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Blog Post
10/24/2012
By Daniel Palay
In an open letter today, the California Nurses Association and Consumer Watchdog challenged the billionaire financiers of Propositions 32 and 33 to a public, televised debate. Will Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph defend the measures attacking working people that they’ve spent $39 million promoting? Or will they continue to hide in the...
Blog Post
10/22/2012
Jamie Court
Incredible! With two weeks until Election Day, the insurance billionaire behind Prop 33 finally admitted his auto insurance initiative will raise rates on new customers. Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik drew the admission from Mercury Insurance Chairman Joseph in Sunday’s newspaper. When the billionaire writing the $16 million...
News Story
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 Story
8/23/2012
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS EDITORIAL
Two years ago billionaire George Joseph, chairman of Mercury Insurance, spent $16 million of the company's money on Proposition 17, a direct attack on California's strong insurance rights laws. At the time, we called it the worst abuse of California's initiative process on the 2010 ballot, which was saying something, since it was...
News Story
8/13/2012
By Don Jergler, INSURANCE JOURNAL
The language for an automobile persistency initiative will stand after the California Third District Court of Appeal on Monday denied an appeal filed by the backers of the Proposition 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the ballot language, including the label and title and summary. The label and summary were prepared by California’s...
News Release
8/13/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – The California Third District Court of Appeal summarily denied an appeal filed by the Mercury Insurance-backed Prop 33 campaign seeking to strike part of the impartial Ballot Label and Title and Summary prepared by California’s Attorney General. The decision was the campaign’s second failure in two days to...
News Story
8/10/2012
By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES MONEY & CO. BLOG
An attempt by backers of an automobile insurance initiative to rewrite the title, summary and opponents' arguments on the November ballot has failed. Late Thursday, a Sacramento Superior Court judge denied a request from the campaign for Proposition 33, alleging the description of the measure for the ballot pamphlet written by the attorney...
News Story
8/10/2012
By Dale Kasler, SACRAMENTO BEE
  Opponents of Proposition 33, which would rewrite California law on auto insurance rates, won a preliminary court skirmish Thursday over ballot language. A Sacramento judge refused to tinker with ballot language filed by state officials and voter-pamphlet arguments submitted by the proposition's opponents, advocacy group Consumer...
News Release
8/10/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- In a press release today, Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph's Proposition 33 campaign misrepresented the in-court statements of Consumer Watchdog's attorneys in Sacramento Superior Court, claiming the attorney told the Court that "the truth is elastic."  The court rejected all of the Prop 33...
News Release
8/9/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court, Harvey Rosenfield & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA -- Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley rejected in full arguments in a lawsuit by the insurance industry backers of Proposition 33 and upheld the Attorney General’s Ballot Label as “Changes Law to Allow Auto Insurance Companies to Set Prices Based on a Driver's History of Insurance Coverage.”...