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Video
11/23/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller discusses why CA state senators avoid questions about exotic trips funded by special interest groups on KTTV TV-11 Los Angeles, CA.
News Story
11/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Much of the money spent for travel by Assemblycommittees this year went to fly personal aides of Southern California legislators round-trip between the Capitol and their districts. The trips contradict what the Assembly tells Californians in its annual expenditure report – that committee travel funds are used primarily for hearings to...
News Story
11/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost everyone with a landline has felt the annoyance of picking up the phone and realizing that a call is not from a friend or a family member but rather is a prerecorded message delivered by a software-robot. Currently, cellphone users are protected from these “robocalls” if they haven’t consented to receive them, but some...
News Release
10/13/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
News Story
10/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - If Hiram Johnson, the California governor who campaigned in 1910 vowing to bring the initiative process to state voters and then delivered on that promise a year later, were alive today, he would not be surprised by the criticisms leveled against the state's now century-old process of direct democracy. Back in the day, he had...
News Release
10/10/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...
News Story
10/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
California insurers will have to cover behavioral treatments for autism   Getty Images Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of bills over the weekend, including a requirement that insurers cover behavioral therapies for people with autism. He also signed measures aimed at curbing bullying and under-age drinking. Health insurers...
News Story
10/9/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California's initiative process was intended to give people a way to arm themselves against corruption, whether it was from lawmakers in the Capitol or the special interests that controlled them. But in the 100 years since former Gov. Hiram Johnson rallied against the corrupt politics that permeated state government,...
News Story
10/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Noting (as I did on Monday) that Schmidt had basically recanted his contrite testimony before Congress in basically calling the government slow and stupid in a Washington Post interview, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to Senate chairman Herb Kohl that Schmidt should be recalled to testify by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee: “It...
Blog Post
10/6/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Occupy Wall Street has now drawn the attention of the labor movement, political cognoscente and the White House.  It’s an authentic movement, born of genuine financial distress and betrayal, which is why it is resonating with Americans and is sparking protests in cities across America. But can Zuccotti Park, the occupiers’...