Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oregon: Sherwood Council President and Councilor kicked out in recall vote

President Jennifer Harris (72% against) and Councilor Sally Robinson (75% against) appear to have been kicked out over their decision to remove the YMCA from handling the contract for the city-owned recreation center. Final results are not yet available.

Michigan: 18 candidates file for Flint mayor recall


California: Los Angeles Unified School Board President facing charges over political money laundering

President Ref Rodriguez stepped down from the presidency by remains a member of the board following charges that he authorized $285,000 in payments to a nonprofit that he led.  The teachers' union has been highly critical of Rodriguez, but has not taken out a petition yet. They would need about 45,000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

Texas: Laredo Councilman not kicked out by council, may face recall effort

Councilman Vidal Rodriguez survived a push to be thrown out of office by the council after being found guilty of disclosing the sealed juvenile criminal record of a former opponent. The vote was 4-2-2. We'll see if there's any recall push.

Monday, October 16, 2017

North Dakota: Courtenay Council member kicked out in recall

Councilman John Bailey lost his seat in a recall, 17-11 (28 of 43 voters cast ballots). Shane Moran, who led the recall effort, was elected. The petition complains about Bailey's behavior, though Bailey stated that it was about the sewer system.

Nevada: Lawsuit against State Senate recalls

Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton's former General Counsel, has filed suit to stop the recall effort against three state Senators in Nevada, two of whom, Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro are Democrats and one a Republican-turned-independent, Patricia Farley. The recall effort has the support of Lieutenant Governor Marc Hutchinson's (R) law firm and the heavy support of GOP state Senate leader Michael Roberson, so this is a very partisan affair. If all three would be removed, the Republicans would regain control of the state senate.

The argument that Elias makes against the recall seems very unlikely, though the Nevada Supreme Court has been willing to accept questionable arguments against recalls in the past. Elias seems to be claiming that it places an undue burden on voters, it undermines the republican system and that it is a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act because it disproportionately affects minority voters.

Petitioners need 14412 signatures against Woodhouse by October 31, 14108 against Cannizzaro by November 14 and 7104 against Fairley by November 9.

Nevada has a very strange, possibly unconstitutional, recall law that requires any petition signer to have voted in the previous election.

Texas: Three Councilmembers facing recall efforts

Odessa Councilmembers Barbara Graff, Malcolm Hamilton and Filiberto Gonzales are all facing recall threats following the firing of of the City Manager and other battles. One former mayor Larry Melton, seemed to criticize them for operating as a block.

Petitioners need about 2000 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: LA Times column on the difficulty of successful recalls in California

John Myers' article notes that there have been 163 recall attempts against California officials (clearly, that is referring only to state-level officials) since 1913 and 89 in the last 25 years. The author argues:

"The successful recalls seemed to hinge on whether the politician in question was the symbol for a larger battle."

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Montana: Pondera County Sheriff recall gets the signatures

Signatures have been verified in the recall of Sheriff Carl Suta. Petitioners needed 530 signatures to get on the ballot over claims of abuse of power and incompetence.

Ohio: Newton Falls Mayor kicked out in 2010 recall looking to remove mayor and councilman

This one is interesting -- Mayor Lyle Wadddell and Councilman John Baryak (who was removed in a recall in 1992) are facing a recall effort are facing a recall effort led by former Mayor Patrick Layshock, who is running as a write-in for the council. Layshock was removed in a recall vote in 2010 and replaced by Waddell.

Louisiana: Welsh Alderman recall effort fails

The recall effort against Alderman Colby Perry failed -- petitioners needed 695 signatures, and claim they got over 500. The Mayor and the police chief have filed defamation suits against Perry and the claim is his making unjustified allegations, focusing on procedural issues, making unreasonable demands on town employees and the truly nebulous "manipulating the media."

Florida: Madeira Beach City Commission members facing recall threats

A vote to appoint the former Fire Chief as the new City Manager has led to a recall threat against Vice Mayor John Douthirt and Commissioner Nancy Oakley, as well as a later effort that is being threatened against Mayor Maggi Black. The leader of the effort represented the former City Manager and his wife, who was the City Clerk. There is also an issue of a controversial hotel development.

North Dakota: Courtnenay Councilman facing recallvote on October 16

Council member John Bailey is facing a recall vote over claims of conduct unbecoming a council member, though Bailey claims it is about the sewer system. Bailey was elected as a write-in. They Mayor and her husband signed the petitions (which only needed 5 signatures, they got 16).

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Union recall fails

An attempt to recall union President Audrey Stone appears to have failed, though the petitioners have not given up yet. Petitioners handed in 7558 signatures, they need 7058. However, only 4055 were counted as valid.

California: Trump supporters start recall against Governor Jerry Brown

They would need 878,110 valid signatures to get on the ballot. Brown is term-limited and out of office by 2018.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Carolina: Pinehurst to hold hearing on adding recall election provision

The Pinehurst Village Council agreed to hold a hearing on whether to add a recall. Lots of twists and turns on the way to approval though.

