often.

Nature hating Cheney aide finally out at US Interior

Hoffman's meddling interfered with conservation at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

WASHINGTON -- Paul Hoffman, a former Dick Cheney aide with a ham-handed approach, is resigning today from his post as Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary, according to a farewell e-mail posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a national service organization where I serve as Ecologist & Southwest Director. His departure closes a stormy chapter in the Bush administration's attempt to leave its dirty imprint on the National Park Service and other natural resource agencies.

Prior to his Interior appointment, Hoffman had led the Cody (Wyoming) Chamber of Commerce and served as an aide to then-U.S. Representative Dick Cheney. During the first Bush term, Hoffman was the principal political operative on national park issues. In that position, he created such a firestorm of criticism that he was moved to an administrative slot. Hoffman's parting message was typically acerbic:

"I can attest to the fact that Interior gets in your blood, but I can also say that it does not necessarily turn it green."

Hoffman sparked a furor by trying to rewrite all Park Service management policies to subordinate the parks' conservation mission to "enjoyment" by the public, a stance that promoted human intrusions from snowmobiles to hunting. In his draft, Hoffman, a "Young Earth" creationist, struck all references to evolution (such as, "species are evolving" and "naturally evolving ecosystems") in some cases leaving entire paragraphs intact except to excise an evolution reference. Then-incoming Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne publicly rejected Hoffman's draft and soon thereafter transferred him.

"National parks were the one environmental issue on which George W. Bush campaigned but, under Hoffman, parks became 'The Bad News Bears' for Bush," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch.

Besides the park management policies debacle, Hoffman authorized the firing of U.S. Park Police Teresa Chambers for disclosing staff shortages in a Washington Post interview, a case that is still in court. His antipathy for the media was palpable as reflected by this post on his supposedly anonymous blog:

"I now live in the Washington, DC, Metro Area and I am a Senior Executive with the Federal government. I have had extensive experience with the media over the years, but nothing compares to the vilification and lies I have been subjected by the likes of the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, Vanity Fair, and even National Geographic."

Despite a total absence of scientific training, Hoffman regularly overruled agency scientists on issues ranging from the effect of power-plants on park visibility to whether cutthroat trout should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. In his last position where he was in charge of "Human Capital, Performance, and Partnerships" Hoffman presided over Interior's vast physical plant which was found to be scandalously unsafe for workers in an Inspector General audit.

"Paul Hoffman's departure from public service will be little mourned," Ruch concluded.

Links to more on the evils of Bush/Cheney's Paul Hoffman.

- info from PEER

Monday, August 11, 2008

Vote for energy leadership in AZ House and ACC

Leading by example: our solar-powered house

TUCSON -- Energy is a giant issue in the elections this year, and it should be. Our current energy crisis is dragging down our economy, warming the planet and changing the climate in bad ways.

Just as I ask for your vote for me for State Rep in LD29 as a leader with proven 'lead by example' experience for clean energy solutions, I also ask you to vote for Paul Newman, Kara Kelty and Sandra Kennedy for Arizona Corporation Commission.

The Arizona Corporation Commission is a 4th leg of state government, with huge responsibilities in areas that affect our lives every day.

Electing me to the House, and Newman, Kelty and Kennedy to the ACC will help Arizona realize smart energy solutions that will boost our economy and quality of life.

Vote now on your early ballot, or vote at the polls Sept 2. Thank you.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I pass political courage test, most in LD29 don't

Vote smart, vote Patterson

TUCSON -- The respected and influential Project Vote Smart has posted new candidate information and answers to the 'political courage test'.

Confident in my values and political positions, I took the test.

Alarmingly, most of my opponents in the Arizona district 29 race didn't share their views because they refuse to take the courage test.

They 'repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart staff.'

Of the 7 Democratic and 2 GOP candidates for the State House in Tucson's south and southeast side LD29, only Tom Prezelski and I responded.

Open, honest and clear communications about progressive values. One more reason of many to vote Patterson for State Representative to solve problems, help people and build bridges for positive change.

The time for change is now! LD29 Dem and Independent voters, I ask for your vote now - Sept 2 in the primary.

Patterson/Schaffer hosting Grijalva summer party

Sen. Barack Obama speaks in Arizona. Photo Mariane Maffeo, Copyright 2007

TUCSON -- Please join me, my wife Jeneiene Schaffer, Gilberto Zaragoza and Congressman Raul Grijalva at our neighborhood party August 17.

Voters from our south downtown precinct will be gathering to meet old friends and make new ones -- and have fun! We will plan how to win the election.

Please join us at this great opportunity to be a part of grassroots political organizing.

Sunday, August 17, 6pm
452 S. Stone Ave.

RSVP to Deyanira Nevarez at 820.8718 or deya(at)grijalvaforcongress(dot)com by August 14, please.

We look forward to seeing you. Thank you!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Solving problems, helping people and real change

Vote Patterson to help restore respect and fairness at the State Capitol; visit our updated media/interviews page

TUCSON -- I'm running for Arizona State Representative in LD29 to solve problems, help people and build bridges for positive change.

For 15 years here, most of my adult life, I've served the public interest for quality of life. I offer my proven record of community, economic and government leadership.

As a south side Neighborhood President, I've worked with police to reduce crime.

I've solved land-use disputes on the Pima County Board of Adjustment. I'm a planning commissioner, cooperating with businesses for responsible development.

I'm a working family man, backed by teachers, leaders, workers, nurses and more.

