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Jerry Brown Not So Green: CA Ratepayers Overpaid Billions For Dirty Energy

Jamie Court | Posted 02.07.2017 | Green
Jamie Court

Californians are paying billions of dollars too much for electric plants we don't need. That's the finding of a major Los Angeles Times investigation ...

Note To Prez: Keystone XL Will Raise Gas Prices, Not Create US Jobs

Jamie Court | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Jamie Court

The populist president just revived what will be a bad economic deal for Midwest gas prices and American jobs, the Keystone XL pipeline. My nonprofit...

Will Trump Let Robot Car Makers Guard The Robot Car Factories?

Jamie Court | Posted 01.12.2017 | Technology
Jamie Court

In one of his first tests as President, Donald J. Trump will have to decide whether to uphold an eleventh hour appointment by the Obama Administratio...

How Voting Today Can Save You More Than $100 Billion

Jamie Court | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

They say pictures are worth one thousand words, but voting literally can be worth hundreds of billions of dollars to you. When California voters like me voted on a highly-contested insurance reform ballot measure in 1988, we could not have foreseen how much it would have saved us 28 years later.

Self-Dealing In Charter Measure RRR Exposed By LA Times

Jamie Court | Posted 11.07.2016 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Adding to chorus of overbilled ratepayers urging more accountability at LA DWP, a new LA Times report shows the city's so-called "ratepayer advocate" ...

EpiPen Moms Speak Out For CA Prop 61 And Against Drug Company Price Gouging

Jamie Court | Posted 10.11.2016 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Drug companies, who are spending $90 million to stop Proposition 61, will continue to overcharge Californians until we pass Prop 61 to stop their price gouging.

Parents' Pain Leads To Tearful Victory Against Opioid Abuse In CA

Jamie Court | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Sometimes the power of human truth is enough to overcome the most powerful political forces. That's what happened in California when families who lost...

Will SCOTUS Apply Its Ruling On Political Corruption To Itself?

Jamie Court | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

In light of the ruling in McDonnell v. United States, eroding conflict of interest laws and claiming violations of specific standards are necessary for proving abuse of public trust, shouldn't the Supreme Court set specific standards for itself?

Remembering a Great Friend of Justice and What the Medical Complex Should Learn From Her

Jamie Court | Posted 12.30.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Kathy Olsen was a relentless advocate for greater patient safety and protections from the medical insurance complex following a family tragedy. Her struggles changed the rights we all possess in America if an HMO or health insurance company tries to deny us treatment or care. We owe her a great debt.

Supreme Court Imposes a Power Above All Other Laws in America

Jamie Court | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Until today, California courts had been the final word on the "laws of your state," in other words what California law said on matters of contracts and contract interpretation specifically citing California law. In siding with DIRECTV against my nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog and our legal team, SCOTUS threw that standard out the window.

Remembering New Age Publishing Pioneer and Friend Jeremy Tarcher

Jamie Court | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Jamie Court

The countless hours he spent nurturing, noodling, editing, and revising I can only hope to pay forward and make resonant for those younger and with less experience.

Going After CA Gougers and Climate Changers

Jamie Court | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

If you want to know why Californians have been paying one dollar more per gallon than the rest of America for their gasoline for most of the Spring, it comes down to two words: low inventories.

Starved for Democracy? California Says Pay $2K

Jamie Court | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Governor Brown's signature on legislation increasing the filing fee for citizens who file ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000 is the modern equivalent of the famous salvo attributed to Marie Antoinette upon hearing of a famine among the French peasants, "Let Them Eat Cake."

Speeding Ineffective and Unsafe Treatments to Market in the Name of Patients? Not So Fast

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

It is not a bottleneck at the FDA that is to blame. Medical research is simply not producing the breakthroughs needed for breast cancer. And we should not let a reduction of safety and efficacy standards replace our demand for safer and more effective treatments.

Will U.S. Attorneys Stop the California Gas Gouge?

Jamie Court | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Gasoline in California is one buck more per gallon than it is in the rest of America, thanks to low inventories and a series of suspicious oil-refinery shutdowns that drove huge first-quarter profits for the oil companies. Are California oil refiners manipulating gasoline supplies through shutdowns to drive pump prices and profits higher?

Golden State Gouging Greatest Ever

Jamie Court | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Jamie Court

Prices at the pump have skyrocketed 69 cents in one month due to shortages and refinery outages. Convenient for the oil refiners, which reported record first quarter profits.

Your Privacy -- Qualcomm, Suicide, DARPA: Top Trending Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

As we move forward into March Madness, we look back at the hottest trending online privacy stories and discover a different form of madness. Some of the news is good, some is bad and some sends a message of hope for our future.

5 Newsworthy Privacy Stories Today

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.09.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In addition to my regular HuffPost musings, this marks the first of a series of weekly columns designed to quickly and dare I say entertainingly help us all be aware of a few most important privacy-related stories, good and/or bad.

Sen. Boxer's Successors Should Follow Her Example: Rage for Justice

Jamie Court | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

The announcement by Sen. Boxer, a true champion of the underdog, that she will not run for the Senate in 2016 will likely make a lot of other state officials rethink how they do their jobs. It's a lot like the moves you make playing musical chairs to make sure the music doesn't run out without you getting a seat.

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

Jamie Court | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Jamie Court

I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January.

No Bull: Vote YES on CA Propositions 45 & 46!

Ellen Snortland | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ellen Snortland

Don't be fooled by insurance companies and the obscene amounts of money they're spending to defeat these measures.

Insurers Spending Cash, Spreading Fear In High-Stakes California Showdown

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As I predicted two months ago, California voters have been bombarded by a group with a consumer-friendly name warning that a vote for a ballot initiative tomorrow would allow "one politician" to "interfere" with their health care treatment options.

B.S. Alert: Health Insurance Robber Barons Spend $56 Million vs. Prop 45's Rate Regulation in California Without a Single Public Comment

Jamie Court | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Jamie Court

Insurance companies have unleashed a torrent of deceptive advertising but have remarkably refused to issue a single comment to the news media on Prop 45, including in today's New York Times.

Health Insurers Using Playbook Again to Protect Profits at Expense of Consumers

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

About 35 states have given their insurance departments the legal power of prior approval of proposed health insurance rate changes. California is not among them, and advocates believe the state's residents are paying more for their health insurance coverage than necessary.

What's the Point, WellPoint? Could It Be to Satisfy Wall Street?

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.