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
Voters Recall Massachusetts Mayor
(12/17/14) — “FALL RIVER -- Amid tears and cheers, Will Flanagan conceded office after a landslide recall election on Dec. 16 ousted the third-term mayor, who will be replaced by his former boss, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, out of a slate of eight candidates.
Voters, in a historic move for the city, chose to recall Flanagan by nearly 70 percent, with 10,631 voting for the recall and 4,669 voting against the recall. As well, Sutter handily defeated Flanagan with 36.77 percent of the vote to Flanagan's 26.83 percent, or 6,021 to 4,393.
Flanagan, who has been battling an aggressive recall campaign since August, is under a criminal investigation by a special prosecutor appointed by Sutter and an ethics probe.”
Louisiana Town Councilman Loses Recall Election
(12/09/14) — “GONZALES, La. - Timothy Vessel became the first Gonzales councilman to be recalled in the history of the city on Dec. 6, when 75 percent of the voters cast ballots to oust him.
Chuck LeBlanc, chairman of the recall effort Save Gonzales, tells The Advocate that after a nine-month drive, the group was elated.
Vessel faced the recall election alone after former Councilman Gary Lacombe, also targeted for recall by the grass-roots organization, avoided the election when he resigned Nov. 25.
The recall effort against the two men was launched in April in large part because of bloc voting on the council.”
Fall River, Mass. Mayoral Recall Voting Today (Dec. 16)
(12/16/14) — “FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) -- Residents are hitting the polls on Tuesday, as the city of Fall River gears up for its first recall election.
The voters are deciding whether or not to recall Mayor Will Flanagan and, if so, who should sit in his office on the sixth floor of Government Center.
The recall began after a group of citizens said it was dissatisfied with the mayor for implementing a "pay as you throw" garbage fee. Flanagan was under more scrutiny after City Councilman Jasiel Correia claimed the mayor attempted to intimidate him with a firearm in his car.”
Interfaith Service Set After Massachusetts Town's Mayoral Recall Election
(11/25/14) — “FALL RIVER -- Several of the city's religious leaders are planning to hold an interfaith service shortly after the Dec. 16 mayoral recall election to help heal the divisions in the community.
Though still in the planning stages, organizers intend to hold the service in a neutral location, possibly the Our Lady of Light Band banquet facility on Quarry Street. The service would include prayers, Scripture readings and reflections urging the city's residents to be mindful of their common humanity despite their political differences.
"The service is meant to bring healing to the city for what it's been going through," said Cantor Richard Wolberg, the chaplain of the Fall River Police Department who will be leading the ecumenical service.
Over the past several weeks, Wolberg and other clergy members have observed with growing concern the heated commentary that has often included personal attacks and innuendos against individuals on both sides of the debate over whether to recall embattled Mayor William Flanagan, who is also the subject of a separate criminal investigation.”