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
Michigan Township Recall Changes Could Cause Ballot Confusion
(09/30/14) — “COTTRELLVILLE TWP - Voters will have to pay close attention to the ballot in November, as the recall process has changed.
Township Trustee Michael Zoran is up for recall.
While previously residents would first vote whether or not they wanted to recall the elected official, then would vote in a second election to replace them, the process has been streamlined onto one ballot.
Cottrellville Township residents will be asked to vote for Zoran or Matt Kovalcik in the Nov. 4 election. The man with the most votes will complete the trustee term which ends Nov. 20, 2016.”
Media Ignore Soros Tie-In to Walker, Jindal Recall Attempts
(09/17/14) — “The group that first filed an indictment charge against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was funded by George Soros, the liberal billionaire, but the trail of his money didn't end there. Both the recall election for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and an even less successful recall attempt for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were rooted in Soros-funded groups. Among them, these three potential Republican presidential candidates were targeted by groups receiving more than $6.3 million from Soros.
The media should be reporting on this connection, but so far they have completely ignored it. None of the broadcast news coverage of Walker's recall election or Perry's indictment on ABC, CBS or NBC has mentioned Soros. Attempts to recall Jindal weren't mentioned by the networks, although left-wing outlets like The Huffington Post tried to promote them.
Ohio Supreme Court Okays Mayoral Recall Election
(09/23/14) — “COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Supreme Court refused to block a special recall election of Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen, clearing the way for residents to vote Tuesday.
In its decision Monday, the court said Richmond Heights resident James Dawson, who sought to halt the recall vote, had failed to show any disqualifying defects in petitioning process that triggered the vote and that his constitutional arguments were "without merit."”
Recall Launched Over Audit of Nevada Railway
(09/15/14) — “ELY, Nev. (AP) -- A recall drive has been launched against all five Ely City Council members amid controversy over their handling of a financial audit of the Nevada Northern Railway tourist attraction.
Residents Rick Stork, Don Purinton and Chris Lani filed a notice of intent on Sept. 8 with the deputy city clerk to circulate a recall petition against Sam Hansen, Marty Westland, Randy Lee, Dale Derbidge and Bruce Setterstrom.
Stork said the group will take similar action against Mayor Melody Van Camp after she has served in office for the required six months. She was appointed to the post on March 14.
Among other things, the group is upset about the city council's move to enter the closed offices of the railway on Sept. 2 to gather information for the audit.
The railway's executive director, Mark Bassett, and his lawyer, Scott Husbands, have branded the action as a "break-in," noting the offices are regularly closed to the public on Tuesdays.”