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  • May Ballot Props - A Really Bad Deal

    03/25/2009 10:10:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 357+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 3/25/09 | Ray Haynes
    I am going to vote no on all of the propositions in May. Very simply stated, the so-called spending limit does not warrant the tax increases, or an extension. As usual, our Republican friends in the Legislature got sold a bill of goods. They really got nothing for the tax increases they voted. for. The ballot propositions that are supposed to implement the budget solutions are either meaningless, foolish, or increase state spending. As usual, the Democrats got everything they wanted, that is, no spending reductions at all (I am not going to argue about the baseline issues, there really...
  • California Does Deserve a Stimulus

    11/22/2008 6:16:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 763+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 11/22/08 | Ray Haynes
    Speaker Bass wrote a column in the Sacramento Bee today calling for a "stimulus package" for California. Her solution? Give the state more federal welfare. Since the state's financial problems have been caused by overspending, poor fiscal management of the tax dollars entrusted to them, and a complete lack of self control, you would expect the President and Congress to say no to this outlandish demand. However, since neither the President nor Congress have said no to the completely self indulgent behavior of the private sector, the Speaker's request might actually be considered. The Speaker claims that the state has...
  • Why We Deserve(d) to Lose

    11/05/2008 8:32:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,519+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 11/3/08 | Ray Haynes
    I don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, but, should a miracle occur, and Republicans avert the impending debacle that many of the polls now predict, we should recognize that such a victory would be a divine gift, and not the result of any thing we have done to deserve the respect and support of the American people. We deserve to lose, because we have not been who we say we are. We have spent so much time worrying about how we market ourselves that we have forgotten to worry about doing the right thing. The most unfortunate thing...
  • CA: When Words Don't Mean What We Think They Mean (Beware of 'bait and switch', California!)

    07/24/2008 9:01:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 149+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 7/24/08 | Ray Haynes
    Jon asked me to comment on the debate over the "water" bond currently being proposed in the Legislature. Since there really is no water bond being proposed, the debate is a false one. We are already in a water crisis it is true. Democrats have done nothing to alleviate that crisis since sometime in Jerry Brown administration in the 70's, that is true as well. About 6 bonds have passed since 1996 claiming to be water bonds, and they got Republican votes to get on the ballot because somewhere in the language of the bond, someone wrote the word water....
  • Quality, not Rebranding, is what Republicans Need

    05/19/2008 1:02:16 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 35 replies · 622+ views
    Flash Report ^ | May 18, 2008 | Ray Haynes
    [ Ray Haynes is a Republican from California. He served in the California Legislature from 1992-2006 as a Senator and Assemblyman. ] Now that I am in the private sector, I have learned an important lesson. Last month, I was in Costa Rica on behalf of a company that I have been doing some work for. We found that one of our distributors had been taking our product and diluting it. It still worked, just not as well, and our customers were blaming us. To protect the brand, and the quality of our product, we got rid of the distributor....
  • CA: Revenge of the Nerds (Ray Haynes ,the 'BMOC' syndrome and the Gubby)

    10/15/2007 10:03:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 48+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 10/15/07 | Ray Haynes
    It is becoming increasingly clear that the Governor cares little about his relationship with Republicans, and the groups that count on Republicans to protect them from an intrusive government. Whether it is the business community, taxpayers, gunowners, or families, every recent Republican governor has at least understood that only way that Republicans could prevail is by keeping these groups somewhat happy. Even Pete Wilson, whose pro-choice position caused some consternation in conservative circles, took on education, tax, gun, and family battles so that those of us who were conservatives could honestly look at our constituents and say that they could...
  • CA: Legislative wars over for feisty conservative (Ray Haynes)

    11/27/2006 9:43:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 385+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 11/27/06 | Jim Miller
    After 14 years representing the Inland area in Sacramento, Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta, has opined on many things in his rarely subtle approach to politics. On Democrats: "Most of the Democrats want us to be nice little Republicans and pat us on the heads. Well, sorry. You're going to have to fight me for what you got." On air-quality regulators: "We have a bunch of clean-air Nazis that have been running roughshod over the people of California ... because they think they've got God and nature on their side." On himself: "I've developed a persona that Haynes is kind of...
  • CA: Farewell To My Friends - Ray Haynes

    11/14/2006 6:37:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 885+ views ^ | 11/14/06 | Ray Haynes
    I have spent a lot of time trying to think of what I would say to each of you in this, my last, Monday Morning Memorandum. God, and some gonzo lawyer, has put an end to this phase of my political career, and I personally don’t have the hardware or the training to send this out each week to the 30 or so thousand of you that receive this memo. So, I have to end this commentary, for the moment. If I can, I will resume it, but for the moment, this is the last of my comments to you....
  • CA: The Greatest Generation?

