Sunday, October 31, 2010

AZ in crisis, needs Democratic leadership; vote Tu.

I'm on your side working hard for Tucson's middle class, without tax hikes. My GOP opponent would serve greedy Phoenix bosses, cutting schools, hurting jobs & economy. I ask for your vote, AZ LD29 voters in Tucson south, southeast & downtown. Thank you for voting.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- If you're an angry voter, you have every right to be. Arizonans continue to lose their jobs, their homes and even their hope. Our state's future is in the balance.

More than ever, we need strong, qualified leaders to get Arizona through this crisis. But we won't get those leaders without a thoughtful, race-by-race consideration of candidates up and down the ballot.

The state Republican Party, however, is hoping for your anger vote by default. They look at the same research we do, and they know, just like we do, that when independent-minded voters learn more about both sides of the ballot, these voters favor many of the Democratic candidates.

Because of this, they've tried to capitalize on voter anger by blaming the president and Congress for all of Arizona's problems. You've probably seen their national-themed attacks in TV ads and direct-mail literature. It's become almost absurd. I'm still trying to figure out what the president has to do with Arizona's mine-inspector race.

But there's a gaping hole in their logic: Republicans are the ones in power here in Arizona. We have a Republican governor and a Republican-controlled Legislature. In fact, the state Legislature has been in Republican hands for most of the past 40 years.

Arizona Democrats are outnumbered by Republicans, but our candidates often win because independents and moderates agree we represent the sensible center. Republicans know this, too, so they're trying to paint Arizona Democrats as something we are not.

I'm asking voters to reject Republican attempts to distort statewide races like attorney general or treasurer into referendums on national anger. I'm also asking voters to reject Republican attempts to nationalize our legislative races. These state and local races are about Arizona - about our schools, jobs and public safety. These are the priorities of Arizona Democrats.

Frankly, the Republican slate has done nothing to earn the tidal wave of support that it's predicting. Gov. Jan Brewer is managed by powerful lobbyists, and her "leadership" entails hiding from local media, fearmongering about Arizona, and passing off stimulus jobs as her own creation.

Tom Horne wants to be attorney general, yet he has a lifetime SEC trading ban and hid a past bankruptcy from the Corporation Commission. And Doug Ducey wants to be treasurer, yet he skipped tax payments on his Paradise Valley home, paying them back only after launching his candidacy. This is hardly the kind of leadership Arizona needs, especially during a crisis.

And then there's the Legislature. Having a Republican majority at our state Capitol comes at a price:

- Education: Arizona Democrats repeatedly fought against drastic, unnecessary school cuts that hurt our children's future and Arizona's economic recovery. But the Republicans in power approved more than $1 billion in cuts to our kids' classrooms.

- Jobs: Arizona Democrats want to create good jobs that can't be shipped across the border or to China or India. We demand accountability. If you're a corporation that gets a tax giveaway but you fail to create good Arizona jobs, you lose the tax break, and that money goes to our schools. But the Republicans in power have handed out millions in tax loopholes for big corporations without any accountability to create jobs.

- Public safety: Arizona Democrats oppose giving more control of state prisons to unregulated private corporations. But the Republicans in power continue to protect the private-prison lobbyists and their industry, which put our families at risk, as seen in the Kingman prison tragedy.

It's time for leaders who work for "We the People" - not for special interests. Arizona deserves better than a default vote in one direction.

So, learn a little more about the Democrat and the Republican in each race. And then practice a little anger management: Vote.

by Don Bivens chair of ADP

Brewer in SF seeks headlines, not security for AZ

Goddard works for Arizona

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Terry Goddard today pointed out the Governor's trip to San Francisco is a headline grab, a waste of time and a disservice to Arizonans. The Governor is already in California, waiting to sit in the audience for a hearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The court will make its decision based on the law, not on who is in the courtroom," said Goddard during a news conference today at the Arizona State Capitol. "The governor has no role whatsoever in this hearing. She is trying to convince people that she is protecting the border; but SB 1070 has no impact on border crime. I will put my record of fighting border crime up against anyone's, especially Jan Brewer's."

"She clearly has learned to love the attention she gets from the national media whenever she mentions 1070, and it is equally clear that she intends to milk this hearing for all she can get from it."

