Friday, April 30, 2010

Good news: 49th AZ Legislature adjourns sine die

Nighttime at the capitol.

UPDATE, Fri. Apr 30: After 2 years, Republicans still pushing Arizona down the wrong track.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Arizona's 49th Legislature adjourned our 2nd regular session sine die at 11:07pm Thursday night.

I've worked hard to represent Tucson's LD29 well at the capitol. I've done a lot of good, and made some mistakes. I've listened, learned and lead. I'll be very happy to be back home full-time in Tucson very soon. With your continued support, I'll be back at the capitol in 2011 for the long haul.

Given how badly most things have been going in the legislature for the public interest, adjournment is good news.

There is an old saying in Arizona, "when the legislature is in session, no one is safe." Republicans have controlled the capitol for 44 years and have our state heading dangerously down the wrong track. It's time for a change. Vote Democratic in November for a stronger Arizona.

Check RepPatterson on twitter for more views on the State of Arizona, etc.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

House Dems restore KidsCare and $7B to AZ

Leadership from House Democrats restores health care for kids.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Children in Arizona now will have access to quality and affordable health care, and Arizona will receive $7 billion in federal health care funding thanks to House Democrats’ efforts to restore it.

House Democrats first alerted Republicans and Gov. Jan Brewer on March 22 to the GOP’s grave mistake to eliminate KidsCare and urged them to restore it so that Arizona would not lose its fair share of federal health care funding.

“Today is a victory for all Arizonans,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “We were happy to help Republicans and Gov. Brewer recognize their mistake to kick thousands of people off of health care and forfeit all of our federal Medicaid dollars. It is wrong to rob health care from kids and seniors.”

When Republicans and Brewer eliminated health care for 42,000 Arizona children in their budget last month, they forfeited all future federal matching funds for health care in Arizona. That action would have caused an even bigger deficit in Arizona because the state still would have had to pay for health care.

"It was mean-spirited and never necessary or smart for Brewer and Republicans to kill KidsCare," said Representative Daniel Patterson of Tucson. "House Democrats showed leadership in fighting to restore childrens' health insurance, and I'm thankful GOP members listened and worked with us to right their wrong."

“Republicans and Gov. Brewer had a choice when they passed their harmful budget that eagerly cut jobs, education and health care,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “They made the wrong choice and we successfully pointed it out and made sure they corrected it. I hate to say it, but we told them so.”

The first action Brewer took after realizing her wrong choice to eliminate health care for kids, adults and seniors, was to call a special session to file a frivolous lawsuit against the federal government against the new health reform law.

“Instead of addressing the $7 billion hole she and Republicans created, Gov. Brewer decided to file a frivolous lawsuit that was neither based on fact nor on law,” House Democratic Leader David Lujan said. “She chose to pull a cheap political stunt —spending taxpayer dollars on a baseless lawsuit —than get any real work done. I guess she now realizes that she thought wrong.”

Today, the legislature sent Senate Bill 1043, the fix to KidsCare, to the governor for her signature.

- adapted from House Dems PIO

Helping welcome Shakira to AZ on immigration law

Shakira

PHOENIX -- I and others will help welcome famous singer Shakira to the State Capitol today.

She is visiting Arizona to show solidarity with supporters of human rights and fair US immigration reform, and also to help protest Republicans' bad SB1070.

Hopefully we'll get some photos up here later.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

House Ds kill GOP's harmful AZ state parks scam

Republicans close Arizona.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- House Democrats tonight exposed Republicans’ sham plan to “save state parks” when the GOP originally voted to eagerly close state parks in their massive budget cuts in March.

Republicans’ House Bill 2060 attempts to steal non-existent funding from Growing Smarter, a voter-approved initiative. That action is unconstitutional and undermines the will of Arizona voters.

"Republicans and Gov. Brewer created Arizona's parks crisis by robbing essential funding," said Representative Daniel Patterson of Tucson. "Real bipartisan solutions to help state parks have been ignored all session by GOP leadership, and HB2060 was a scam that deserved to fail."

“If Republicans cared so much about state parks, they wouldn’t have voted for a budget to close and defund them in the first place,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “Besides, Republicans already robbed all the money from Growing Smarter anyway, so their entire bill is a sham.”

HB 2060 would have stolen $20 million from Growing Smarter, Prop 303, which conserves Arizona’s open spaces in or near urban areas. Voters approved the measure in 1997.

