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11/5/2014
Op-Ed by Thomas Elias, LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
So much for populism. At least when it comes to fighting the interests of big-money corporations. In every vote this week pitting the interests of ordinary Californians against those of large companies, the corporate interests won big. Big bucks essentially convinced millions to vote against their own best interests. This was an unfettered triumph...
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11/5/2014
By Melody Gutierrez & Joe Garofoli, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
SACRAMENTO — Voters overwhelmingly passed the two state ballot measures pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown: A $7.5 billion water bond that will pay for water recycling and new storage systems but do little to bring relief to Californians affected by the drought, and a rainy day fund designed to cushion the state during financial hard times. Prop 1...
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11/5/2014
By Amy Taxin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the heels of an advertising blitz funded by health insurance companies, California voters on Tuesday tanked a proposal to give the state's insurance commissioner veto authority over health insurance premiums. About 60 percent of voters cast ballots against the plan to give the elected commissioner expanded...
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11/4/2014
By John Howard, CAPITOL WEEKLY
Voters may be apathetic on Election Day, but there are some people in California who are excited indeed about the ballot – those who have a big pocketbook interest in the outcome. Through Tuesday morning, campaign spending on six ballot propositions alone has approached a quarter-billion dollars, a hefty price tag, even in California....
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11/4/2014
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS TV - San Diego, CA
Health insurance premiums have gone up 172 percent since 2002, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. That's what prompted supporters of Proposition 45 to put their measure on today's ballot. The measure would give California's insurance commissioner the authority to reject health insurance premium increases found to be...
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11/3/2014
By Wendell Potter, HUFFINGTON POST
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
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11/2/2014
By Michael Hiltzik, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Voters are usually inclined to vote their pocketbooks. But that's become more difficult with every election, as the pocketbooks that carry the most weight aren't those of the individual voter, but corporations and plutocrats. Recent history tells us that the magnitude of big donors' campaign spending rises as their commitment to the...
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10/31/2014
By Bernard J. Wolfson, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Larry Leisenring, a San Clemente resident, knows something about unwelcome increases in the cost of health care.   ANA VENEGAS , STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Prop. 45 support slips Results of three polls released over the past ten days: Field Poll: 30% for, 42% against Public Policy Institute of California: 39% for, 46...
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10/31/2014
By Jon Healey, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Would the real Proposition 45 please stand up? One of the main arguments advanced by the commercials aired and the torrent of mailers sent by the No on 45 campaign is that the measure would place healthcare in the hands of a single corruptible politician. "Who do you trust with your health care," a recent mailer asks, "a politician...
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10/31/2014
By Caitlin Bronson, INSURANCE BUSINESS AMERICA
It’s certainly one way to get a message across. Angered over what they view as excessive hikes in health insurance rates and the $57 million health insurers have spent to defeat California Proposition 45, members of Consumer Watchdog, the California Nurses Association and supports of Yes on Proposition 45 delivered a truckload of steer...