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News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
One of the candidates — Democrat Dave Jones or Republican Mike Villines — will have a chance to set up state programs as part of the healthcare overhaul.                      Reporting from Sacramento — Two state assemblymen not...
News Story
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tea party activists across the state are rallying in support of Proposition 23, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that would suspend California's landmark global warming legislation, known as AB 32. With energy and climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the national fight over global warming and what to do about it is centered on California...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It took my wife an hour and half to make the two mile commute home Monday, after the secret service closed some of LA's busiest streets at rush hour to shuttle the president from his Beverly Hills hotel to a fundraiser for Congress hosted by the producer of West Wing. As the White House tweeted about Potus meeting the Hollywood West Wingers, LA's...
News Story
7/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Obama Plans to Sign Measure; GOP Leader Vows Repeal Try The Senate on Thursday approved and sent to President Obama a landmark bill to rein in unregulated Wall Street markets for the first time while covering America's financial landscape with an intricate thicket of new regulations. The Senate vote was 60-39. Nearly two years after the 2008...
News Story
7/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Without directly revealing their involvement, major industries and organizations play key roles in legislative contests. Reporting from Sacramento -- The issues and the special interests that pursued them in last month's primary election are familiar: Big oil, tobacco and insurance companies seeking armor against litigation and taxes; trial...
News Story
6/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The big smackdown of big money in Tuesday's primary might have big implications for the fall. The same level of skepticism that voters showed in rejecting lavish, multimillion dollar messages of two corporate-backed ballot measures could doom campaigns that hope that money alone will buy an election in the fall, political...
News Story
6/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
UPDATE 6:54 a.m. Proposition 17, auto insurance measure, appeared to be headed for defeat. With 99. 1 percent of the precincts reporting, it was losing by 158,000 votes, or 52-48 percent. *** California voters were divided closely on a measure Tuesday that would change state law to allow insurance companies to raise rates on drivers who let...
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...