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Republican Senate candidate Bill Jones on the issues
The Associated Press

Saturday, September 18, 2004

(09-18) 17:33 PDT (AP) --

Here are Senate candidate Bill Jones' views on a variety of issues:

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ENVIRONMENT
* Q: Do you support or oppose the Bush administration proposal to tap oil from Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and why?

A: Says he would visit Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before deciding whether he supports drilling for oil there, but says "we will never solve our nation's energy problems if we continue to say no to every new project ... that is proposed."
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* Q: What is your position on oil drilling off California's coast, and what should happen with the existing offshore leases?
A: Opposes drilling for oil off California's coast and wants the federal government to buy out 36 undeveloped leases of the state's coast. "These are California resources and they should be under the control of California resource managers."
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* Q: The House Resources Committee recently passed legislation that would amend the Endangered Species Act to add more peer review and discretion by political appointees. Environmentalists oppose the changes while property owners and business groups support them. Do you support or oppose amending Endangered Species Act, and why?
A: Supports proposed legislation adding more peer review to the science affecting the Endangered Species Act.
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ECONOMIC POLICY
* Q: Do you support or oppose extending President Bush's tax cuts, and why?

A: Supports President Bush's tax cuts because "as a high income state, California is benefiting from these reforms more than other parts of the nation."
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* Q: Should companies have to count employee stock options as an expense, as proposed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board? Why or why not?
A: Opposes a proposal by the Financial Accounting Standards Board that would require companies to count employee stock options as an expense. Says stock options are an important incentive for entrepreneurial business and without them, "businesses will simply be unable to grow ... by giving their employees and ownership stake in the success of their efforts."
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SOCIAL ISSUES
* Q: Do you support or oppose abortion rights, and why?

A: Opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life. Supports parental notification for abortion for women under 18.
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* Q: Would you vote to confirm a judge to the federal bench who opposes abortion rights?
A: Says he would not use abortion as a litmus test for appointing judges to the federal bench.
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* Q: Do you support or oppose amending the constitution to ban gay marriage, as proposed by President Bush, and why?
A: Says marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman but would "be cautious in reviewing any proposed amendment to the Constitution. This is a living document that has been amended only when the need has been great ... I believe the states still have not yet made all their efforts to resolve the potential problems on their own."
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* Q: Do you support or oppose extending the assault weapons ban, which expired Sept. 13 after 10 years, and why?
A: Supports extending the ban on assault weapons and supports a requirement for trigger locks.
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* Q: Do you believe California's three-strikes law has been effective in combating crime?
A: Jones wrote the California law while a member of the Assembly in 1994 and opposes Proposition 66, the effort to change the law that's on the Nov. 2 ballot.
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FOREIGN POLICY and IRAQ
* Q: How would you have voted on giving the president authority to go to war in Iraq and for $87 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan?

A: Says he would have supported Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq and would have voted for the $87 billion to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, calling the appropriation a "major symbol of our resolve to bring positive changes to this region. We cannot have a stable Middle East with the current political structures in this region. We've lived with them for five decades and all we have seen is instability, corruption, war, terror and authoritarian systems."
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* Q: Do you support or oppose the USA Patriot Act, and why?
A: Supports the USA Patriot Act as a "needed tool to combat the immediate terrorist threat" but also supports maintaining the sunset provision that requires Congress to periodically review its necessity and effectiveness.
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* Q: What is your opinion of President Bush's proposal for a new national intelligence director who can coordinate intelligence budgets but does not have final budgetary authority?
A: Supports the report by the 9/11 Commission, but says "we don't need to rush to judgment" with all the recommendations therein. Says a new national intelligence director should be within the administration, not an outside body.
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ENERGY
* Q: Should the administration tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to bring down gas prices?

A: Strongly opposes tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve "for a temporary price relief of only a few cents."