California: San Diego Councilman facing recall threatened

Councilman Chris Cate (R) is being threatened with a recall over the leaking of city documents to a developer of SoccerCity.

California: Three Westmorland Councilmembers hit with recall petitions

Councilmembers Ana Beltran, Henry Graham and Larry Ritchie over complaints about the hiring of a new police chief and questions about pay for the previous police chief.

Petitioners need 219 signatures.

California: Lake Forest Recall set for January 2

The recall of Councilman Andrew Hamilton has been set for January 2, though some want a Janaury 9 date. The special is estimated to cost between $215,805 and $240,253.

Petitioners handed in 9155 valids. They needed 8834.

Florida: Greenwood Mayor recall petitions started

Mayor Phyllis Bowman is facing a recall effort and needs at least 50 signatures to move forward through the first stage. Petitioners had 73. Bowman is accused of ordering employees to work when the Governor called for governmental employees to stand down during Hurricane Irma as well as disciplining employees. If it meets the first hurdle, petitioners would need 15% of registered to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Roseburg City Council recall fails

Petitioners didn't hand in any signatures in the recall against City Councilor Ashley Hicks. They needed 288 and claimed they had half that. The issue was Hicks vote to grant a new liquor license (though the vote failed).

Wisconsin: Eleva-Strum School Board President resigns after signatures handed in

President Lois Havenor resigned after signatures were handed in for her recall over transparency issues and a claim. of retaliation against a special-ed teacher. 528 signatures were handed in, petitioners needed 412. Havenor was president for two decades.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kenya: Recall law declared unconstitutional, election commission asks for clear procedures


Michigan: Strange Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds election unlikely to result in recall

Very interesting case here, as a stunning upset in the Macomb County Celerk race in November by Karen Spranger (an unemployed welfare receipt who was running against against a former state legislator) has led to questions of whether Spranger lived in the county at the time. The article discusses recalls, though it dismisses the idea out of hand, noting that they would need 66,276 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Calaveras County Supervisor hit with recall petition over support for commercial cannabis industry

Supervisor Jack Garamendi was hit with with a recall petition over his support for regulating the cannabis industry. He was elected in November, running unopposed. Petitioners would need about 1300 signatures.

Oregon: Huntington Mayor, three council members facing recall effort

Mayor Candy Howland and Councilmembers Richard Cummings, John McLean and Cindy Deck are all facing recall efforts over claims of hostile work environment, open meetings violations and the like. Petitioners would need 37 signatures.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wisconsin: Fitchburg Mayor facing recall effort over cuts to nonprofits

Mayor Jason Gonzalez is facing threats of a recall over funding cuts to several nonprofits. Gonzalez cannot face a recall until the Spring.

Oregon: Hubbard City Councilors resign before recall

Councilors Shannon Schmidt and Bradley Williams both resigned before an upcoming recall vote, right after Mayor Thia Estes also resigned (as did Estes' husband from the city planning commission). The issue that prompted the recall was a move to consider contracting with the Marion County Sheriff's Office rather than hiring a police chief.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oregon: Sherwood Mayor resigning before recall vote

Mayor Kirsanna Clark-Endicott has resigned before her October 17 recall, claiming that she is moving to Redmond to be with her husband, who is Mayor of Redmond (George Endicott). City Councilors Sally Robinson and Jennifer Harris are still facing the October 17 vote over their vote in favor of negotiations with an out-of-state health fitness company to handle the contract of a city-owned recreation center.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Onalaska School Board member

Petitioners handed in 2356 signatures for the recall of School Board member Jake Speed over claims that he refused to attend board meetings, threatened and harassed employees and was cited for threatening to pull a gun on a utility worker. They need 1743.

Arizona: My Op-ed in The Hill over Senatorial Recall law

Here it is

Monday, October 2, 2017

Canada: Editorial in favor of recall law


Oregon: Hubbard Mayor resigns rather than face a recall

Mayor Thia Estes resigned less than a year unto her term, with the criticism of a contract with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for police services. Petitioners also targeted Councillor Bradley Williams.

Alaska: Cordova Councilman facing November 7 recall vote

Councilman Josh Hallquist is facing a vote on November 7 over claims of defamation of character threats and disrespect to others. .

Kansas: Democratic Party Secretary removed in recall vote

Party Secretary Casey Yingling was removed in a 121-54 vote over accusations of self-dealing for advocating money be spent on a Congressional candidate who was a client.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Montana: Signatures handed in for Pondera County Sheriff recall

Petitioners have handed over 550 signatures for the recall of Sheriff Carl Suta, they need 530. The recall is over claims of incompetence in office.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nebraska: Sutherland Trustee recall set for November 21

The recall of Trustees John Lutz and Ray Ravenscroft has been set for November 21 -- the recall will be a mail-in ballot. The petitioners allege that Lutz financially benefited from this position and Ravenscroft created a hostile work environment.