    10/24/2006 1:55:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,113+ views ^ | 10/24/06 | Ray Haynes
    A lot of comments have been directed at this country’s “greatest generation,” those who suffered the Great Depression, fought World War II, and then rebuilt this country from the ruins of those catastrophic events. I remember, as my generation attended college and entered the workforce, a lot of debate among my peers as to what we would do when we take over. We all thought we would “do it right,” make this country a better place to work, live and raise a family. I think I can say, having inherited a sizable legacy from the “Greatest Generation,” the baby boomers...
  • CA: Freedom First

    10/17/2006 3:41:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 732+ views ^ | 10/17/06 | Ray Haynes
    If we have lost anything in this country, it is our sense of what is important in a political election. Recently, in California’s election race, Oakland Mayor [and former Governor], Jerry Brown, called Chuck Poochigian an extremist because State Senator Poochigian believes in the Constitution. Mayor Brown is a very smart and experienced politician. Obviously, he thought his accusation would get him votes. That is very frightening. An electorate that doesn’t soundly reject any politician who advocates ignoring the Constitution, expanding government power, and diminishing freedom is in serious trouble. In so many ways, California is in serious trouble. Quite...
  • CA: Scaredy cats - Business fights Prop 90 in self-pity and cynicism (Eminent Domain abuse)

    10/09/2006 8:38:14 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 26 replies · 532+ views
    California Political Review ^ | October 9, 2006 | RAY HAYNES
    Scaredy cats Business fights Prop. 90 in self-pity and cynicism saying it must submit to survive in corrupt, socialist California. Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents California’s 66th Assembly District. In 1922, Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian free market economist, wrote: “It is not the business of entrepreneurs to lead the political fight against Socialism ... It follows, therefore, that neither associations of entrepreneurs, nor those organizations in which entrepreneurs’ support counts, are inclined to fight on principle against socialism.” When I first joined the Legislature, I could not understand why the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Manufacturers Association, the California...
  • Why We Need Bigger Government

    10/06/2006 11:15:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 650+ views ^ | 10/2/06 | Ray Haynes
    There is always a good excuse for big government. I thought I would spend some time to catalogue some of those excuses, just to put them down on the record. Whether it is on the floor of the Senate or Assembly, in budget or other committee hearings in the Legislature, these excuses pop up from time to time. In this era of term limits, it is rare for those in decision making positions to hang around long enough to hear these excuses repeated, so this article can act as a chronicle, since I have now heard many of these excuses...
  • When Governments Whine (California's Prop 90)

    09/18/2006 9:54:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 414+ views ^ | 9/19/06 | Ray Haynes
    One of the favorite tricks of the opponents of an initiative is to claim they oppose an initiative because it is “poorly written” or it has “unintended” consequences. If the opponent believes that the policy of an initiative is popular, the opponent will say “Hey, I support that policy, I just don’t support this initiative because it just does too much, or it will cost too much, or it is poorly written.” We are currently seeing this tactic used by those that oppose California's Proposition 90. Let’s start with the context of the discussion. For years, state and local governments...
  • CA: Why You Should Vote Yes on Proposition 90 (Eminent Domain)

    09/13/2006 8:54:53 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 513+ views
    Flash Report ^ | September 13, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    An original column penned for the FlashReport by Republican State Assemblyman Ray Haynes. The first question for those of us who believe in conservatism is what specific values we believe in. Do we believe in small government? Do we believe in fewer taxes? Do we believe in individual liberty? If we believe in these things, how does that translate into actual public policy? Proposition 90 begins with the first fundamental premise; no government--federal, state or local--should be allowed to take a private individual’s property, and turn it over to another private individual, no matter how good a reason the government...
  • Freedom Fades, Part II