“After they chose to cut and close state parks in the first place, Republicans could have chosen to work with Democrats to fix their mistake in a way that was actually constitutional,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “But it seems that Republicans don’t like to play by the rules. This year alone they’ve passed multiple sham measures that don’t clear Arizona’s constitution, like cutting hundreds of thousands of people off of health care.”

No one values state parks more at the legislature or realistically has worked harder to keep state parks open than Democrats.

“Bottom line, if Republicans actually cared about Arizonans and their state parks, why did they choose to cut it in the first place, then try to undermine the will of Arizona voters?” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “They just tried tonight to push Arizona down the wrong track again with their sham unconstitutional bill. Nice try, Republicans, but Democrats were the ones who voted against Republicans’ massive cuts to state parks in this year’s budget. Republicans unanimously voted for those cuts.”

- adapted from House Dems PIO

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 campaign update & invitation to help Arizona

Support Rep. Daniel Patterson, fighting for a stronger Arizona.

TUCSON -- I'm happy to report our 2010 campaign is strong and getting stronger.

LD29 voters please give $5 clean elections donation using the form at DanielPatterson.net

Supporters in LD29 can host a fun house party with me and your neighbors.

Please join us and help talk with voters to increase voter turnout in 2010, contact DPcampaign(at)gmail(dot)com or call 520.305.9828. We campaign Saturday mornings from two locations in Tucson, and other days in the late afternoon. Join us!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Rs pass ridiculous bills amid major problems in AZ

AZ Republicans have failed the people.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Republicans’ passage of ridiculous legislation fails to solve the real issues Arizona faces and continues to push the state down the wrong track, House Democrats said Monday at a press conference.

Republicans and Gov. Jan Brewer have passed and signed some of the “craziest” legislation Arizonans have ever seen, they said.

“Republicans have left Arizonans wondering when they’re going to get down to business and do the hard work on the real problems our state faces,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan.

"Legislative Republicans and Jan Brewer are out-of-touch and have failed to address Arizona's biggest problems of improving jobs & the economy, public safety and education," said Rep. Daniel Patterson of Tucson. "Arizonans deserve better and our state needs a change in November for a stronger future."

This year, Republicans have voted to pass:
-- The Birther Bill (SB 1024) — Makes Arizona the only state in the nation to require presidential candidates to prove their citizenship on Arizona’s ballot.
-- Elimination of KidsCare — Eradicates KidsCare and Medicaid, which makes Arizona the only state in the nation to completely wipe out health care for children.
-- Concealed Weapons (Senate Bill 1108) — Eliminates the CCW permit requirement, which makes it harder for police to do their job and makes Arizona the only state with a high crime rate to eliminate it. The only other states to do so are Vermont and Alaska, which are mostly rural with low crime rates.
-- Elimination of the Department of Tourism.
-- Elimination of the Department of Juvenile Corrections.
-- Automatic Weapons in Arizona (Senate Bill 1098) — Allows automatic weapons in the state, which are prohibited under federal law. The bill says that no federal regulations apply if guns are made in Arizona.

Republicans are also considering passing bills that would:
-- Not allow people on food stamps buy cell phones or drive cars worth more than $5,000.
-- Make it nearly impossible for single people to adopt children.

“These bills are nothing more than a waste of taxpayers’ time when the legislature should be working to fix real issues like the elimination of KidsCare, which forfeits all federal health care dollars for kids and seniors in Arizona and the real problems along our border,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “Republican ideologues continue to make Arizona the laughing stock of the nation during tough economic times. It’s embarrassing for Arizona."

For the past two years, middle-class families and their children have struggled to deal with an economic crisis, fewer police officers on the streets and exponentially growing classroom sizes. “What have Republicans been doing for the past two years?” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “I think they make it pretty clear by wasting taxpayers’ time on wrong-track legislation instead of working on health care for kids and seniors, jobs, education and cracking down on violence along the border and in our neighborhoods.”

- adapted from House Dems PIO

Friday, April 23, 2010

Updates & views on AZ SB1070 immigration law

Republicans have controlled & failed Arizona gov't for 44 years. Time for a change.

TUCSON -- Read RepPatterson on twitter for latest updates and views. Facebook users can also visit facebook.com/RepPatterson.

Latest... RepPatterson Good job Rep Grijalva on NewsHour on immigration & AZ SB1070, esp calling for more spine in Congress on issue; need tough & fair US reform.

