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Blog Post
9/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Governor Schwarzenegger swept into office in 2003 on a wave of support from reform-minded voters who were sick of politics-as-usual in Sacramento. One of his campaign ads outlined the problem starkly: "Special interests have a stranglehold on Sacramento. Here's how it works. The money comes in. The favors go out. The people lose." Now,...
News Story
9/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The House of Representatives is embroiled in a fight over a bill that would give the federal government a new role in developing and upholding insurance laws and regulations now under the jurisdiction of U.S. states, including whether they violate U.S. fair treatment commitments under trade or regulatory agreements. The measure was initially...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief, after that look of puzzlement, over the budget deal that state lawmakers apparently struck with Governor Schwarzenegger tonight. The 10% increase in personal income tax withholding (likened to a mugging by my colleague Judy Dugan) that was part of the budget approved this week by lawmakers was nixed after...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The governor's "official response" griping about the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and their "Recall Arnold" petition being all about a "special interest" trying to intimidate and buy favors, sure sounds pretty hollow and hypocritical, given the record-breaking amount of $128,966,553 in...
News Release
9/15/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should sign a stem cell public accountability bill,  SB1565, into law, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Sen. George Runner, was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature. In a letter to the governor, the...
News Release
9/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Schwarzenegger Must Keep His 'State of the State' Promise to Protect All Californians By Signing Legislation Los Angeles, CA -- New legislation awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature - not settlements between health insurers and state regulators - is needed to protect Californians from future cancellations of coverage when they get sick and...
Blog Post
9/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
On the issue of tactics alone, Carla Marinucci at the San Francisco Chronicle filed a fascinating article tonight comparing the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin as champions of the mantles of change and reform, and in particular their media management strategy.  Californians have seen this movie before: An "outsider"...
News Story
9/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The state prison guards union is launching its recall drive against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just as its head honcho is facing some big problems of his own. The two-term president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Mike Jimenez, is being challenged by six opponents as he seeks re-election at the union's convention in Las...
Blog Post
9/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Critics say a coin-operated governor is beholden to the special interests that have given him more money than any governor (and most politicians) in California history. Political opponents with an agenda launch an effort to recall him. Despite the governor's bottom-of-the-barrel approval ratings, no one takes the effort seriously, or doubts the...
News Story
9/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
History will remember California's 2008 legislative session as a wretched failure, largely because it ended Sunday without a budget. Lawmakers failed in their most fundamental duties – to bring spending in line with revenues and prevent the state from running out of money. Given their sorry performance – the budget is now 67 days late...