"The most important point is this: tomorrow is the day before a critical election. She will be in California. I will be here, talking to the people of Arizona about the damage that has been done to this state during her watch - lost jobs, lost business, the massively unbalanced budget - and how, under my leadership, we will repair that damage." said Goddard.

The Court will not delve into whether SB 1070, the immigration bill passed by the state legislature this year, is right or wrong. It will only decide whether federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton abused her judicial discretion when she issued an injunction stopping parts of the law from taking effect.

Legal observers say it is highly unlikely the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will make any decision tomorrow. They will accept briefs, hear arguments from attorneys, and most likely will confer again before any decision is issued.

Goddard, meantime, spent the day on the road today, with visits to Window Rock and Kingman. In Kingman, he heard first-hand from Arizonans who live in the area near the prison from which three inmates escaped this summer. After their escape, two were allegedly involved in the murder of a couple in New Mexico. Residents talked about their continuing concerns about lack of security measures at the privately-run prison.

"We have learned even more, in the last few days, about how closely tied the Governor is to the private prison lobby - her closest advisor, who instructs her on her every move, is a contract lobbyist for private prisons. It's no wonder that, since Brewer has been in charge, private prisons have gotten just about everything they asked for, but have done little to make the prisons they run any safer," said Goddard.

The Goddard campaign will continue on the road on Monday, with stops in Flagstaff, Yuma and Tucson.


- from TG campaign

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Watch Rep Patterson ads; mail in ballot Fr; vote Tu

TUCSON -- Voters in LD29, I've worked hard for the middle class and I ask for your vote. Please watch our positive TV ads here below.

If you still have a vote by mail ballot you must mail it back by Fri. Oct 29. If you miss this mail deadline, please turn in your ballot at your regular polling place Tue. Nov 2.

If you haven't voted early, please vote at the polls Tue. Nov 2. Vote Patterson. Vote Democratic. Consider my recommendations on propositions. Thank you for voting!


Spanish version

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Does R McClung take support from racist activists?

Tucson & SoAZ don't want R.S. McCain interfering in our elections.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Raúl Grijalva's GOP opponent, Ruth McClung, is being promoted for Congress by a former Washington Times editor and conservative blogger who has a history of promoting hate speech and skepticism about interracial marriage.

Robert Stacy McCain, who edited the Washington Times cultural page and reported for the paper from 1997 until his 2008 departure, has been promoting McClung's candidacy on his Web site with posts such as "Go, Rocket Girl, Go!" -- a reference to McClung's employment at Raytheon. McCain is well-known for extremist positions on integration, immigration and diversity, including a statement for the Web site "Reclaiming the South" opposing interracial marriage, of which he says:

“[T]he media now force interracial images into the public mind and a number of perfectly rational people react to these images with an altogether natural revulsion. The white person who does not mind transacting business with a black bank clerk may yet be averse to accepting the clerk as his sister-in-law, and THIS IS NOT RACISM, no matter what Madison Avenue, Hollywood and Washington tell us.”

In another post, McCain wrote against the civil rights work of Rev. Jesse Jackson:

“If rules were to be broken merely because they were work of white folks, then hasn’t Jackson gone a long way toward explaining the explosion of black criminality that began in the 1960s? This shows how the civil rights movement, to a great extent, represented a direct assault on tradition and law.”

McCain was a long-time member of the neo-Confederate League of the South, a group whose president has called President Obama "a domestic terrorist." McCain himself has posted extensively to known white nationalist Web sites, including American Renaissance and Overthrow.com.

“The public needs to know why a known racist is promoting Ruth McClung's candidacy and how she feels about his support,” said Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jeff Rogers. “No amount of spin can hide Mr. McCain's political and social views, nor the fact that he aggressively promotes and raises funds for Mrs. McClung's campaign.”

- adapted from PCDP

Monday, October 25, 2010

State leaders want fuel efficiency for security, air

Better fuel economy helps AZ & USA.

WASHINGTON -- Below is an open letter sent to the President today signed by me in Tucson and 71 other state officials across 32 states.

