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

Values
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.

Roots
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.

Service
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.

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.