Join citizens in protest of Jan Brewer, the reckless Arizona Republicans and SB1070: Saturday, 9am, 452 S. Stone Av.

We all need to get plugged in politically, work the campaigns, vote and get everyone in Arizona to vote in November. The future of our state is at stake.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

AZ House to proclaim 'Jack Brown Western Day'

Thanks, Jack. Keep up the good work.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- The House will celebrate the legacy of House Democratic Leader Pro Tem Jack Brown today by passing a resolution for Jack Brown Western Day.

HCR 2068 (I am a sponsor) will honor Brown, who has dedicated 36 years of his life to service in the state legislature. He will retire this year.

“It has been an absolute joy to serve my fellow Arizonans,” Brown said. “I want to thank my colleagues for serving with me and working to get Arizona back on the right track. I hope to continue to work toward that goal even throughout my retirement.”

Jack Brown Western Day Schedule
Introduction of HCR 2068: Proclamation of Jack Brown Western Day, video tribute by ACTV (Arizona Capitol Television) and floor speeches by colleagues
When: 1:30 p.m.
Where: House floor and webcast live at azleg.gov

Tribute to Jack Brown and Reception
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Phoenix Wyndham Hotel, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix

Monday, April 19, 2010

Jaguar bike-a-thon rolls across AZ for Earth Day

Save & recover the Jaguar in Arizona.

UPDATE, Apr 21: News release from AZ House of Reps.

TUCSON -- The Jaguar bike-a-thon is moving across Arizona in support of survival and recovery of the endangered big cats and their scenic habitat.

According to the schedule, the pro-Jaguar cyclists should be near Globe AZ tonight.

The bike ride for Jaguars will end at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Thursday, April 22, Earth Day 2010, with an event outside scheduled for 10:30am.

The big ride is organized by conservationist Tony Povilitis of Willcox AZ.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Considering run for House D leadership, 50th leg.

Rep. Daniel Patterson (Tucson-LD29)

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- As reported this week in the Arizona Capitol Times Legislative Report, I sent this letter below to my colleagues on Apr 16.

Friends -- I am very honored and proud to serve with you in the Arizona Legislature.

As a member from greater Arizona, I am working hard to be a dedicated, strong, fair and influential part of our House Democratic Caucus.

Later this year, I may ask for your support for a leadership position as our next Whip or Assistant Leader.

If you have any questions or want to discuss, please call me...

Thank you,
Rep. Daniel Patterson
Tucson-LD29

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rep. Patterson on Rs corporate bailout bill HB2250

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Watch and hear my view on the Republicans' unfair and unwise corporate welfare and bailout bill HB2250. Follow me on twitter @RepPatterson and facebook.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rs want to raise taxes to pay corporate welfare

It's wrong to raise taxes on working families to pay for corporate welfare and new tax cuts for the rich.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Republicans this year made devastating cuts to health care for kids and seniors and asked Arizonans to pay more in sales tax with no guarantee to fund education.

This week they eagerly want to raise taxes on Arizona homeowners to fund nearly $650 million a year in sweet-deal tax breaks for their friends — big corporations and the rich.

"Jan Brewer and the GOP want you paying higher taxes so they can give away billions in new corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich. Their scam is unfair and unwise," said Representative Daniel Patterson of Tucson (LD29). "Arizona needs a real balanced and fair plan to create better jobs and help recover our economy, which has suffered badly from failed state leadership under Republican rule."

“Republicans may have changed a few things in their plan, but the end result remains the same: Republicans’ corporate bailout package permanently puts Arizona on the wrong track,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “Their plan just raises taxes on middle-class homeowners while giving huge tax breaks to big corporations.”

According to Republicans’ corporate bailout package:
-- Homeowners’ property taxes will increase in the bond elections because they’ll have to pick up the tab for big corporations’ new sweet tax break — paying less in property taxes.
-- Corporate Arizona will receive a 30 percent tax break with no guarantee that they will use it to create more jobs.
-- Schools will lose more funding by repealing education equalization, which directly funds schools. Brewer already cut $765 million in cuts to kids’ classrooms this year.

“The headquarters of a big corporate retailer located in another state like Arkansas or Minnesota, would decide how to use Arizona’s tax break,” said House Democratic Policy Leader Steve Farley. “It could be used for things like salary raises for corporate executives who already are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Republicans’ corporate bailout package is set to be heard in the Senate this week.

