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
Bundy Standoff Spawns Recall Campaign
(05/17/16) — “PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A recall petition has been filed against a Harney County official who did not support the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Petitioners say they have gathered 566 signatures, more than enough to compel Judge Steve Grasty to resign or face a recall election. Though his title is judge, Grasty's position is essentially chairman of the county commission. He tells The Oregonian/Oregonlive he's not going to resign.
Ammon Bundy and others occupied the refuge this winter to protest the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers sent to prison for starting fires. They blame Grasty for not offering to protect the Hammonds from the federal government.”
Texas Mayor Wins Recall Election, Looks Ahead
(05/17/16) — “KELLER -- Mayor Mark Mathews said he is happy to put the recall election behind him and focus more on making improvements in the city.
Mathews, elected in 2014, was the subject of a recall election on May 7, surviving with almost 54 percent of the 4,000 votes, according to the Tarrant County unofficial election results. A group of residents began circulating a recall petition late last year that accused him of using his position for personal gain, allegations he denied.
For months, name-calling and mudslinging escalated as Mathews fought the recall, calling the group of residents a special interest group that was unhappy with his votes in City Council meetings, while the group continued accusing him of misconduct.
But thanks to a difference of about 300 votes, Mathews is safe. His term ends in May 2017.
"For me, I'm moving forward," he said, calling the election results "a great victory for the city."
"I think the citizens spoke very loudly that they are tired of the divisiveness, the toxic language and bitterness and they don't want a small group to dictate to the larger group the direction that the city's going to go," Mathews said.
Linda Taylor, the spokeswoman for the recall group, said that the small margin between "yes" and "no" votes shows that "the mayor has split the city even further."
In a city of about 43,000 people, Mathews said the turnout of 4,000 votes is high for a May election, adding that he received about 19 percent more support than when he was elected two years ago.
Mathews will continue serving with City Council, including at least two members -- Debbie Bryan and newly elected Eric Schmidt -- who directly supported the recall.”
Recall Effort Begun against Wisconsin Town Board
(05/17/16) — “PARIS -- Three residents began an effort Friday to recall all three members of the Paris Town Board.
Joseph Kolnik is pursuing the recall drive along with Robert Fliess and Paul Terry. Kolnik is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the town challenging an Interstate 94 corridor boundary agreement with the village of Somers
With their statement of intent filed Friday, they may now begin circulating recall petitions targeting Paris Chairman Virgil Gentz and Supervisors Ronald Kammerzelt and Kenneth Monson. If they are successful and a recall election ensues, Kolnik plans to challenge Gentz, Fliess would oppose Monson and Terry would take on Kammerzelt.
All three of the would-be challengers are upset about the Town Board's approval of an intergovernmental agreement that would result in some 2,500 acres along the west side of I-94 transferring from Paris to Somers, with revenue generated by new development to be shared 50-50 between the two municipalities.
"I've lived in Paris my whole life," Fliess said, "and that's why I bought my farm -- because of the tax base -- and now my town is throwing me out. It just doesn't seem fair."”
Colorado Mayor's Recall Petition Drive Continues
(05/03/16) — “CASTLE ROCK (CBS4)- The recall petition for the mayor of Castle Rock will continue after eight protests against the recall were denied. The Castle Rock Town Council must set a recall election according to the town's charter.
A group obtained the required number of signatures to petition the recall of Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue.
Eight protests were filed to challenge the validity of the petition but Independent Hearing Officer Karen Goldman issued her decision on Monday and stated she found, "no credible evidence of petition failure as part of any of the protests."
As a result of her decision, the Town Council will discuss the date of the recall election during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Donahue will continue to serve in office during the recall process. Donahue was first elected in 2008 and most recently in 2012.”