Arizona: Congressman calls for recall of Senator John McCain

I'm waiting to hear back on an op-ed I wrote on the subject. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has now called for McCain to be recalled and removed by Arizona voters, presumably to be replaced by a newly-elected Republican. This wouldn’t be the first time that McCain has been threatened with a recall, though there is a real question over whether a US Senator can be recalled. Based on the Supreme Court's ruling and comments in the dissent in the US Term Limits v. Thorton, I imagine that the US Supreme Court would rule that federal officials are not subject to recall.

New Jersey: Belleville Township Councilman Kicked Out in Council Recall vote

A little odd action here. Councilman Joseph Longo, who apparently moved to Florida six months ago, resigned, but put the effective date as October 31. The Council then voted unanimously to remove Longo, which is being called a recall.

Maryland: New attempt pushed against Bowie City Council member

After failing to get enough signatures in their first attempt to remove City Councilwoman Diane Polangin, petitioners have now started a new signature gathering campaign. They need close to 2800 signatures.

Colorado: Confusion over replacement vote in Custer County Commissioner recall

It sounds like this is a challenge for the one-day/two-step process. Voters are casting ballots on the yes/no question of whether the commissioners should be removed. But some ballots are leaving blank the vote for a replacement, which is suppose to be filled out on the same ballot.

Montana: Pondera County Sheriff petitioners claim they have enough signatures

Petitioners claim that they have over 530 signatures to recall Sheriff Carl Suta over claims of a hostile work environment among other allegations.

Texas: Denton Charter Amendment would increase number of signatures for recall petition

Proposition B would change the signatures needed to get a recall on the ballot from 25% of turnout to 35%.

Cyprus: Recall law in front of House legal affairs committee

Petitioners would need 20% of "the electorate" to get the recall on the ballot.

Michigan: Parchment School Board threatened with recall after failure to complete teachers' contract


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Washington: Black Diamond Councilman recall set for December 5

Councilwoman Pat Pepper recall has been set for December 5. Petitioners submitted 639 signatures, and got at least 473. They needed 370. The issue was Open Meeting Act violations, refusing to attend council meetings, failing to enact a vote to change the Master Development Review Team contracts.

The Supreme Court still has to decide if the recall can move forward.

North Dakota: Signatures to be handed in against Washburn Commissioner

Washburn City Commission President Larry Thomas is facing a recall over allegations of harassment of employees and a lack of transparency. Petitioners claims that they have more than the 99 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Maryland: Bowie City Council delays consideration of amendment to recall charter

The City Council has not scheduled a date for a charter amendment which would switch the recall law from a political recall to a malfeasance standard one. One local activist call the attempt a "slap in the face" to voters.

The issue came about following an attempt to recall councilmembers Diane Polangin and Jimmy Marcos and Mayor G. Frederick Robinson over a vote to approve an apartment complex.

Nebraska: One of two Broken Bow School Board recall election dates set

The recall effort against J.B. Atkins was set for November 14, though the recall effort against Carl French was not put on the ballot, with both Atkins and French voting to delay it.

The recall of French is being challenged because the incumbent filing date for reelection is February 15, 2018 and the petitions were handed in August 18 (there is a six month of end of term grace period).

Monday, September 25, 2017

North Dakota: Kindred City Councilmember kicked out in recall

Councilwoman Julie Johnson lost her seat to Jason DuBord 92-65 (with former mayor Robert Clarke getting 7 votes).

Arizona: South Tucson Mayor and Councilmember recall makes the ballot

The recall against Mayor Ildefonso Green and Councilmen Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo made the ballot. Petitioners handed in 450 signatures and needed only 69.

Nebraska: Bellevue Council recall back on with signature gathering

The recall attempt against Councilman Pat Shannon is back on, after it was suspended in a challenge to the legality of the recall law. The appeal is still ongoing. Petitioners need 6597 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Eleva-Strum School Board President

528 signatures were handed in against President Lois Havenor over claims of retaliation against a special-ed teacher. They need 412 signatures.

Idaho: Filer mayor and council recall fails, though petition disputes rejection reasons

The attempt to recall Filer Mayor Rick Dunn and City Council members Ruby Allen, Christina Hatch and Gary Dietrick over the firing of the Police Chief and a move to have the Sheriff provide coverage was reported to have failed after petitioners handed 230 signatures. 196 were needed to get on the ballot. Signatures were rejected because they didn't match the voter registration card, they registered to vote after they signed the petitions or they moved. Petitions are complaining specifically about the rejection over the registration cards.

The petition was led by the wife of a police officer.

Kansas: Democratic Party Secretary facing recall vote next week

Party Secretary Casey Yingling is facing a recall vote after Yingling worked for a political consulting firm that worked for congressional candidate James Thompson in a special election.

Texas: Odessa City Council facing recall threats over city manager firing; city has high hurdles for recall law

Councilwoman Barbara Graff and other councilmembers are being threatened with a recall following the firing of the City Manager. Three of the city councilmembers have never faced an election.

The article notes that the recall laws from 1985 provides high hurdles, as they need half the signatures of turnout in the most recent election, but no fewer than 2000 signatures -- and few council races draw 2000 signatures.

