By Phillip Matier & Andrew Ross, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Special-interest money is getting downright personal in this year's state election, with four mega-millionaires tossing a combined $125 million into the pot - mostly on initiatives they put on the ballot themselves.
"We've never seen anything like this," said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. "...
By Darrell Satzman, WHICH WAY LA? KCRW 89.9FM
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If Proposition 33 sounds familiar, it should. The measure is almost identical to a statewide proposition that was narrowly defeated two years ago. And just as in 2010, the Yes campaign is funded almost entirely by George Joseph, the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance.
By Carla Marinucci, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - POLITICS BLOG
Rising from the grave, stalking the public, refusing to die –that’s the “Night of the Living Dead” scenario used in tongue-in-cheek new web ad to paint the picture of “millionaire zombies” behind Props. 32 and 33 on the November ballot.
With just two weeks until election day, the Halloween theme has been tapped in an effort to get out a message...
By Nan Brasmer, CALIFORNIA PROGRESS REPORT
I am a senior citizen. I live on a fixed income. I'm voting No on Proposition 33 because it will raise automobile insurance rates on law abiding Californians like me, who have a health problem that keeps them off the road for a period of time.
Ten years ago, after living in pain for years, I had my hip replaced. I dropped my auto insurance for...
Editorial by THE DESERT SUN
Proposition 33, a proposal to offer discounts to car insurance customers even if they change companies, is another attempt by Mercury Insurance to manipulate the marketplace.
Mercury Chairman George Joseph is bankrolling the initiative, contributing almost all of the $16.6 million campaign fund. Opponents have raised $222,800.
Joseph also financed...
Editorial - CHICO ENTERPRISE-RECORD
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Our view: When in doubt on propositions, vote no, but a handful of measures on the Nov. 6 ballot bring needed changes.
The state's initiative process is empowering for regular citizens, but it's fairly easy to get poorly worded propositions on the ballot, as we see every election cycle.
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Group, is virtually the sole bankroller of Prop. 33, which he sees as a tool for poaching customers from competitors.
George Joseph must think that the old saw defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result doesn't apply to him — or at least that it's amenable to...
By Patt Thurston, KGO 810AM San Francisco, CA
Jamie Court takes on the Prop 33 PR machine to debate how it will raise rates for good drivers and roll back a 24-year-old civil rights protection that prevents insurance companies from discriminating against new drivers and Californians who choose to stop driving for a time .
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Editorial, SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW
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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...
Editorial, STOCKTON RECORD
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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...