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News Story
11/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Issues ranging from abortion to gambling to medical marijuana go before voters Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity tracked political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate, state-level offices and state ballot measures. Use these three interactive features to see who was calling the shots and where...
News Story
11/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Gene Maddaus' look at Proposition 45 on the Nov. 4 ballot, and whether it could severely complicate the success of the Affordable Care Act, ("In California, Consumer Watchdog's Prop 45 Challenges Obamacare — From the Left" Oct. 31) — created both fury and gratitude. Enduris1 writes, "This article is so...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the heels of an advertising blitz funded by health insurance companies, California voters on Tuesday tanked a proposal to give the state's insurance commissioner veto authority over health insurance premiums. About 60 percent of voters cast ballots against the plan to give the elected commissioner expanded...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — Voters overwhelmingly passed the two state ballot measures pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown: A $7.5 billion water bond that will pay for water recycling and new storage systems but do little to bring relief to Californians affected by the drought, and a rainy day fund designed to cushion the state during financial hard times. Prop 1...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this week pitting the interests of ordinary Californians against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. This was an unfettered triumph...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It's hard to imagine that anyone in California had a worse election night than the folks at Consumer Watchdog. The non-profit advocacy group lost not one but two ballot propositions — seeing both Proposition 45 and 46 go down to defeat by wide margins. Proposition 45 would have given the insurance commissioner the power to reject...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It was obvious from the start that the cascade of corporate cash into ballot initiative campaigns in California this year would be overwhelming. The reality did not disappoint. That reality had to please the biggest spenders, notably the insurance companies and agents who defeated propositions 45 and 46, two pro-consumer healthcare measures. The...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Back in June, more than 60% of Californians supported it. But on Tuesday night, more than 60% of Californians voted against it. What went wrong with Proposition 45, the once popular rate-review ballot initiative? Here's a list of potential factors -- and it's hard to pick just one. It was outgunned Prop. 45 had several high-profile...
News Release
11/4/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA - TV stations in a dozen California markets skipped coverage of consumer friendly Propositions 45 and 46, despite the fact that $100 million from insurance companies flooded stations with advertising revenue. The ballot measures hold insurance companies and dangerous doctors they insure accountable. “TV stations have been...
News Story
11/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Health insurance premiums have gone up 172 percent since 2002, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. That's what prompted supporters of Proposition 45 to put their measure on today's ballot. The measure would give California's insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance premium increases found to be...