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
Signatures Submitted for California City Council Recall Election
(04/25/16) — “LAKE FOREST - Organizers of the recall campaign to oust three of the five City Council members submitted more signatures than required to the city, just before the deadline Wednesday.
Leah Basile and her team of volunteers turned in 8,245 signatures requesting the recall of Mayor Andrew Hamilton, 8,238 for Councilman Dwight Robinson and 8,183 for Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts, city spokeswoman Hannah Shin-Heydorn said.
City staff counted the signatures Wednesday night to make sure they exceeded the minimum 7,882 per official being recalled, Shin-Heydorn said.
The city will deliver the petitions Thursday to the Orange County Registrar of Voters to get the signatures verified, she said.
Recall supporters, who accuse Voigts, Hamilton and Robinson of corruption and cronyism, have been gathering signatures in store parking lots, at community events and going door-to-door since December.
"It was almost like four months of struggle and hard work all paid off," Basile, a Portola Hills resident who's spearheading the recall, said Thursday. "Many of the people we talked to were not happy with the direction the city's headed, so it was not difficult to get them to sign."
The three council members being targeted for recall deny the allegations, saying the effort is an overreaction based on misleading information, and is being promoted by rival councilmen Jim Gardner and Adam Nick.”
Recall Effort Begins against New Jersey Mayor
(04/21/16) — “A little over two weeks since the initiative was made public, the recall effort of Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, led by childhood friend Pat Desmond, is officially underway. Desmond told Hudson County View on April 20 that the three-man recall team, which also includes perennial Republican candidate for office Michael Alonso and Donald Baran, Jr., are now free to collect signatures in hopes of forcing a special election in May 2017.
The group now has 160 days to gather 8,128 valid signatures from registered voters in the city. The number represents 25 percent of the voters registered for the last general election.
Desmond, a friend of Davis' for around 40 years before a recent falling out, was a key organizer in the 2014 municipal election where Davis unseated incumbent Mark Smith.
City Clerk Robert Sloan confirmed that his office had officially approved the recall paperwork today. Last week, he stated that the recall effort was stalled due to "a minor deficiency" where the group did not indicate if the recall should be held with the general election or a special election.
Both sides have already drawn their lines in the sands and appear prepared for a political war, with Davis calling the accusations made in the recall effort, such as failing to secure a new teachers' contract and bringing "a garbage train" back to Bayonne, "baseless and wholly inaccurate."”
Recall against New Jersey Mayor Gets Green Light
(04/25/16) — “BAYONNE -- After hitting a minor problem with the filing of their recall petition, three men aiming to oust Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis from office are moving forward with collecting signatures for their cause.
City Clerk Robert Sloan said he approved the petition on Wednesday after the group updated it to specify that they are seeking a special election.
Michael Alonso, Donald Baran Jr. and Patrick Desmond first filed a notification of intention to recall the mayor on April 4. Davis, who defeated incumbent Mayor Mark Smith in the 2014 election, reacted at the time by calling the filing "comical."
Attorney and city resident Peter Cresci represented Desmond at a tax board hearing earlier this month in arguing for a citywide revaluation, which the board subsequently ordered the city to do. Davis called the request "purely political, plain and simple," which Cresci denied”
Alaska Borough Gets Interim Mayor after Successful Recall
(04/13/16) — “ANCHORAGE - The North Slope Borough announced the interim mayor Tuesday following the recall of former Mayor Charlotte Brower. A date for a special election for a new mayor was also set for June 7.
The NSB Assembly certified the April 5 recall election Tuesday, and then selected Assembly President Mike Aamodt for the position until the new mayor is elected.”