Recall: A New American Revolution
America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public's growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a progressive movement began to use recall to hold office holders more accountable. The impetus at that time was concern over the
political influence of monopolies of industrialists and banks. In our time, government and public employee unions have become major sources of corruption, creating bureaucracies insulated from the people who are paying for it all.
Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. RecallTheRogues.org provides each state's relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation.
Welcome to the new American Revolution.
Latest Recall News
Massachusetts Town Official Who Questioned Recall Resigns
(03/03/15) — “SAUGUS -- For the second time in three months, a member of the Saugus Board of Registrars has resigned after raising questions about the March 17 special election to recall four selectmen.
Joanne D. Rappa, the board's chairwoman, resigned on Feb. 20, stating her "disappointment with the process of the upcoming special election," according to her resignation letter.
The recall of four of five selectmen centers on the board's vote to fire Scott C. Crabtree, former town manager, in October.
Gary Butt, who served for nearly 20 years on the board, resigned on Nov. 14. Butt said he didn't believethe recall was following state law, and it was not the process outlined in the town charter.”
Deadline for May Recall Passes in Michigan Town, but Drive Goes On
(02/23/15) — “PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP -- There won't be a recall election in May, but efforts to oust Plymouth Township's three full-time elected officials, plus a longtime Board of Trustees member, are continuing.
Supervisor Richard Reaume, Clerk Nancy Conzelman, Treasurer Ron Edwards and Trustee Kay Arnold are the targets of the recall effort, which proponents say was started out of frustration with what they call the officials' unwillingness to listen to and share information with the public, particularly on recent recreation projects.
Recall targets say they have considered public input and been open and that the recall is being led by a disgruntled minority.
Activists missed a Jan. 30 deadline for a May recall election, but are still gathering voters' signatures on recall petitions against the four. About 3,200 petition signatures are needed, against each of them, in order to force a recall election against all four.”
Questions Raised about Colorado Springs Recall Petition
(03/03/15) — “COLORADO SPRINGS -- Southeast district resident Robert Blancken raised questions on March 2 about the recall petition against District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins, including whether people who collect signatures need to be registered voters.
In December, three District 4 residents headed by Deborah Hendrix, launched a recall effort against Collins, who represents southeast Colorado Springs. Collins was elected in 2013 to a four-year term, beating out Hendrix and Dennis Moore. Hendrix has said she is not interested in the council seat.
In a phone interview, Hendrix said Collins' opposition to a stormwater proposal, which failed in the Nov. 4 election, as well as a lack of communication with district residents were two of the reasons behind the recall.”
Michigan Town Official to Face Recall Election
(02/20/15) — “TAWAS CITY - The question as to whether Tawas City Mayor Pro Tem Dave Dickman should be removed from office will be on the May 5 ballot, according to Iosco County Clerk Nancy Huebel.
Huebel said the ballot will also list candidates to replace Dickman, should he be recalled. Dickman will be one of those names, since he did not withdraw from consideration within 10 days of the filing of the recall petitions.”