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

Alaskan Town Recall Leaders Hold Rally in Face of ACLU Lawsuit

(05/16/17) — “HOMER, Alaska (May 15, 2017) The group leading a recall effort to oust three Homer City Council members held a rally Saturday in downtown homer. Heartbeat of Homer, the newly formed political action party, has also been granted standing in a lawsuit against the city. About 40 Heartbeat of Homer members and supporters gathered at Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith & Love Park to rally their support for the recall of Homer City Council members David Lewis, Donna Aderhold and Catriona Reynolds. Reynolds and Lewis are both up for election in October. Heartbeat of Homer was granted standing in a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska brought against the city for certifying the three recall petitions. The ACLU says the certification violated council members' right to freedom of speech. In joining the case, Heartbeat of Homer chose to side with the city. Spokesperson Sarah Vance spoke to supporters from the park's gazebo decked out in red, white and blue. Vance says the group expects accountability from city council members. "And that's what Heartbeat is doing, giving conservatives in this town a voice. That's what we're about, to come and to make our voice heard because we're not going to be silent anymore," Vance announced through the PA system. This all started back in early March after the three council members sponsored a resolution supporting the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline and an inclusivity resolution. Vance argues the council members were not transparent while crafting the latter resolution via email. She says it declared Homer as a sanctuary city and was "watered down" after it was met with opposition”
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Governor Supports Recall of Providence Councilman

(05/02/17) — “PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will vote to recall a Providence councilman who's facing a May 2, 2017 recall election amid embezzlement charges. Ms. Raimondo lives in the Providence ward represented by fellow Democrat Kevin Jackson. Ward residents are voting on whether to keep Jackson on the city council. Jackson was indicted in July on charges he embezzled more than $125,000 from the Providence Cobras youth track and field team. He has denied the charges.”
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Providence Voters Oust Councilman in Recall Election

(05/03/17) — “PROVIDENCE, R.I (Providence Journal) -- Ward 3 voted overwhelmingly to oust Kevin Jackson from the Providence City Council. In a special election Tuesday, voters decided 1,772 to 158, absentee ballots included, that Councilman Jackson should lose his council seat. "The community has spoken," Jackson said after the results were official. "I'm okay. I'm not going to let one year of what's going on ruin everything I've done for the community for the last 22 years." Patricia Kammerer, one of the organizers of the Recall Kevin Jackson campaign, said she thought the result "sends a message that Councilman Jackson's constituents in Ward 3 expect honorable, ethical leadership. I think it sends a message to voters statewide that they can also hold their elected officials accountable." The Recall Kevin Jackson campaign collected 2,383 signatures to force Tuesday's voting after Jackson was arrested on charges that include embezzling $127,153 from a youth track program that he led for decades. Jackson, 58, who was first elected to represent the city's Mount Hope section in 1994, is the city's longest serving council member. He was arrested in May 2016 and indicted in July on five charges, one of embezzling from the Providence Cobras, a track group he helped found, two of unlawful appropriation, and the others related to filing false documents to the state Board of Elections and misusing campaign funds for personal expenses such as buying clothes and paying for Netflix. ”
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Local California District Board Member Survives Recall

(04/26/17) — “Linda Santos breathed a long and thankful sigh of relief late Tuesday when results of a recall attempt indicated she will keep keep her seat on the Oakdale Irrigation District board. According to incomplete returns, "no" votes against the recall came to nearly 56 percent. If the trend holds as remaining ballots are counted in coming days, the balance of power on the deeply divided OID board soon could be thrown into doubt. The other half of Tuesday's ballot - choosing Santos' successor - became moot in her apparent victory. If she had been recalled, Nate Ludlow - the only candidate to sign up - would have taken her spot. Because Ludlow is aligned with the current board majority, his ascension would have assured that the old guard stays in power even after Gary Osmundson gives up his seat when he changes homes in a few weeks. Instead, Santos' win on Tuesday is expected to neutralize the board's power struggle, as she and political ally Gail Altieri will be able to match votes with Steve Webb and Herman Doornenbal once Osmundson moves out of Division 5, forcing him to give up his seat. The power stalemate is likely to continue until the November ballot, when Osmundson's successor will be chosen; Webb and Doornenbal also are up then for re-election.”
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