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News Release
12/20/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance is seeking permission to raise auto insurance rates by $89 million.  At the same time, the company’s Chairman George Joseph is spending $8 million on a 2012 ballot initiative that insurance billionaire claims will give “discounts” to some drivers.  The proposed initiative is...
News Release
11/16/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- A political committee funded by Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is reportedly submitting signatures for a November 2012 ballot measure that will reprise the company’s failed effort to enact auto insurance surcharges with Proposition 17, which Californian’s rejected in June 2010. The Mercury initiative...
News Release
11/2/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA --Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph is no longer the sole donor to a misleading state ballot initiative that would repeal Proposition 103's prohibition against considering a driver’s coverage history when a motorist applies for insurance.  An insurance agency whose only past political contribution was to...
News Release
10/26/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph contributed $1 million to the California Republican Party to fund a ballot initiative that would repeal the new State Senate district lines drawn by an independent commission earlier this year.   Today, the California Supreme Court rejected Republican efforts to toss out the...
Blog Post
10/18/2011
By Jamie Court
After spending some time at Occupy LA last week, and seeing the worldwide protests the occupation inspired this weekend, I have a firm sense that the cold of winter will not freeze the passion at the heart of the movement.   This is no flash mob. It's a movement about occupying space to stand against gross inequality, pitching a...
News Release
10/13/2011
CONTACT Brian Stedge & Jamie Court
Occupy LA/Los Angeles, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, whose founder Harvey Rosenfield wrote Proposition 103, the 1988 insurance reform initiative that has saved drivers $62 billion, celebrated the 100th birthday of the California ballot initiative process at Occupy LA in downtown Los Angeles Thursday.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan group blew out...
Blog Post
10/12/2011
By Jamie Court
What:  Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Initiative Process.  Candles will be blown out and cake will be shared with people participating in Occupy LA. Who:  Harvey Rosenfield, Consumer Watchdog Founder and Prop 103 Author; and Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog President and Author of “The Progressive’s Guide...
News Release
10/10/2011
CONTACT By Brian Stedge & Doug Heller
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...
Blog Post
10/10/2011
By Jamie Court
With a simple signature, California Governor Jerry Brown has struck a blow for populism in the ballot initiative process by signing a new law to clarify that all ballot initiatives be voted on in November, when twice the number of voters show up, rather than in primary elections. This week Californians celebrate the 100th birthday of our...
Feature
10/10/2011
By Mark Reback
The insurance industry has spent about $100 million on ballot campaigns alone to defeat or overturn Prop 103 including $63.8 million against Prop 103, the $16 million Mercury Insurance spent in its failed 2010 campaign for Prop 17, and the $8.1 million Joseph spent so far this year on a proposed 2012 initiative nearly identical to Prop 17....