Dear President Obama: We write in support of new standards to require that new passenger cars and light trucks average at least 60 miles per gallon by 2025 with greenhouse gas emission limits of 143 grams per mile. In addition, new standards should require that fuel efficiency in long-haul trucks improve by at least 35% by 2017.

The combination of these new standards would reduce our country's oil consumption by more than 45 billion gallons per year by 2030-more than one and a half times the amount we currently import from the Persian Gulf. Making this decision now would put American ingenuity to work to reduce the country's unsustainable dependence on oil.

Achieving better gas mileage is simply the fastest, cheapest and cleanest way for America to achieve progress on critical energy objectives.

Our constituents want cleaner, more efficient cars. That is why we supported California’s efforts along with 13 other states to put in place more stringent standards. As you know, the action by these states helped to build momentum for the federal standards your administration finalized on April 1, 2010. We thank you for your leadership and urge you now to build on those initial steps.

Achieving 60 mpg by 2025 can be done applying and improving on existing technologies, such as hybrid electric cars and electric vehicles. We have learned from cell phone, microwave, and computer technology that higher sales volumes lead to dramatic improvements in innovation and lower costs. More efficient vehicles will be good for the environment while they will also save consumers money at the pump. Greater efficiency under the new standards will keep in our economy some $1 billion dollars that we currently send overseas every day. Without stronger standards, American automakers will continue to lag in the global market for the clean cars, putting ever more American manufacturing jobs at risk.

We thank you for the leadership you and your administration have already shown on vehicle standards. We urge you to take the next steps to lead America beyond oil and into a clean energy future by setting strong fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for new cars and trucks.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Guv. M.I.A., two more debates but no Brewer

Vote Goddard for Governor

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Terry Goddard will participate in two candidate forums today, both of which were intended to be a full discussion of the issues involving all the candidates for Governor of Arizona. The problem? Jan Brewer refuses to show up.

"The media-dodging and avoiding clear discussion with the voters of Arizona has been going on for weeks," said Goddard. "There are few things more important than dealing - clearly and thoroughly - with the grave issues that face Arizona including the unbalanced budget, the lack of jobs in our state, the lack of economic development, and the dangers of private prisons. Jan Brewer appears to be hopeful that if she lays low until after the election, she will be off the hook. That is an irresponsible, ill-thought-out strategy that does a disservice to the people of Arizona."

Goddard proudly accepted invitations to debate today at 1:30 p.m. with the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans and tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a large group of education-focused organizations including the Arizona School Administrators Association, the Arizona School Boards Association, the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, the Arizona Hispanic Administrators Association and others. Further information regarding both events is listed below.

Goddard added "There are many questions on the table that Jan Brewer has not answered. I will continue to talk with Arizonans statewide about the issues they care about, and will remain ready to answer any questions they may have."

The first candidate forum is today at 1:30 p.m. at the Devonshire Senior Center, 2802 East Devonshire Avenue in Phoenix and is sponsored by the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans.

The second candidate forum is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Community College in the Student Life Center, 9000 East Chaparral Road. It is sponsored by several education organizations.

Help get Arizona back on the right track. Vote Goddard! Vote Democratic!

- adapted from TG campaign

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I'm proud to win Arizona energy & economy award

Rep. Patterson winning economic award Thursday in Tucson with Denise van den Bossche, GPEC Ambassador and 2010 Chair, US Green Building Council Central AZ

Clean energy helps AZ jobs, environment & economy.

TUCSON -- Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (District 29), received an award today for his efforts in renewable energy from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce.

“It’s an honor to receive this award because working toward clean energy, a new economy and jobs is what I fight for every day when I go to the state capitol,” Patterson said. “I’m very thankful for GPEC for making this a priority and recognizing the need for Arizona to tap into this industry. I look forward to working with them.”

The award recognizes Patterson for his efforts in renewable energy, specifically his vote for SB 1403, a bill that creates a new tax incentive program with refundable income tax credits and property tax incentives for expanding or locating new renewable energy operations in Arizona.

“Thanks in part to efforts of representatives like Daniel Patterson, Arizona is poised as the nation’s leader in renewable energy and well-positioned for future growth within this vital industry,” said Denise van den Bossche, GPEC Ambassador on behalf of Hill International, Inc, and 2010 Chair, US Green Building Council Central Arizona.

