Monday, January 24, 2011

AZ biz leaders want balanced response on budget

Ron Shoopman is President of Southern Arizona Leadership Council

Statewide Business Community Leaders Seek Balanced Response to State’s Fiscal Crisis

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX -- Leaders throughout Arizona’s business community believe that Arizona’s fiscal crisis, specifically the structural deficit, is the most pressing issue facing our State.

It is critical to the future of every family and business in Arizona that our struc­tural deficit is eliminated, and that we align our ongoing spending and ongoing revenues over the long term to avoid continued annual budget deficit scram­bles.

Any solution must position the State for long term growth and a vibrant economy that creates quality jobs for all Arizonans. It must also position Arizona citizens to have the skills necessary for high paying jobs in the 21st century. A solution of only spending cuts or only revenue increases is not in the best long-term in­terest of the State.

State government spends significant dollars in only four areas- K-12 education, universities, healthcare, and corrections- each of which is critical to the success of our State in both the short term and long term. The difficult decisions of where to reduce State spending and where to find the most efficient way to in­crease the State’s revenue must be made.

We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature in addressing long-term needs of our State to ensure a vibrant economy for all Arizonans.

Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Greater Phoenix Leadership
Flagstaff Forty
Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
East Valley Partnership
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tucson celebrate MLK Day, Reid Park, 10:30a-4p

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Images from Obama Tucson healing event Jan 12

Rep. Daniel Patterson thanks First Lady Michelle Obama at UA in Tucson

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Latina leader & Rep. Daniel Patterson

President Obama, Rep. Daniel Patterson, Gov. Jan Brewer & Ramona Grijalva (Mesa AZ, 2009) photo by Kyrsten Sinema

Sunday, January 09, 2011

50th Arizona Legislature starts Monday in Phoenix

Patriotic citizens at Arizona Capitol.

PHOENIX -- I'll be back at the state capitol Monday to start the 50th Arizona Legislature.

It's my important responsibility and privilege to respectfully and effectively represent the people of Tucson's LD29. I will continue to work hard to help people, solve problems and build bridges for positive change, especially to improve Arizona's economy/jobs, education and public safety.

I welcome my new Assistant Nicole Soliere and thank my former Assistant Ross Andrews for his great service.

Tucson LD29 constituents are welcome and encouraged to spend a day with me in the Arizona House of Representatives. For info on this or anything else please contact me at the capitol: 602.926.5342 or dpatterson(at)

For timely updates from the capitol please follow me on twitter and/or facebook.

POLITICO on Rep Giffords shooting reasons, effects

Get well, Gabby. We're pulling for you.

TUCSON -- This morning POLITICO's Arena moderator David Mark asked US leaders about claims of politicizing the Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shootings and if it will diminish contact between elected officials and the public?

Here is my response:

Most of us in Arizona who worked on the fiery 2010 campaigns here have no doubt the attack against my friend and colleague Rep. Giffords and others was political, at least in part.

I applaud respected veteran Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's call to end "vitriolic hatred" in politics and political media. We're all Americans and we're all in this together, even when we disagree.

As a very active, visible and accessible Arizona politician, the Jan 8 shootings in my hometown of Tucson will not intimidate me to hide from people, but it will change the way I do public events.

Too many elected officials are already scarce and do little in public, and these shootings will likely make citizen opportunities to meet and talk with them even more rare. Our democracy will suffer, at least for a while.

Rep. Daniel Patterson

Giffords Tucson shooting suspect #2 cleared

This man is no longer wanted

TUCSON -- UPDATE, Sun. Jan 9, 1:06pm: Investigators said yesterday that this man might have been some kind of accomplice, but information developed since has lead them to believe otherwise.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ogan said investigators did eventually talk to the man and cleared him of any involvement in the shooting.

The man is a cab driver who drove shooter Jared Lee Loughner to the grocery store where the shooting took place. He told authorities he went inside because Loughner had not paid his fare.

Ogan said that while the cab driver has been cleared, investigators still are not 100 percent certain that Loughner acted alone. -- adapted from, channel 3

TUCSON -- Police are seeking a man (above) who was seen at the shopping center where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot Saturday and may possibly be associated with the suspect who is in custody.

He is described as Caucasian, 40 to 50 years old, dark hair and was wearing blue jeans and a dark blue jacket, according to the police media release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911, 520.88.CRIME or the FBI at 520.791.6974

More info on my twitter and facebook.

- adapted from ADS, 10am Sun. Jan 9

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Pray for Rep Giffords & other victims shot in AZ

TUCSON -- More @RepPatterson on twitter and/or facebook.

US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords & husband Mark Kelly. Giffords in critical condition.

Gabe Zimmerman, my friend, neighbor, constituent & Giffords aide killed today.

US Judge John Roll, killed today along with at least 5 others.

Christina Taylor Green, 9, killed today. Also gunned down Dorthy Murray, Dorwin Stoddard and Phyllis Scheck