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News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Proposition 14 victory changes future elections for congressional, legislative and statewide offices. An experiment in state-financed political campaigns and two propositions put on the ballot by major corporations are all rejected. Reporting from Sacramento -- California voters went to the polls Tuesday and recast future elections in the state...
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California voters rejected the two initiatives put on Tuesday's ballot by major corporations -- Proposition 16, requiring voter approval before cities can get into the electricity business, and Proposition 17, giving auto insurance companies more leeway in setting rates. With most of the vote counted Wednesday morning, both measures trailed by...
News Story
6/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In a last weekend of frenzied campaigning before the June 8 primary, candidates for statewide office marshaled last-minute ads, attacks – even visits from Karl Rove and a fictional “Queen Meg” – to appeal to voters in what’s been a record-breaking season of political spending. GOP billionaire and former eBay CEO...
News Story
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA — Big insurers are targeting a handful of Assembly races in an effort to send business-friendly Democrats to Sacramento as they gird for a renewed push for regulations and consumer protections that might come if Jerry Brown is elected governor. The insurance industry has poured millions of dollars into four Democratic primary...
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...
News Story
6/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After squaring off as political foes for more than a year, the Obama administration and the health insurance industry have suddenly discovered that they need each other. Both have huge stakes in the success of the new health care law. The political fortunes of President Obama and Congressional Democrats depend on their ability...
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
6/1/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pounded by the Obama administration for raising premiums, health insurers now must reckon with a foursome of longtime industry watchdogs who are helping steer the federal government's effort to overhaul the private insurance market. The four have top spots in the newly minted Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, whose work will...