- House Dems news release

AZ energy efficiency gains help economy & planet

Big energy efficiency improvements good news for Arizona & Earth

TUCSON -- As an Arizona State Representative working hard for energy solutions, I'm proud to report our state is one of the four most improved in terms of energy efficiency, according to a study released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Part of Arizona’s improvement came from implementation of $57 million received from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aimed at weatherization.

Arizona Corporation Commission rules requiring utilities to reduce energy use by 22 percent by 2020 also made an impact. Arizona is one of 27 states to have adopted energy efficiency programs.

“It’s even better to know that these energy efficiency efforts are going to save our state’s ratepayers billions of dollars, help clean up our air, create jobs and bolster our energy security,” said Kris Mayes, ACC chairwoman, in a statement. “Make no mistake though. We aren’t going to be satisfied with 18th place. Arizona intends to lead the nation when it comes to energy efficiency.”

Read the full story from Phoenix Business Journal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brewer's AZ ranks 48 for bad state management

'I have did mismangement'

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- An independent analysis by financial news site 24/7 Wall St. has ranked Arizona 48th on its list of the most well-run states in the country. Arizona under Guv Jan Brewer (R) managed to not finish last, or even next-to-last. Instead, the state was third runner down, and Mississippi beat Arizona this time.

"Our writers looked at hundreds of data sets ranging from debt rating agency reports to violent crime rates, unemployment trends and median income... Arizona, showing up near the end of our rankings, suffers most severely from its poor S&P rating of AA-, which is second only to California, and the fact that between 2006 and 2009, occupied home prices dropped 20.6%. Aside from these two points the state does not have particularly low standing in any category. It ranks so low because of its poor ratings in all categories," the report cited in detail.

"Jan Brewer's failed leadership has been well-documented, but this report is an indictment of her inability to manage Arizona," said Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry Goddard. "We don't need an independent analysis to tell us that our State is facing an economic crisis and that Gov. Brewer's approach to solving it-holding a few meetings, and sprinkling out federal stimulus dollars-is a pathetic response."

"Jan Brewer has failed to balance the budget, she has failed to attract new jobs, she has failed to secure our prisons, she has devastated Arizona's tourism industry, and now she is planning even more drastic cuts to our schools," Goddard continued. "The ultimate message of this latest report is clear: Jan Brewer has failed to do the job, and it is time to elect someone who can."

Read the complete 24/7 Wall St. report on management of the 50 states here.

- adapted from TG campaign

Monday, October 11, 2010

NYT covers my work to guard AZ safety & property

Reform 'open range' to protect public safety & private property

by Marc Lacey, New York Times

PHOENIX -- They have startled the residents of Ahwatukee, a bedroom community in southern Phoenix. They have tramped on lawns and damaged vehicles in Rio Rancho, a neighborhood of tract homes outside Albuquerque. A Border Patrol agent lost his life crashing into one of them near the Mexican border in Texas.

Free-range cattle roam widely across the West, protected by centuries-old laws that give them the right of way while grazing and force landowners to fence them out. But as urban sprawl has extended into what used to be seemingly endless pasture land, cow-friendly open range laws are under fresh scrutiny, criticized as anachronistic throwbacks to the Wild West days before Interstate highways and tract homes.

“People have been killed in collisions with large cows,” said Daniel Patterson, an Arizona state representative from Tucson who is pushing to scale back the rights given cows and their owners in his state. “We need to get rid of this antiquated law from the 19th century. It’s important for ranchers and other livestock owners to keep their cattle where they belong.”

Mr. Patterson’s bill pushing for an end to Arizona’s open range law has encountered resistance from the influential Arizona Cattlemen’s Association and has yet to gain traction. But by introducing it, Mr. Patterson said he had heard from many Arizonans who have had unpleasant bovine encounters.

There was the woman from Cochise County in southeastern Arizona who came home to find a bull lying on her lawn. When she honked her horn to get it to move along, it charged the car. Later, the bull tore down a fence, jumped into a garden and grazed on everything green.

