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Patterson Mobile Office Hours – May

A few members of the PPA showed up this morning (2nd Friday of the month, 10:30 AM) in order to speak to Mr. Denham or his staffer.  It would have been nice to see Mr. Denham, especially since the Congressman was on recess this week and meeting with people all over the valley, but we honestly did not expect him after the well-deserved anger he has faced from valley constituents over the first part of the week.

We did have a conversation with his staffer though, who seemed rather unprepared to face our questions.  He attempted to defend Denham on the false narrative that he was “undecided” on the AHCA for quite awhile between him stating he was at a “no” vote and when he voted “yes” on it.  We brought up that this untrue because we were the ones calling his office and his staff over and over up until the vote and were continually told he was a “no,” but that seemed to fall on deaf ears.

The staffer then attempted to state that Denham turned to “yes” from the last two amendments, which was countered with the fact that those two amendment basically do nothing to make the bill better – a drop in the bucket compared to the cost and need, to which there was little response.

We expressed our displeasure with his condescending nature, over him citing “doctors” for his AHCA support, and his continual lies and attacks on us as “paid protesters from the bay area.”  The fact that he sends out an email stating how nice it was to have open dialogue and conversation, then a week later sends an email to his base accusing us of being “paid protesters” while begging for cash is sickening and proves what kind of politician he is.

While nothing was resolved and his staffer did say he will take our concerns back to the congressman, we know that it will fall on deaf ears.  Denham has already proven that he is rather unconcerned with what is best for his constituents or what we want – he feels he is smarter than everyone else, he knows more than we do, and he is just plain better than all of us.  Denham has shown us nothing other than that he is a slick-talking wannabe farmer who really just exists to toe the line with whatever the party and ol’ 45 want.

William Hoffknecht

Patterson Progressive Alliance, Co-Founder

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Talk to a Progressive – PPA Meetings

One of the purposes of the PPA is to educate people on what and who a progressive is.  Many people hear the term progressive and think we are just left-wing democrats, some call us negative names, and many just don’t know what we are at all.  Do not worry, you are not alone.

Progressives come from all facets of political ideology, but often share some common understanding.  What many people don’t know is that we can often times share common understanding with right-wing politics as well.

With that in mind, do not fret at all to reach out to us via our email or social media links above.  We will return a response as soon as can and if you want to learn more, feel free to come out to one of our full group meetings here in Patterson CA.

Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday night of the month, starting at 6:30 (mingle, drinks) and 7:00 PM (actual meeting) and usually go for an hour or so.  We welcome all kinds, so do not be afraid.  If you are interested to join us, please do not hesitate to reach out for the address and we will be excited to meet you!

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An Open Letter to Jeff Denham

Dear Representative Jeff Denham,

You have turned your back on an estimated 300,000 people in your district. You have decided that this set of tax cuts for the rich is worth letting your constituents suffer for. Who do you work for, exactly?

If you honestly believe that this bill will give the American people a better choice for health care – THEN PROVE IT.

Sponsor a bill that removes the taxpayer-funded health care from the members of Congress and forces them to purchase privately as well as removes all protections from pre-existing conditions and any other protection given to you by the ACA. Force all members of Congress to live by the same rules as what you want us to live by. Stand up for your so-called “beliefs” and lead by example.

We in the PPA have been trying our best to focus more on local issues with a positive message and let you dig your own grave with your constituency, but with this vote today, after you told us you were voting “no” on the matter, we can no longer ignore you. If this dangerous bill — which you decided to vote on without a score from the CBO — becomes law, you will be directly responsible for pain, suffering, and even death of members of your community.

You have proven who you work for and it sure as hell isn’t the people of Patterson, Turlock, Modesto, Newman, Denair, or anywhere else in your district. It is your donors and establishment of the Republican Party.

Shame on you.

William Hoffknecht
Co-founder, Patterson Progressive Alliance

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The PPA: A Progressive Voice for CD-10

Welcome to the new landing site of the Patterson Progressive Alliance!  We hope this will be your one stop shop for all PPA links and connections.  Please feel free to follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information as well as ways to contact us.  Thanks must be given to the City of Patterson and the group of concerned citizens that have come together to make this happen.