Friday, February 16, 2018

Arizona: New petition filed to recall Senator John McCain

Here -- though it is unlikely that it will be approved

Nebraska: Elmwood Village Board tosses out chairwoman

Chairwoman Pat Wray was kicked out 113-85. Wray was accused of battling with the board, three of whose members resigned last year over the fighting.

California: Yosemite School District President and Trustee facing recall effort

School Board President Tammy Loveland and Trustee Christine Wilder were each served with petitions over a kitchen sink of issues, including hiring the current superintendent.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Montana: Tracy City Councilman survives recall effort

Councilman Tony Peterson survived a recall vote, 211-174. The issue was Peterson's alleged bullying of city employees.

North Carolina: Pinehurst Village Council shoots down recall plan

The council voted down an idea for a recall law

Texas: Plano City Councilman facing recall effort over Facebook post on Islam

Councilman Tom Harrison is facing a recall after posting a video of girls in hijabs with the statement that "Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools." Petitioners would need about 2791 signatures (30% of votes cast in the last municipal election).

California: Recall petitions drafted for Stockton Mayor

Petitioners have been taken out against Mayor Michael Tubbs (D) over claims that the acts in a fiscally irresponsible manner and homelessness has increased. Petitioners need 15918 signatures -- Tubbs beat the Republican incumbent in 2016, gaining 70% of the vote.

Idaho: Pocatello/Chubbuck School board facing recall effort

A fight over school choice of high school has led to an effort to recall the entire school board.

Texas: Signatures validated in Windcrest Councilmen recall

The recall effort against Councilmen Gerd Jacobi, James McFall and Jim Shelton took a step closer to finally getting on the ballot. Petitioners handed in enough signatures (they needed 415), but the city secretary rejected the petitions because some of the signers had not voted in the previous election. Windcrest simply requires that they get signatures from registered voters, so this decision was reversed. The petitioners are hoping to schedule the recall for the May primary ballot, though there is concern (as has happened in Texas numerous times before) that the recall will be delayed by the council.

The issue is the creation of the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Department Bugle Crew, which would replace the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association.

Washington: Early returns suggest Black Diamond City Council member kicked out

Results are still not official, but the recall of Council member Pat Pepper seems to have succeeded. The current vote is 667-310.

Pepper was accused of Open Meeting Act violations, refusing to attend council meetings, and failing to enact a vote to change the Master Development Review Team contracts.

Louisiana: Charges thrown out against recall petitioner in Lafayette City Marshall

The lead petitioner in the recall effort against Marshall Brian Pope had charges dismissed. The petitioner was arrested by the City Marshall's office right after the recall failed on 20-year old charges of bouncing $200 in checks.

Pope is still facing a felony trial this year.

Michigan: Branch County Prosecutor recall effort greenlit

The recall effort against Prosecutor Ralph Kimble over sexual harassment claims and a police investigation has been approved by the State Board of Canvassers.

Petitioners need 2858 signatures.

Nebraska: Replacement race following Sutherland recall

A special election filled the seats of the two members ousted in a November recall, Trustees John Lutz and Ray Ravenscroft. Tory Copeland and Larry Meyer won the five person race.

Nigeria: Threats of a recall against Senator who criticized president

The recall effort is against Senator Shehu Sani over claims that he insulted the president.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Nevada: Coverage of Court case against State Senate recalls

Lots of coverage of the Nevada State Senate recall campaigns, including one piece by Nicholas Riccardi at the AP that cites me discussing the political nature of recalls.

California: Santa Clara Board of Supervisors schedules recall for June

The recall of Judge Aaron Persky has been put on the June 5 ballot.

Maine: Petitioners hand in 1072 signatures for York School Board member recall

Petitioners handed in 1072 signatures. They need 697 signatures to get the recall of School Board Member Dick Bachelder on the ballot. Petitioners need to hand in by tomorrow. The recall is over his role in the firing of a coach. Bachelder's term is up in May regardless.

California: Oxnard Recall could cost $500,000

It's a special election scheduled for May 1.

Wisconsin: St. Francis Mayor Recall scheduled for March 13

Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls will face a special election on March 13, as petitioners handed in 1229 valid signatures. They handed in 1275 and needs 1047. St. Marie-Carls has said she will appeal the ruling. The issue was claims of unprofessional conduct.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Colorado: Editorial against La Plata County Commissioner

An editorial is out there  criticizing the recall effort against County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt over her environmental advocacy. The article does claim that recalls should only be used for "extreme cases of gross misconduct or major ethics violations..."

Michigan: Judges forces recall of Wayne Councilman on to May ballot

After more than a month of waiting, a Circuit Court Judge forced a recall of Councilman Chris Sanders onto the May primary ballot over his vote to move elections to even numbered years. Petitioners handed in about 1400 signatures, they got 1281 verified, and they needed 1183. But the Clerk allegedly wouldn't issue a call for the recall election to be held. Petitions against three other officials failed to get enough signatures.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Nevada: District Court Judge to hear state Senate recall suits

A District Court Judge is hearing the suit over requests from petitioners to remove their signatures on petitions against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro. Democrat have submitted more than 2000 signatures calling for removal for each recall effort.

New Jersey: A look at the Mahwah mayoral recall effort


Michigan:Signatures turned in against three Juniata Township officials

Petitioners handed in over 200 signatures in the recall against Supervisor Neil Jackson, Clerk Heidi Stark and Trustee Andrew Stark over a failure to enact a moratorium on commercial wind energy systems -- a company wants permits for 31 turbines in the township. They need 147 signatures to get on the ballot.

A petition against trustee Elaine Schunn was rejected. A fifth official, Trustee Brenda Wachner, wasn't targeted.

The election would be on May 8, the primary election day.

Oregon: Ashland Commissioners recall gets to the ballot

Enough signatures have been handed in against Commissioners Rick Landt, Mike Gardiner to get the recalls on the ballot. The petitions claim mismanagement of a $9 million budget and spending $230,000 on a consultant for a park.

The recall has to be held by March 14 and is estimated to cost between $25,000-$30,000. Petitioners got 1812 signatures for Gardiner, 1809 for Lewis and 1796 for Landt. They needed 1566 for each.

California: New Port Beach Councilman failed recall effort cost more than $130,000

The failed effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter costs $130,000 and raised close to $100,000. Peotter. The top donations were from a former Assemblywoman and the campaign committee for a former councilwoman. Three former Newport Beach mayors also donated, as did the planning commissioner who lost to Peotter in his 2014 race.

$66,734 dollars were given to PCI Consultants, the petition management firm (they owed another $41,863).

Peotter raised $45000 in opposition to the recall.