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* Q: Some say the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should be more aggressive in pursuing Enron and other energy companies to help California recover up to $9 billion in refunds state officials are seeking from the energy crisis. Do you agree or disagree with this position, and why?
A: Says FERC needs to adopt a "zero tolerance policy when the public has been defrauded by the Enrons of the world" to recover up to $9 billion in refunds to California.
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IMMIGRATION
* Q: Do you support or oppose President Bush's call for legal status for foreign workers, and why?

A: Opposes amnesty programs for illegal immigrants. Supports some form of a guest worker program, but only for jobs "where there clearly are no takers among our current residents."

* Q: What other changes would you make to the nation's immigration policy?

A: Supports better enforcement of the nation's borders and a program by which a certain portion of a guest worker's wages would be place in escrow and available only after he or she returns home. And "we need to ensure compensation for state and local costs to states like California that carry the burden of failed federal immigration programs."

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I got to meet Mr. Jones at the SSSS, a very impressive man. I can't say much more than that since I'm from AZ.

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I didn't even hear that he was there; I understand that he was impressive in the debate he had with Senator Boxer. I've only heard him speak breifly on TV.

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Dosn't have a big enough media presence. :x



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BILL JONES ADDRESSES FAILURES TO CONFRONT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEM



Details key areas for needed reforms and resources



Orange County—Senate candidate Bill Jones today presented a comprehensive analysis and proposed solutions for the problems facing the United States and California due to illegal immigration. Jones stated that there are upwards of 15 million undocumented persons living in the United States. California alone is estimated to be the home of 3 to 5 million. In a typical year, another 1-2 million people make it past the border into the US.



In addressing the Orange County Forum, Bill Jones stated: "The tremendous problems associated with illegal immigration will not right themselves on their own. The realities of our post 9/11 world make the consequences of inaction in dealing with the problem stemming from illegal immigration unacceptable. We need to cut through the rhetoric. The issue before us boils down to the simple question of whether we as nation will enforce our laws or not."



Jones stressed that we need an overarching objective in approaching our immigration policy. As a country and a government, we need to make clear the distinction between legal and illegal immigration. For those who abide by the law, we need to ensure a fair process that leads to citizenship. For those who are in this country illegally, we must enforce our laws and not reward those who have broken our laws.



Jones addressed an additional five broad areas he will focus on as a United States Senator:



1. Improve border security:



Our border agencies must get the resources they need to do their job, including hiring additional Border Agents and increasing penalties against traffickers.


Our border protection must look to more high-tech solutions, including electronic surveillance, expanded use of Predator and Hermes drones and other unmanned aircraft, and voluntary use of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System to help speed border processing.


We need better information sharing between the border and public safety agencies. We need to expedite the data sharing for fingerprints, and move this effort quickly into DNA sample sharing as more states, like California, improve their sampling requirements.


Our border control should not be subject to state veto.


2. Border control alone will not fix the security problems—we need a sustained and honest commitment to interior enforcement as well:



Illegal immigration should not be treated as a game of "pass Go and collect $200." What is considered illegal at the border remains so in our interior, and we need to restore an enforcement priority to make sure the billions we now spend at the border will be effective.


Local governments that have adopted policies of refusing to comply with federal immigration enforcement agencies should be penalized in the allocation of federal grant funds—the message they now send reinforces the belief that the US is not serious about enforcing our laws.


Tamper-proof IDs are needed to combat the pervasive fake systems that are available today on any downtown street corner. These IDs must include reliable, unique biometric data such as fingerprints. We do fingerprint scanning for drivers' licenses now. There is no reason not to apply this technology to other forms of secure ID as well.


Congress must reimburse the states and our local governments for bearing the costs of failed federal immigration policies:


In 1997, the National Research Council estimated the net fiscal cost of illegal immigration at $11-22 billion a year. Furthermore, that study pointed out that most taxes paid by illegal immigrants are collected by the federal government, but that most costs are paid by state and local agencies.


California—the destination of about 1/3 of all illegal immigrants—pays a disproportionate share of those costs. The direct costs to the state budget are estimated to be $3-5 billion a year, with local governments picking up yet more of the tab.


