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 Begun against Ferguson Mayor
(03/24/15) — “A coalition of Ferguson, MO. residents has filed paperwork in an effort to oust the city's current mayor, James Knowles III.
Five people have filed an affidavit at city hall, notifying officials that they would be collecting signatures demanding a recall election, which, according to Ferguson bylaws, is the first step in removing an elected officer.
If removed, Knowles would join a growing list of Ferguson city officials who have either resigned or have been fired in the weeks following a U.S. Department of Justice investigation examining alleged discriminatory tactics used within the city.
The investigation was launched in the wake of riots after a grand jury declined last November to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of robbery suspect Michael Brown in August.
The committee has 60 days to gather 1,800 signatures before a recall election is ordered.”
Massachusetts Town Official Who Questioned Recall Resigns
(03/03/15) — “SAUGUS -- For the second time in three months, a member of the Saugus Board of Registrars has resigned after raising questions about the March 17 special election to recall four selectmen.
Joanne D. Rappa, the board's chairwoman, resigned on Feb. 20, stating her "disappointment with the process of the upcoming special election," according to her resignation letter.
The recall of four of five selectmen centers on the board's vote to fire Scott C. Crabtree, former town manager, in October.
Gary Butt, who served for nearly 20 years on the board, resigned on Nov. 14. Butt said he didn't believethe recall was following state law, and it was not the process outlined in the town charter.”
Voters in Massachusetts Town Recall 4 Selectmen
(03/19/15) — “SAUGUS -- Political change swept through Saugus on Tuesday, where residents voted overwhelmingly to recall four selectmen, ending months of political turmoil.
Incumbents Ellen C. Faiella, Maureen Dever, Paul Allan, and Steven Castinetti were ousted from office, replaced by four challengers who never before held elective office.
Scott Brazis, Jeffrey Cicolini, Jennifer D'Eon, and Mark Mitchell won by as much as 60 percent of the votes cast in the town's 10 precincts.
About 27 percent of the town's 17,486 registered voters, or a total of 4,778, cast ballots in the first special election held in Saugus to recall selectmen since 1975.
The recall centered on the firing of Scott C. Crabtree, a former police officer and selectman who served as town manager for nearly two and a half years. The ousted selectmen accused him of a variety of financial managerial offenses, and voted to fire him on Oct. 29. Selectwoman Debra Panetta, the only board member to vote against firing Crabtree, was not subject to the recall. ”
Questions Raised about Colorado Springs Recall Petition
(03/03/15) — “COLORADO SPRINGS -- Southeast district resident Robert Blancken raised questions on March 2 about the recall petition against District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins, including whether people who collect signatures need to be registered voters.
In December, three District 4 residents headed by Deborah Hendrix, launched a recall effort against Collins, who represents southeast Colorado Springs. Collins was elected in 2013 to a four-year term, beating out Hendrix and Dennis Moore. Hendrix has said she is not interested in the council seat.
In a phone interview, Hendrix said Collins' opposition to a stormwater proposal, which failed in the Nov. 4 election, as well as a lack of communication with district residents were two of the reasons behind the recall.”