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I’d like to buy a vowel (access required)

The Pima County Board of Supervisors this morning set the process in motion to appoint an independent to replace Patterson, but the majority of the appointed screening panel consists of partisan ex-lawmakers. Democrats Tom Prezelski and Victor Soltero were appointed this morning to a citizen panel to screen and nominate three nominee replacements, as was Republican Lou-Ann Preble.

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Patterson late to the party

Bennett today delivered bad news for southern Arizona Dems who thought they had pulled an eleventh hour magic trick yesterday. Patterson, last week decried the partisan politics at the Capitol, ditched his Dem affiliation and became an independent. That change of heart didn’t last long, as southern Arizona Democrats, including Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, persuaded him yesterday to change his registration back to Dem so they could select a Democrat to replace him.

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Patterson re-registered as a Democrat before resigning

Last week, Daniel Patterson ditched his Democratic Party affiliation and registered as an independent, decrying partisan politics at the Capitol.

But at some point yesterday, Patterson re-registered as a Democrat, the Pima County Recorders Office confirmed. The Pima County Democratic chairman said Patterson told him he did it before he resigned, a move that thrusts the appointment process for Patterson’s former legislative seat into uncharted territory.

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Ethics Committee: Expel Patterson (access required)

After two hours of back-and-forth discussion, the House Ethics Committee today voted to recommend Rep. Daniel Patterson’s expulsion from the House of Representatives, and one committee member said to expect a full House vote on the recommendation later this afternoon.

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Patterson demands ethics hearing to cross-examine accusers (access required)

Rep. Daniel Patterson today demanded that the House Ethics Committee give him an opportunity to testify before its members, cross-examine his accusers and address each incident of impropriety anonymously claimed against him.

Patterson said the ethics charges against him result from a group of lobbyists and lawmakers who sought a reason to have him kicked out of office, and one civil rights activist even said the Tucson lawmaker is being treated unfairly because he is white.

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