Guest worker program should only be for jobs where it is demonstrated there are no resident applicants to fill them.


Guest worker programs should be for the sole purpose of filling specific labor skill shortages. They should not be used to legalize our current situation.


Oppose any amnesty provision or any provision that even suggests amnesty in any immigration reform.


We can provide a guest worker program that matches willing workers with willing employers when American workers cannot fill the jobs, but we can also do it without amnesty that rewards past illegal behavior.




Mexico needs to be part of the solution:


Mexico has used the US job market as its pressure valve to relieve demands for true reform in its own country.


The Mexican Congress continues to be a roadblock to further reform.


The economic imperative to improve their families' future is driving virtually all of the illegal immigrants to the US.




"Almost two decades of failure since the 1986 Immigration and Reform and Control Act demands we must now act to reform our immigration laws. Our borders remain open to terrorists, gang members, and criminals. Those truly seeking work face hardship, victimization, and death. Our businesses are expected to be the interior frontline of enforcement, but have neither the means nor the federal information support to obey the law. This ongoing crisis prevents closer ties with our neighbors, and dehumanizes all who are involved," said Jones.



Jones concluded by stating, "The answers will take time to put into place. Two decades of federal failures have allowed the problems to mount beyond belief. But it is time we go back to the basic underlying question on these issues, and make it clear that as a nation we will no longer tolerate continued and massive violations of our laws."

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BILL JONES FOR SENATE NEWS

Simon and Garfunkel have a wonderful, haunting tune, "The Sounds of Silence". One line is "hello darkness, my old friend." This must be Barbara Boxer's favorite song, since she has been keeping Californians in the dark about her views and voting record.

She has been silent about why she voted to raise taxes on families and the middle class by voting NO on the recent Bush tax cut.

Boxer has been silent on terrorism, instead believing that the bombing of a Madrid train was "a rail accident".

Bill Jones has been speaking out against, and providing solutions to, the problem of illegal aliens. Boxer has been quietly supporting benefits for illegal aliens, to create a magnet for even more people to violate our immigration laws.

Boxer has been silently stopping the whole of the United States Senate from voting on many of President Bush's judicial nominees. This is true silence, not allowing an up or down vote.

Boxer has been silent on Senator Kerry's proposal to have a "global test" of our foreign policy for permission to protect America. He wants to give the United Nations, France, Germany and other nations the right to approve our foreign policy. Not a word from Boxer.

With Boxer, we need to read between the lines, not listen to her words. Voters need to look at her Senate record instead of claim to be a "fighter".

A fighter would be proud of their votes and actions, Boxer tries to hide them by not discussing them. She should be proud that she has voted for many of the tax increases in the Senate in the last 12 years. Boxer must be proud for all of her votes to raise her own pay while voting to hold down the pay of our military.

In a song, the sounds of silence is haunting. In the Senate, it is a sign you know you are not representing the mainstream of California. It is time that Boxer speak up about her voting record and not continue the darkness of the sounds of silence. She should be proud of her radical voting record, instead of seemingly being embarrassed by it, by being silent. Barbara needs to be proud of her record and defend it.

Maybe that is why she is afraid of debating Bill Jones.


CAMPAIGN INVESTMENT REQUEST

Just a $22 dollar donation representing the 22 years Barbara Boxer has misrepresented California in Washington. Your donation adds up to electing Bill Jones to the U.S. Senate.

We are a grass roots campaign. Our need is to raise money in small donations and have them add up. The special interests are going to support our opponent.
Lets' show that the people can be heard in donations and at the ballot box. A simple $22 donation will send a message loud and clear.

We are asking for the support of all our grassroots supporters today, of $10, $25 $50 or whatever you can afford.

It is the people, the families of California, that need a Senator.

Bill Jones has promised to be financially competitive with Barbara Boxer, and to do that he needs help from people all across California. Tell your friends and family why you are supporting Bill Jones and ask for their help as well.

