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News Story
11/7/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Voters rejected Proposition 33, a measure that would have allowed car insurers to offer discounts to drivers who maintain continuous coverage and raise rates on those who do not have a consistent history of coverage. Current state law enables insurers to offer loyalty discounts to drivers who maintain coverage with one company,...
Blog Post
11/6/2012
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
For the last 25 years, I've worked day and night to keep insurance rates low here in California. That's why I'm OPPOSED to PROP 33, the Mercury Insurance Company Initiative…and I need your help to get the word out. Prop 33 will allow insurance companies to raise rates on good drivers who've done nothing wrong. It legalizes...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The guy behind Proposition 33, insurance magnate George Joseph, has spent nearly $17 million to fight for the right to extend discounts to drivers who've had five years of uninterrupted coverage, even if that coverage has come from more than one company. Joseph has said that he's pushing the measure because he believes it would lead to...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The campaign in favor of Proposition 33 has been so consistently misleading, it's almost pointless to keep criticizing the measure's supporters for warping the facts. Nevertheless, an advertisement Monday in favor of the measure makes a point that bears rebutting before voters head to the polls. The proposition would allow auto insurers to...
News Story
11/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It might not get the attention of some of the other propositions, but Proposition 33 is attracting some big money, at least on one side and from one person. The measure would allow car insurers to give discounts to drivers who have maintained continuous coverage and to charge more to drivers without such an insurance history. George Joseph, the...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog Campaign today called upon the publisher of the San Jose Mercury News to send an email to subscribers correcting the record on a misleading paid advertisement sent out by email over the weekend which made it appear that the newspaper editorialized for Prop 33 when in fact it came out against it. The paid...
News Release
11/2/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls. Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph redoubled his campaign’s deceptive tactics with new advertisements that again feature testimonials by “supporters’ who had financial...
Blog Post
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta issued the following statement today about California's Proposition 33 on the Nov. 6th ballot: "Proposition 33 would return us to an era when discrimination in insurance was commonplace. If billionaire George Joseph gets his way, millions of Californians would pay higher auto insurance premiums. Mr....
Video
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
These zombie propositions by two California billionaires just won’t die! Propositions 32 and 33 are repeat attempts by two super-rich individuals to take money and power from working people. Please click here to send an email to your friends, or use the share buttons above to post our zombie attack flick on Facebook, Twitter or your favorite...
News Story
10/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Special-interest money is getting downright personal in this year's state election, with four mega-millionaires tossing a combined $125 million into the pot - mostly on initiatives they put on the ballot themselves. "We've never seen anything like this," said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University...