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

Signatures Submitted for Recall of South Tucson Mayor

(09/11/17) — “Arizona Daily Star -- Organizers of a recall effort to oust South Tucson Mayor Ildefonso Green and three council members have turned in roughly 450 signatures, nearly twice the number needed to trigger an election next March. A city official confirmed the forms were filed with the city last week, with organizers turning in 112 signatures on each of the forms to recall Green and councilmen Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo. The forms are now in the possession of the Pima County Recorder's Office, which is required by law to verify that the signatures on each petition are valid. However, each petition only needs 60 qualified signatures to trigger a recall election. Results for the signature verification are expected later this week. Leading the recall effort is Rita Rogers, a failed write-in City Council candidate with close ties to the owner of the former Spanish Trail Motel, Dennis Luttrell. Rogers has been openly critical of Green and the council majority in recent months, complaining that the council reduced payments into the pension system, cut firefighter positions and zeroed out its reserve funds to address an anticipated $650,000 budget shortfall. Rogers also blames Green for the firing of former Police Chief Michael Ford after the two openly clashed at a council meeting. The mayor does not have the power to fire employees, although Ford's contract was not renewed by City Manager Sixto Molina a day after the contentious council meeting.”
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Flint's Mayor Drops Legal Challenge to Recall Election

(09/01/17) — “ Flint's mayor has dropped her legal challenge to a recall petition intent on ousting her from office. Mayor Karen Weaver's attorney signed on to a judge's order dismissing the mayor's suit. Weaver had tried to raise questions about the validity of hundreds of signatures on the recall petition. In court this week, a handwriting expert questioned whether some people who signed the petition also filled in the date. However, when Weaver's attorney quizzed petition signers, many in the court, including the attorney, were surprised to hear some had been contacted by Flint police and felt intimidated. Genesee County Clerk John Gleason says the result validates his office and that of Flint city clerk which both worked to verify the signatures on the petition. "It's good that it's behind the city," Gleason said after the dismissal was announced. "We have a lot of issues that are much bigger than a recall that we have to address. It's time that we moved on to those." With Weaver's suit dismissed, plans can begin for the recall election which is a little more than two months away. The mayor and more than a dozen challengers will appear on the ballot. There is still one last issue related to the recall to be settled. 9th Ward city councilmember Scott Kincaid has until next Tuesday to decide if he will run for mayor in the recall or run for the seat he has held for 32 years.”
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Four Recall Petitions Approved for Fraser, Mich. Mayor

(09/11/17) — “The Macomb Daily -- The Macomb County Election Commission approved four recall petitions against Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols on Thursday, Sept. 7. The board's approval means the petitioner, Thomas LaDuke, barring a reversal on appeal, has 180 days to collect 1,305 valid signatures on at least one of the petitions to force an election. The names must be collected within a 60-day period. The election could be held May 8 if county Clerk Karen Spranger calls for the election at least 95 days before, according to election officials. At the election, Nichols and other candidates could appear on the ballot. LaDuke said after the hearing he and his supporters are "very happy" with the decision and is certain he can collect enough signatures to force an election because of residents' opinion of him. "He has so soured on people because of his demeanor and his personality," he said of Nichols. Nichols and his attorney, Tom Ryan, did not return phone calls following the meeting. LaDuke said he expects Nichols to take advantage of his right to file an appeal within 10 days to appeal to Macomb County Circuit Court but already has started collecting. It was the second set of petitions LaDuke submitted in his attempt to recall Nichols. He said he and his supporters learned after the commissioner rejected three prior petitions and he withdrew one based on commissioners' input. "We corrected them based on the commission's suggestions and what the law stated," LaDuke said. Commission Chairwoman Kathryn George, a Probate Court judge, said she was impressed with the new versions. "The petitioner explored what he needed to write, and wrote clear and factual petitions," she said. Members also include Spranger and Treasurer Larry Rocca, who was unable to attend due to a meeting and was replaced by Deputy Treasurer Joe Biondo. Nichols is also under fire in Fraser for City Hall sexual-harassment complaints for which he and Councilman Matt Hemelberg will be subject of a Sept. 18 tribunal after which the City Council could remove him from office. LaDuke said if the council removes Nichols, he expects Nichols to appeal to circuit court so believe it will be necessary to continue with signature collection. The commission approved four of six petitions submitted by LaDuke.”
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California Recall Organizers Have Enough Signatures

(08/23/17) — “The Daily Journal (Aug. 18, 2017) SACRAMENTO -- Three counties have received enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election that could remove a Southern California senator from office and end a Democratic supermajority in the California Legislature, according to counts released Friday. The attempt to recall Democratic Sen. Josh Newman of Fullerton is backed by the California Republican Party, anti-tax advocates and talk-radio hosts who are critical of Newman's vote this year to raise the gasoline tax. Reports filed by Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties show the organizers submitted more than the 63,593 valid signatures required to recall Newman, with more still to count. Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla has 10 days certify the signatures results, after which Gov. Jerry Brown must schedule an election within 60 to 80 days. Democrats say many people were tricked into signing, believing they would trigger a referendum on the gas tax rather than a recall. A Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Friday refused a request by Democrats to block Padilla from certifying the recall, though several legal challenges are pending. Republicans hope to force an election shortly after the 12-cent-per-gallon tax hike takes effect on Nov. 1. Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to delay the election, arguing people who were tricked into signing the petition should have a chance to take their name off. Newman barely won last year in a district that has traditionally been represented by Republicans.”
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