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BILL JONES FOR SENATE NEWS

Watching the Presidential debates, seeing the Barbara Boxer TV ads, remind me of the Beatles classic, "Do You Want To Know a Secret?"

President Bush and Senator Kerry discussed terrorism, tax policy and the status of the intelligence community. Each was specific, strong in their beliefs and open about their views on these issues key to American families and businesses.

Then look at Bill Jones and Barbara Boxer. Bill Jones has spoken out, loudly, about making the Bush tax cuts permanent, ending the marriage penalty tax and lowering taxes for small businesses. Boxer, very quietly, has voted NO, in effect, to raise taxes on businesses and families. Almost as if she is embarrassed by her votes, no wonder she is trying to keep these votes secret.

Bill Jones understands we need to reform our intelligence community, build it up and create a better force. Barbara Boxer is trying to keep secret her vote in 1990 against authorizing funds for intelligence and intelligence related activities, voting for an amendment to increase education spending for disabled Americans by $36.5 billion over five years by cutting intelligence spending and cancelling the Milstar backup military communications satellite.

Bill Jones understands the War on Terrorism. While John Kerry is comparing terrorist activities to "gambling and prostitution" and as a "nuisance", Boxer declared the bombing of a train in Madrid as a "rail accident". Again, she is in hopes that no one notices her votes and her values -- she would like them to be a "secret".

In the past few days, Bill Jones has been going to all parts of the state to discuss his policy to handle the epidemic-size problem of illegal immigration. Bill Jones opposes amnesty under any conditions, to force the Mexican government to cooperate in the closing of the border to illegal activity and the extradition of criminals from Mexico. He also wants more border patrol officers, more technology and the enforcement of our immigration laws both at the borders and in the interior. He understands that once an illegal immigrant gets past the border they should not have a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card. Yet, have any of us heard Boxer on this? 22 years in the Congress and Boxer has done little to materially improve the security of our borders or protect us against illegal immigration, not even trying to force the issue by unifying public opinion on this subject. Her views are a secret.

Was Barbara Boxer in the Ed Sullivan Show audience when the Beatles sang, "Do You Want To Know a Secret?" You know where Bill Jones stands on the issues, why not Boxer?

Note: this is posted for information purposes only about Senator Jones and does not necessarily reflect the views or recommendations of the ASA.

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I'm beggining to see a lot of large Bill Jones signs here in the upper desert. I'll tell you, I'm real dissapointed in the lack of push from the republican side in regards to Bill Jones. I just don't understand it, they should be blanketing the tv with his name, and I thought Arnold was going to do some serious campaigning for him as well. If we could oust Boxer it would reverberate through the state and the senate.
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* Q: Do you support or oppose extending the assault weapons ban, which expired Sept. 13 after 10 years, and why?
A: Supports extending the ban on assault weapons and supports a requirement for trigger locks.
The assualt weapons ban really has nothing to do with true Assualt Weapons (banned since 1935), just features that make a gun "look" evil.
Up until this statement he was definitely my vote. If it wasn't for whom he's running against, probably wouldn't vote for him. I guess sometimes you have to pick the lesser of two evils.

Please keep in mind when you read this that not everyones priorities are the same. What I think is important you may not, and vice versa

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Bill Jones
California Assemblyman for 12 years and Secretary of State for 8 years.
...Favores public access to public lands: opposes unnecessary increases in wilderness.
...Strong supporter of OHV recreatin-has attended several major OHV events this year.
...Frequent visitor to Oceano Dunes in years past.

Barbara Boxer
...In 1994, helped Senator Dianne Feinstein push S.21, the California Desert Protection Act.
...In 1995, voted in favor of HR 889 - a vote to maintain Endangered Species Act listing funding.
...In 1996, voted for HR 3019 - a vote against continuation of the ban on listing new species under the ESA.
...In 2003, sponsored S.1555 which could create an additional 2.5 million acres of wilderness in California.
...In 2003, sponsored S.738, which would create 300,000 acres of wilderness in Northern California.
...In 2003, co-sponsored S.543, which would have designated additional wilderness in Alaska.
...In 2003, co-sponsored S639, which would have designated additional wilderness in Utah.

