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News Story
7/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Months before voters will have their say, a court fight has blown up over the ballot pamphlet governing Proposition 33, an initiative that would rewrite some of the rules governing auto insurance in California. Proponents of the initiative, which is backed by chairman George Joseph of Mercury Insurance Group of Los Angeles, filed suit Friday in...
News Release
7/23/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The insurance industry proponents of Prop 33 have released their hold on the www.StopProp33.org domain name, which now points to Consumer Watchdog Campaign’s site opposing Proposition 33. Last Monday, the consumer group sent a letter to insurance billionaire George Joseph, the funder of Prop 33, demanding that he...
News Story
7/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of an auto insurance initiative on the November ballot are accusing supporters of violating state cyber-fraud laws by buying up all the addresses for potential yes and no Internet sites. But the campaign for Proposition 33, waxing Shakespearean, said the complaints are "much ado about nothing." The...
News Release
7/16/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and his campaign for Prop 33 have illegally taken ownership of the domain names StopProp33.org (and .com) and VoteNoProp33.org (and .com) and are redirecting the domains to a website in support of the auto insurance surcharge initiative, which received the Proposition 33 number...
News Story
7/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Opponents of an auto insurance industry-backed ballot measure are accusing the pro-Proposition 33 campaign of breaking the law by grabbing online domains that appeal to voters opposed to the measure and redirecting them to the Yes campaign's website. The Automobile Insurance Discount Act seeks to allow drivers to change...
News Release
7/10/2012
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA – The newly numbered Proposition 33, funded by Mercury Insurance's billionaire Chairman George Joseph, is a replay of Mercury's unsuccessful 2010 initiative aimed at raising auto insurance premiums on millions of Californians. According to the Attorney General's official title of the initiative, Prop 33:...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative to establish portable persistency discounts for automobile insurance on Tuesday was assigned a number by the Secretary of State, and shortly afterward the newly named Proposition 33 came under attack by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog. Prop. 33, the 2012 Automobile Insurance Discount Act, will reward...
News Story
6/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Proponents of greater state regulation of premiums fail to gather enough signatures to put it before voters in the presidential election. They still hope to get it on the November 2014 ballot. A proposed voter initiative to require greater regulation of health insurance premiums in California has failed to qualify for the November ballot,...
News Release
6/28/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The ballot measure to require health insurance companies to get approval before raising their rates narrowly missed qualifying for November’s ballot by Thursday’s deadline, receiving 109% of the signatures necessary to qualify on a random sample verification rather than the required 110%. Elections officials...
News Story
6/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An initiative that seeks to regulate health insurance rates will not qualify for the November ballot, but proponents say California voters will have a say on the measure in 2014. "We're disappointed, but we're also hopeful that the extra time will make the cause even greater," said Jamie Court, president of the initiative'...