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. 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

Colorado Councilwoman Who Faced Recall Resigns

(01/14/15) — “PUEBLO -- City Councilwoman Ami Nawrocki submitted her resignation letter to City Manager Sam Azad on January 13. Nawrocki said she's calling it quits after 2 1/2 years on City Council because the recall election is hurting her family. "At this point, my priority in life is the quality of my family's life," Nawrocki said. Nawrocki became the target of a recall last year after she was accused of breaking state law by keeping the public out of the loop when she discussed public business over email.”
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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.”
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Fall River Swears in New Mayor After Recall

(12/30/14) — “FALL RIVER -- Massachusetts's newest mayor has taken the oath of office in front of a standing room only crowd. Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter was sworn in as Fall River's mayor on Tuesday. Sutter, who previously ran unsuccessfully for Congress, defeated Will Flanagan in a recall election earlier this month. His office is currently prosecuting former New England Patriots' player Aaron Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder. Sutter plans on stepping down as district attorney after meeting with Gov. Deval Patrick this week and recommending a successor. He says he is confident with the prosecution team assigned to the Hernandez case. Issues in the recall election included fire department layoffs and costs of a trash program. A city councilor also alleged Flanagan tried to intimidate him with a gun, which Flanagan denied”
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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.”
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