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News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers want the medical board to use a state database to identify doctors who prescribe drugs recklessly. SACRAMENTO — After hearing emotional testimony from parents whose children died of drug overdoses, lawmakers in Sacramento called Monday for the Medical Board of California to mine a statewide database of prescriptions to help...
News Story
2/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The November election delivered California Democrats a coveted supermajority for governing the state. Now the party's leader in the Senate wants to use that political capital to give the Legislature more say in the voter initiatives that make their way to the ballot. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to unveil what he calls...
News Story
1/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration acts after learning that hundreds of employees were being paid for second state jobs in addition to their normal salaries. SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has restricted state departments' hiring authority following revelations that hundreds of public employees were receiving pay for...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Next month, California voters will be asked to consider 11 ballot propositions whose passage would carry the full force of law, an exercise in direct democracy that traces back to the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. This time around, though, four of them are initiatives of single rich individuals, while others are...
News Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A consumer advocacy group in California has fired another salvo of public complaints against Mercury Insurance Group, accusing the personal lines insurer of raising automobile insurance rates ahead of an election that will decide the fate of a ballot measure the consumer group said will directly benefit Mercury. Mercury's 4...
News Story
10/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio program broadcast. Of the 11 propositions on this November’s ballot, Proposition 33 is one that you may have not heard too much about other than from the “YES on 33” campaigns. George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance has backed the proposition with over $16...
News Release
10/9/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Nearly every newspaper editorial board in California has rejected Prop 33 as an unfair measure that will penalize good drivers, including liberal, middle-of-the-road and conservative papers across the state ranging from the San Diego Union-Tribune to the San Francisco Chronicle. The No on 33 editorial board endorsements...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of the attacks on the American Consulate in Libya, Consumer Watchdog told the “Yes on Proposition 33” campaign to stop running misleading ads. Just after the anniversary of Sept. 11, the “Yes on Prop. 33” campaign ran ads promoting the auto insurance reforms in Proposition 33 as patriotic. The ads stated that...
News Release
10/8/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance Co. and backer of the Prop 33 campaign gave another $8 million to the initiative this weekend, bringing his total spending on the measure to $16,422,126. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise car insurance rates on good drivers who have a break in their...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Insurance billionaire George Joseph has poured another $8 million into his self-funded campaign to pass Proposition 33, a change in California insurance law he's been trying to get for a dozen years. Joseph's latest contribution was posted on the secretary of state's website Monday. In all, he has given 99.5% of the $16....