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Blog Post
11/8/2012
Jamie Court
Insurance companies learned a lesson last night in California: Don't try to fool the voters or you'll be the one looking foolish. Thanks to your help voters saw through one insurance billionaire's deceptive campaign and rejected Prop 33 with 55% opposed. Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph spent $17.5 million and, for the second time in two...
Blog Post
11/2/2012
Carmen Balber
The insurance billionaire backing Proposition 33 is worried. He dropped another $500,000 into the campaign on Wednesday as Prop 33 slips in the polls (Down over 16% in the only public poll on 33.) But it’s not over – the money from Mercury Insurance chairman George Joseph means a last-minute cash infusion (he’s given $17 million total) to pay for...
News Story
10/18/2012
Editorial, STOCKTON RECORD
Click here to read the original editorial from the Stockton Record. 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...
News Story
9/20/2012
Editorial, The Los Angeles Times
Click here to read the original editorial from the Los Angeles Times. Two years ago, voters rejected an ill-conceived ballot measure that would have allowed auto insurers to offer discounts to people who had been covered by competing companies, but which would have done so at the expense of new drivers and those who had let their coverage lapse....
News Story
9/20/2012
Op-Ed Commentary by Stephanie Curtis, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
I grew up in Chula Vista and have been around military families all my life. Two years ago I got married and became part of a military family myself. I’m proud of my husband’s service. But I’m shocked at the cynical use of military families in the advertising campaign for Proposition 33, which is 99 percent bankrolled by one...
Article
9/19/2012
Sacramento Bee
California voters have a basic question to answer when deciding Proposition 33, a self-interested initiative funded by billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Corp. Should Mercury and other auto insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for people who are new to auto insurance, or are re-entering the auto insurance market...
News Story
9/17/2012
Editorial, THE SANTA ROSA PRESS DEMOCRAT
Click here to read the original editorial from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Two years ago, a Los Angeles insurer bankrolled a ballot initiative to change voter-approved rules for setting auto insurance premiums. That was Proposition 17, and voters wisely said no. Voters ought to say no once again when they decide Proposition 33, a virtually...
News Story
9/16/2012
Editorial, THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Click here to read the original editorial from the Bakersfield Californian.   If Proposition 33 seems familiar, it ought to. It's the Son of Proposition 17, the Mercury Insurance-backed initiative that would have rewarded one group of customers at the expense of another -- to the overall benefit of the insurance industry. As opponents of...
News Story
9/15/2012
Editorial, THE SACRAMENTO BEE
Click here to read the original editorial from the Sacramento Bee California voters have a basic question to answer when deciding Proposition 33, a self-interested initiative funded by billionaire George Joseph, founder of Mercury General Corp. Should Mercury and other auto insurance companies be allowed to charge higher rates for people who are...
News Story
9/6/2012
Op-Ed by Carmen Balber, VACAVILLE REPORTER
Meet Kyle. He's a college student. He's focused on getting good grades and saving enough money to afford the rising costs of college. Like many of his classmates, he doesn't drive a car because it's cheaper to ride a bike and use public transportation. If Proposition 33 passes, when Kyle graduates and finds a job that requires a...