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News Story
11/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. California’s high-stakes battle over medical malpractice damages could move to the ballot box next year. The initiative campaign seeking to increase the cap on “pain and suffering” awards will pit trial lawyers against doctors. California’s $250,000 cap on “...
News Story
10/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Possibly setting up a clash over health insurance regulation, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, announced Thursday that he will run for California insurance commissioner next year. Gaines won a new Senate term in 2012, which means he is not up for re-election until 2016 and can seek statewide office next year without risking the Senate seat. Gaines...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A contemplative Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez gazes into the distance as an excerpt on the same page declares his legislation to expand coverage for the poor the best path to health care reform in California. An unsuspecting reader might assume from the glossy, multipage mailer that Pérez is gearing up to run for statewide office...
Video
9/24/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Time and time again, the rules say that lawmakers can't vote for other lawmakers, but they are. Welcome to the California State Assembly line at crunch time and watch what is going on time and time again.
News Story
9/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Campaigns will now have to report when they pay people to post praise or criticism of candidates and ballot measures on websites. SACRAMENTO — Under new rules approved Thursday, the state hopes to help Californians determine whether political material they read online is a writer's own opinion or propaganda paid for by a campaign. Campaigns will...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Now-hidden payments to political bloggers will have to be disclosed if the Fair Political Practices Commission approves a proposed regulation to increase campaign transparency today. The rule would require campaign committees to disclose any amount paid to a blogger or other commenter that posts an opinion online, and where...
News Story
9/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — The state campaign watchdog agency acted Thursday to require political campaigns to report when they pay people to post favorable or unfavorable content on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites. The state Fair Political Practices Commission acted out of concern that the public might be deceived into...
News Story
9/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Frustrated by a lack of action at the federal level, privacy advocates pushing for an online Do Not Track law are hoping a California measure will kindle a national debate. Called the Online Tracking Transparency Act, the bill requires websites to inform users whether and how they honor “do not track” signals that...
News Release
9/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author...
News Release
9/5/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher have filed a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for a preliminary injunction freezing all of Boeing’s demolition of structures and disposal of radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Simi Valley—including a plutonium fuel fabrication building. The...