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. 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

Recall Petitions over Gun Control Put Pressure on Oregon Democrats

(04/21/15) — “SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- With Oregon Democrats moving forward on a bill to require background checks for private gun sales, the potential political backlash is becoming apparent. Gun rights advocates earlier in April filed petitions to recall three Democratic lawmakers who sponsored the legislation, and they say more could follow. It's not yet clear whether deep-pocketed gun interests such as the National Rifle Association will get involved and raise a serious threat to the targeted lawmakers. The state Senate voted last week to require background checks on any person-to-person gun sale not involving relatives. The recall move puts pressure on Democrats as the bill awaits a hearing in the House.”
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Oregon Mayor Survives Recall Election

(03/30/15) — “GEARHART -- Mayor Dianne Widdop easily survived a recall effort. Roughly 64 percent of the voters who returned ballots in the special election opted to keep Widdop, The Daily Astorian reported Friday. "There is no question as to how people have felt about this," Widdop said of the large margin. Widdop said she hopes the coastal community can put the matter to rest. "We've got our goals; we have a really good City Council. Let's work together and move forward." Voter turnout was about 55 percent. Gearhart resident Harold Gable started the recall effort in November, filing a petition with City Administrator Chad Sweet. On his form, Gable cited Widdop's "abuse of leadership, lack of transparency and strong personal bias." S pecific complaints: that Widdop secretly recorded a conversation; exceeded her authority by requesting that a business owner remove a candidate's sign from a window; inappropriately used the word "we" to suggest she was speaking for the entire City Council; and publicly denounced a candidate's ability to serve in public office, citing his temper. Widdop disagreed with Gable's accusations.”
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Recall Election Slated for Florida Mayor

(04/15/15) — “BRADENTON BEACH -- A date has been set for a mayoral recall election. Residents will decide whether to remove Bill Shearon from his position as Bradenton Beach mayor, on May 19th. A committee in favor of removing Mayor Shearon recently submitted a petition to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. The petition had enough signatures for a judge to authorize a recall. Shearon is accused of misusing city funds, causing poor morale and violating state public records law. He denies those claims.”
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Recall Effort Begun against Ferguson Mayor

(03/24/15) — “A coalition of Ferguson, MO. residents has filed paperwork in an effort to oust the city's current mayor, James Knowles III. Five people have filed an affidavit at city hall, notifying officials that they would be collecting signatures demanding a recall election, which, according to Ferguson bylaws, is the first step in removing an elected officer. If removed, Knowles would join a growing list of Ferguson city officials who have either resigned or have been fired in the weeks following a U.S. Department of Justice investigation examining alleged discriminatory tactics used within the city. The investigation was launched in the wake of riots after a grand jury declined last November to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of robbery suspect Michael Brown in August. The committee has 60 days to gather 1,800 signatures before a recall election is ordered.”
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