Monday, July 20, 2015

Don’t let false allegations lead to damaging witch hunt

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs released the following statement on today’s statements by Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich on false allegations of illegal tissue sales occurring in Arizona:

Sen. Hobbs
“Today Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich released strongly-worded reactions to a stunt set up by a political group whose goal is to damage Planned Parenthood. The group's video was heavily edited to make it appear Planned Parenthood's voluntary tissue donation program is illegally selling tissue, which it does not. In fact, Planned Parenthood Arizona does not even have a tissue donation program,” said Senator Hobbs.

“What Planned Parenthood does do is provide health care to millions of women, including birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings and abortion. For thousands of Arizona women, especially working poor women, Planned Parenthood is their main source of health care.

“It is entirely proper for Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich to raise concerns of possible illegal activity in Arizona and their calls for investigations would be justified if there were legitimate proof of illegal tissue sales occurring in Arizona. But in this case there is no such evidence and a video hatchet job by political extremists does not justify a witch hunt.

“As Governor Ducey and AG Brnovich work to tighten up existing laws that already make tissue sales illegal, I ask that they resist the urge to launch investigations that could harass and intimidate Arizona women and their health care providers.”

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Trump/Arpaio event represents Arizona of past, not future

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –Senator Catherine Miranda, chair of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, released the following statement on Saturday’s visit to Arizona by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump:

Sen. Miranda
“With Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's event on Saturday where he will be appearing alongside disgraced Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arizona has the chance to send a message to the rest of the country that it does not stand with men who spout hateful rhetoric and participate in blatant fear mongering,” said Senator Miranda.

“Trump's claims that Mexican immigrants bring with them drug and crime, even going so far as to label them rapists, are a throwback to a divisive era from which we are still recovering and to which we must never return.

“It is disgraceful to allow Mr. Trump to speak in our state, welcomed both by a politician facing federal hearings into his department's racially-motivated practices and by the Maricopa Republican Party. They represent the Arizona of SB1070, of divisive politics that deeply scarred our state's image and damaged our economy when it was already struggling.

“They don't represent the Arizona of today, where we have been making strides to celebrate our diversity and show the world we are open for business. The governor's recent trip to Mexico City shows just how far we have come from the dark days of 2010 and how we are striving for better relations with our neighbor and largest trade partner.

“A person like Mr. Trump who thinks that spiteful comments demonstrate leadership is, in fact, demonstrating exactly why he has no business running for our nation's highest office. Arizona must send a strong message to Mr. Trump and the world that he and his vitriol have no place in today's Arizona, where we are all working hard to build a strong, enduring and mutually beneficial relationship with Mexico and a bright future for our state.”