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10/18/2012
Editorial, SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW
Click here to read the original editorial from the Sacramento News & Review. Proposition 33: No Conceived and funded by 91-year-old billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury Insurance Group, Proposition 33 is nearly identical to a measure that was rightfully voted down years ago by California voters. Proposition 33 would allow...
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10/18/2012
Editorial, STOCKTON RECORD
Click here to read the original editorial from the Stockton Record. Measure would most likely raise rates on auto insurance for everyone A red flag should go up when one person, group or company is the sole sponsor and sole underwriter of a ballot measure. That's what we've got with Proposition 33, a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot that we...
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10/18/2012
Editorial, CHICO NEWS-REVIEW
Click here to read the origial editorial from the Chico News-Review. Proposition 33 is just a retread of an earlier loser, 2010’s Proposition 17 Remember Proposition 17 on the November 2010 ballot? That was the lemon that would have allowed auto insurance companies to charge higher rates for drivers whose coverage had been interrupted for...
News Release
10/18/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Three more California newspapers, the Stockton Record, La Opinion, and the Chico News & Review, have joined the flood of papers urging voters to reject Proposition 33, the ballot measure sponsored by one insurance billionaire to raise car insurance rates on good drivers. Proposition 33 will allow insurance companies...
Blog Post
10/17/2012
By Jamie Court
Populist governor Hiram Johnson gave Californians the ballot initiative one hundred and one years ago to combat the stranglehold of wealthy scions over the statehouse. Today's New York Times reports on how California's ballot measures are dominated by a handful of billionaires, including some trying to buy more power for themselves and...
News Story
10/16/2012
By Dale Kasler, SACRAMENTO BEE
Backers of Proposition 33 have run a series of TV ads depicting motorists who support the initiative, which would alter the way auto insurance premiums are regulated in California. Here is a text of one of the ads, and an analysis by Bee staff writer Dale Kasler. On-screen narrator: I'm Adriana, I have car insurance and I'm proud of...
News Story
10/16/2012
By Jeff Jeffrey, BESTWIRE
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A consumer advocacy group in California has fired another salvo of public complaints against Mercury Insurance Group, accusing the personal lines insurer of raising automobile insurance rates ahead of an election that will decide the fate of a ballot measure the consumer group said will directly benefit Mercury. Mercury's 4...
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10/16/2012
By Norimitsu Onishi, THE NEW YORK TIMES
SAN FRANCISCO — Next month, California voters will be asked to consider 11 ballot propositions whose passage would carry the full force of law, an exercise in direct democracy that traces back to the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. This time around, though, four of them are initiatives of single rich individuals, while others are...
News Release
10/16/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The insurance billionaire behind Prop 33 is asking California voters to believe that he wants to overturn laws that have protected consumers for 24 years to save consumers money. Consumer Watchdog Campaign today released the “Top Five Reasons You Can’t Trust Mercury Insurance,” outlining the company’s...
News Story
10/15/2012
By Sonali Kolhatkar, UPRISING RADIO
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio program broadcast. Of the 11 propositions on this November’s ballot, Proposition 33 is one that you may have not heard too much about other than from the “YES on 33” campaigns. George Joseph, the billionaire chairman of Mercury Insurance has backed the proposition with over $16...