    09/11/2006 9:20:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 608+ views ^ | 9/11/06 | Ray Haynes
    In Nazi Germany, the first step in Hitler’s effort to eliminate opposition was to undermine the influence of churches and people of faith. Since the church in Nazi Germany was receiving state subsidies, it wasn’t too hard to get compliance, but the consequences of that compliance was devastating. In his book, The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the effects of Hitler’s policies on the church, and how that ultimately led to the collapse of the moral fabric of the nation. We all know what occurred after that. There are several linchpins of liberty. The first is property rights. If...
  • Freedom Fades in California

    09/06/2006 10:16:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 624+ views
    California Republic ^ | 9/6/06 | Ray Haynes
    Freedom is a fragile thing. A candlelight in a windstorm, if you will, requiring constant vigilance to preserve. It is never safe, as the old saying goes, as long as the California Legislature (or Congress, for that matter) is in session. That is because the ruling class, that is, elected officials, bureaucrats, and their allies in the private sector, get money, power and prestige from bigger government, and bigger government is an anathema to freedom. Therefore, those who are in charge of protecting our freedom, (i.e. government officials) have a vested interest in taking it away. Human nature being what...
  • Ray Haynes: You Can Count on Angelides for Tax Hike

    08/25/2006 12:15:55 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 268+ views
    Human Events ^ | Aug. 25, 2006 | CA Assemblyman Ray Haynes
    From the beginning of his time in government, California’s Democrat candidate for Governor, Phil Angelides has never met a government program he didn’t like, or tax that he thought was too high. In the midst of the energy crisis, he proposed a complete government takeover of the electricity system. During the budget crisis, his contribution to the spending problem was to renegotiate state bonds to obtain a payment holiday. In other words, for two years we did not pay off any of the principal while interest accrued. That is Phil Angelides way of “saving” the state money. In the end,...
  • CA: The More Things Change…

    08/15/2006 8:30:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 413+ views ^ | 8/15/06 | Ray Haynes
    Sometimes, I think that I am repeating myself over and over again. It seems that my liberal friends in the Legislature keep doing the same things over and over again, and never realize that it is what they are doing that is hurting the rest of us. The latest thing is affordable housing. About a month ago, playing off of the theme of her husband’s presidential campaign, Senator Hillary Clinton said, “It’s the American dream, stupid,” obviously implying that Democrats should focus on making sure people can buy a home—the “American dream”. This has led to a lot of the...
  • CA: P.T. Barnum Democrats. Left frets over gov't-caused housing costs, demands more government.

    08/14/2006 8:18:40 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 10 replies · 591+ views
    California Public Policy Foundation ^ | August 14, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    About a month ago, playing off her husband’s presidential campaign slogan, Senator Huller Clinton said, “It’s the American dream, stupid,” implying that Democrats should focus on making sure people can buy a home — the “American dream.” Immediately, legislative Democrats began trying to find ideas that would expand government under the guise of providing “affordable housing.” Two hit the floor of the Legislature this week. SB 521 (Sen. Tom Torlakson) would allow Contra Costa County to assess an extra $1 per page on the recording of documents for real estate transactions. The rationalization for this tax increase is that it...
  • CA: Border police initiative falls flat (for 2nd time.. Thanks for trying, Ray Haynes.)

    08/09/2006 10:04:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 245+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/9/06 | Mason Stockstill
    An initiative to create a statewide border police force failed in its second effort to get on the ballot and appears to be headed for California's political dustbin. The Border Police Initiative fell far short of the 373,816 signatures needed to make it on the November ballot, according to the California Secretary of State's Office -- short by 373,816 signatures. "The counties did not submit any petitions for verification," said Nghia Nguyen, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bruce McPherson. The proposal was the brainchild of Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Temecula, who launched a signature-gathering effort last year. Haynes, who did...
  • CA: My Final Roller Coaster Ride - Ray Haynes

    08/07/2006 10:52:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 525+ views ^ | 8/7/06 | Ray Haynes
    The California Legislature has been on a one month hiatus after six months of session. I have often compared the legislative process to a roller coaster ride, and following that analogy, the first six months of session are sort of like the part of the roller coaster where the ride takes the riders higher and higher with the chain underneath. Everyone on the ride knows that the higher the ride goes, the wilder the ride will be when the car finally goes into free fall. This year the roller coaster ride had a couple of interesting dips, the largest being...
  • Quill pens, guns, ink and bullets

    06/14/2006 7:25:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 620+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday, June 13, 2006 | RAY HAYNES
    Quill pens, guns, ink and bullets By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary: When the Founding Fathers took the initiative to permanently inscribe our natural rights on paper, one can imagine it being done so with a quill pen. The first copies which enshrined our liberties in the Constitution as the Bill of Rights to include the freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms were printed with a manual printing press. This freedom of speech includes our right to express ourselves with every available medium. At no point have we considered that the freedom...
  • CA: Quill Pens, Guns, Ink and Bullets (Why does the left continue to attack the 2nd Amendment?)

