Hunkins Makes Good Government Pledge

Back in 2006, this man ran for governor, and here was his pledge… 

Says No Relatives Will Lobby State Government

Wheatland – Wyoming Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray Hunkins  has pledged that none of his family will be allowed to lobby the state government after he’s elected governor. He said his comments were prompted by questions addressed to him at campaign events over the past several days.

“What the current governor and his family members have or have not done is between themselves and the people of Wyoming ,” said Hunkins. “I can only speak for me and my family. During the period of time I am governor of this state, no one in my family will engage in lobbying for money before any agency or department of any branch of state government.”

“Further, no member of my family will be engaged in representing any corporation or other entity or individual, for money, in matters before agencies, departments, or commissions of the executive branch of the State of Wyoming , whatsoever.”

Hunkins’ comments came as questions have arisen over the propriety of relatives of the governor lobbying and appearing before boards, agencies, and commission members appointed by the governor.

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Traditional Wyoming Values Then and Now

A former Marine and law enforcement officer, Ray is dedicated to conservative values. A loyal family man, Ray and Debby have three children: Amanda is a Cheyenne attorney; Blake is a teacher and coach; and Ashley works in the field of health care. Together, this family holds seven degrees from UW. Debby is a former elementary school teacher. Ray has been active in Republican causes his entire life.

As a boy, Ray wanted to ranch. His mother told him, “Get an education first. Then you can have your ranch.” Ray earned a law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1968. He has practiced law in Wheatland ever since – and has often been requested to provide advice to Wyoming’s leaders. He farms and ranches in Albany and Platte counties.

Ray instructed at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy for 15 years. He has served as president of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the University of Wyoming Foundation. Ray is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has been request by our leaders to represent the state of Wyoming on many occasions. He recently represented the people of Wyoming in the complex matter of school funding. He has a special, professional interest in the field of ethics.

“ Wyoming is more than just a state. Wyoming is a state of mind, an endless reservoir of qualities that made this nation great. Self-reliance and skepticism toward big, centralized government are as much a part of Wyoming as our majestic mountains and open spaces. I’m inspired by the independent spirit of Wyoming. Protecting that spirit will be my top priority as governor.”

Ray on His Philosophy
“I am a conservative – fiscally, socially and philosophically. My wish is to preserve, but it is coupled with a desire to reform. When solving problems, I believe in large doses of common sense.”

Ray on Wyoming
“I am running to make a difference for Wyoming. My platform is based on a deep love for this state. Wyoming is a special place with a unique culture, landscape and people. Everything done in state government must respect and preserve our way of life.”

Ray on Government
“I believe in government you can throw your arms around – small – and right next door. We must resist the growth of state agencies and insist on a leaner, more efficient – and effective – government for Wyoming.”

Ray on Development
“A vibrant economy is critical to keeping our kids in Wyoming. I will demand a dynamic, aggressive development plan that supports small business, welcomes clean industry and offers good jobs for the next generation. I will say ‘No’ to businesses that threaten our environment and way of life.”

Ray on Education
“Kids come first. So good teachers must be our top priority. I believe a quality education focuses on fundamentals, not fads. I support character training in our schools and ethics training in our colleges. And I believe that political correctness has no place in a balanced education.”

“Among the things that have influenced my life are the Marine Corps, agriculture and the rule of law. These experiences shaped my love for this country – and this state. They have helped me understand that Wyoming captures the American sense of independence – like no other place. My vision for Wyoming starts with preserving our traditions – and building on them to offer a solid future for our children and grandchildren.”

“Thanks for your support, folks. I want Wyoming to work for you!”


Biographical Sketch of Ray Hunkins

Born in Culver City, California on March 19th, 1939, Ray Hunkins grew up on family ranches in the southwest and in Montana; he served in the United States Marine Corps and attended college at the University of Montana and the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, the former Debby McBride of Buffalo, both received undergraduate degrees from UW and Ray went on to receive a law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1968. While going to college he worked as a law enforcement officer and is a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. Later, he was a visiting instructor at the Academy for 15 years.