Michigan: Algonac City Council member resigns in face of recall

Councilmember Irene Bird resigned rather than face a recall, following the resignation of Joe Nugent, who was replaced by Terry Stoneburner. This was the fifth resignation in Algonac this year.

Massachusetts: Stoughton recall estimated to cost $26,000

Here -- the recall is set for December 5

Michigan: Flint City Councilman will be on mayoral recall ballot and run for reelection in November

City Councilman Scott Kincaid will be on the mayoral recall replacement ballot and be on the ballot for reelection thanks to a Genesee County Judge ruling. The decision was appealed, but the Court of Appeals won't hear the case on an expedited basis, so the ruling will come after the vote.

California: Hanford City Council recall set for January 23

City Council met to discuss the date of Councilman Francisco Ramirez's recall. Petitioners handed in 1062 signatures, and 864 were valid. They need 853. The election will occur on January 23, 2018.

North Dakota: 11 recall attempts in state this year -- third year in a row of increases

11 officials have faced recall attempts in North Dakota this year, which is an increase from seven in 2016. Kindred City Councilwoman Julie Johnson (who lost last week), seems to be the only person who was removed. McKenzie County Commissioners Gene Veeder and Douglas Nordy are also mentioned as targets.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Arkansas: Police and Firefighters Unions look to recall Fort Smith Director

Fort Smith Board of Directors member Mike Lorenz is facing a recall threat from the Fraternal Order of Police and the Professional Firefighters over changes to the Civil Service Commission.

Petitioners need 2494 signaturesin 10 days  to get on the ballot.

California: Los Angeles Councilman threatened with recall over "road diets"

Councilman Mike Bonin is facing a recall effort  over the DOT's removal of 9.4 miles of traffic lanes to prevent pedestrian deaths. Bonin announced in July that lanes would be restored and the plan ended in Vistia del Mar.

Petitioners need 27,000 signatures. Since he was just elected, they cannot start gathering until October.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wisconsin: Eleva-Strum School Board President facing recall effort

President Lois Havenor is facing calls for her resignation and a recall threat over claims that she retaliated against a special-ed teacher who complained about her workload (and was dismissed). Petitioners need over 400 signatures to get to the ballot.

Virginia: Prince William County Supervisors Chairman facing recall effort.

Chairman Corey Stewart (R), who is running in the 2018 GOP primary to face Senator Tim Kaine, is facing a recall effort over his management of a meeting on a mosque project. The early morning vote led to an approval granting the new mosque a permit. For this position, there would be no recall vote. Instead, there would be a recall trial, where a judge would decide whether Stewart's actions meet the standard for a recall.

Petitioners need about 6700 signatures (10% of turnout).

Prince William School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers (D) is also facing a recall effort -- Sawyers is running for Congress.

California: Tulare Regional Medical Center Recall winner suing to get seated by the board

Senovia Gutierrez, who won the July 11 recall to replace Dr. Parmod Kumar, has so far been unable to take her seat on the board. The members claim that they have to recognize her victory. The DA is now suing to have her seated.

Louisiana: Kaplan Police Chief facing petitions

Police Chief Boyd Adams is facing a petition after he was arrested on theft and malfeasance in office charges over a failure to provide receipts for $19000 in police funds, with an alleged nearly $7000 of that being used for personal purposes. Petitioners need 999 signatures to get on the ballot.

Nebraska: Sutherland Board members recall to be set

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get the recall against village board members Ray Ravenscroft and John Lutz on the ballot. For Ravenscroft they handed in 241, 224 were approved and they needed 199. For Lutz it was 242, 224 and 199.

The village board still has to set a recall date.

Texas: Dallas City Councilman facing recall effort

Newly-elected Councilman Kevin Felder, who won office in an upset runoff, is facing a recall effort over claims that he is not up to the job. Felder has clashed with other councilmembers on some issues, though the recall seems very nascent. Petitioner would need 6454 signatures (15% of registered voters).

Monday, September 11, 2017

Arizona: Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Board recall fails

The recall attempt against board members Mike Collins and Jim Bailey failed due to "voter apathy" -- petitioners needed at least 892 signatures. The recall was over a claimed effort to consipracy by closing fire stations, purchasing a building and a claim that they didn't make repairs on a fire truck.

Two other board members, Patti Lewis and Vic Riccardi, faced a similar failed recall, though that is about their being indicted for conflict of interest for a payment to Riccardi's automotive repair shop for the district's fire trucks.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Michigan: Fraser Mayor and Councilman file suit to stop council tribunal hearing on sex harassment claims

Mayor Joe Nichols, who is facing a recall effort and Councilman Matt Hemelberg are trying to stop a September 18 tribunal hearing, arguing that the council doesn't have the authority to move forward. Petitioners need 1302 signatures to get Nichols on the ballot. Hemelberg is in his last year and is not eligible for a recall.

British Columbia: Okanagan considers recall law

In a real throwback to the recalls origins in the US progessive era, the move to increase councillor term from three years to four has also led to a resolution for adopting a recall law.

