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Blog Post
1/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A $100,000 contribution from Mercury Insurance was just reported to one of the political committees supporting Prop 93 -- the effort to extend current lawmakers terms.  Watch for legislation this year to allow Mercury to get out of a Court ruling they lost that proibits a scheme the company uses to hide certain charges so it looks like their...
Blog Post
1/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When I first heard (yesterday) about Schwarzenegger's plan to tax homeowners on their insurance policies as a way to fill some of his massive budget hole, I assumed I was being told about a terrible idea that never got anywhere, "but boy Doug you'll thik it's funny they even considered this."  But no, in fact this one was salvaged...
News Release
1/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurance Interests Have Donated $3.8 Million To Schwarzenegger's Political Funds, Would Reap Benefit of Plan Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal to add a 1.25% tax on homeowners and business property insurance policies unfairly forces California consumers to fill Sacramento's budget gap, while letting Schwarzenegger's insurance...
News Story
1/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles Times January 9, 2008 by Marc Lifsher & Evan Halper, Times Staff Writers Gov. plans to seek fire levy; The 1.25% fee, added to property insurance bills, would boost firefighting and aid overall budget. Critics call it a tax. SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose hiking the cost of insurance for millions of...
Blog Post
1/8/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For several years Mercury Insurance and lobbyists for insurance brokers have desperately tried to change California's insurance rules governing who is an insurance broker who gets to charge customers an unregulated fee and who is an insurance agent  who is prohibited from tacking on a fee.  Sounds obscure enough, but tens of millions of...
News Release
1/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pump Price up a Nickel in a Week, Boosting Refinery Profits Even as Economists See Recession Looming Santa Monica, CA -- A weekly national increase of more than a nickel a gallon for regular gasoline has motorists paying a "speculative bonus" to hedge fund traders and others who have kept the price of crude oil near $100 a barrel, said...
News Release
1/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter sent today to California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, a consumer group urged Hill, who is conducting an independent fiscal analysis of the state's health care legislation, to examine cost overruns hitting a similar program in Massachusetts and the lack of controls over insurer profiteering in the California...
News Release
1/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Calls on Congress to Curb Wild Speculation in Energy Markets Speculators ginned up alarm over Nigerian gang violence, Pakistani unrest and shaky predictions on future OPEC capacity to drive crude oil prices to $100 a barrel without any evidence of imminent shortages, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights Tuesday. With gasoline...
Blog Post
1/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
This is a post categorized as a "blog" post, so eventually, it should be excluded from certain lists. Li Europan lingues es membres del sam familie. Lor separat existentie es un myth. Por scientie, musica, sport etc., li tot Europa usa li sam vocabularium. Li lingues differe solmen in li grammatica, li pronunciation e li plu commun...
News Story
12/30/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Ventura County Star (California) December 30, 2007 by Rachel McGrath, Correspondent ZIP code changes expected in '08 Decision to affect Thousand Oaks, neighborhoods A decision is expected early in the new year on whether or not the U.S. Postal Service will change the ZIP codes for Thousand Oaks, including the city's Newbury Park and Westlake...