    06/12/2006 6:59:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,483+ views ^ | 6/12/06 | Ray Haynes
    When the Founding Fathers took the initiative to permanently inscribe our natural rights on paper, one can imagine it being done so with a quill pen. The first copies enshrined our liberties in the Constitution as the Bill of Rights to include the freedom of religion, freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms and were printed with a manual printing press. This freedom of speech includes our right to express ourselves with every available medium. At no point have we considered that the freedom of speech is limited to expressing oneself with hand presses and...
  • CA: 32 Studies And 13 Commissions

    06/05/2006 6:38:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 288+ views ^ | 6/5/06 | Ray Haynes
    Last week was a deadline week in the California Legislature. That means the Senate and Assembly worked to get bills out of their respective houses to “make new laws” for this year. As a believer in small government, that means I had absolutely no bills up for a vote this week. But—the socialists in the Legislature did. In fact, the Assembly approved bills that would initiate 32 new studies, 13 new commissions, 4 new task forces, and a variety of new regulatory powers in government. We wanted to study everything from Asian food to flood plains, and we set up...
  • Why I Boycotted President Fox(At least one person in Sacramento has some stones!)

    05/28/2006 5:18:51 PM PDT · by kellynla · 79 replies · 1,101+ views
    California Chronicle ^ | May 26, 2006 | Assemblyman Ray Haynes
    The President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, spoke to the California State Legislature on Thursday; this while the U.S. Senate was voting on an immigration bill. I chose not to go to the Fox speech. Since many people may misconstrue what occurred, I believe a statement explaining my actions is needed. I have been in the Legislature for some time, and I have seen many heads of state pass through. The American Republic and its operations are fascinating to these foreign politicians, and addressing the California Legislature is often a high point in many dignitaries' travels. Appropriate decorum dictates that we...
  • CA: Why Our Schools Don’t Work

    05/15/2006 9:28:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,093+ views ^ | 5/15/06 | Ray Haynes
    This past week, a judge in Oakland, California said he thought the state’s high school exit exam is flawed, because it failed to account for English language learners’ inability to read the test. That is, since the test requires that those with limited English skills take and pass the test in English, it discriminates against those students. Never mind that, no matter where you go in this country, English language skills are an important part of success. Never mind that a student should be able to read the high school diploma they are receiving when they graduate. Insuring competence in...
  • California Budget Out Of Control - California on a union-led course to bankruptcy…

    04/24/2006 4:28:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 669+ views ^ | 4/24/06 | Ray Haynes
    I have refrained from commenting on California’s budget because it is still uncertain exactly what is going to happen in this year’s budget debate. This, however, is what we know up to this point in time. Last year, the Legislature approved, and the Governor signed, a budget that increased state spending by $11 billion. The government employee unions complained that it wasn’t enough. This year, the Governor proposed a budget that increased spending by an additional $7 billion. The government employee unions are complaining that it is not enough. The Governor’s budget spends $6 billion more than projected revenue. The...
  • CA: Stop before you overspend again

    04/21/2006 4:09:40 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 190+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | April 21, 2006 | KEITH RICHMAN and RAY HAYNES
    Wouldn’t it be great if the state government could violate the laws of physics, such as gravity and momentum? Our bridges would cost less, automobile accidents would be eliminated, and California could develop the Holy Grail of inventions, teleportation. Yet with equal absurdity, California’s state budgeters violate the unforgiving laws of public finance. The starting point for fiscal responsibility is a balanced operating budget that does not spend more money in any year than is taken in. (snip) Lawmakers continue to increase spending so much that it will take either more debt or a tax increase to cover the new...
  • Debate, Sacramento-style

