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News Release
10/4/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog Campaign today released a video showing that two paid employees of the insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign are posing as “real drivers” in a huge TV ad buy now airing statewide. Consumer Watchdog Campaign called upon the state’s political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission, to...
News Story
10/3/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Call it a rematch. Proposition 33 is Los Angeles insurance executive George Joseph's plan for liberalizing the rules on auto premiums. For years Joseph has been trying to extend "good-driver" discounts to more motorists, with no luck. In 2010 his company, Mercury Insurance Group, bankrolled an initiative similar to Proposition 33 but...
News Story
10/3/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The sponsors of Proposition 33, a measure to allow auto insurers to charge higher or lower rates based on whether a driver had coverage in the previous five years, don't seem content just to stretch the truth about the nature of their measure (which The Times' editorial board opposes). They're also running television commercials that...
News Story
10/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California voters are getting a chance to tweak the state’s car insurance rules when they consider the fate of Proposition 33. The November ballot item asks voters to change the way car insurance rates are calculated in California. The measure proposes tweaking current rules to allow companies to consider a driver’s insurance...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to read the original editorial from the Santa Cruz Sential. Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a testament, or an indictment, of one auto insurance company's dogged pursuit of recruiting customers while charging more to Californians who are either buying policies for the first time or have let their coverage lapse. This measure...
News Release
9/25/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer advocates and civil rights leaders testified today before a joint hearing of the California Assembly and Senate Insurance Committees that Prop 33 would turn back the clock on insurance discrimination in the state of California and raise rates for good drivers who have done nothing wrong. Carrying a life-size cut-out of...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
As a student at the University of San Francisco, I find like many San Franciscans that living in the city means I don't need a car. Even if I wanted a car, USF doesn't allow us to have them on campus. With tuition going up every year, auto insurance is an extra expense I don't need, so I'm thinking of canceling my insurance....
Video
9/18/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Jamie Court discusses Consumer Watchdog's decision to call out Mercury Insurance's empty promise to support our troops who are in harm's way overseas.
News Story
8/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Opponents of Proposition 33, which would rewrite California law on auto insurance rates, won a preliminary court skirmish Thursday over ballot language. A Sacramento judge refused to tinker with ballot language filed by state officials and voter-pamphlet arguments submitted by the proposition's opponents, advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The...
News Story
8/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An attempt by backers of an automobile insurance initiative to rewrite the title, summary and opponents' arguments on the November ballot has failed. Late Thursday, a Sacramento Superior Court judge denied a request from the campaign for Proposition 33, alleging the description of the measure for the ballot pamphlet written by the attorney...