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Blog Post
10/27/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Today, Consumer Watchdog joined the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Citizens Trade Campaign, Public Citizen, and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in releasing a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke calling for a review of WTO rules to ensure that countries have sufficient policy space...
News Story
10/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Few statewide political jobs in California are more important – or more poorly understood – than that of state Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner can seize and license companies, decide rates, investigate wrongdoing, ride herd on insurers’ conduct in a $124 billion market, regulate brokers and agents, handle some health-...
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 Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Whenever I think it can’t get any weirder in US politics and social progress, things always get weirder. Is it me? Am I over-dramatizing, or is this how some Germans felt as the Nazis began to garner popular support in the 1930s? Upton Sinclair, writer, muckraker and author of the novel “The Jungle,” which exposed the horrific...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you think the Tea Party represents real people who are mad as hell about real issues, you might want to know that it just had its first rally under the Beverly Hills sign over the weekend. I found out about the rally when I showed up for a 10 o'clock news debate and singer Pat Boone was on the other side dressed in his "Beverly Hills Tea...
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
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The initial apoplectic furor of opponents of the new consumer financial regulator - the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection - at President Obama's appointment of Elizabeth Warren to serve as an advisor to the president whose job will be to get the bureau running has shifted gears. Naysayers (those opposed to a consumer regulator from the start...
News Story
8/11/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Within a few years, 6 million uninsured California residents will finally get medical coverage as part of the newly passed federal health care reforms. But what will they pay? And who will regulate premiums as insurers angle for customers? Right now, Sacramento has little control over health care rates, largely because industry lobbyists have...