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
Oregon Town Slates Mayoral Recall Election
(02/25/14) — “TULELAKE -- A recall election will be June 3 with proponents seeking to remove Mayor Randy Darrow from office.
The petition charges Darrow with: Failure to follow the Brown Act, which provides for public meetings; failure to protect city residents from conflict of interest for legal representation; failure to follow city procedures for hiring and dismissal of city employees.”
Election of New Mayor Caps San Bernardino Recall Effort
(02/05/14) — “SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - Voters demanded change in the bankrupt city's politics and Tuesday's election set the stage.
A process that began with November's recall election was capped with the election of corporate controller Carey Davis as Mayor. Financial analyst Henry Nickel fills the vacant Fifth Ward City Council seat.
Councilman Fred Shorett was retained in the Fourth Ward and says 'night has become day' at City Hall since the November recall. ”
Judge Upholds Colorado Town's Recall Election
(02/25/14) — “SAGUACHE COUNTY--Saguache District Court Judge Martin Gonzales issued a "judgment" declaring the town of Center recall election valid, ordering that current trustees be removed and former contestees be rightfully seated.
Another election is scheduled on April 1 -- only six weeks away -- and petitioners wish to take their rightful positions in advance of the next election to alleviate voter confusion.”
Recall Election Verified for Arizona School District Board Members
(01/07/14) — “After months of collecting signatures and having the names reviewed and verified by county officials, a group of Sunnyside citizens can move forward with a recall election of two school district Governing Board members.
The Pima County Recorder's Office certified the signatures this week, clearing the final hurdle in Sunnyside Recall 2013's quest to recall Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board President Louie Gonzales and board member Bobby Garcia.
The group needed 1,345 signatures for each board member, but turned in more than 2,100 names for each of them in November.”