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Jones Blasts Boxer for Returning to the "Scene of the Crime"

(San Diego, CA) - Bill Jones, candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement today on Barbara Boxer's visit to Quincy, California:

"In March this year, Barbara Boxer challenged me to a series of debates to make sure this was an election where the voters could hear directly from the candidates on the striking differences between our positions and proposals for the future of California. I have accepted that challenge and I have accepted invitations to debate from groups who developed these forums in the belief that Barbara Boxer would be true to her words.

But Boxer continues to duck these debates and continues to ignore the voters in California by a preplanned tour to keep her away and out of the major media markets in our state.

But today's "Where's Boxer?" tour landed in Quincy, a community that knows all too well how much Barbara Boxer's words can be trusted. When push comes to shove, Boxer has shown time and again that she is willing to turn her back on the needs of Californians and vote strictly as she is told to by her special interest supporters.

After experiencing continuing wildfires in recent years, Californians know all too well the personal costs and environmental catastrophes that have been the result of federal inaction to properly manage our forests. Until passage of the President's Healthy Forests program, every effort at sound forest practices had been stymied by the continuing battles in Washington between national environmental groups and those seeking to provide jobs in our rural communities.

The people of Quincy, through the Quincy Library Group, made tremendous progress in cutting through the federal smoke by doing the unheard of - sitting down and working out a balanced program of jobs and environmental protection to be implemented on the local level.

Along with Senator Feinstein, Boxer at first promised to work with this California-based forest management coalition made up of local environmentalists, loggers and small business owners. In July 1997, they jointly introduced a bill to put the locally-developed plan into law. Boxer herself was quoted in support of the effort:

Senator Barbara Boxer hiking through the forest while getting an up close and hands-on briefing of what the [Quincy Library] proposal entailed. Boxer went onto explain, "I think this area is way out in front and I'm very impressed...I think it's exciting. I think it's a model."
-Feather River Bulletin, September 8, 1993 (emphasis added)

Senator Feinstein continued to support this effort, but Boxer backed out after national environmental groups embarrassed her in a full-page ad run in the New York Times. This was a classic example of Barbara Boxer taking her marching orders from national special interest groups and blocking common-sense action at the expense of what is best for California. In December 1997, Boxer had pulled her support from the measure, and

...Began blasting the Quincy proposal and praising her own environmental credentials. (Boxer's) about-face seems nothing other than a capitulation to national environmental organizations that are attempting to squash the grass roots Quincy effort.
- Sacramento Bee, December 19, 1997

Boxer continues to be missing in action when it comes time to be counted in the challenges to manage the forests in this State.

Boxer was notably absent when Dianne Feinstein and State Assemblyman Tim Leslie recently held a bipartisan forum in Lake Tahoe to discuss on-going wildfire protection plans for the Lake Tahoe area. The meeting drew almost 200 local fire officials, foresters and community leaders to discuss ways to make sure California receives its fair share of the funding included in President's Healthy Forests Initiative.

Even worse, earlier this year Boxer voted against hundreds of millions of federal funds earmarked to Southern California. These were funds used to help homeowners rebuild and forest agencies reduce the wildfire and now mudslide threats in the region. Senator Feinstein worked hand-in-hand with Rep. Jerry Lewis to bring those funds to the victims of last year's fires. Boxer stood up and voted against them."

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I think Door Lord says it best:

"BoxHer up and Ship her out"
In his sig on this BB....

I wish WE had a chance.




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Jones Criticizes Boxer's Defense Record

(Long Beach, CA) - During a press conference with Representative Christopher Cox, United States Senate candidate Bill Jones Wednesday said despite what the nation has done to bolster our border defenses, more work needs to be done to secure our ports and borders. Jones also criticized Barbara Boxer on her failure to provide leadership on homeland security issues and on her repeated votes to cut funding for national intelligence.

