Saturday, November 27, 2010

Helping Tucson's poor for Thanksgiving

Rep. Daniel Patterson with Libby Wright of The Giving Tree on Thanksgiving.
We fed and helped hundreds of poor people and kids on the southside.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No heart: Brewer's Ariz. Republican Death Panels

Steve Benson Cartoon
Cartoon by Steve Benson, Arizona Republic, Nov 23, 2010

Democratic lawmaker to hold Tucson town hall

Bringing the capitol to you.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (District 29) invites constituents to a town hall next week in Tucson.

When: Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 E. 22nd St., Tucson.

At his eighth town hall, Patterson will discuss the upcoming session and hear from Tucsonans about their needs, ideas and concerns so he can take them with him to the capitol.

"Unfortunately, tough times are about to get tougher in Arizona, and I want to hear from the people I represent about their ideas and concerns for the state,” Patterson said. “Jobs, the economy, education, health care and our own public safety all are at stake. We need real solutions or Arizona will just continue down the wrong track.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AZ Rs own their budget mess, no more excuses

by Rep. Daniel Patterson

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Like it or not, there is no balance in Arizona state government with Republicans taking total control.

Soon the GOP will have the governor’s office, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, state schools superintendent, supermajorities in both the state House and Senate and control the majority of Arizona’s U.S. Congressional seats.

These are the people who made the biggest cuts to education in state history, laid-off thousands of Arizonans and cut health care for kids and seniors.

They wasted taxpayers’ time and money on frivolous lawsuits and wacky legislation like the birther bill and a ban on human-animal hybrids.

They may have total control in Phoenix, but Republicans also have no more excuses. They can’t blame Democrats, Independents, moderates or anyone else. No more hiding the fact that the GOP has held the majority in the legislature for more than 40 years.

They’re here and they’ll have to do something they've so far failed to do: lead our state through its financial crisis. They've run the state Legislature since the 1960s, but their recent failures tell it all:

· Instead of balancing the budget, they literally put their money on voter approval of Props. 301 and 302. They knew these proposed sweeps of early childhood education and state conservation funds would fail. But it was the excuse they needed for more drastic cuts down the road.

· Instead of protecting our schools from $1.1 billion in devastating cuts, they protected outrageous tax loopholes for big corporations and the rich.

· Instead of focusing on jobs, schools and the economy, they filled the legislative docket with ridiculous bills that wasted taxpayers' time and money.

Their wrong priorities and failure to balance the budget have left our state more than $800 million in debt, and that may double in the coming year.

With that will come more cuts to the things that we as Arizonans value the most.

Some Republican legislative leaders have said they are eager to decimate AHCCCS healthcare and cut off $7 billion in federal help for middle-class Arizonans, kids and seniors. This is unwise and unacceptable.

As a State Representative, I am part of a tough but small group of 20 House Democrats.

The Republican "supermajority" in the House will have the power to do whatever it wants, no matter what we do and no matter how we vote. Not even a governor's veto can stop them.

But I know why my constituents in Tucson re-elected me. I support hard-working Arizonans and make sure I work toward their priorities at the capitol. I represent real people in Tucson and I represent their priorities: jobs, schools and the economy.

We have to hold these Republicans accountable to make sure they do the job they were elected to do — work toward solutions.

This supermajority must be held accountable by all of us because its actions will affect all of us. House Democrats and I will hold Republicans accountable for their actions and we will fight for jobs, schools and small businesses to get Arizona’s economy moving again.

We are Arizona’s new watchdog.

Republicans own the budget mess they've created, and we must hold them accountable for their decisions. Arizonans deserve better than continued severe cuts to education and jobs.

The absolute top goal for Arizona has to be jobs and the economy. We need to support our small businesses and start the economic engine of Arizona moving again.

Arizonans are entitled to jobs, education, big corporations and the rich paying their fair share and real solutions to border security.

It’s time for accountability, and it’s way past time to get Arizona back on track.

