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
Media Ignore Soros Tie-In to Walker, Jindal Recall Attempts
(09/17/14) — “The group that first filed an indictment charge against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was funded by George Soros, the liberal billionaire, but the trail of his money didn't end there. Both the recall election for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and an even less successful recall attempt for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were rooted in Soros-funded groups. Among them, these three potential Republican presidential candidates were targeted by groups receiving more than $6.3 million from Soros.
The media should be reporting on this connection, but so far they have completely ignored it. None of the broadcast news coverage of Walker's recall election or Perry's indictment on ABC, CBS or NBC has mentioned Soros. Attempts to recall Jindal weren't mentioned by the networks, although left-wing outlets like The Huffington Post tried to promote them.
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.”
Recall Launched Over Audit of Nevada Railway
(09/15/14) — “ELY, Nev. (AP) -- A recall drive has been launched against all five Ely City Council members amid controversy over their handling of a financial audit of the Nevada Northern Railway tourist attraction.
Residents Rick Stork, Don Purinton and Chris Lani filed a notice of intent on Sept. 8 with the deputy city clerk to circulate a recall petition against Sam Hansen, Marty Westland, Randy Lee, Dale Derbidge and Bruce Setterstrom.
Stork said the group will take similar action against Mayor Melody Van Camp after she has served in office for the required six months. She was appointed to the post on March 14.
Among other things, the group is upset about the city council's move to enter the closed offices of the railway on Sept. 2 to gather information for the audit.
The railway's executive director, Mark Bassett, and his lawyer, Scott Husbands, have branded the action as a "break-in," noting the offices are regularly closed to the public on Tuesdays.”
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.”