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
Nebraska Town Mayor to Face Recall
(05/25/16) — “MADISON -- Petition drive organizers have obtained enough valid signatures to force a recall election on the mayor of Madison in northeast Nebraska.
The Madison County election commissioner says 229 signatures of registered Madison voters have been validated, 59 more than required. So the Madison City Council now must order a special election to be held no less than 30 days nor more than 75 days from May 23 unless Mayor Alvin Brandl resigns.
Brandl has drawn fire for his appointments to city boards.”
Bundy Standoff Spawns Recall Campaign
(05/17/16) — “PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A recall petition has been filed against a Harney County official who did not support the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Petitioners say they have gathered 566 signatures, more than enough to compel Judge Steve Grasty to resign or face a recall election. Though his title is judge, Grasty's position is essentially chairman of the county commission. He tells The Oregonian/Oregonlive he's not going to resign.
Ammon Bundy and others occupied the refuge this winter to protest the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers sent to prison for starting fires. They blame Grasty for not offering to protect the Hammonds from the federal government.”
Recall Slated against Oregon Official in Wildlife Refuge Standoff
(05/25/16) — “A special recall election against Harney County commissioner Steve Grasty will be held in late June, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
The June 28 election is the result of a recall campaign started in the aftermath of the 41-day takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by armed militants earlier this year. Grasty is the County Court judge -- not a judge in the traditional sense, but essentially chairman of the county commission.
Petitioners gathered the valid signatures of 458 active registered Harney County voters, Molly Woon, a secretary of state spokeswoman, said in an email.
They needed 444 to validate the petition, forcing a recall election or compelling Grasty's resignation. Grasty chose the former and addresses Harney County citizens in a "statement of justification" to be printed on the ballot.”
Recall Effort Begun against Wisconsin Town Board
(05/17/16) — “PARIS -- Three residents began an effort Friday to recall all three members of the Paris Town Board.
Joseph Kolnik is pursuing the recall drive along with Robert Fliess and Paul Terry. Kolnik is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the town challenging an Interstate 94 corridor boundary agreement with the village of Somers
With their statement of intent filed Friday, they may now begin circulating recall petitions targeting Paris Chairman Virgil Gentz and Supervisors Ronald Kammerzelt and Kenneth Monson. If they are successful and a recall election ensues, Kolnik plans to challenge Gentz, Fliess would oppose Monson and Terry would take on Kammerzelt.
All three of the would-be challengers are upset about the Town Board's approval of an intergovernmental agreement that would result in some 2,500 acres along the west side of I-94 transferring from Paris to Somers, with revenue generated by new development to be shared 50-50 between the two municipalities.
"I've lived in Paris my whole life," Fliess said, "and that's why I bought my farm -- because of the tax base -- and now my town is throwing me out. It just doesn't seem fair."”