The couple have three children, all graduates of UW. Amanda is an attorney. She and her husband live in Cheyenne where he is a Principal in the Cheyenne School system. Blake and his family live in Laramie where he is the Principal at the Snowy Range Academy, a charter school. Ashley is a graduate of the UW Nursing School and is employed by Glaxo-Smith-Kline in Casper. Ray and Debby are grandparents of three children and step grandparents of three children. They are strong proponents of traditional family values. Their children and grandchildren are the best evidence of their commitment to family.

Having a desire to live and raise a family in a small town, rural Wyoming setting, the couple moved to Wheatland 38 years ago and since that time Ray has practiced law with Jones, Jones, Vines & Hunkins and ranched, and Debby has taught school.

Because of his deep commitment to the University of Wyoming, he has served the University in several capacities over the years, including on the Board of Directors of the University of Wyoming Foundation, the Board of Advisors of the American Heritage Center , as Chairman of the Advisory Council to the University of Wyoming College of Commerce and Industry and as counsel to the University Board of Trustees. In the early-1970’s Ray served on the Board of Directors for the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and was elected president of the UW Alumni Association in 1973. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Wyoming College of Law and has just completed a term on the Advisory Board for the College of Agriculture.

Professionally, Ray is a member of the Wyoming State Bar, the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and The Federalist Society. He has served as president of the Platte County Bar and the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. Over the years he has been appointed to numerous committees and commissions by the Federal District Court, the Wyoming Supreme Court and the Wyoming State Bar, including appointment by the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1981 to the State Bar Grievance Committee and appointment as chairman of that committee in 1985 where he served as presiding officer at disciplinary proceedings for errant lawyers. He currently is a member of the Federal District Court’s Rules Committee.

He has also served as hearing officer for many entities, including the UW Board of Trustees, Casper College, various school districts and the American Arbitration Association.

Ray has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has been elected to several honorary professional organizations. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. In 1994 he was designated by Woodward/White as among the best commercial dispute lawyers in the United States. He currently serves as a member of the National Ethics Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Nation’s preeminent honorary legal society.

Ray has served the executive branch of Wyoming State Government in numerous capacities over many years, including service as Special Assistant Attorney General, member of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Administration, and the Wyoming State Aeronautical Commission.

Because of his family ranching background, Ray has had a life long interest in agriculture generally and in the livestock industry specifically. Shortly after arriving in Platte County he and his family moved to the country where his children were exposed to rural values, 4-H and FFA activities. Today, Ray has agricultural and livestock interests in Albany and Platte Counties. For over 30 years he has been a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. He also is a member of the Laramie Peak Stock Growers and the Albany County Stock Growers Associations.

In the fall of 2005, the University of Wyoming honored Ray as a, “UW Distinguished Alumnus.” The UW Distinguished Alumni Award, according to the University, “recognizes people who have distinguished themselves in their profession or career.”

Ray is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Law and Best Lawyers in America. He is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BH Inc., a manufacturing company headquartered in Wheatland.

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How To Find Sydney Australia Personal Injury Lawyers

Are you currently searching for Sydney Australia personal injury lawyers? You might need to talk with one of these professionals because of an injury that you have sustained at your job. If this is what you are facing, or if you were in an accident while driving a vehicle or simply walking through a store and fell down, you need to contact one of these attorneys as quickly as possible.

These are individuals that will be able to assess your case and decide whether or not they can help you out. In most cases, they will be able to provide you with some type of legal support and ultimately some form of compensation. Here is how you can find the best Sydney personal injury lawyers that are available right now.

Why Would You Need To Get A Lawyer?

The reason that you would want to hire an lawyer is because they are well aware of all of the laws in your particular area. It is sometimes difficult to find an attorney that can represent you that will be able to help you get a settlement. That’s why it is important to go online, look at reviews that people have left about the different personal injury attorneys. Once you have found one, set an appointment to present your information to them and see if they will be able to help you out.

