Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Still waiting on McCain apology for race-baiting remark

Sen. Steve Gallardo
Senator Steve Gallardo, D-13
In an attempt to substantiate his reckless claim during last summer's wildfire season that, "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," U.S. Sen. John McCain is touting a new GAO report as proving his point.

According to the report, out of 2,126 human-caused fires, only 30 - that's one tenth of one percent - were suspected of being started by undocumented immigrants. We now also know that the Wallow Fire, which McCain was touring when he made the statement, was started by two campers from Tucson.

Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement in response to Sen. McCain's release of the GAO report:

"I am surprised that Sen. McCain would make hay with this statement because it makes him look foolish. According to this very report, more than 99% of human-caused wildfires were caused by reckless members of our country, and not undocumented persons," said Sen. Gallardo.

"I call on Sen. McCain to apologize to Latino voters in Arizona for using one of the worst disasters in our state's history as an opportunity to race-bait."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Legislative Democrats hope for collaboration with new Senate president

Focus must be on creating jobs, improving schools

State Capitol, Phoenix - Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell released the following statements today in response to the selection of Senator Steve Pierce as the new Senate president.

Senate Minority Leader David Schapira:
"I congratulate Senator Pierce and I truly hope that he will work with us to end the partisanship and solve the serious problems that face our state," said Schapira.

"It's time for a new direction. We must use this opportunity to make a fresh start toward focusing on good ideas to get folks back to work and improve our schools so our kids can compete for the jobs of the future."

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell:
"I congratulate and look forward to working with Senator Pierce in his new role as President. Arizona's families are looking for leadership from the legislature to create jobs, rebound our economy and ensure our children have every educational opportunity they deserve,” said Campbell.

“I hope that President Pierce will reject the partisanship and extremism that has been standard operating procedure in the legislature these past few years and work together with all legislators to find solutions to the many challenges facing Arizonans."