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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Law that Led to Walker Recall

(07/31/14) — “MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence. The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, who is seeking re-election this year. The ruling also marks the end of the three-year legal fight over the union rights law, which prohibits public worker unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation. A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutional. ”
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Recall Petition Launched Against Arizona Fire District Director

(07/07/14) — “GOLDEN VALLEY - Golden Valley Fire District Director Steve Robinson has filed a recall petition against fellow director Rhonda Brooks, and Chief Tom O'Donohue was the first person to sign on the dotted line.”
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Recall Effort Begins Against Two Portland Officials

(07/16/14) — “PORTLAND, OREGON -- Ray Horton has less than three months to convince 69,842 Portlanders of his cause. The Southeast Portland resident filed two separate prospective recall petitions with the city Auditor's Office in the past week. Horton wants voters to have a chance to recall Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales this fall. The auditor's office approved both recall applications, now Horton just needs the signatures. The current recall campaign comes amid an occasionally contentious political discussion surrounding how to pay for street maintenance in the Rose City. Hales and Novick are proposing a monthly street fee on residents and businesses, with the goal of bringing in $53 million per year. Horton is fighting history. Just two elected officials were successfully recalled by voters in Portland in the past century, and no mayor has ever been recalled. The last successful recall effort was in 1952, when 88,558 voters booted then Commissioner J.E. Bennett. According to The Oregonian archives, Bennett was kicked to the curb for his "discourteous, abusive, uncouth, insulting" behavior to citizens.”
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Man Charged with Vote Fraud in Walker Recall

(06/24/14) — “In one of the biggest cases of voter fraud ever in Wisconsin, a Milwaukee area health insurance executive has been charged with casting multiple votes for Republican candidates -- including Gov. Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election. Robert Monroe of Shorewood was charged Friday with 13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012, using his own name along with his son's and his girlfriend's son.”
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