    04/11/2006 8:52:25 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 1 replies · 195+ views
    California Public Policy Foundation ^ | APril 11, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    I know this happens every year in the Legislature, and sometimes I think that those who read my weekly discussion on Sacramento must get bored that I keep saying the same things over and over. But then I realize that the news media does not report these events. In fact, I think people wouldn’t believe it if the newspaper or television did report it. As I walk through the halls of the Capitol, I feel a little like Alice as she walked through Wonderland. I know I’ve seen several white rabbits (who are always looking at their watch, claiming to...
  • CA: Here We Go Again (Assemblyman Ray Haynes on budget crisis)

    04/10/2006 4:52:31 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 1 replies · 146+ views
    Metropolitan News-Enterprise ^ | April 10, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    Term limits is calling an end to my legislative career, so this may be my last budget discussion. I thought this might be a good time to give a sort of retrospective of my budget discussions over the years, much like they do when a television show is coming to an end. So — here are the highlights. 1997. My first budget article. “Government is growing too fast. Governor Pete Wilson has proposed growing state government from $49 billion general fund to $53 billion in the 97-98 budget. After several years of difficult times, the state is starting to see...
  • CA: Another Boondoggle - Rob Reiner’s preschool deception (The 'Meathead' initiative)

    03/06/2006 11:35:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 843+ views ^ | 3/6/06 | Ray Haynes
    Do you remember Chuck Quackenbush? He was the insurance commissioner who lost his job because he used fines that he collected from insurance companies to buy television commercials to promote his political career. It was a huge scandal at the time, and Quackenbush, who was a colleague of mine in the Assembly, left his job in disgrace, having been run out of office by Legislative Democrats for abusing state money. Another boondoggle is brewing, only this time Legislative Democrats are strangely silent. A few years ago, Rob Reiner (“Meathead” from the old television series, “All in the Family”) sponsored an...
  • CA:Governing like Davis. For 2nd time in a decade liberals set course for budgetary catastrophe.

    02/28/2006 9:21:24 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 5 replies · 406+ views
    California Public Policy Foundation ^ | February 28, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    Between 1999 and 2002, state Senate Democrats passed, and Gov. Gray Davis signed, every bill heard by the state Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee that would increase pension and retirement benefits for state and local government employees. I know; I was the committee’s vice chairman. Government employee union lobbyists begged for each bill. California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) representatives said the state’s $60 billion surplus meant the system could afford it. It meant the state could skip contributing to the CalPERS fund; that we would never have to contribute to the retirement system again! — even with the...
  • CA: Chickens Roosting At Home - Legislative slaves of public employee unions

    02/27/2006 8:35:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 602+ views ^ | 2/27/06 | Ray Haynes
    From 1999 through 2002, I was the Vice Chair of the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee. During that time, a number of bills presented to the committee increased pension and retirement benefits for state and local government employees. Every single one of these bills were passed and signed by Governor Davis. At the hearing on each of these bills, the lobbyists for the government employee unions showed up and begged the committee members to vote for the bill. In addition, the representative for the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) told the committee that the retirement system could afford...
  • Groundhog Day, redux

    02/20/2006 4:53:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 349+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | February 19, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    Groundhog Day, redux By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary In the movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character wakes up to the same refrain from the song "I Got You, Babe" every morning, and that is how he knows he is stuck in the same place on the same day, day after day, throughout the movie. I keep hearing the same refrain day after day, week after week, year after year, from the Democrats in Sacramento. This last week was no exception. In 1998, then Gov. Pete Wilson proposed a $58.6 billion general fund budget. Between 1999 and 2001, the state experienced...
  • Where else but California?

    02/07/2006 2:44:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 723+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | February 5, 2006 | Ray Haynes
    Where else but California? By: Ray Haynes - Commentary Where else but our socialist paradise? Three bills before the Legislature last week demonstrate just how out of touch the Legislative majority really is. First, AB 1418 by Jerome Horton. Last year, Republicans wanted to list the names and addresses of child molesters on the Internet so that parents could protect their children from the sexual predators in their neighborhoods. The listing was a common-sense approach for parents who, with information about sexual predators, could take steps to protect their children from these evil perpetrators. The Democrats were afraid these predators...
  • Hey Big Spender - The party of small government?