How Long Will It Take To Find The Right One?

In most cases, you can find a reputable personal injury lawyer in just a few hours. You may narrow this down to two or three that will be able to help you the most. Once you have found these lawyers, you will want to sit down with them for their free consultation. You can then choose the one that will be able to help you for the least amount of money. It’s okay to choose one that is charging less because you have already gone through the evaluation process and determine which ones have the highest feedback online. This is an indicator that they are competent at their job, and they will help you successfully get a settlement for the personal injury case that you are currently facing.

Start Researching Personal Injury Lawyers Today

If you would like to find one of these reputable Sydney personal injury lawyers, the Internet can help you do just that. They will be able to show you exactly how much they will help you get in a settlement, and will be honest with you throughout the entire process. Most of them will not take on your case and thus they believe that you are able to receive a settlement without too much of a hassle. Most of these cases are settled out of court, and once they are done, you will be glad that you found one of these reputable attorneys that could handle your personal injury case that is literally only a phone call away.

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Common Types of Medical Negligence

Medical negligence or malpractice is basically defined as, a breach of duty from a professional health care provider.  Thankfully, these types of cases are rare, but when they do happen, the consequences can be life altering.  The question arises, as to what constitutes as medical malpractice.  Outlines below are some common types of qualifying medical malpractice situations.

  1. When a medical condition is misdiagnosed, the results could be fatal.  A misdiagnosis could lead to incorrectly administered medication, or other prescribed treatments that will not be effective, and possibly have a negative side effect on the patient.  These are very tough cases to prove in favor of the plaintiff, due to the fact, that it needs to be proven that other medical professionals would not have made the same diagnosis, based on the information that was available, at the time the diagnosis was made.
  2. Injuries to the baby or the mother during childbirth or injuries to the fetus during pregnancy are considered to be a form of medical malpractice.  Some of these injuries can be severe, and affect cognitive function (such as cerebral palsy).  Other injuries can include paralysis.  It is important to note, that many physical and mental disorders are due to natural causes and no fault of medical personnel.  That being said, if the negligence of a medical professional causes these types of medical conditions, or if the doctor fails to treat a condition that may result in these life altering conditions, this could be categorized, as medical malpractice.
  3. An error in medication administration is a common area of medical malpractice, and this can occur in a number of ways.  For instance, a medical professional may prescribe the incorrect type of drugs or prescribe an incorrect dose.  In addition, failure to notice the interaction with currently prescribed drugs may also be considered medical malpractice.  In a hospital facility setting, it is possible that the wrong patient may be given the wrong medication.  Improper dosing of medications is, by far, the most common error in drug administration.
  4. Surgical errors usually happen in the operating room.  A punctured blood vessel or bodily organs are a couple of examples of surgical errors.  Operating on the incorrect body part may also be grounds for medical negligence.  The nursing staff, in a hospital may also make errors in postoperative care that may cause an infection.
  5. Anesthesia errors are rare, but they can be more dangerous than any type of surgical error, as the slight error by the anestheologist may cause brain damage or even result in death.  Failing to know the medical history of the patient is the basis of anesthesia errors, as potential complications will not be able to be addressed, prior to administration of the drug, if this information is not known

Final Word

If you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of medical malpractice, it is strongly advised that you seek help from a lawyer for medical negligence case. You want someone who is familiar with the current laws that are in place, to lead the case to victory.

How A Business Lawyer in Salem Can Help

Small Businesses Need The Help Of A Salem Business Law Office

Are you a small business owner who needs a business law attorney? Money is usually tight for a small business, so many owners try to build their business and minimize their costs. Most don’t’ consider the need for a business attorney until they need one. This can be a mistake since a good Salem business lawyer does not only get you out of trouble but can help prevent you from getting into trouble in the first place. When you were setting up your business structure, you probably conferred with an attorney on the right legal and tax structure to create. This is an important part of business law, but there are many other considerations as your business grows and a Salem business lawyers can help.