Michigan: Jackson Councilman recall signatures verified, councilman claims he won't defend seat

The recall of councilman Derek Dobies over a twitter post warning people about signing a petitions that was designed to block an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance has made the ballot. Petitioners got 604 signatures, they needed 493. Dobies is not defending the recall so he can focus on his run for mayor.

Massachusetts: Stoughton to be set at September 19 meeting

The recall of Selectmen David Sousa, Robert Cohn and Peter Brown has enough signatures to get on the ballot and will be scheduled at the selectmen's September 19 meeting.

Colorado: Frederick Mayor and Four Trustees survive recall vote

Mayor Tony Carey (831-1144) and trustees Salvatore DeSantis (730-1231), Rocky Figurilli (791-1148), Donna Hudziak (789-1151) and Fred Skates (776-1162). Carey, Hudziak and Skates were targeted over their approval of a four story building and a drive-in restuarant. The recalls against Figurilli and DeSantis were over their opposition to developments.

The election had the most votes ever cast in Frederick's history.

Wisconsin: Examination of failed recall attempt against Milwaukee Mayor

The recall did not come close to the 51,332 needed to get Mayor Tom Barrett on the ballot. Petitioners claimed to have gotten over 10,000 signatures, but of course that's not verified.

California: Signatures verified in Hanford Councilman recall

Petitioners handed in 1062 signatures in the recall against Councilman Francisco Ramirez and 864 were verified. Petitioners needed 853.The issue is a claim that Ramirez raised more than $1,000 when he ran for a council seat, and he therefore needed to file a campaign finance form. He stated that he raised less.

California: Lake Forest Councilman recall makes the ballot

Councilman Andrew Hamilton is facing an upcoming recall over a vote to contract with an animal shelter that allegedly has a high kill rate, as well as a vote to rezone a 45-acre nursery site. Hamilton has faced recall efforts for two years. Petitioners handed in 16225 signatures, with 9155 found valid. They needed 8834.

California: Recall launched against St. Helena Mayor

Mayor Alan Galbraith is facing a recall threat over claims that he has pushed the interest of corporate wine, hotel and housing developers, with a focus on a new 100,000 square foot hotel center and condos. Petitioners need 835 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Criticism of fundraiser for Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky


Alaska: Unalaska Mayor facing recall threats over City Manager ouster

Mayor Frank Kelty is facing calls to resign or being recalled after the City Manager either resigned r was fired (it is still up for debate) following a controversy with the deputy police chief (the deputy police chief circulated a survey asking the community the impressions of the current city council).

Michigan: Petitions approved against Fraser Mayor

Four recall petitions were approved against Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols, with petitioners needing 1305 signatures to get on the ballot.

Arizona: Signatures turned in against South Tucson Mayor and three councilmembers

112 signatures were turned against Mayor Ildefonso Green and councilmembers Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo. Petitioners need 60 signatures.

Canada: British Columbia Liberal MLA facing recall threat after agreeing to serve as province's Speaker

BC Liberal MLA Darryl Plecas is facing recall threats from his own party after agreeing to serve as Speaker, which allows the New Democrats and Greens to have an effective majority (as the Speaker doesn't vote, and the ND and Greens have a 44-42 majority).

The BC Liberals have looked at this as a betrayal.  British Columbia allows for recalls, but not before 18 months after an election.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Arizona: South Tucson Mayor and three councilmembers targeted in recall by former mayor, who lost seat in 2015 recall

Mayor Ildefonso Green and Councilmembers Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo over complaints including the firing of the police chief, cuts in fire personnel and a possible tax increase.

The report claims that former Mayor Paul Diaz, who lost a 2015 recall to Larribas and tried to recall Green when he was a council member, is backing the recall.

Petitioners need 60 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Flint Councilman choose mayor race in November recall

Councilman Scott Kincaid, who has served for 32 years, has decided to run for mayor in the recall against Karen Weaver in November. Kincaid wanted to run for both the council and the mayor seat at the same time but a judge rejected the idea.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Idaho: Star Mayor and Councilman facing recall effort

Mayor Chad Bell and Councilman Kevin Nielsen are facing over a vote on a large apartment complex. Petitioners needed 681 signatures. They got 693 for Nielsen and 712 for Bell.

California: Corona Mayor and Councilmembers face recall campaign

Mayor Dick Haley and Council members Karen Spiegel and Eugene Montanez have been hit with recall efforts over claims of financial mismanagement, poor land-use and increased taxes. Petitioners need about 10,500 signatures. The city's plan for a railroad grade separation which Corona will receive $84.45 from the state gas tax increase.

Idaho: Signatures handed in against Filer Mayor and three council members

230 signatures were handed in against Mayor Rick Dunn and Councilmembers Ruby Allen, Christina Hatch and Gary Dietrick. Petitioners need 196 valids to get on the ballot.

The issue is the council's firing of the Police Chief following their ignoring a County Sheriff's proposal to provide coverage.

Dunn faced a recall effort in 2014 after an office shot a dog.