    01/30/2006 8:44:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 348+ views ^ | 1/30/06 | Ray Haynes
    I joined the Republican Party a little bit later than most, as a direct result of the messages I heard from Ronald Reagan. When I began my own business, I discovered that most of the things I had been taught in college about government were wrong. As Ronald Reagan said and I quickly learned, government was a lot like a baby; a large appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. I could find precious few government agencies that accomplished their actual mission, and none that did so efficiently. I came to the conclusion that the...
  • CA: This is the party of small government?

    01/28/2006 4:10:13 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 36 replies · 452+ views
    North County Times ^ | January 27, 2006 | RAY HAYNES
    Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, including portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County. I joined the Republican Party a little bit later than most, as a direct result of the messages I heard from Ronald Reagan. When I began my own business, I discovered that most of the things I had been taught in college about government were wrong. As Ronald Reagan said and I quickly learned, government was a lot like a baby: a large appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. I could find precious few government agencies...
  • Mirror/Mirror - California governor enters an alternative universe...

    01/09/2006 8:04:23 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 601+ views ^ | 1/9/06 | Ray Haynes
    I am not a trekkie, but I do remember a Star Trek episode in which several members of the crew of the starship Enterprise entered an alternative universe. That universe was the mirror image of the “normal” universe, that is, it was exactly like the normal universe, but everyone in it had the exact opposite character of the people in the normal universe We have entered that alternative universe in California. I know that term limits and the recall have substantially diminished the experience in Sacramento, but anyone paying even the smallest attention to history can tell that Gray Davis...
  • CA: The Minimum Wage Calamity

    01/05/2006 9:06:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 90 replies · 1,273+ views ^ | 1/5/06 | Ray Haynes
    As the year begins, we find Sacramento once again considering raising the minimum wage. Only this time, Governor Schwarzenegger has indicated he might support a bill raising the minimum wage to $7.25 next year, and $7.75 the year after. In the wake of high energy costs, high building costs, high liability insurance costs, and workers’ compensation reform that doesn’t reduce costs nearly as much as we need to, we cannot afford to drive up the costs of doing business in California even higher. Even if you do not pay the minimum wage to more than a handful of employees, the...
  • Taxing The Weather

    12/19/2005 6:46:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 470+ views ^ | 12/19/05 | Ray Haynes
    Last week, the Governor’s “Climate Action Team” released a report on how to stop global warming. Next week, we expect a report on how to stop earthquakes, tidal waves, the changing of the seasons, and the tilt of the earth. Let’s start with the title of the government unit that issued the report: the “Climate Action Team.” That title suggests the arrogance of those participating. What climate action is the team going to take? I’ve got an idea, why don’t they get rid of the winter fog in the Central Valley, and those hot Palm Springs summers, that would be...
  • Meanwhile in Sacramento... Through A Glass Darkly

    12/12/2005 8:32:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 441+ views ^ | 12/12/05 | Ray Haynes
    If you assume, as I do, that the purpose of the political process is to persuade people to entrust you with power, the solution to the losses Governor Schwarzenegger faced in November is simple. It is also hard work. And it is the solution the Governor seems to be avoiding. If I have any complaint with many of my California Republican colleagues, it would be that they think they can outsmart, outwit, or outmaneuver the Democrats. They believe that if they can find just the right issue, or just the right tactic, they can slick their way into a majority...
  • CA: Initiative falls short by 100,000 (would have called for a state border-police)

    12/10/2005 10:09:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 565+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 12/10/05 | Jim Miller
    SACRAMENTO - A proposed ballot measure to create a California border police to enforce immigration laws is dead after its campaign failed to collect enough voter signatures. Supporters had until this Monday to submit 598,105 valid voter signatures to county election offices. By late Friday afternoon, however, campaign officials knew they had fallen significantly short. "It doesn't look like it's going to make it," said consultant Dave Gilliard, who helped engineer the 2003 campaign that ousted former Gov. Gray Davis. Gilliard estimated that the campaign fell short by about 100,000 valid signatures. The initiative stemmed from what Assemblyman Ray Haynes,...
  • Canary is on life support

    12/07/2005 2:12:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 370+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | December 4, 2005 | Assemblyman Ray Haynes
    Canary is on life support By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary I am going to apologize in advance for the metaphors to follow, but they do make the point. Politics is a lot like football. It is a team sport for individuals with similar goals. The team advances its agenda, sometimes in small increments, moving the ball toward victory. The only real difference between football and politics is that the players can change positions frequently. Sometimes a politician is the quarterback; sometimes he or she is the lineman. In all cases, everyone wins if they effectively execute the play that is...
  • CA: The Canary Is On Life Support - Distress in the Schwarzenegger Administration...

