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10/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

California lawmakers racked up more than $4 million in campaign credit-card charges during the first 18 months of this election cycle. Some ate in five-star restaurants and reported holding meetings in nightclubs and an amusement park. They bought fruit baskets and...
News Story
10/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Larry Leisenring, a San Clemente resident, knows something about unwelcome increases in the cost of health care.   ANA VENEGAS , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Prop. 45 support slips Results of three polls released over the past ten days: Field Poll: 30% for, 42%...
News Story
10/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Would the real Proposition 45 please stand up? One of the main arguments advanced by the commercials aired and the torrent of mailers sent by the No on 45 campaign is that the measure would place healthcare in the hands of a single corruptible politician. "Who do...
News Story
10/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

The thorny and unresolved question of whether life itself can be patented may come again before the U.S. Supreme Court, if it accepts a motion filed Friday by Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog. (H/T to David Jensen's California Stem Cell Report.) The issue isn...
News Story
10/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

It’s certainly one way to get a message across. Angered over what they view as excessive hikes in health insurance rates and the $57 million health insurers have spent to defeat California Proposition 45, members of Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

An internal investigation revealed that the U.S. Postal Service has been doing some unwarranted mail tampering of its own. "The fact that the government is monitoring so many people without probable cause or judicial oversight is yet another reminder that the...
Video
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

A group of price-gouged policyholders, nurses and consumer advocates descended on the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Monday night with a truck load of steer manure to give back to the CEOs feting Kaiser's chief what they have been shoveling to Californians in...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

The U.S. Supreme Court will be asked to intervene over a controversial embryonic stem cell patent, opponents of the patent said Thursday. Jeanne Loring, a stem cell scientist at The Scripps Research Institute, said the court will be asked Friday to overturn a lower...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

The California-based  challenge to WARF’s patent on human embryonic stem cells is headed for the United States Supreme Court.   The nation’s highest court is expected to be asked Friday to overturn an earlier appellate court decision and allow two...
News Story
10/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback

Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member. We are famous for the passage of...