New Jersey: Flemington-Raritan School Board President recall fails

The recall effort against school board president Anna Fallon failed

Philippines: Puerto Princesa City Vice Mayor facing recall effort by supporter of mayor

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III is facing a recall effort led by supporters of his former ally, Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

Washington: Yakima County Clerk recall continues though court to hear arguments in October.

The recall effort against Clerk Janelle Riddle appears to be continuing. Riddle slowed through recall with an appeal, but a Superior Court judge has since allowed it to moved forward (there will be an appeal heard by the Supreme Court on October 5).

The issue is claims of malfeasance over failing to process protection orders and failing to forward child support orders, which were cited in a state audit. Petitioners need ore than 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Flint mayor drops challenge to recall

Mayor Karen Weaver has dropped her challenged to the recall petitions,

Nebraska: Broken Bow School Board members facing upcoming recall

A recall is set to be held against school board members J.B. Atkins and Carl French over budget issues. Petitioners needed 400 signatures to get on the ballot and they have gotten that number verified.

Washington: Petitions submitted against Black Diamond Councilmember

572 signatures were handed in against Black Diamond Councilmember Patricia Pepper. Petitioners need 370 to get on the ballot. Since this is Washington, a judicial recall/malfeasance standard state, there is a need for a showing of cause. The arguments range from open meeting act violations to a vote to change the Master Development Review team.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

California: Santa Clara County Judge recall given the tentative greenlight

Petitioners have been told that they can start gathering signatures though a final decision will not be issued until tomorrow.

Nevada: Look at Senate recall attempts


California: Artesia Mayor and two councilman recalls approved by city clerk

Petitions have been against Mayor Ali Taj and Councilmen Miguel Canales and Victor Manalo over a claim that a boulevard project is taking to long to complete. Petitioner need 1867 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Algonac Councilman resigns instead of face recall

Councilman Joe Nugent resigned rather than face a recall vote in November.

Idaho: Notus Mayor survives recall vote

Mayor David Porterfield survived a recall vote 48-85. The recall was over the approval of an irrigation system.

Michigan: Judge requires that Flint Councilman cannot run for both reelection and mayoral recall race

Councilman Scott Kincaid now has to pick a job -- he cannot run for reelection and run to compete in the mayoral recall race at the same time. A three page opinion holds that it is incompatible to run for both at once.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

California: Governor signs bull extending waiting periods for recalls

The new law imposes a further waiting period on recalls so voters have a chance to remove their names from the petitions.

Colorado: Petitions filed against two Mead Trustee over marijuana dispensaries

Trustees Colleen Whitlow and Herman Schranz are facing petitions over their vote to approve marijuana dispensaries. Both have their terms ending in April.

Kansas: Democratic Party Secretary facing recall effort over consulting firm payment

Party Secretary Casey Yingling is facing a recall petition for not recusing herself from voting on giving congressional candidate James Thompson $20,000 -- she is connected to the consulting firm he's using. Petitioners need 35% of the signatures of the executive committee and need a 2/3rds vote to win. Thompson lost his special election race to replace former Congressman and current CIA director Mike Pompeo, though he did much better than expected.

Taiwan: Shou Yuan Village Chief first to recalled under new law

Chen Ming-Lun, the village chief in Shou Yuan Village, Nanzhou Township of Pingtung County, was removed by a recall vote, the first under the new amendment to the Recall Law. Perviously officials needed voter turnout over 50% (plus a majority). The new amendment (applicable to all but the president and VP) requires a turnout of 25%.

This election had 310 voters turnout, with 277 voting to remove. The issue was the building of a columbarium in the village.

Michigan: Algonac City Council recalls set for November

The recalls against Council members Irene Bird and Joe Nugent is set for Election Day, with three challengers for the two seats.

Colorado: Custer County Recall petitions verified

The signatures against three Custer County Commissioners have been approved -- the recalls are set for Election Day.

Wisconsin: Onalaska School Board member accused of threatening utility worker with gun

School Board Member Jake Speed, who is facing petitions for refusing to attend meetings, was recently cited for threatening to pull a gun on a utlity worker after the worker was set to disconnect his power.

Alaska: Homer City Council asks legislature to make recalls more difficult

Homer City Council has asked the legislature to tighten the use of "misconduct" after the recent recalls of three members. The goal would be to be more of a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state that requires a showing of cause to get on the ballot.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Georgia: Thomas County Sheriff threatened with recall after fatal shooting of black suspect by drug squad

Sheriff Carlton Powell is facing calls for his resignation and threats of a recall by the local NAACP chapter after a fatal shooting in a drug bust.

Michigan: Flint Mayoral recall counting had "bad math" -- recall effort now has exactly the number of signatures needed to get on the ballot

The recall against Mayor Karen Weaver is now hanging on a one signature. A mistake in the complaint resulted in an overcourt of 121 signatures. Petitioners needed 5750 signatures, handed in 8848 signatures and 3098 were tossed out. That is exactly how many are now approved. Weaver is almost certainly going to hunt for that last signature to toss out.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

California: Editorial blasts move to change recall law to help Democratic State Senator

The bill would add months to the qualification for a recall and a requirement that the Joint Legislative Budget Committee review the cost estimate provided.

