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
Petitions Filed for Recall of Southern California Mayor
(12/09/13) — “Moreno Valley residents met a key deadline Thursday, Dec. 5, by submitting signed petitions for their campaign to recall Mayor Tom Owings.
Recall organizers say they turned in petitions bearing nearly 5,690 signatures - about 2,150 more than they need - to the city clerk Thursday morning. The Riverside County Registrar of Voters has 30 days to verify that the minimum number of valid voters' signatures were turned in before the recall election is put on a ballot.”
Four Face Recall in Rhode Island Town over Gun Law
(12/09/13) — “EXETER -- This sleepy town of 6,000 doesn't have a police department, and the only firearm violence tends to be directed at deer. Its biggest controversies usually stem from the local animal shelter or noise from the town pub.
It's an unusual place for a debate over gun control.
Yet this rural community 30 minutes south of Providence has become the latest place where officials are facing consequences for proposals to change gun laws.
Four of the five council members are now the subject of a recall election to be held Dec. 14 after they angered local gun owners with an idea to tweak the way the town issues concealed weapon permits.”
Montana Local Officials Seek to Avoid Recall Election
(12/09/13) — “BOZEMAN -- Bridger Canyon Rural Fire District trustees filed a lawsuit on Dec. 5 to halt the recall election against them. Trustees Colleen Carnine, Mike Conn, Margaret Foster, Dennis Guentzel and Dave McKee requested an order to stop Gallatin County Clerk and Recorder and Election Administrator Charlotte Mills from conducting the recall election. According to the complaint filed in Gallatin County District Court on Thursday afternoon: Mills sent a letter to the trustees Nov. 27, informing them that a petition to hold a recall for their positions was filed with her office. The petition stated that the reasons all the trustees should be recalled include official misconduct by holding unannounced meetings without public notice or input since December 2012 and for violating their oath of office by failing to uphold the state constitution.
Mills told the trustees they had until Dec. 9 to submit a statement to be placed on the ballot giving reason why each should not be recalled. Board trustees contend that the recall petition doesn't include a clear statement of their alleged acts that constitute recall.”
Voters in Many Texas Towns Consider Recalls
(12/02/13) — “SAN ANTONIO -- Voters in Cibolo, a bedroom community in the San Antonio area, recently recalled two city council members, but two others narrowly survived attempts to remove them.
Their offense? They favored a Walmart plan to build a 182,000-square-foot store near a neighborhood and an elementary school. So, a citizens group upset with their vote began a signature-gathering effort -- the first major step in a recall election -- and, once it succeeded, Cibolo voters settled the issue Nov. 5.
The next recall election could be in San Antonio.”