Friday, December 24, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Arizona's new US House seat & Senate race, 2012

Rep. Daniel Patterson on 2012 election

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Arizonans, you deserve a strong, moderate leader who's on your side to win US Senate and/or our new House seat in 2012.

Reform government for we the people!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Patterson to Brewer on transplant crisis, Medicaid

UPDATE: TV news coverage, ABC 9 Tucson, Dec 21.
Also read Brewer and her Arizona Republicans own their budget mess, no more excuses

Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix
Tucson, district 29

December 20, 2010

The Honorable Jan Brewer
Governor of Arizona
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

RE: AHCCCS transplant coverage

Dear Governor Brewer:

I am very concerned about how the consequences of last session’s medical transplant-coverage cuts have been handled. I ask you please to take immediate action to restore the $1.4 million program before another Arizonan dies. It has been almost three months since the cuts to transplant coverage took effect, and while a multitude of options have been put forth to achieve the restoration of this funding, so far nothing effective has been done to help sick patients who need action now.

There were 98 people on the transplant list when the program was cut, each with families, friends, loved-ones and, all too often, children to care for. One life has already been lost and a second was spared only due to the kind generosity of an anonymous donor. Attempts to shift the focus away from these sick people and blame the federal government are simply ineffective and unacceptable and tell David Hernandez, one of my constituents in Tucson, and the other transplant candidates desperately waiting for organ matches, that state government thinks the modest savings achieved by these cuts is more valuable than their lives.

There are $30 million in discretionary stimulus funds available to you to allocate as you wish. If, in fact, this money has been spent, I ask you to please call a special session now to come up with alternative funding sources. If any of the stimulus money is still available, I urge you to please immediately direct the expenditure of $1.4 million to restore transplant coverage. If state government continues to stall and wait too long, people will likely die, and no one wants that.

Please let me know how we may work together to solve the transplant crisis.

Thank you,
District 29, Tucson

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dems defend AZ independent redistricting process

Rep. Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix)

Democrats say hands-off the redistricting process; It’s called “independent” for a reason

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- In response to a press conference held today by Republican legislative leaders to protest the list of Independent Redistricting Commission applicants chosen by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, incoming House Democratic Leader, Chad Campbell and other lawmakers urged their Republican colleagues to take a hands-off approach.

"Republicans didn't get their ideal list of appointees to choose from and neither did Democrats," Campbell said. "But the whole idea behind an Independent Redistricting Commission is for it to actually be independent."

"The voters created the Independent Redistricting Commission and the point was to remove the politicians and political parties’ control from the process. Now the Republican legislative leaders are trying to interject themselves in to that process because they don't like how it is playing itself out," Campbell said. "This isn't about Republicans and Democrats controlling redistricting. It's about letting a fair and independent process work as it was intended to do."

"It's called independent for a reason. Until it is time for Legislative Leaders to make their appointments, politicians should be hands-off this process," Campbell said.

Each Legislative leader, including Campbell, will be allowed to appoint one Member to the Independent Redistricting Commission from the eligible applicants that are chosen by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.

"It's critical to the public interest that Arizona's redistricting process be fair and truly independent, as voters intended. The only way to ensure fairness right now is by keeping partisan politics out of it," said Rep. Daniel Patterson of Tucson.

- adapted from House Dems news release

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nissan, Ford & GM electric cars charge up drivers

Rep. Daniel Patterson, Ranking Member of the Arizona House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with the all-electric Nissan Leaf.

TUCSON -- I got a special drive of the new all-electric Nissan Leaf Saturday. It's a cool car, strong & quiet. Ford will unveil its all-electric Focus in 2011. Chevy also has the electric/hybrid Volt coming up.

Depending on the price, real-world range and vehicle charging options, these new cleaner electric cars could do very well in America.

I'm glad the electric car is back and I hope it's a big success, but I also still love my original zero-emissions vehicle, the bicycle.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Daily info: follow me on twitter, friend on facebook

TUCSON -- I'm doing well and working hard. I've also been too busy this week to blog.

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Thank you and happy holidays.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

S. Arizona pit-stop of World Zero Emissions Race

TUCSON -- The World Zero Emissions Race stopped Nov 23 in southern Arizona, showing off cool vehicles of the future. Here's a photo.

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (middle), Arizona State Representative Daniel Patterson (2nd from left), Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (left) and others welcome racers to Tucson. See vehicle photos.

Friday, December 03, 2010

AZ leaders hold GOP accountable on jobless aid

Mean McCain & Careless Kyl
harm Arizonans again

TUCSON -- Rep. Daniel Patterson and other leaders are holding Republicans accountable for failing to extend unemployment benefits to Arizonans who are out of work due to failed GOP economic policies.

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans will lose jobless aid during the holidays thanks to Republicans’ “no” votes on extending it. Nearly 600,000 jobs across the nation will be lost over the year and the U.S. economy will be 0.6 percent lower than it is today.

"U.S. unemployment is still very high, especially in severely stressed states such as Arizona, where thousands of families depend on unemployment insurance to barely scrape by in this still very rough economy for workers," said Patterson. "People want jobs, and extending jobless aid will not stop them from seeking hard-to-find employment, but it will stop them from going hungry or becoming homeless."

The Congressional Budget Office says every $1 spent on unemployment benefits generates up to nearly $2 in economic growth. The program is the most effective government policy for generating growth among 11 options the CBO has analyzed.

Earlier this year, GOP Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona actually said he felt jobless aid was a "disincentive" to out-of-work Americans to find new work.

"I'm sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can't argue it's a job enhancer," Kyl said on the Senate floor when debating the topic of a federal unemployment benefits extension to allow states, such as Arizona, to continue to pay out benefits.

On the state level, Republicans’ lack of support for Arizonans trying to find work during a 10 percent unemployment rate is similar. Gov. Jan Brewer and Republicans killed a bill that would have raised Arizona’s jobless aid pay rate, one of the lowest in the nation. Brewer also rejected $150 million of federal stimulus money to modernize the unemployment insurance system; that money went to other states.

"Republican Senators including Arizona's Kyl and John McCain are the Grinch this year, heartlessly cutting off American families as part of their reckless temper tantrum demanding unwise immediate tax cuts for the very rich," explains Patterson. "Shame on the callous and out-of-touch GOP for risking the lives and ruining the holidays of millions of Americans."

“It is just unconscionable that Kyl and McCain voted against getting our economy back on track and instead voted to make it worse,” said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Asst. House Democratic Leader. “It is disgusting that Republicans will break the tradition of supporting unemployment benefits, yet they are tirelessly supporting tax cuts for multimillionaires. It makes no sense.”

McCain and Kyl will have another opportunity to make the right choice in extending unemployment benefits and they should help Arizona by voting 'yes'.

- adapted from AZ House Dems PIO

Arizona v. Arizona State football, Tucson, Dec 2

Wilma Wildcat, UA fan, Rep. Daniel Patterson & Wilbur Wildcat
at President's tailgate party, University of Arizona, Tucson, Dec 2, 2010