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

Interfaith Service Set After Massachusetts Town's Mayoral Recall Election

(11/25/14) — “FALL RIVER -- Several of the city's religious leaders are planning to hold an interfaith service shortly after the Dec. 16 mayoral recall election to help heal the divisions in the community. Though still in the planning stages, organizers intend to hold the service in a neutral location, possibly the Our Lady of Light Band banquet facility on Quarry Street. The service would include prayers, Scripture readings and reflections urging the city's residents to be mindful of their common humanity despite their political differences. "The service is meant to bring healing to the city for what it's been going through," said Cantor Richard Wolberg, the chaplain of the Fall River Police Department who will be leading the ecumenical service. Over the past several weeks, Wolberg and other clergy members have observed with growing concern the heated commentary that has often included personal attacks and innuendos against individuals on both sides of the debate over whether to recall embattled Mayor William Flanagan, who is also the subject of a separate criminal investigation.”
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New Mayor Sworn in after Richmond Heights Recall

(10/08/14) — “RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- For the first time in months, there was no bickering, ruthless accusations or hours of public comments from angry residents on Tuesday at Richmond Heights' first city council meeting since Mayor Miesha Headen was recalled. Instead, council members pledged to put ten months of political turmoil behind them, and residents showed up to celebrate the change in leadership. Voters ejected Headen 57 to 43 percent in a special recall election on Sept. 23. Less than 12 hours after the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections certified Headen's recall Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Eighth District Court of Appeals Judge Larry Jones swore in Council President David Roche as mayor.”
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Colorado Recall Leaders Visit Connecticut

(10/28/14) — “NEWINGTON -- Two of the leaders in the successful recall election in Colorado toured 'Hoffman's Gun Center' on Oct. 28. They came to support the efforts of the 'Connecticut Citizens Defense League' in attempting to turn Governor Malloy out of office next week because of his advocacy and signing of the strict gun control measures passed in the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook. At a news conference on the stops of the State Capitol earlier, Timothy Knight, a founder of the Colorado recall movement said, "In Colorado we struck our blow for liberty in 2013 by making 137 years of state history by recalling two Senators outright...a third fled." But Connecticut has no re-call procedure so the 15,000 plus member CCDL is pushing to vote out Malloy and legislators who helped pass the bill.”
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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.”
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