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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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10/13/2012
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES
For a dozen years, the 91-year-old founder of a leading Los Angeles insurance company and an early disciple of consumer advocate Ralph Nader have been fighting over the right to offer many motorists a new discount. Now these two adversaries are at it again. This time the fight is over Proposition 33 on California's Nov. 6 ballot, and it's...
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10/11/2012
By Greg Boss, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE
What It’s All About: Prop 33 will allow insurers to offer “continuous coverage” discounts to drivers who have maintained coverage consistently for a minimum of five consecutive years. It will also allow insurers to penalize customers who have gone without coverage at any point over the last five years. At the moment, insurance...
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10/11/2012
By Steve Milne, CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO
We continue our look at next month’s California election ballot with Proposition 33. It would change state laws on auto insurance premiums. If you've been with the same car insurance company for five-straight years or more, you're probably getting some type of "continuous coverage" discount. But let's say you wanted to...
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10/11/2012
By Thea Skinner, EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE (San Diego, CA)
“Mercury Insurance has a terrible history of mistreating its customers, ignoring the law and trying to deceive voters.”— Consumer Watchdog “Proposition 33 creates a more vibrant market for auto insurance by empowering California’s consumers to shop for the best deal.” –Samuel Kang, Greenlighting...
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10/10/2012
Op-Ed Commentary by Richard Holober, Special to the SACRAMENTO BEE
Proposition 33 allows insurance companies to raise rates on motorists with perfect driving records. If voters buy this lemon, millions of law-abiding Californians will see a new surcharge on their auto insurance premium bills. Proposition 33 carves a loophole in state insurance law, banning regulatory review of this new rate hike. The measure is...