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News Release
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Desperate Mercury Insurance Dumps Another Million into $16 Million Campaign and Distributes Last Minute Mailer from Phony “Consumer Coalition” Santa Monica, CA — Facing a surge of voter opposition in the last few days of its campaign for Proposition 17, sponsor Mercury Insurance injected another $1 million dollars into its...
Blog Post
6/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
During my two decades battling in California's ballot initiative process never before have large corporations been poised to gain so much so cleverly as in next Tuesday's election. Industries have long tried to lard ballots with outright power grabs and voters have sent them packing. What Tuesday's ballot represents is new stealth strikes by...
News Story
6/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The unvarnished truth about the propositions on Tuesday’s ballot. From Sacramento — It’s time again for some head-scratching and eye-glazing. There are five propositions on Tuesday’s state ballot. And they run the gamut from a no-brainer to some efforts at Sacramento reform to a special-interest scam. Here’s my...
News Story
6/3/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tis the season to vote Along with every election season comes its fair share of controversy. This is the time where everyone seems to be seeing only in colors of red and blue, and one’s political colleague becomes his or her foe. This election is no different. Partisan infighting seemed to be the name of the game this time around....
News Story
5/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
To varying degrees, elected officials routinely use their campaign war chests for lavish trips, fancy meals and luxurious stays at posh destinations. California law prohibits elected officials from using campaign dollars for personal use. But while a new state law enacted in July 2008 tightened reporting requirements for meals, travel and gifts,...
News Story
5/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s been said that motorists in Ventura County — and all across car-centric Southern California — can’t part with their automobiles. How much of that can be attributed to auto insurance is yet to be seen, although an upcoming ballot measure could change the way people choose to insure themselves, according to supporters...
News Story
5/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
What happens to ossified Sacramento if California voters get to shop around? State Democratic and Republican leaders were undoubtedly disturbed and annoyed last week, but it had nothing to do with California's $20 billion budget deficit. Instead, the politicians faced a different kind of bad news: On Tuesday, June 8, voters of every ideological...
News Story
5/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Critics: Some Drivers May Face Surcharge SACRAMENTO, CA — The insurance company that placed Proposition 17 on the June ballot says it did so to save money for most policyholders. The consumer-advocacy groups opposing it say that’s merely a smoke screen. What the company, Mercury Insurance, really wants is to undermine a provision of...
News Story
5/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The prospect of broad new powers has attracted two Democrats, two Republicans and four minor-party candidates to the June 8 primary. Sacramento, CA - California's elected insurance commissioner — one of the most powerful jobs of its kind in the nation — is likely to get even more authority over the next four years as President Obama's...
News Story
5/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MOVE TO EXPAND LOBBY EFFORTS -- 'A data-driven approach has served us well' When someone as influential as Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV requests your presence at a hearing, Washington insiders know it's more of a summons than an invitation. So for two hours on the morning of April 29, Microsoft, Facebook, the Federal Trade Commission, and experts...