During his remarks Jones praised Cox as a leader who is ensuring the gaps that exist in our homeland defense get addressed and is leading the charge to make sure this state gets its fair share of federal attention and resources to do the job right.

"Our one weak link in Congress continues to be Barbara Boxer...," said Jones. "Four months prior to 9/11, Barbara Boxer took over as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism. When she took over, she had on her desk the Hart-Rudman report on terrorist activities... But upon taking over as Chair, Boxer immediately announced that she was going to reshape the priorities of the Terrorism Subcommittee. These priorities were not going to be the looming terrorist threat outlined in the Hart-Rudman report. In fact, she was quoted in the Modesto Bee saying, "We're planning on other issues in this committee and my subcommittee that deal with children, the status of children in the world, the status of women and some other things."'

Jones highlighted several instances when Boxer failed to support intelligence and homeland security efforts.

* In 1990, Boxer sponsored an amendment to an Intelligence Appropriations bill to hamstring intelligence operations by requiring approval by the House and Senate Intelligence committees for any type of covert action.

* She voted twice to let our enemies know the scope of our capabilities by publishing the amount of money the U.S. spends on intelligence.

* In 1989 she was one of just 31 members of Congress to vote against funding for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

* Before voting in favor of the Conference Report on a 1994 Defense Appropriations bill on Intelligence, Boxer was one of 35 Senators voting to keep alive an amendment to gut the intelligence agencies by $400 million.

* Also in 1994, Boxer voted to cut intelligence by $36.5 billion over five years.

* And she was one of only 20 members of the Senate to vote against the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which provided more than $24.7 billion for homeland security.

Earlier in the day, Jones met with members of the El Centro Sheriff's Department and discussed the increased costs illegal immigration imposes on local budgets.

"By some estimates, the failure of federal immigration policies has resulted in 15 million or more illegal immigrants residing in this country," said Jones. "California along with a few other states bears a disproportionate share of the impacts from the lack of federal action-some 3-5 million now reside in our state. Many have come looking for work. Others now fuel our drug, crime, and gang problems."

Jones said that in addition to increased costs on state and local budgets, illegal immigration poses a security threat to our nation.

"Still others [illegal immigrants] are terrorist group members, using the same conduits used by illegal immigrants to enter our country-just a few weeks ago, there were press reports that 35 Chechen terrorists entered our country just by walking across our border," said Jones. "Nobody will forget the scenes of horror after the attack on the school in Beslan, Russia. These same terrorists are now here."

Jones said that in California the direct costs of illegal immigration to the state budget are estimated to be $3-5 billion a year, with local governments picking up yet more of the tab. The core state costs are accounted for in 3 main areas:

Health care - Incurs costs to the state of about $1 billion a year, mostly emergency care through Medi-Cal.

Criminals - The Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that the state spends about $550 million a year on prisons and parole supervision of criminal aliens - over 11 percent of the state prison population is now illegal aliens.

Education - The Legislative Analyst's Office estimates that about 7% of K-12 students are illegal immigrants, or about 430,000 children. If that $3.1 billion cost was fully reimbursed by the federal government in FY 2001-2002, per pupil spending of $7324 in California would have been increased by another $513-bringing our spending to 97 percent of the national average.

"Until the federal government adopts immigration and border policies that can work, they must reimburse states like California that bear the brunt of the costs," said Jones.

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Bill does that have a chance based on his social positions. If a republican wants to win in this state then they need to detach from the religious right. Boxer is pounding him on this and will beat him just on this. I would prefer Boxer gone, but you need a better candidate, more Libertarian, like our governor Arnold. Why do you think he has been weak on Jones?
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* Q: Do you support or oppose amending the constitution to ban gay marriage, as proposed by President Bush, and why?
A: Says marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman but would "be cautious in reviewing any proposed amendment to the Constitution. This is a living document that has been amended only when the need has been great ... I believe the states still have not yet made all their efforts to resolve the potential problems on their own."
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