Arizona House Ethics Committee to take up Rep Daniel Patterson Investigation

196 days ago, Sonoran Alliance called for the Arizona State House Ethics Committee to conduct an investigation on the behavior of LD-29 State Representative Daniel Patterson. That hearing will finally take place next Tuesday – exactly 200 days from our initial call. (Read Agenda)

Not knowing who finally conceded to this request for the investigation, this blog expresses its appreciation to that person for finally allowing these hearings to take place.

Where this will lead, is still to be determined but we believe that an indictment is likely to ensue by law enforcement authorities any day.

The frustration in all of this should be obvious. Everyone was quick to jump on Republican State Senator Scott Bundgaard over an incident that took place alongside State Route 51 last February, but no one dared raise the same complaint (except this blog and The Three Sonorans) over State Representative Daniel Patterson.

There was a blatant double standard.

Next Tuesday, Daniel Patterson will finally be in the hot seat and if Republicans want to be intellectually consistent in their practice of governance, they will need to prove to Arizona that justice is not only blind but that it’s courageous.

Jeff Rogers on Daniel Patterson

Here’s the text from an email that made the rounds among Democrats. Pima County Democrat Chairman Jeff Rogers authored the email which addresses the domestic violence problem with State Representative Daniel Patterson. 

From: Jeffrey Rogers [​]
Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 9:43 AM
To: -X-
Subject: Patterson

-X-, I would truly appreciate it if you would not engage in any negative statements about Daniel. We already have a “safe” Dem seat in play in LD 28 because of Ted Downing’s move. We can’t afford to have another “safe” seat in play. This is not a primary. We most hold the seats we already have – especially since we have a legitimate chanced to pick up a Senate seat in 26 & 30 and a house seat in 30.

So, even if you have strong opinions about this and a strong friendship with his soon to be ex-wife, please don’t stir this up any more than it already has been.

Thank you.

It’s Too Late for Representative Daniel Patterson

For months, Sonoran Alliance has demanded ethics hearings into the behavior of Southern Arizona Democrat State Representative Daniel Patterson.

For months, no one in the Legislature has had the guts to hold hearings.

Last week, Democrats finally accepted the reality that Daniel Patterson is dangerous to their party and began calling for his resignation.

This may be a first for Sonoran Alliance and Democrats to agree on.

But it may be too late for Daniel Patterson.

Insider sources have revealed that Daniel Patterson will be indicted this week (probably Thursday) on several charges including domestic violence.

So again, we DEMAND that Daniel Patterson resign from the legislature and prepare to face the impending criminal legal case building against him.

Time’s up for Daniel Patterson and perhaps the courts will finally punish him and force him to own up to his anger problem.

Tucson Launches!

This was too good to pass up and I especially appreciate the creative snarkiness to it all!

Potholes, potholes, potholes. You simply cannot drive anywhere in Tucson without hitting one. But don’t get mad. Instead, embrace your favorite local pothole and share it with everyone.

We are pleased to announce a new social media website for the greater Tucson area. It’s aptly titled, You can upload your favorite pothole picture and give it a name. You can rate your pothole and other people’s potholes. Your best snarky comments are always welcome. View the Google Potholes map to see the “red dots” grow and grow. Read some of the serious commentary on the blog side, too.

The goal? To bring Tucson’s pothole plight to “center stage” and hold the Tucson City Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors accountable for their failed leadership in keeping our streets safe and usable.

Thank you for your interest and we are looking forward to seeing your favorite pothole on

Rep. Paul Gosar Statement on One Year Anniversary of Tucson Tragedy

CONTACT: Apryl Marie Fogel

PRESCOTT, AZ –U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-01) released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the horrific shootings that killed six people and wounded 13 others at a “Congress On Your Corner” meet-and-greet hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords for constituents on January 8, 2011. Gosar said:

“On the one year anniversary of the tragic events that took place at public event hosted by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords I would like to express my deepest sympathies to all of those affected. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives or were injured on that day.

I continue to marvel at the resolve of Congresswoman Giffords and her husband for their strength and positive outlook through her recovery.

On this anniversary of this tragedy we should be reminded throughout our state and nation to recognize the importance of identifying and treating those with severe and persistent mental illness. It is my hope that we do not allow this event to further stigmatize those who are in need of or are currently receiving treatment but instead see it as an opportunity to bring attention to this important health issue which affects approximately 60 million Americans.

We must be vigilant and recognize the early warning signs of those who are in need of intervention and crisis treatment before a crisis occurs.”

Additional resources are below:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Public Awareness & Support:
National Institute of Mental Health:
National Alliance on Mental Illness:



Rep. David Schweikert Remembers Tucson Shooting Tragedy

CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) made the following statement in remembrance of the one year anniversary of the Tucson tragedy:

“A year ago today, an assault on our democracy and those participating in it, left our Arizona community with deep wounds. 

“But Arizonans have turned our sense of grief into a sense of resolve. We will continue the work of our democracy, moving forward with the memory of those we lost and gratitude for those who are still with us. 

“Joyce and I are grateful for the progress Rep. Giffords has made thus far. Though still with heavy hearts, we join hands in continued prayers for healing for the families of those we lost and we urge all Arizonans and Americans to do the same.” 



Phoenix, Tucson, Recall Elections: Predictions Anyone?

Here’s your chance to make predictions regarding the outcome of the elections. (Please keep it civil!)

Worth Repeating: Pima GOP on Jonathan Rothschild

“Rick accuses me of not telling the truth when I said my family business hadn’t taken any new cases for the City of Tucson. Of course I was telling the truth; our firm has not taken a new case from the City in the last year or two. We have given legal advice – but legal advice is not a case.”   Stated Jonathan Rothschild.

Mr. Rothschild is trying to draw a distinction between giving legal advice and taking on a new case. Regardless of semantics, Rothschild’s firm was being paid by the city. How disingenuous – not taking “cases” just taking our money and no reasonable person sees a distinction between taking on new legal matters and new legal cases.  He is intentionally deceiving the public. Our city deserves a mayor who doesn’t parse his words. When our next Mayor looks people in the eye, the people of Tucson deserve to know that he isn’t trying to trick them with word games.  We’re seeing the real Jonathan Rothschild. Our city deserves a leader who shoots straight and tells the truth. Mr. Rothschild has just proven he isn’t that person.

Why Isn’t Tucson Democrat Mayoral Candidate Jonathan Rothschild Telling the Truth?

Just released by Grinnell4Mayor.

Representative Proud Calls On The City Of Tucson To Enforce Its Laws

CONTACT: Paul Boyer

Tucson, Arizona – “I’m calling on the City of Tucson to enforce the law. Just like every other group, Occupy Tucson has a right to protest so long as their activity falls under what the law allows for. Sadly, these protesters are openly violating the law by staying overnight in Armory park, not obtaining a permit to have an event, and violating the rules by not obtaining the required insurance necessary for the activities. Since there are multiple violations, I am now calling on the City of Tucson to order them into compliance and not give special privileges to Occupy Tucson. The City would not allow this for other protests or groups, so why should Occupy Tucson receive special favors?

And now it’s being reported this same group will camp out in foreclosed homes to prevent them from being cited or removed from the parks. If protesters seek to change park regulations, there is a process they can follow. In the meantime, the City cannot allow them to openly violate the law and only enforce the regulations when they feel like it.”

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