California: Retired Judge to hear Santa Clara Judge recall appeal

Retired San Francisco Judge Kay Tsenin will hear the appeal of whether the recall against Judge Aaron Persky can move forward now.

Nevada: Look at recall in the state

Notably, there has been 150 recall efforts since 1993.

Massachusetts: Stoughton Board Selectmen recall handed in

Over 1340 signatures were handed in against Selectmen David Sousa, Peter Brown  . Petitioners need about 900 valids. The issue was the non-renewal of Town Manager's contract.

California: Signatures handed in against Hanford City Council member

Over 1063 signatures were handed in Councilman Francisco Ramirez over claims that he has been "deceitful" and caused mistrust over allegations that he raised more than $1000 in his 2014 race, even though he reported that he raised less than that (and therefore wasn't required to filed campaign finance reports). He also claimed to have degrees from a on-line college that he didn't have. Petitioners need 853 valids.

Michigan: Roscommon Village President recall to proceed

The recall against President Dan Fishel has been approved by a court after an appeal of the Election Commission ruling.

Idaho: Notus Mayor recall set for next week

Mayor Dave Porterfield will be facing a recall next week after 58 signatures were handed in. Petitioners needed 44.  The issue was complaints of the municipal irrigation system, failure to creat an emergency relief plan and communications.

Oregon: Three Jefferson City Councilors resign, Mayor still facing recall on September 19

Jefferson City councilors Brad Cheney and Stan Neal resigned after signatures were handed in -- they had until August 15 to quite. They resigned just after Councilor Bob Burns (also facing a recall, but moved out of the area).

Mayor Cyndie Hightower will face the recall by mail-in ballot on September 19. The issue was a 15 acre annexation.

California: Signature gathering proceeds in Napa Valley School Board recall

The issues have been a recommendation to replace the Napa High Indian mascot and managing the budget. Petitioners need 10,000 signatures by November 29.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

California: Senate recall meets signature requirement

Petitioners have reportedly handed in more than the 63,593 valid signatures needed to get a recall of Senator Josh Newman (D) on the ballot.

California: Proponents move to disqualify Judge who temporarily blocked start of Santa Clara County Judge recall

Petitioners have asked for a disqualification of retired Orange County Judge Marjorie Laird Carter, who temporarily blocked the start of the signature gathering campaign against Judge Aaron Persky until after an August 23 hearing.

Persky argues that California's Secretary of State, not the county registrar, should have jurisdiction over the effort.

Friday, August 18, 2017

California: Fair Political Practice Commission approves campaign finance rules

The Commission agreed 3-1 to overturn a rule that politicians are limited to a $4400 contribution from their campaign accounts to other lawmakers facing a recall.

Michigan: Three Fraser petitions against Mayor rejected by Election Commission, one withdrawn

All four of the petitions against Mayor Joe Nichols were rejected by the Election Commission, including one that was withdrawn due to the fact that it left out the title "mayor."

Louisiana: Welsh Mayor and Alderman facing petitions

Petitions have been filed against four-term Mayor Carolyn Louviere, with a claim that though no reason for the recall has yet been reported. Petitioners need 689 signatures in 180 days.

Alderman Colby Perry has been facing a pre-existing recall effort, and petitioners claim to have gathered more than 350 signatures already.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

California: 89 law professors oppose recall of Santa Clara Judge


Colorado: Signatures handed in against Custer Commissioners

Petitioners need 470 signatures to get Bob Kattnig on the ballot, 582 to get Jay Printz and 735 for a recall of Donna Hood.

Nebraska: Rulo Board Member survives recall vote

Board Member Quincey Smith survived a recall vote 16-37, with a 43 percent turnout. The issue was whether Smith was using road equipment without proper training and whether he violated open meetings laws.

Rhode Island: Providence replacement race won by Democrat


Michigan: Judge to rule on whether Flint Councilman can run for Council seat and in mayoral recall at the same time

Councilman Scott Kincaid wants to be on the ballot for both his council seat and to replace the mayor in a recall vote. A Judge is expected to decided whether Kincaid can run in both races at the same time under Michigan's new 2012 law.

Alaska: Haines Recall effort fails against three assembly members

Three Haines Assembly members, Tresham Gregg (433-616), Heather Lende (405-644) and Tom Morphet (440-611) all survived recall votes according to unofficial numbers. The recall was claimed to be about a violation of open meeting laws and coercion of the local police chief.

Nevada: Third State Senator targeted in recall effort

Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D) is the third Democratic/Nonpartisan Senator facing a recall effort, though once again without a specific reason. For the first time the Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson (R) weighed in in favor of the recalls. Cannizzarro is a first-term senator who won 51-49.

Petitioners would need 14975 signatures by November 14. If Republicans win all three races they would regain the Senate majority.