“This is no ‘jobs creation package’ and Arizonans know it,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “This is about Republicans bailing out big corporations and the rich and giving away middle-class Arizonans’ hard-earned cash.”

- adapted from House Dems PIO

Monday, April 05, 2010

Join Goddard for Gov. events across AZ this week

Terry Goddard and Gov. Rose Mofford

Please read Gov. Rose Mofford's message below in support of Terry Goddard for AZ Governor, 2010. Attend Goddard campaign kick-off events today and tomorrow in Tucson and across Arizona. All info below.

Other news today: Help middle-class, not just big banks: most needed foreclosure relief bills in AZ killed by out-of-touch legislative Republicans, Arizona Republic.

PHOENIX -- As a former governor I know what it takes to lead our great state, especially when times get tough. Arizona needs a common-sense governor who puts getting results ahead of political games. Someone with a proven track record of looking out for hard-working families, for children and seniors. That takes leadership. And that's why Terry Goddard's got my vote.

I have known Terry for years and years. As a born and bred Arizonan, Terry loves our state and has always believed in the spirit and spunk that make us who we are. He laid out the vision for economic expansion during his four terms as the Mayor of Phoenix, and as Attorney General he has successfully brought home millions of dollars to Arizona consumers. He has also cut spending to make ends meet, because he knows that Arizonans work hard to earn a living and our tax dollars must be protected.

Terry Goddard works with folks from every political party and background -- he doesn't play political games.

I don't need to tell you that Arizona is in trouble right now. We're not doing the right things for our children or their future. But Terry Goddard can make Arizona work again. Take it from me.

Please join us in launching Terry's campaign by attending our TUCSON KICK-OFF EVENT:

WHEN: Monday, April 5th, 12:00-1:00 PM
WHERE: Pima County Justice Court, The Old Court House, 115 North Church Ave, Tucson AZ 85701

Sincerely,
Gov. Rose Mofford
Chair, Goddard for Governor

P.S. If you're not in the area for this event, please check out the schedule for the rest of the tour:

Monday April 5th
9:00-10:00 AM, PHOENIX KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE
Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1275 West Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85007

5:00-6:00 PM, YUMA KICK-OFF PRESS CONFERENCE
Yuma County Courthouse, 250 West 2nd Street, Yuma AZ 85364

Tuesday April 6th
11:00-11:30 AM, KINGMAN MEETING WITH GODDARD SUPPORTERS
Beale Street Brews, 418 East Beale Street, Kingman AZ 86401

5:00-7:00 PM, FLAGSTAFF KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
Coconino County Democratic Party Headquarters, 324 West Birch Ave, Flagstaff AZ 86001

Wednesday April 7th
8:30-9:30 AM, WINSLOW MEETING WITH GODDARD SUPPORTERS
La Posada Hotel, 303 East 2nd Street, Winslow AZ 86047

11:00-12:00 PM, HOLBROOK MEETING WITH GODDARD SUPPORTERS
Masonic Lodge, 252 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook AZ 86025

2:00-3:00 PM, PAYSON MEETING WITH GODDARD SUPPORTERS
Tiny's Restaurant, 600 East Old Highway 260, Payson AZ 85541

Thursday, April 01, 2010

LD29 team holds 6th legislative town hall Sat.

LD29 legislators bring the Capitol to you, again.

TUCSON -- Sen. Linda Lopez, Rep. Matt Heinz and Rep. Daniel Patterson invite the public to a town hall on Saturday, April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Santa Rosa Learning Library, 1075 South 10th Avenue, Tucson, Ariz. This will be the 6th legislative district 29 town hall over the past year.

Where: Santa Rosa Learning Library, 1075 South 10th Ave.
When: Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Since our last district town hall, the Governor and legislative Republicans passed a budget that makes extreme cuts to education and healthcare,” said Lopez. “This forum is especially critical for sharing information about how these cuts will impact the district and for hearing from constituents on how they may have already been impacted.”

“We are at a critical time in our state's history and all of us, including Tucsonans, will have to bear the burden of Republicans' wrong-track budget cuts to jobs, education and health care,” Patterson said. "I look forward to hearing from the people I represent and taking their concerns back to the Capitol.”

“I want to make sure southern Arizona voices are heard at the state legislature,” said Heinz. “It is incredibly important that we hear your ideas to help get our state back on the right track.”