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Blog Post
9/29/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have enacted into law intellectual property policy provisions covering research funded by the state stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Essentially the bill would have put into statute regulations that were developed by the agency and its board, the...
Blog Post
9/26/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Yesterday, the Governor vetoed AB 1830 (Lieu), a bill that would have banned the kind of predatory mortgages that are at the heart of today’s financial meltdown. It prohibited the kind of mortgage that allowed homeowners to pay less than the interest on their home loan so the amount they owed grew, instead of fell, every month. The bill was...
News Release
9/26/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Sacramento, CA -- Consumers whose health insurance policies were cancelled after they got sick urged Governor Schwarzenegger today to ignore insurance industry claims that new regulation is not necessary because insurance companies can police themselves.  Consumer Watchdog said that a similar promise led to the collapse of the financial...
News Release
9/23/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 - cell
Schwarzenegger Must Keep His 'State of the State' Promise to Protect All Californians By Signing Legislation Los Angeles, CA -- New legislation awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature is needed to protect Californians from future cancellations of coverage when they get sick and need coverage the most, said Consumer Watchdog.  Watch an...
Blog Post
9/19/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Governor Schwarzenegger swept into office in 2003 on a wave of support from reform-minded voters who were sick of politics-as-usual in Sacramento. One of his campaign ads outlined the problem starkly: "Special interests have a stranglehold on Sacramento. Here's how it works. The money comes in. The favors go out. The people lose." Now,...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Carmen Balber
Taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief, after that look of puzzlement, over the budget deal that state lawmakers apparently struck with Governor Schwarzenegger tonight. The 10% increase in personal income tax withholding (likened to a mugging by my colleague Judy Dugan) that was part of the budget approved this week by lawmakers was nixed after...
Blog Post
9/18/2008
Posted by Mark Reback
The governor's "official response" griping about the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) and their "Recall Arnold" petition being all about a "special interest" trying to intimidate and buy favors, sure sounds pretty hollow and hypocritical, given the record-breaking amount of $128,966,553 in...
News Release
9/15/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext 317; or cell: 310-292-1902
Santa Monica, CA -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should sign a stem cell public accountability bill,  SB1565, into law, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The bill, sponsored by Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Sen. George Runner, was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both houses of the Legislature. In a letter to the governor, the...
News Release
9/12/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: Jerry Flanagan, (310) 889-4912 (cell)
Schwarzenegger Must Keep His 'State of the State' Promise to Protect All Californians By Signing Legislation Los Angeles, CA -- New legislation awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature - not settlements between health insurers and state regulators - is needed to protect Californians from future cancellations of coverage when they get sick and...
Blog Post
9/10/2008
Posted by Jamie Court
On the issue of tactics alone, Carla Marinucci at the San Francisco Chronicle filed a fascinating article tonight comparing the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin as champions of the mantles of change and reform, and in particular their media management strategy.  Californians have seen this movie before: An "outsider"...