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
Cleveland Mayoral Recall Organizers End Effort -- for Now
(07/21/15) — “CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A movement to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson seemed to die quietly Thursday, when a group of activists decided not to submit the nearly 12,000 signatures they needed to put the issue before voters after a botched first attempt.
But Norm Edwards, one of the group's leaders, said in an interview Friday that Jackson hasn't heard the last from the petitioners, and that they will launch their mission anew in September.
The recall group, which calls itself the Cleveland: A Return to Excellence Committee, began its campaign in February with a series of public meetings and rallies, during which organizers argued that the mayor has failed to protect citizens from police abuse, provide an adequate education for the city's children and invest in neighborhoods.”
Signatures Verified for Arizona Recall Election
(06/04/15) — “TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -- It appears that opponents of Oro Valley's million dollar buyout of the El Conquistador Country Club have gotten enough signatures to force a recall election for three council members.
Pima County Elections officials verified the signatures - now the town will double check them.
The next step is to formally notify the council members - Mary Snider, Lou Waters, and Joe Hornat - and that will happen some time during the next week.
Oro Valley bought the club to turn it into a rec center. It will own the golf course as part of the deal.
The town says the purchase is being made from cash reserves, interest-free, over a three-year period. Oro Valley raised the sales tax to fund ongoing maintenance and operations.
Opponents are upset the plans were not put to a public vote.”
Michigan Town Recall Petition Rejected for Fourth Time
(06/16/15) — “WEST BLOOMFIELD -- Since March, a group of West Bloomfield residents has repeatedly attempted to recall three township board members.
And for the fourth time, the Oakland County Election Commission has rejected the petition language to recall Clerk Cathy Shaughnessy and trustees Lawrence Brown and Howard Rosenberg.
Attorney Ryan Fishman, who filed the recall petitions, said he was shocked that the language was rejected again, but at this point, he "maybe would have been more shocked if it would have been approved."
Fishman said the difficulty they face filing the petitions is that the law pertaining to recall language changed in 2012.
"Before, it used to be you could make any allegation you wanted, factual or not factual, and the language could be approved so long (as) it was clear," Fishman said. Now, the language must be factual and clear.
Fishman said he is reworking the language to make it "more abundantly clear" why the residents are seeking to recall the board members and what the issues are. Fishman was expected to file the new language within a week. If it fails, he will then explore appealing, he said.”
Liberals Seeking to Derail Recall Effort against Oregon House Leader
(06/01/15) — “A liberal group is charging that backers of a recall effort against House Majority Leader Val Hoyle are breaking the state's signature-gathering laws.
Our Oregon filed a complaint on May 28 with Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins that, if successful, could derail the recall campaign against Hoyle, a Democratic legislator from Eugene.
The complaint says that investigators hired by Our Oregon found that recall petitions were improperly circulated at four gun stores in Hoyle's district. The group charged that employees helped gather signatures and should have registered with the state as paid petitioners. In addition, petitions were often left unsupervised, meaning that some people could have signed them without being witnessed by a canvasser, the complaint says.
Jason Thiesfeld, the recall's chief sponsor and owner of a gun store in Junction City, could not be reached immediately for comment.
Thiesfeld has previously said that Hoyle's support for a measure requiring background checks on private gun sales was the final straw leading him to mount a recall campaign.”