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 Louisiana Sheriff
(07/13/16) — “NEW IBERIA, La. -- A petition drive had begun to remove Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal from office.
Donald Broussard of New Iberia told The Daily Iberian that he filed the petition with the Louisiana's Secretary of State's office to force a recall election.
Broussard recently helped organize a rally and voter registration drive against Ackal, who is facing conspiracy and civil rights charges as part of an ongoing federal investigation of the sheriff's office.
Ackal and two other officials have pleaded not guilty in connection with the charges. They are scheduled for trial on Oct. 31.
Broussard says he is confident he will gather the more than 15,000 signatures needed to force the recall election.”
Recall Petitions Submitted for Virginia Mayor
(07/13/16) — “PORTSMOUTH -- Organizers of an effort to unseat Mayor Kenny Wright delivered nearly 8,200 signatures on July 12 to the Circuit Court clerk, hoping to trigger a recall election less than four months before the general election.
The effort, led by Norfolk businessman and Portsmouth resident Robert Marcus, has been 14 months in the making.
"The mayor has proven to me and a large number of citizens that he's ill-suited for the job he's been tasked with," he said.
Tidewater Tea Party Alliance Chairman Nelson Valez, who helped gather signatures, said Tuesday that Wright had caused two groups to suffer with higher taxes in Portsmouth : homeowners and businesses. And despite the highest tax rate in the region, services haven't improved, he said.
Wright, reached by text message, didn't say whether he'd legally challenge the signature collection.
"I love this city and all of its people!" he responded. "In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'We shall overcome!' "
Marcus' effort needs the valid signatures of 30 percent of the number of people who voted in the last governor's election. That appears to be 7,786 signatures, based on 25,952 votes cast in the November 2013 election, although Marcus has said he thinks the number to reach is 7,776. He didn't provide the exact number he thinks he has.”
Anti-Police Group Wants to Recall Oakland Mayor
(07/13/16) — “OAKLAND, California -- A group of activists walked into the city clerk's office to file a petition to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf on July 11, but quickly discovered they will have to return with 24 more signatures before beginning the process toward a potential recall election.
The Anti-Police Terror Project cited a slew of grievances -- such as the ongoing sexual exploitation scandal in the Oakland Police Department, the displacement of longtime residents and violent crime -- when they announced they intended to circulate a petition to recall the city's mayor. The group plans to return Tuesday with the signatures needed to file a petition.
"The people in the hills are happy, the developers are happy, but the people-people -- the black and brown and the poor people that are the heart and soul of this city -- are sick and tired of being sick and tired," activist Cat Brooks said in an interview with ABC7 News.
The group needs to collect more than 20,000 signatures -- 10 percent of the city's electorate -- to put a recall election on the ballot.
The same group of activists previously demanded for Oakland police to be defunded amid recent scandals.”
Recall Sought of Ohio Town Council Members
(06/21/16) — “Four of Upper Arlington's seven city council members might face a recall election. On Friday a group of residents submitted 3,000 petition signatures to the county board of elections. The group wants answers about the city's Northam Park redevelopment plans.
The group "Save Northam Park" wants the recall. They say questions about the park's redevelopment by the city are going unanswered. OSU finance professor emeritus Stephen Buser says council originally planned to eliminate tennis courts, move ball fields and cut down trees. But now he doesn't know where the plan stands.
"If we come to a meeting and we don't say exactly what they want to hear, we're divisive. If we ask a question, we're divisive. And we don't get answers," Buser says.
Following Friday's filing, a statement on behalf of council's John Adams, David DeCapua, Debbie Johnson and Kip Greenhill called the action "radical and unprecedented." It went on to express disappointment with the "vocal activist group."”