- first posted Sat. Nov 13

UPDATES: Arizona Republic FACT CHECK: 'Brewer wrong' on transplants. Lives threatened due to Arizona GOP health care cuts. Rep. Chad Campbell: Jan Brewer and Republicans lying about transplants, cuts. More news on Arizona Republican Death Panels.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Join next LD29 Town Hall, Sat. Dec 4 in Tucson

Columbus branch library

TUCSON -- Constituents, please join me, Rep. Daniel Patterson, for a post-election/pre-session LD29 Town Hall meeting, Sat. Dec 4, 2-4p, Columbus library, 4350 E 22nd St.

This will be my 8th LD29 Town Hall since last year.

My LD29 colleagues Rep. Matt Heinz & Sen. Linda Lopez have also been invited to participate.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

PEER helping workers protect health, environment

Lisa Jackson is Obama's EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON -- Two quick update links here from, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, where I serve in Tucson as Southwest Director covering government whistle-blower cases in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.
  • Compromising clean energy support, the US Army Corps. of Engineers is going the wrong way on protecting US wetlands.
  • New effort by the US Environmental Protection Agency to stem mounting water pollution from pharmaceuticals will be ineffective and may make matters worse.
Support PEER

Karl Rove reunited with twin today in Arizona

AZ Rep. Andy Tobin (R) with Karl Rove today in Phoenix.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Views from southern Arizona in the Arena

A voice of reason for Tucson, AZ & USA

WASHINGTON -- Keep up with my comments from Tucson as AZ State Rep. in POLITICO's Arena on cap & trade and other important issues, along with views of leaders and experts nationwide.

Follow me on twitter and facebook. Wishing you a nice weekend.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Thx, Tucson voters, for re-electing me to AZ House

I'll be back at the Capitol 2011-12 representing LD29 in the 50th Arizona Legislature.

TUCSON -- To all my friends & supporters in Tucson LD29, thank you for voting.

I'm deeply humbled & thankful to win re-election and be the #1 vote getter for the 3rd election in a row in AZ LD29 House.

Thanks, Tucson voters! I work for you!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Helping AZ biz go solar to help economy & earth

Rep. Daniel Patterson cutting cord Oct 28 with Rep. Giffords, Mayor Walkup
& Keith Maio of NBofAZ

TUCSON -- Read story in Arizona Daily Star about big new solar project.

Campaigning for AZ Dems with Sen. Mark Udall

Tucson native US Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) & AZ Rep. Daniel Patterson (D-LD29), Oct 26
Dan Millis photo

Monday, November 01, 2010

LD29: My good views v. bad GOP opponent, vote Tu

Vote Tue. Nov 2 for Rep. Daniel Patterson

TUCSON -- You need to know about some important big differences between me and my GOP opponent. I'm good, he's not. Arizona LD29 constituents and voters, I ask please for your vote. Find your polling place and thank you for voting!

Read why I'm best for your Rep. here from my twitter and facebook:

I'm on your side working hard 4 middle class; no tax hikes. GOP opponent would serve greedy Phx bosses, cutting schools, hurting jobs & econ.

I scored 100% A+ for political courage on Project Vote Smart test. My GOP opponent got zero for no courage.

I support science, compassion & AZ med. marijuana Prop 203 protecting seriously ill patients from arrest & jail, my GOP opponent does not.

I support public schools. My GOP opponent doesn't & wants to give taxpayer money to private religious schools.

I support UA, ASU & NAU. GOP opponent would vote w greedy Phx bosses for more bad cuts, pricing out middle class.

I support women's rights. My GOP opponent thinks women victims of rape or incest should be forced to have their rapist's baby.

I'm backed by police & sheriffs, teachers, firefighters, Latinas, nurses & labor. GOP opponent is not; too out-of-touch, radical & dishonest.

Enjoyed important AZ health forum Wed eve @ UA, my GOP opponent was no-show. Mtg 2day w biz leaders on my goal of strong SoAZ caucus @ leg.

I'm endorsed again by AZ Daily Star. I'm working hard 4 forgotten middle class 2 put AZ back on track. GOP opponent can't be trusted.

I support AZ's independent judiciary. My GOP opponent doesn't & wants politicians to appoint activist judges.

I'm on your side working hard 4 kids, seniors & all; no tax hikes. GOP opponent lies, would serve corrupt Phx bosses, hurting schools & jobs.

Vote Daniel Patterson Please keep an eye on our twitter & facebook for more info as the Nov 2 election fast approaches. Thanks.