As an ecologist, I have knowledge and experience on energy, water and environmental policy.

I listen, and I have worked with U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords and Gov. Janet Napolitano.

I've seen many changes during my years serving people, but my hope, optimism and pursuit of the common good hasn't changed.

The time to improve Arizona is now!

Legislative District 29 voters on the south and southeast sides, I ask for your vote now - Sept. 2.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

LD29 candidates differ on economic justice, taxes

Daniel Patterson (center) speaks about economic justice and fairness at the LD29 debate

UPDATE, 8/11: The proposed sales tax increase I said no to, but my main opponents support, (aka TIME initiative) is so unpopular with voters that it failed to even make the ballot.

TUCSON -- Arizona Daily Star political writer Daniel Scarpinato today covers the controversial proposal to raise your sales taxes.

Most southern Arizona candidates for Legislature support keeping sales taxes where they are, including me.

But my three main opponents want the sales tax increase, which would take an estimated $20M or more a year from mostly lower income people on the south and southeast sides, further harming our local economy. This is unfair and unwise.

from the Star: 'In southern Tucson's District 29... Daniel Patterson pointed to two issues that jar opponents. The actual 1-cent increase amounts to a 17.85 percent increase in the current state sales tax. Also, organizers agreed not to push for impact fees for developers in exchange for $100,000 to help pay for signature gathering and a commitment for more money to campaign for the measure.'

"I support needed transportation improvements but cannot support raising the sales tax (nearly) 18 percent in this tough economy, especially while wealthy developers get an inside deal to avoid paying fair impact fees," Patterson said in his response. Sales taxes, he said, "hurt lower-income people the most."

In the column, one of my opponents claims the sales tax increase will produce money that 'cannot be found elsewhere'. He is wrong. Arizona can and should help pay for transportation with fair impact fees so growth pays for itself, as most Arizonans are demanding.

Fiscal responsibility, fairness and economic justice matters, especially to the many low income people in Tucson and district 29. Read my Q&A with the Tucson Weekly on the state budget and taxes and you'll notice differences on economic justice between me and my opponents.

With your support, I will help you in this bad economy. With your vote in the primary now - Sept 2, I will work cooperatively in the State House for fair tax reform, and a more balanced and fair transportation plan in 2009.

Greg Patterson (no relation) at Espresso Pundit is revealing the TIME proposal to raise sales taxes has so little support from voters that it may not even make the ballot.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Sierra NV bighorn protected; AZ LD29 site updated

Naturalist Paul McFarland of Friends of the Inyo surveys bighorn habitat DRP photo

TUCSON -- We've updated our popular campaign website, Please have a look now, and vote Daniel Patterson for State Representative in Arizona district 29.

In other good news today, on a wildlife conservation issue I've worked on for years, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced protection of 417,577 of mostly your public lands in the eastern Sierra Nevada for protection and recovery of endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.

Sierra Nevada bighorn

In a 2005 editorial about threats to bighorn, the Los Angeles Times said, "the service should do as Patterson suggested".

Better late than never for the bighorn.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Only one choice in LD29 for fair economic solutions

Listening and talking with students about improving AZ's economy

UPDATE, 8/16: More on Daniel Patterson and the economy.

TUCSON -- There is only one choice in LD29 for fair economics and fiscal responsibility, Daniel Patterson.

At least three of my main opponents want to raise your taxes significantly, including jacking up the sales tax by 18%, which will cost you and your family hundreds of dollars every year.

In this bad economy of rising prices, stagnant wages and growing unemployment, it's unfair and unwise for my opponents to want to raise sales taxes on working families and economically at-risk people, like many in district 29 across the south and southeast sides.

I ask for your vote as a compassionate family man who supports rewarding hard work, and understands how we are suffering in this weak economy.

Unlike my opponents, I am not stuck in the harmful old politics of sticking you with higher sales taxes. During this recession, I will help you.

The time for change is now!

Vote Patterson in the primary now - Sept 2 for an economically responsible and experienced leader.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Daily Star publishes Patterson's candidate profile

Vote Daniel Patterson in the LD29 Democratic primary now - Sept 2. Image from Wall Street Journal

UPDATE, 8/3: People are starting to vote. I just got this message: Greetings Dan, I just filled out my ballot. You were the only candidate that took the time to come to my home. Best wishes. KS

TUCSON -- The Arizona Daily Star has published our candidate profile for State Rep in the Arizona Legislature for district 29.

If you're not on the permanent list and want to vote early by mail, you must request your ballot Monday, call 740.4330.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

AZ economy worsens, need new leaders for justice

People looking for economic justice and jobs

TUCSON -- As a homeowner and family man, today's economy is painful. As foreclosures rise, vacant looted houses harm neighborhood values. As a south side Neighborhood President, I am sad to see more people losing their homes.

One big expense can put people over the edge, into big debt and worse. I know. My wife and I work for non-profits, and we have a child to support.

The economy is gloomy. Losing non-stop flights at TIA hurts. Prices keep rising and unemployment is way up. Workers' wages and benefits are too low.

I'm running for State Representative as an experienced leader who listens and understands, and will help our economy with responsible public investment that restores economic justice.

Arizonans deserve new leadership to solve problems and stop the economic 'race to the bottom', and build a sustainable, fair and prosperous economy that helps workers and businesses thrive.

The time for change is now! LD29 voters, I ask for your vote now - Sept. 2. VOTE PATTERSON for economic justice and proven leadership. Thank you!