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
Ohio Councilwoman Survives Recall
(08/20/14) — “Columbus -- A ballot initiative to recall Pataskala 1st Ward Councilwoman Pat Sagar was voted down last night.
Although only 320 of the 2,600 registered voters in the two 1st Ward precincts turned out, 198 of them -- 62 percent -- voted to allow Sagar to continue her fourth term, which will expire in 2015.
"I'm shocked at the low number of people who voted, but I'm happy that the good guys showed up," Sagar said.
The recall on the ballot originated with a petition drive. It was orchestrated by five 1st Ward residents, and the petition was certified by the Licking County Board of Elections last month after 124 valid signatures were gathered, 17 more than needed.
None of the petitioners alleged that Sagar had done anything illegal in office.”
Michigan Town Slates Mayoral Recall Election
(08/14/14) — “BENTON HARBOR - The Benton Harbor mayoral recall election will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.
That was the order issued August 12 by Berrien County Trial Court Judge John Dewane after hearing testimony Aug. 7 during a civil trial.
The decision to schedule the election hinged on Dewane's decision that the practice of the Berrien County Clerk's Office to disqualify both signatures if a person signed a recall petition twice violates the person's First Amendment free speech rights.
Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler said in a press release that she was surprised by his ruling, since it was based on an issue that had not been raised until the day of the trial.
Tyler said she dealt with the duplicate signatures as she had been instructed by the state Bureau of Elections.
"It appears that the court's ruling today will likely have state-wide implications on the bureau, as well as all county and local clerks in the state of Michigan concerning their qualifying of petition signatures," she said.
The recall election between Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower and City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad was originally scheduled for May 4 but was halted at Tyler's request so the recall petition signatures could be further examined for validity.”
Fire District Chairman in Idaho Faces Recall Election
(08/19/14) — “COEUR D'ALENE -- Petitioners seeking to recall Mica Kidd Island Fire District Commission Chairman Chris Shelton have collected enough signatures to trigger a recall election.
A group of people from the Mica Flats and Kidd Island area gathered 123 certified signatures, topping the 79 required, said Carrie Phillips, Kootenai County elections manager.
Shelton was given notice Friday. "If he does not resign, the district will order the (recall) election," Phillips said.
Shelton, who is three years into his first four-year term, told The Press Friday he hasn't decided whether to resign or face the recall election.”
Colorado Senate Recall Winner Gears for Re-Election
(08/05/14) — “PUEBLO -- George Rivera won his state Senate seat last year in the spotlight of a nationally watched recall election that sprung up over gun control. He expects, or hopes, that support from gun-rights groups will be there for him again.
"There will be attention on this race," he predicted.
"The Second Amendment issues helped get me into office," he said. "That's why the first bill I introduced was to repeal the requirement for a universal background check on gun sales."”