    12/05/2005 2:17:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 521+ views ^ | 12/5/05 | Ray Haynes
    I am going to apologize in advance for the metaphors to follow, but they do make the point. Politics is a lot like football. It is a team sport for individuals with similar goals. The team advances its agenda, sometimes in small increments, moving the ball toward “victory.” The only real difference between football and politics is that the players can change positions frequently. Sometimes a politician is the quarterback, sometimes he or she is the lineman. In all cases, everyone wins if they effectively execute the play that is called in the huddle. I know I am a lineman...
  • The Rosey Scenario (California Budget)

    11/23/2005 9:39:22 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 4 replies · 175+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | November 23, 2005 | Ray Haynes
    Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County. Each November, the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) puts out a report on our "state of the current year budget," that is the budget year we are in at the time of the report, giving us information on how much we're spending and the revenues coming in. Then they give us a prediction of the next year's budget. The report analyzes revenue and spending trends, and puts those trends in the context of the budget passed in June (or July or...
  • Calif: The exit exam end-around. Educrats’ latest trick: phony diplomas to hide their failures

    11/23/2005 8:28:18 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 27 replies · 735+ views
    Californa Political Review ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | RAY HAYNES
    Call me a cynic, but I think the educrats plan it this way. They wait for challenges to pass from the scene, like Prop.s 74 and 75, and then, once they have won, they literally spit in voters’ faces. The latest outrage: a plan hatched for some community college districts to issue diplomas to high school students without regard to the state requirement that students receive a high school diploma only after they have passed the official state high school exit exam. This end-around maneuver is intended to bail out our failing K-12 system, another effort by state educrats to...
  • Who do unions benefit?

    11/05/2005 9:41:22 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies · 1,321+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday, October 25, 2005 | Ray Haynes, 66th Assemblyman
    Who do unions benefit? By: RAY HAYNES Just why do we have government employee unions? We all know the story of the rise of unionism in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Our country was being run by robber barons, the capitalist exploiters who would abuse children for profit and allow people to die in substandard working conditions while they sat in the lap of luxury. Unions fought the evil employers, pushed for labor reforms, minimum wages, safe workplaces and, through their tireless effort, made sure that people received a fair day's wage for a fair day's work in a...
  • Ray Haynes (R): Arnold Insists and Persists. Reform Is Necessary

    10/02/2005 2:32:17 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 52 replies · 776+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | Sept. 30, 2005 | Ray Haynes
    In January, the governor issued a challenge to the Legislature's Democrats: change how you do business, or I will change it for you. The Democrats yawned. They were sure that Schwarzenegger would cave. The Democrats had been in charge before he got there, and they would be in charge long after he was gone. But a funny thing happened: Schwarzenegger didn't cave. How could that be, they asked, since he knows we are in charge. Schwarzenegger said: Tough: change is necessary. He said he would qualify initiatives, call a special election, and get the people to bring about change. The...
  • CA: State border police campaign swings into high gear

    09/04/2005 8:32:24 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 380+ views
    North County Times ^ | Dave Downey
    With the arrival of Labor Day, a campaign to put an initiative on the ballot to create the first state border police in the nation is gearing up for a show of force. Volunteers are hitting the streets across California to start gathering the nearly 600,000 signatures of registered voters that will be required by Dec. 12 to put the measure on the June 2006 ballot. George Andrews, executive director for the California Border Police Initiative in Sacramento, said campaign organizers are determined to make a big splash of ink over the holiday weekend. "That's when a lot of families...
  • A Triumph at Carlsbad - Standing Room Only

    08/12/2005 6:09:38 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 8 replies · 448+ views
    Sign on San Diego ^ | 8/12/05 | Elena Gaona and David Graham Republican state Sen. Bill Morrow of Oceanside said he organized the forum to discuss how defense of the nation begins at the border, and that he timed it for yesterday based entirely on Tancredo's busy schedule. Morrow said he has talked to Tancredo for months, even before embattled Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Rancho Santa Fe, announced he will not seek re-election in the 50th District. Morrow said yesterday he will run for Cunningham's seat next year. "I know what the solution is," Morrow said. "We are not controlling our borders and it's a sea coming through. We are capable...