“For this kind of nuisance to take place and even unnerve my wife from being able to get out of the car and into our house is preposterous,” the woman’s husband, David Moreno, wrote to Mr. Patterson.

A man from the border city of Douglas, Victor Eastridge, has had cows come up onto his front porch, knocking down everything in their path. He said he has 40 acres of land and has put up fencing, but the aggressive animals still manage to force their way onto his property.

“I am sure there was a time when this law made sense, but today it does nothing except benefit the rancher at the expense of me and my neighbors and other citizens around the state,” Mr. Eastridge said.

Eliminating the law would put undo hardship on ranchers, industry officials say. “We live by the policy of good neighbors,” said Patrick Bray, executive director of the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association. “Ranchers try to maintain their fences as best they can. But it takes a lot of work, and cattle have a mind of their own. To put the liability on the ranchers if an animal gets out would be devastating to our industry.”

Still, the irritation that roaming cows sometimes cause is real.

Jerald Duke, who grew up on a ranch in rural New Mexico but now lives in a neat residential neighborhood northwest of Albuquerque, said he and his wife, Nancy, have awoken to mooing and seen cows munching on their tiny front yard. “They make a mess in the grass,” he said. “We’ve had to chase them away.”

To get to Soothing Meadows Drive, where the Dukes live in a community surrounded by walls, the cows cross a cattle guard in the road, which is supposed to keep them out. On a recent afternoon, there were 15 cows grazing in the scrub brush a short walk from the Dukes’ home and large piles of dung ringing the neighborhood playground. “I think animals of any nature should be contained,” Mr. Duke said. “It’s like if I let my dog roam all over the neighborhood.”

Laws throughout the West are already less cow-friendly than they were generations ago. Some states, like California, have open-range policies in only some rural areas. In Arizona, cows are restricted in incorporated areas, which reduces conflicts in cities but not necessarily in outer suburbs that bump up with ranch land.

In southern Phoenix, a heifer made headlines over the summer by breaking out of a fenced-in ranch and escaping onto the South Mountain Preserve, where it roamed free for two months before some real-life cowboys hired by its owner managed to bring it in. Under state law, it was the owner’s responsibility and not the city’s to catch the runaway animal. Bryant Rockwood, a Phoenix police sergeant, told The Arizona Republic: “We could put a rope on it but then what would we do? We don’t have any place to take it.”

In a well-known incident from 2003, an Arizona man was arrested in the shooting a cow that had wandered onto his property east of Flagstaff. The recent death of the man, Kent Knudson, revived talk of his case.

On roadways in open-range states, ranchers are not liable for cow-car collisions if they show they tried to keep their cattle on their land. The industry says it is not as though the highways have become bovine obstacle courses. “The chances of hitting wildlife are probably higher than hitting livestock,” said Mr. Bray of the Arizona ranchers group, whose family owns more than 250 head of cattle.

But accidents do occur.

Paul Forbes, an iron worker from outside Albuquerque, struck what he thought was a cow while driving his sister’s pickup. A police officer who investigated could find no injured animal nearby but determined that it was probably a cow from the nearby Kings Ranch that caused the accident. “After examining the damage on the front of the vehicle, I did observe some black cow hair, consistent with Mr. Forbes’s statement,” the report said.

Border Patrol agents are on the lookout for cattle while patrolling for illegal immigrants along the Southwest border. In May, a Border Patrol agent was killed after his vehicle hit a bull on U.S. Route 281 in South Texas late one night. It was the second such fatality, following the death of an agent whose vehicle struck a cow on Arizona 86 west of Tucson four years ago. Last month, another Border Patrol vehicle struck a cow in southern Arizona, although there were no injuries reported.

“A big black steer in the middle of the road in rural Arizona, you’re not going to see it,” said Mr. Patterson, the Arizona legislator. “Under open range, it’s your fault. There have been cases where the survivors have to pay not only for a funeral but for the dead cow.”

Tough divorce, but I'm still here working for good

TUCSON -- My wife and I have agreed to get a divorce. This is a hard time for me and my family.

Sadly, there are some rumors around that have no merit. Don't believe the hype.

I have always supported my family, I still do and I will continue to.

Divorce is a difficult private personal family matter and I am asking people to please respect that.

