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11/25/2003
Jamie Court
Capitol insiders are abuzz with news that Governor Schwarzenegger is considering eliminating the four year old Department of Managed Health Care in the interest of "efficiency" and "consolidation." The rumor mill has it that HMO regulation will be returned to financial bureaucrats at the Department of Corporations - the very...
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11/24/2003
Jamie Court
As ArnoldWatch reported Thursday, in its effort to get to the truth underlying the crisis in workers' comp, the Senate has taken the unusual step of requiring all participants in the on-going workers compensation insurance hearings to testify under oath. Arnold called for these hearings and has made lowering workers' comp premiums for business...
Blog Post
11/21/2003
Jamie Court
Labor rights advocates have been scratching their heads at the case of the vanishing Internet manual for "Enforcement Policies and Interpretations" at the website of the Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Rights Standard Enforcement. Since taking office, Arnold has cleaned his virtual house of the hundreds of pages...
Blog Post
11/20/2003
Jamie Court & Doug Heller
Arnoldwatch has learned that insurance company executives will have to testify under oath in the state senate -- risking perjury -- about their companies' role in the workers' compensation crisis. In order to hear the truth firsthand, Arnold should attend these Senate hearings because the unusual step of conducting them under oath means executives...
Blog Post
11/20/2003
Jamie Court
We've seen all kinds of celebrity impersonators show up at car dealerships for a grand opening or end-of-year sale. But to get the real deal, you need to do something special. And guess what: the car dealership where Arnold celebrated his car tax repeal today just happens to be owned by H.F. and Jane Boeckmann, who contributed $52,400 to Arnold....
Blog Post
11/19/2003
Doug Heller & Jamie Court
In the workers' compensation reforms Arnold introduced today, insurance companies drew a "get-out-of-reform-free" card from the community chest. Arnold's proposal, known as AB 1, greatly reduces penalties against insurers that pay workers' benefits late and provides no regulation of the premiums workers' comp insurers charge businesses,...
Blog Post
11/18/2003
Doug Heller
Day 2 of the Arnold Administration -- If we told you that the governor accepted a huge campaign contribution from the state's largest private workers' compensation insurer just before opening a special legislative session on workers' comp, you'd be sure that we accidentally got our wires crossed and were looking at some old story from the Gray...
Blog Post
11/18/2003
Doug Heller
No you didn't misread the title. Arnold has talked a lot about dropping the car tax, but earlier today, he dropped the Car Ax on DMV chief Steve Gourley. Gourley gained a reputation for policing and cracking down on car dealerships -- including the nation's largest, AutoNation, Inc. Guess what: the car dealers were among the largest contributors...
Blog Post
11/17/2003
Jamie Court
How Arnold Schwarzenegger balances the interests of business and society will be the biggest challenge of the gubernatorial career he begins today. These weblogs will chronicle that balancing act and arnoldwatch.org will be devoted to watching the hidden hand of special interests in the Schwarzenegger administration. Elected as the man of the...
Blog Post
11/17/2003
Jamie Court
In Executive Order No. 2, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has frozen all pending state regulations for a duplicative review of their impact on businesses in the state. The 180 day freeze is a special interest coup d'etat. Among the spectrum of laws to be put on hold include pending regulations to root out pesticides, to protect Californians'...