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Anti-Prop. 53 campaign overplays disaster card in TV ad

Proposition 53, backed by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dino Cortopassi, would require voter approval before California can issue more than $2 billion of revenue bonds for a single state project. This ad against it misleadingly imagines a worst-case scenario to suggest that the measure could have a broad impact on California infrastructure.

Capitol Alert

Is tax extension needed to prevent $4 billion in school cuts?

Proponents of a ballot measure to extend what voters were told would be temporary higher taxes in California correctly state that schools will benefit from Proposition 55. But the ad’s warning of $4 billion in cuts if the measure does not pass relies on an optimistic assumption of how much money the tax will raise.

Capitol Alert

Tobacco companies mislead voters in radio ad

If you listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard a new ad from cigarette companies Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynolds that makes strong claims about a November ballot measure to increase tobacco taxes by $2. Following is the text of the ad and an analysis to sort fact from fiction.

Capitol Alert

Drug price ad exaggerates initiative’s reach

A November initiative, which is drawing fierce opposition and a torrent of spending from the pharmaceutical industry, would bar state government entitles from spending more on a prescription drug than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Video attacks Antonio Villaraigosa in governor's race

A video distributed by Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox criticizes Democratic candidate Antonio Villaraigosa for his support of a friend's son accused of murder.
Team Cox