Sep 29, 2010

Goddard v. Brewer race tight, vote Dem today

AZCOPS endorse Goddard, and me.

TUCSON -- A new Rocky Mountain Poll released today indicated that Jan Brewer's lead over Terry Goddard has narrowed to only 3 points among all voters.

More than one in five voters (21 percent) remain undecided.

The poll is good news for Goddard, who gained 10 points in the survey between July and October. Brewer lost 7 points during that time as Goddard's campaign began earnest.

Other findings from the poll:
  • Goddard is leading Brewer in Pima County, where he is from, 46-29.
  • 17 percent of self-identified Republicans are supporting Goddard.
  • Goddard leads Brewer among women, 43-31.
  • Goddard leads Brewer among Hispanics, 60-13. But 19 percent of Hispanics are undecided.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with 555 voters statewide. It was conducted between Oct. 1 and Oct. 10 and has a margin of error of 4.2 percent.

Vote today in person, or by mail. Get on the permanent early voter list (PEVL).

- adapted from AZR

Friday, October 08, 2010

Feds again wrongly delay release of wolf pack in AZ

Not enough change from Obama's Interior Dept. on wolves.

TUCSON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today again delayed releasing a pack of eight wolves — badly needed to bolster the dwindling number of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest — into the Arizona wild. The Engineer Springs pack would infuse new genetics into a wolf population suffering from inbreeding.

The decision is a capitulation to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which has held up release of these wolves throughout 2010 and meanwhile has demanded resumption of federal trapping and shooting of wolves that prey on livestock.

“Continuing to postpone this wolf family’s release casts fresh doubts on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s commitment to recovering this highly endangered and iconic animal of the Southwest,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “The delay announced today demonstrates that the Arizona Game and Fish Department, working at the behest of the livestock industry, still wields veto power over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and trumps the views of scientists.”

In December 2009, the Center and other conservation groups settled a lawsuit with Fish and Wildlife in which the federal agency acknowledged that a consortium of agencies led by Arizona Game and Fish had no authority over the federal reintroduction program.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service should honor its settlement agreement and make decisions based on what scientists think is best for this wolf population, not the political resistance of Arizona Game and Fish,” said Robinson.

The Mexican wolf population has declined or stayed stagnant for four years. Just 42 animals were counted in the wild in a survey in January, which was a 19-percent decline from the year before. A new count will be conducted in January 2011.

Only one Mexican wolf has been released into the wild from the captive-breeding program, without having previously been removed from the wild, over the past four years. That was in November 2008.

- from CBD

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Brewer's secret budget would crush AZ schools

Vote Goddard to help Arizona schools.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Arizona's budget is wildly out of control and Jan Brewer is trying to balance it on the backs of Arizona's children. At a news conference today, Attorney General and candidate for Governor Terry Goddard painted a stark picture of the harm Brewer and Republicans will do to schools if elected.

"The current budget shortfall is $825 million," said Goddard. "Brewer's failure to balance the budget has put our state in crisis. She doesn't want to talk about it, but she intends to make additional massive cuts to education. The evidence is there in the budget she signed last Spring."

Goddard referred to the budget,
HB 2001. That bill contains the full list of cuts that would have been enacted had the sales tax increase failed and the State had to close an $800 million budget defect. That list of cuts makes it very clear what Brewer will do when she is finally forced to balance the budget. Among the cuts listed:

• $428 million to the Department of Education
• $100 million from the School Facilities Board
• $107 million from Universities
• $13 million from Community Colleges

• $2 million from the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind


A total of $550 million more in cuts to education in Arizona.

"The effect of this next round of cuts will be horrible. Class sizes will jump, with another six to ten students in every classroom," said Goddard. "University students will pay $1000 more every semester in increased tuition. Brewer has already admitted that she has cut education to the bone. To cut it further - and still claim to support education - is cynical, hypocritical and wrong."

"This is a huge difference between Jan Brewer and me. She has made massive cuts to public schools and intends to make far more. I believe Arizona schools have already been harmed too much. We must draw the line against further destruction. We must stop trying balancing the budget on the backs of our school children. We must start restoring our public schools. I will never be satisfied with Arizona schools at the bottom nationally."