One of the most challenging areas of business law is employment law. If you have any employees, you are subject to at least a few of these laws. If your business grows and you become a major employer of more than 50 people, then employee law can become a real headache. A good business lawyer can help you with employment issues. There are several laws governing how a business treats its employees. Just to name the major ones:

– The Equal Pay Act

– The Americans With Disabilities Act,

– The Civil Rights Act

– The Age Discrimination in Employment Act

– The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

– The Bankruptcy Act

– The Equal Employment Opportunity Act

– FMLA, the Family Medical Leave Act

The Occupational Safety Health Act

– FLSA, The Fair Labor Standards Act

– Employee Polygraph Protection Act

Even if you have your own Human Resources staff, it can be cumbersome to comply with all of these requirements without input from a business lawyer. The last thing a small business owner needs is to run afoul of any of these employment laws.

Another area where a business lawyer can be a great help is in reviewing contracts and helping with negotiations. Many small businesses rely on contracts to keep their doors open. It is very important that a business or contract law attorney review these in detail before you sign. You don’t’ want to enter a contract and then discover you inadvertently agreed to provide something you either can’t or don’t want to give.

If your business is a success and you want to expand, a business lawyer can help ensure all documentation is legally written and filed. There are several legal processes involved in growing a business including buying real estate, purchasing more inventory or even buying another small company. Your business lawyer will ensure you have all the permits, licenses, and releases you need to stay out of legal trouble. They will also ensure your rights and property are protected during negotiations and sales.

If something does happen and you get sued, your business lawyer will represent you through the process. They will help you gather all documentation and build a defense. Hiring a good Salem business lawyer is the best way to ensure your business if safe and you stay out of legal trouble.

San Antonio Injury Compensation Attorneys Can Help When You Have A Personal Injury Claim

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If you are injured in an accident, you may have a good case for a personal injury claim. One of the first things you’ll need to do is hire a good San Antonio injury compensation attorney to help you with the entire process. There are several steps to filing a personal injury claim. You must first determine if you are even eligible to file a claim. A personal injury attorney can help you with this. The next step is to decide what type of claim to file. Personal injury claims can file to recoup medical expenses, lost wages, or money for pain and suffering.

You must also be sure to file your claim in the proper jurisdiction. This is another area where a good personal injury claim attorney can help. They will ensure your claim is filed in the right place and will usually file your claim for you. It is important to file your claim as soon after the accident as possible. There are often deadlines and filing requirements that must be met to ensure the claim is valid.

Perhaps the most important consideration is why you should file a claim. If you are hesitant to file a personal injury claim, consult with your attorney and discuss the strength of your case. Most insurance companies would be happier if you just accepted their settlement offer, but you should never do this without having your attorney review it first.

When you’ve been in an accident, paying your medical expenses is just the start. You may also need money to pay monthly bills, to replace or repair your car, to pay for follow-on medical or personal assistance, and to replace any wages you may have lost while recuperating from your injuries.

As soon as possible after the accident, make an appointment to meet with The Injury lawyer San Antonio group. Take all your documentation and your medical records with you so the attorney can review them. Discuss your case with the lawyer and ask them if you should file a personal injury claim. Most attorneys who specialize in personal injury cases can evaluate your case and tell you if it’s strong enough to file a claim. If it is, the attorney will typically agree to represent you on a contingency basis. This means you won’t pay them for their work unless you receive a monetary settlement. This can keep costs down for you during the claims process.

Be sure and hire an attorney with experience representing clients with your type personal injury claim. Ask them how the process works and how many cases they have handled that were similar to yours. Ask them what types of settlements they garnered for their clients and if they are prepared to go to court for your case if necessary.

One of the best reasons to hire a San Antonio injury compensation attorney is to conduct the negotiations with the other side’s insurance company. Your attorney’s goal should be to ensure you are paid a fair settlement for your injuries.

