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News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California Attorney General Kamala Harris does not need to advance a widely reviled ballot initiative authorizing the murder of homosexuals, a Sacramento Superior Court has ruled. The Sodomite Suppression Act has been condemned across the political spectrum. It has prompted both legislation seeking to raise the initiative filing fee and a debate...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- As millions of Americans nervously await the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the health care law -- whether or not federal subsidies are legal in 34 states that don't run their own insurance exchanges -- California's newly insured can breathe a bit easier. Even if the court rules in favor of the...
News Story
6/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
June 19, 2015 -- Got an idea for a new state law or constitutional amendment? In California all it takes is $200 to get your political ball rolling. That filing fee, which goes to pay the Attorney General's Office for preparing a title and summary of your statewide ballot initiative -- allowing you to move on to the important next step of...
News Release
6/16/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by Assemblymembers Evan Low and Richard Bloom, would raise the fee citizens must pay to submit a...
News Release
5/21/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has failed to effectively implement its mandate to help enrollees register to vote, and should restore voter registration funding that has been cut completely in the proposed budget it will consider today, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to executive director Peter Lee and the Board. According to data...
News Story
3/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
CASTAIC, Calif. — When Kamala D. Harris, a Democrat, was the newly elected district attorney of San Francisco in 2004, she walked into a firestorm after deciding not to pursue the death penalty for a man accused in the killing of a police officer — drawing attacks from law enforcement leaders and even Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of...
News Story
3/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made great strides in carrying out its mission, which is to ensure consumers are fairly treated in the financial marketplace, Director Richard Cordray said Tuesday in delivering the bureau's semiannual report at a House Financial Services hearing. The bureau's qualified mortgage...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group asked Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) on Monday to disclose all of his clients as an attorney with a law firm to determine whether he has a conflict of interest in pushing a proposal to revamp corporate taxes in California. “With SB 8, you have proposed a drastic change to California’s tax system, targeting some...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
For California Democrats, sprawling Los Angeles County is the scary-looking guard dog that just won’t bark. In November’s election, California’s largest county was dead last in turnout, with just over 31 percent of registered voters casting ballots. And even that dismal number was a huge improvement from the June primary, when...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Sen. Bob Hertzberg took an unusual step shortly after being elected to the California Senate in November, announcing he would moonlight as an attorney at a Los Angeles law firm while serving as a full-time legislator. Now a consumer group is demanding that Hertzberg disclose the clients he represents at the Glaser Weil law firm, saying the...