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
Recall Effort Begins Against Two Portland Officials
(07/16/14) — “PORTLAND, OREGON -- Ray Horton has less than three months to convince 69,842 Portlanders of his cause.
The Southeast Portland resident filed two separate prospective recall petitions with the city Auditor's Office in the past week.
Horton wants voters to have a chance to recall Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales this fall. The auditor's office approved both recall applications, now Horton just needs the signatures.
The current recall campaign comes amid an occasionally contentious political discussion surrounding how to pay for street maintenance in the Rose City. Hales and Novick are proposing a monthly street fee on residents and businesses, with the goal of bringing in $53 million per year.
Horton is fighting history.
Just two elected officials were successfully recalled by voters in Portland in the past century, and no mayor has ever been recalled. The last successful recall effort was in 1952, when 88,558 voters booted then Commissioner J.E. Bennett.
According to The Oregonian archives, Bennett was kicked to the curb for his "discourteous, abusive, uncouth, insulting" behavior to citizens.”
Man Charged with Vote Fraud in Walker Recall
(06/24/14) — “In one of the biggest cases of voter fraud ever in Wisconsin, a Milwaukee area health insurance executive has been charged with casting multiple votes for Republican candidates -- including Gov. Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election.
Robert Monroe of Shorewood was charged Friday with 13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012, using his own name along with his son's and his girlfriend's son.”
Recall Petition Launched Against Arizona Fire District Director
(07/07/14) — “GOLDEN VALLEY - Golden Valley Fire District Director Steve Robinson has filed a recall petition against fellow director Rhonda Brooks, and Chief Tom O'Donohue was the first person to sign on the dotted line.”
Louisiana Legislators Pass New Recall Provision
(05/28/14) — “Legislation aimed at preventing a situation like the one Port Allen voters found themselves in recently when former mayor Deedy Slaughter ran for the spot from which she was recalled is headed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk to become law.
The legislation, sponsored by Port Allen resident and Republican state Sen. Rick Ward, prohibits recalled elected officials from running in the special election to replace them during the same term.
The Senate gave final passage to the bill Tuesday (May 27) by a vote of 28-5 to agree to changes made to it in the House. The House approved it by a vote of 80-11, and the Senate initially approved it by a vote of 32-5.”