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News Release
10/18/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
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
Posted 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
Posted by Daniel Palay
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
Posted by Mark Reback
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 Story
10/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
10/15/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
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...
News Story
10/13/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
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...
Video
10/12/2012
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
The insurance industry-backed Prop 33 will hurt real drivers, like Alexis.  It unfairly surcharges almost anyone who had a legitimate lapse in their insurance coverage -- even if it's because they stopped driving. Should you pay more for your auto insurance simply because you stopped driving, took mass transit, or went to college and didn...
News Release
10/12/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of California, are urging California voters to oppose insurer-backed Prop 33 along with the California Nurses Association and the California Alliance of Retired Americans. As voters cast their votes by mail, the groups note...
News Story
10/11/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
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...