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

Oregon City Mayor Survives Recall Election

(11/18/15) — “Clatskanie voters have decided to retain Mayor Diane Pohl, who was criticized for the way she handled the resignation of the town's police chief last summer. Pohl got 53.44 percent of the vote in Tuesday's recall election. That's compared to 46.56 percent of the vote against keeping Pohl as mayor. Virginia Leloff, the person who filed the petition on Sept. 21, was as disappointed by the voter turnout as the results. "I'm disappointed that only 403 voters out of 851 turned out," Leloff said Tuesday. "If people wanted a recall, they should have voted." Leloff said she filed the recall petition with the goal of improving Clatskanie's governing body. "I've never had anything personal against Diane Pohl. I just want city government to do a better job," Leloff said Tuesday morning, before ballot counting began. Pohl said she is looking forward to serving out her term, which is up at the end of 2016.”
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Recall Leaves Three Council Seats Open in Oregon Town

(10/20/15) — “POWERS, Ore. -- The City of Powers received the certified recall election results Thursday, and that means applications for the three vacant city council positions are now available. Interested Powers residents can request an application by emailing the City. To be eligible, applicants must have lived in Powers for at least a year and be registered to vote. New city councilors will be appointed. The remaining members of the council are Charlie Possee, Shirley Burgess, Ben Bedwell, and mayor Bill Holland. As previously reported, Burgess is out of town, which leaves the council without a quorum. However, the City announced Burgess is expected to return in early November. At that time, the council will be required to appoint citizens to the three vacancies to complete the terms of the recalled councilors. ”
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Arizona City Councilmen, Mayor Survive Recall

(11/04/15) — “ORO VALLEY (Tucson News Now) - An effort to replace the Oro Valley mayor and three members of the town council has fallen just short. According to Pima County officials, the following results include all 15 precincts and 100 percent of the mail-in ballots. In the mayoral race, incumbent Satish Hiremath defeated Patrick "Pat" Straney and Joseph Winfield. Hiremath held onto his title with 6,336 votes (50.66 percent) compared to 5,442 votes (43.51 percent) for Straney and 705 (5.64 percent) for Winfield. In the town council races: Incumbent Joe Hornat beat Ryan Hartung 6,253 votes (50.43 percent) to 6,128 (49.42 percent). Incumbent Mary Snider grabbed 6,243 votes (50.37 percent) to beat Shirl Lamonna (4,420 votes, 35.66 percent) and Doug Burke (1,720 votes, 13.88 percent). Incumbent and vice mayor Lou Waters beat challenger Steve Didio 6,242 votes (51.18 percent) to 5,931 votes (48.63 percent).”
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Longtime Resident Replaces Recalled Town Councilman

(10/20/15) — “ASPEN -- A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 40 years, Tom Goode is already well-known to many people in Snowmass Village. Many of them expressed their confidence in his leadership, as well, when they elected him to be their newest Town Council member on Tuesday. Goode received 341 votes to replace Chris Jacobson, who was voted out on Tuesday in the town's first-ever recall election. Goode will be sworn in Nov. 2. Although the town originally anticipated swearing him in at the council's next meeting on Oct. 19, state law requires a 10-day gap after recall elections, according to a statement released Wednesday.”
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