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
Recall Effort Begins against Cape May Mayor
(04/28/15) — “CAPE MAY, New Jersey -- Mayor Ed Mahaney faces an attempt to oust him from office as three residents have filed a petition to begin a recall process.
The petition was filed Monday at the City Clerk's Office by Trenton Avenue resident Charles Hendricks, Lafayette Street resident Thomas Keene, and Beach Avenue resident MaryJo Pinelli.
Reached by phone, Mahaney said he was not aware of the petition.
Hendricks, who made an unsuccessful bid for council in the November election, has seen victory and defeat in battles with Mahaney. An ethics complaint he filed against Mahaney was dismissed in 2012 by the state Department of Community Affairs as having "no reasonable factual basis."
The complaint had to do with city contracts given to Mahaney's alma mater, Temple University, which had been reviewed by the city solicitor and voted on by City Council at public meetings. Mahaney called it an "unjustified and brutal attack" all about election year politics. He won the mayor's race later that year.”
Recall Petitions over Gun Control Put Pressure on Oregon Democrats
(04/21/15) — “SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- With Oregon Democrats moving forward on a bill to require background checks for private gun sales, the potential political backlash is becoming apparent.
Gun rights advocates earlier in April filed petitions to recall three Democratic lawmakers who sponsored the legislation, and they say more could follow.
It's not yet clear whether deep-pocketed gun interests such as the National Rifle Association will get involved and raise a serious threat to the targeted lawmakers.
The state Senate voted last week to require background checks on any person-to-person gun sale not involving relatives. The recall move puts pressure on Democrats as the bill awaits a hearing in the House.”
Hearing Set on Recall Petition of Washington State Auditor
(04/27/15) — “OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A court hearing for a petition to recall embattled Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley has been set for May 8.
In a Friday filing, Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office requested the hearing happen in Pierce County, where Kelley lives.
Former legislator Will Knedlik filed recall papers asking voters to remove Kelley from office for reasons that include not adhering to a constitutional requirement for the auditor to live in Olympia. Kelley was indicted in federal court April 15 on 10 felony counts, including allegations he failed to pay taxes.
At the May 8 hearing in Pierce County Superior Court, a judge will consider whether the charges are sufficient to give Knedlik permission to gather the 715,800 valid signatures from registered voters required to put the recall on a statewide ballot.
The Secretary of State recommends gathering a million signatures to make sure there are 715,000 valid ones. According to the Secretary of State, there's never been a petition filed with a million signatures in Washington.
There's a nine month window to gather the signatures, then another month for verification, which could take us to March 2016. At that point, an election date would be set, perhaps in early summer, which is very close to the 2016 primary election for Auditor. Even if a million signatures could be gathered in two or three months, it seems unlikely there could be a recall election before November.”
Recall Election Slated for Florida Mayor
(04/15/15) — “BRADENTON BEACH -- A date has been set for a mayoral recall election.
Residents will decide whether to remove Bill Shearon from his position as Bradenton Beach mayor, on May 19th.
A committee in favor of removing Mayor Shearon recently submitted a petition to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. The petition had enough signatures for a judge to authorize a recall.
Shearon is accused of misusing city funds, causing poor morale and violating state public records law.
He denies those claims.”