Business Laws in the US

Business Laws in the USWhen running a business, a group has to abide by certain laws. This article will discuss laws for small businesses and laws for large businesses. Either way, they must be followed to uphold the business standards.

Fair Practice Laws

In a world where businesses are always trying to get ahead, it’s important to monitor the competition of businesses. Antitrust laws are laws that don’t allow the domination of a market. For instance, a business cannot take the business away from other businesses in an unfair way. This is to insure the integrity of the business. One example of a violation of law is the act of two or more businesses coming up with a plan to hurt another business for their own financial gain. This is not allowed because of fair practice always. As a result, businesses and customers will build a better relationship.

The Federal Trade Commission monitors these fair practices to ensure the consumer has the best experience possible. One specific part of the law is when businesses agree to terms on their own, without discussing them with a competitor. This way, customers can see that products aren’t rigged to a businesses’ selfish gain. When competitors agree to halt the competition, the effect is often higher prices. So, this type of law makes sure to monitor price fixing schemes.

Employment and Labor Laws

With any business, they must also be fair in their employment. There are certain laws to help a business remain fair in the employment process. The Fair Labor Standards Act is one of these laws. When this law was passed in 1938, there were many guidelines businesses had to follow. For one, the idea of minimum wage was established. Also, the overtime pay eligibility was put in place. Another part of this law was the child labor standards, which didn’t allow children to work. These are all strict laws that don’t allow for any unfair treatment of the employees.

Advertising and Marketing Laws

With this law, the promotion of someone’s business or company is restricted to certain guidelines. The Federal Trade Commission monitors advertisement and marketing laws in the US. These laws range from monitoring the label of a product to the health of a product.

One of the specifics of the advertising and marketing laws are in relation to children. If a company targets children as the customer for their product, the company has to follow certain rules. For example, if a company is advertising food products to children, they must practice responsible marketing.

All About USA Immigration Laws

american flag in MexicoImmigration laws are in actuality to secure occupants and outsiders. There are around 1.25 million settlers who are new and either lawful or unlawful going to the United States. Everybody going to the United States must know the migration laws and take after the prerequisites to go to the United States legitimately. If not, this is illicit and can require jail time and fines that should be paid when migration laws are broken.

There are numerous new sites that can help outsiders going to the United States. Laws about migration can be found in endless quantities of destinations that can give data on the most proficient method to legitimately go to the United States to visit, go to class, or look for some kind of employment.

You can discover nearby associations that are shaped by other people who have approached the USA from the nation that you are from. These associations can help you locate the right assets to make your move simpler. They can likewise help you comprehend the laws about movement too. This is critical to know before you go to the United States.

As a foreigner, you have certain rights that you may not know about. These rights are important, as well as they are set up to shield you from turning into a casualty and getting uncalled for treatment.

Movement laws are fundamental so you ought to visit the National Immigration Law Center before you even go to the United States. While going by this site, you have to see the required data that helps you comprehend the numerous principles and directions that are set into movement to secure settlers going to the United States.

On the off chance that you have any uncertainty, you can visit a migration legal counselor. This kind of legal advisor knows the laws about migration and what you can anticipate. While speaking with an attorney, you will have the capacity to make inquiries and choose where you need to go to achieve your objectives.

When you consider laws about migration enough and live in the USA sufficiently long to end up a subject, you might be qualified to speak to other people who are going to the United States to live by turning into a movement lawyer. There are numerous schools and universities that can help you to achieve these objectives.

To discover more about laws about movement, you can visit the American Immigration Lawyers Association site, and you can pick the legal counselor that you need to speak to you as you start your new objective of going to the USA. There are numerous expert legal counselors to look over, and you may require one that talks your dialect.

Make certain to reestablish your visa on the off chance that you plan to remain in the USA once you arrive. There are numerous settlers who don’t make this stride and when you don’t you wind up remaining in the nation illicitly, and this can bring about jail time and punishments. It is best to enlist a legal counselor that all your printed material is done according to controls.