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Blog Post
2/4/2008
Posted By: Jamie Court
Watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis stand together in front of Los Angeles City Hall this morning made me feel like I was watching a re-run of the California recall campaign of 2003. Only this time, both Arnold and Gray were campaigning to stop the special interests and lobbyists from running Sacramento. Both were stumping for the...
Blog Post
1/25/2008
Posted By Carmen Balber
The state ethics board is considering rules that would ban private organizations from funding the governor's overseas travel, including private airplanes and luxury hotels that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a trip. The governor sends his travel bills to a purported nonprofit (that shares its office and officers with the Chamber of...
Blog Post
1/18/2008
Posted By Carmen Balber
Very interesting article in the Los Angeles Times today: The governor is calling himself a flip-flopper. But he thinks it's a good thing. He has a point, to some extent. A humble governor who can recognize a mistake and learn from it could be an asset in stagnant Sacramento. Unfortunately for the people who elected Arnold the outsider as a...
News Release
1/16/2008
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan & Jamie Court
Consumer Advocates Reported For Misdemeanors in Clear Case of Selective Enforcement Sacramento, CA -- Speaker Fabian Nunez directed the California Highway Patrol to prevent an uninsured patient who traveled 3,000 to speak out against mandatory insurance from telling his story in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday. The Massachusetts consumer, Ron...
Blog Post
1/10/2008
Doug Heller
When I first heard (yesterday) about Schwarzenegger's plan to tax homeowners on their insurance policies as a way to fill some of his massive budget hole, I assumed I was being told about a terrible idea that never got anywhere, "but boy Doug you'll thik it's funny they even considered this."  But no, in fact this one was salvaged...
News Release
1/9/2008
CONTACT By Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 x309
Insurance Interests Have Donated $3.8 Million To Schwarzenegger's Political Funds, Would Reap Benefit of Plan Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal to add a 1.25% tax on homeowners and business property insurance policies unfairly forces California consumers to fill Sacramento's budget gap, while letting Schwarzenegger's insurance...
News Release
1/3/2008
CONTACT By Jerry Flanagan, 310-392-0522 x319; Judy Dugan, x305; Jamie Court, x327
Santa Monica, CA -- In a letter sent today to California Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill, a consumer group urged Hill, who is conducting an independent fiscal analysis of the state's health care legislation, to examine cost overruns hitting a similar program in Massachusetts and the lack of controls over insurer profiteering in the California...
Blog Post
12/20/2007
Posted By Carmen Balber
Honest disclosure from Governor Schwarzenegger about who has been funding his luxury lifestyle as celebrity governor is long overdue. Admissions to the Los Angeles Times by the governor's staff that records of payments for his overseas travel were kept "orally" and shared by "phone call" are a disturbing reminder that although...
Blog Post
11/6/2007
Carmen Balber
Just $25,000 will buy two people a seat at the table -- literally -- for dinner with Governor Schwarzenegger at a fundraiser scheduled for tomorrow at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The $25K price tag is typical for donors who want to cozy up to the gov at a campaign event. What's different this time around is the fundraiser's beneficiary:...
Blog Post
10/17/2007
Carmen Balber
I recounted yesterday how big business made out like bandits this year when the dust cleared on the governor's bill signings, but didn't have a chance to share the media's take on the same. Here's a sampling: In the LA Times: "Big business on a hot streak with governor" When the smoke cleared Monday, there were plenty of grins and...