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Blog Post
5/24/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's promises to voters - to stand up to special interests - and the precedent he sets for legislators, whom he targeted in the recall campaign as beholden to special interest spending, require him to prove that he's not addicted to drug company contributions by giving back the 325K+ he's received. Assembly Members who have themselves taken a...
Blog Post
5/4/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
HMOs were not supposed to have any more clout in the Capitol than patients if you believe Arnold's campaign promises. But testimony by the Gov's newly appointed HMO regulator tomorrow could again show that those pledges have been forgotten. Capitol insiders tell us that the Governor is sending the Department of Managed Health Care's new director...
Blog Post
4/14/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ArnoldWatch hears that the real deal in Sacramento has nothing to do with the language of the workers' comp bill itself but with a political agreement on another measure. Tipsters tell us that in exchange for Democratic support on Arnold's version of the workers' comp law, Arnold will agree not to fight to overturn SB 2 -- the 2003 law mandating...
Blog Post
3/31/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold's war on litigation -- which includes an effort to help his car dealer and insurance company donors gut the state's Unfair Business Competition Law -- preserves the kind of litigiousness he's threatened through the course of his career. A report in today's Los Angeles Times discusses threatening letters sent by Schwarzenegger's ravenous...
Feature
2/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
David Horowitz, the former television reporter who took over $136,000 from California utility companies to defend electricity deregulation in 1998 as the "way to cut our electric bills," is back on television. This time, he's backing a $20 billion consumer and taxpayer bailout of the utilities' deregulation disaster that has forced...
Blog Post
1/16/2004
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Schwarzenegger promised to clear up politics as usual in Sacramento, environmentalists couldn't imagine that meant appointing lumber industry lobbyists intent on clear cutting the state's forests. AW tipsters tell us that Melinda Terry, a lobbyist for the California Forestry Association, is now on the short list to be the new Legislative...
Blog Post
12/17/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With health care costs skyrocketing, a new California Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Containment Commission (AB 1528 Cohn) may have the most important job in the state - reining in waste, fraud and profiteering by HMOs, hospitals, doctors groups, and pharmaceutical companies. The Commission - created along with Senate Bill 2's new...
Blog Post
12/2/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Arnold just recorded another $15,000 from Safeway, the supermarket, on top of $16,200 registered five days before and another $5,000 from Safeway President Steve Burd. That's a total of $36,200. We knew Arnold believed in the free market... but the supermarket? Safeway may just be playing it safe in its labor dispute over the size of workers'...
Blog Post
11/19/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In the workers' compensation reforms Arnold introduced today, insurance companies drew a "get-out-of-reform-free" card from the community chest. Arnold's proposal, known as AB 1, greatly reduces penalties against insurers that pay workers' benefits late and provides no regulation of the premiums workers' comp insurers charge businesses,...
News Release
7/9/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Groups Vow to Continue Fight to End Homeowner Insurers' Arbitrary, Inconsistent and Unfair Use of Credit History Sacramento, CA -- Legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from using a consumer's credit history to deny them homeowner's insurance coverage or to set rates was killed today by the Assembly Insurance Committee when...