Goddard urged the media to ask the Governor to defend her plans. "She refuses to debate, so I can't ask her. She must be held accountable to explain her plans and not continue to duck and hide until after the election."

- adapted from TG campaign

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Election 2010 is on! Vote early in AZ starting Thu.

TUCSON -- Early voting starts tomorrow in Arizona, and I ask for your vote for State Representative in LD29 (downtown, DMAFB, South Tucson, south & southeast sides). Watch our new ads.

Also here are my voting recommendations on some Arizona propositions:

NO on Props 106, 107, 111, 113, 301, 302

YES on Prop 110, 203

Keep an eye here until Nov 2 election day for more election coverage.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Brewer & GOP hurt kids with cuts to health, schools

'No plan' Jan and Rs have axed children's healthcare & schools

TUCSON -- Jan Brewer has never hesitated to attack the welfare of our children. Today, in a stunning display of hypocrisy, she offers only lip service to declare this 'Arizona's Child Health Day.' Yet, her cuts to children's healthcare and education are the meanest and most devastating Arizona has ever experienced.

"At the beginning of this year, Jan Brewer tossed tens of thousands of children off of Arizona's KidsCare health insurance," said Attorney General Terry Goddard. "Her cuts to education, so far, are more than one billion dollars. Now, she is trying to destroy First Things First, our program for early education, which we know is the most effective way to help kids succeed in school."

"Arizona children are forced to suffer for her horrible budget management," added Goddard.

Here is a partial list of the budget damage Jan Brewer has done to children and families:
  • Tens of thousands of children removed from the AHCCCS KidsCare program.
  • New enrollment in KidsCare remains frozen.
  • State support for community health care centers has been wiped out, cutting off programs for the very poor.
  • 4,200 children have lost behavioral health services.
  • 20,000 poor children removed from the list for child-care subsidies.
  • Severe cuts to in-home services, forcing more children into foster care.
  • 300 developmentally disabled children have been cut off from state service.
  • 850 severely ill children removed from Children's Rehabilitative Services.
  • Substance abuse treatment denied to parents, putting a large number of children at further risk.
  • Support for grandparents caring for grandchildren has been eliminated.
  • CPS is no longer required to investigate all cases of child abuse.
In November, if voters pass Proposition 302, they will destroy the voter-approved program that funds early education in Arizona (First Things First).

"The debate on early education is over," said Goddard. "There is no question that the best way to improve educational outcomes is to ensure - through early education - that children are ready to learn before they enter the first grade. Jan Brewer is willing to sacrifice early childhood support and everything that goes with it - better test scores, higher graduation rates, and a better-trained work force."

"Rather than doing the hard work necessary to balance the budget - without this kind of damage to children - she is giving in to her lobbyist handlers and letting them call the most painful shots."

- adapted from TG campaign

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Wall St. Journal calls out Brewer as 'debate ducker'

Vote for Terry Goddard for Governor

TUCSON -- The Wall Street Journal has a new article you must see, and the headline says it all: Year of the Debate Ducker.

It's a quick read, and it underscores what people have been saying all along: that 'no plan' Jan Brewer's lobbyist handlers are telling her to hold a low profile, stay out of debates and avoid reporters as much as possible.

An excerpt: 'Ms. Brewer's arrogant attitude towards explaining and defending her tenure in office... Arizonans have every reason to be disappointed.'

She ventured out briefly Friday, and it didn't go well. Reporters asked her about the budget, cuts to AHCCCS, and more. After several minutes of stumbling, her press secretary pulled her to safety.

This is not what we want in a governor.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov 2 election. Be sure to register
and vote Goddard, vote Patterson and vote Democratic to get Arizona back on the right track.

- adapted from TG campaign

Friday, October 01, 2010

Real 'death panel' is AZ GOP legislature & Brewer

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Health care cuts by callous legislative Republicans and Guv Jan Brewer (R) will soon be killing people. Watch the shocking report below from NBC 12 news.

I fought and voted against these heartless cuts and I'm on your side to get Arizona back on the right track. My GOP opponent would serve greedy Phoenix political bosses, further gutting health care and schools, ignoring the middle class and hurting our economy and quality of life.