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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
8/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento loves to hate Consumer Watchdog, because we expose the dirty deeds politicians do for corporations, confront regulators who are asleep at the switch, and don’t believe you have to go along with big corporations to get along.  We also take on the rich and powerful in the initiative process on behalf of consumers, which...
Blog Post
3/30/2012
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
News that shouldn’t surprise anyone: former insurance executive and current State Senator Juan Vargas has endorsed billionaire insurance baron George Joseph’s ballot measure to surcharge drivers by as much as 40%.  The endorsement continues Senator Vargas’s rich history of putting insurance companies first and his...
News Release
10/10/2011
Posted by Brian Stedge-Stroud
Sacramento, CA -- “Corporations are abusing California’s initiative process for their own profit,” said Harvey Rosenfield, the author of insurance reform Proposition 103 and founder of Consumer Watchdog, at a conference celebrating direct democracy’s 100th birthday in California. “The Legislature is more beholden to...