Nevada: Lt. Governor's private law firm serving as legal counsel to recall groups

Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison (R) won't comment on the recall beyond saying he supports the voters "right to choose' but his law firm is serving a legal counsel to the recall committees.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

California: Appeals Court delays enforcement of new recall law

The law, which throws up some challenges to the State Senator Josh Newman (D) recall, has been challenged by Newman's recall proponents. The Appellate Court order holds that the recall effort will take place under the old rules.

Missouri: Scott City Mayor resigns in face of investigation and petitions

Mayor Ron Cummins resigned (along with the City Administrator) after State Rep. Holly Rehder called for an investigation following the resignation of the police chief.

A petition had been started and it included two council members as leaders of the effort.

Ohio: Loveland Mayor resigns instead of facing recall

Mayor Mark Fitzgerald resigned, so there will be no recall for his position. The article does give some details on previous recalls in Ohio.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Michigan: 18 candidates file for Flint Mayoral recall

Among the candidates is one of the leaders of the petition effort, Arthur Woodson, as well as Councilman Scott Kincaid.

Nevada: Second Senator facing recall effort

Senator Patricia Farley (Nonpartisan) is the second senator to face a recall threat this week, with this one being lead by the conservative political group Keystone Corporation. Farley was elected as Republican in 2014 and switched to Nonpartisan (caucusing with Democrats) in 2016. Farley is on the Nevada Legislative Commission, which handles business when the legislature is not in session.

No reason has been given for the recall effort, and petitioners would need more than 7100 signatures to get on the ballot (from people who voted in the 2014 election)

Farley is up in 2018 and not seeking reelection.

California: Santa Clara County Judge recall temporarily halted

The recall attempt against Judge Aaron Persky has been held up over a claim that the recall proponents need permission from the Secretary of State. There is a hearing scheduled for August 23.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Nevada: State Senator targeted in recall effort

State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D) is facing a recall effort led by former Republican Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus (who was the target of a failed recall effort himself). There is no reason given for the recall effort, though there's now a claim that it is about Woodhouse's support for a so-called sanctuary city bill (the GOP has called the bill that). Woodhouse won reelection in 2016 by 469 votes.

Petitioners would need 14412 signatures from voters who voted in the 2016 election by October 31 to get on the ballot.

California: Op-ed discusses Newman recall effort


Michigan: Fraser mayor facing recall following sexual harassment charges

Mayor Joseph Nichols is facing a recall threat following charges that he and a councilman sexually harassed city workers, though the recall does not cite the allegations. The issue in the petition is the more nebulous claim that Nichols is not to be trusted, citing a muting the mic during a council meeting, a failure to comply with a FOIA request and other actions.

Michigan: Westwood Heights Board of Education recall rejected by Election Commission

A recall attempt against Board Members Trina Sanders and Lester Fykes was rejected by the Election Commission on factualness grounds. The petition claimed violation of Open Meeting Act laws, a personal vendetta against a former Superintendent and misuse of money. The petitioner was also looking to recall President DeWayn Allen and Alvera Cobb, but since neither has been on the board a year, they are not yet subject to recall.

Colorado: County Road condition debate leads to recall threats against Logan County Commissioners

Commissioners Joe McBride, Byron Pelton and Dave Donaldson were threatened with recalls during a debate over graveled road conditions. Petitioners would need 1893 signatures for Donaldson, 2000 for Pelton and 2366 for McBride.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

California: Petitions being looked at against Long Beach Councilwoman

Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce is the target of a recall after she was found on the side of a freeway with her former Chief of Staff in an alleged domestic violence incident between the two. Petitioners have also complained about her ties to local unions and her not being helpful in a push to quiet protests around a downtown hotel. There have also been questions over her blocking people on social media accounts. Petitioners would need 6463 signatures to get on the ballot.

Idaho: Star Mayor, City Council recall on the ballot in November

Mayor Chad Bell and Councilman Kevin Nielson will be on the ballot on November 7 over their support for a 200-unit apartment complex. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures for Bell and 693 for Nielson.

California: Lake Forest recall signatures handed in

Petitioners handed in 16307 signatures against Councilman Andrew Hamilton. Petitioners need at least 8834.

Texas: Bowie City Secretary banned from answering questions about recall proposal

Apparently, the city secretary is allegedly now being barred from answering questions from the petitioners on the recall.

Philippines: Attempt to change recall law to prevent end-run around term-limit laws

The push is to stop officials who have hit the three-term limit from using the recall to return to office.

Michigan: Signatures filed against Jackson Councilman, who may be on the ballot twice in November

Councilman Derek Dobies, who is running in the mayoral race, is also facing a recall effort in November. Petitioners handed in 645 signatures, they need 493.

Michigan: Spring Lake Village President resigns in face of recall

President Joyce Hatton resigns following a vote on her plan to dissolve the village government and eventually disincorporate the town (which failed 556-325). The second recall petition was just filed against Hatton.

Arizona: Recall effort against Governor fails

The recall effort against Governor Doug Ducey has failed. Petitioners needed 376,604 signatures, no word on how many they claimed to have gotten.

West Virginia: Senate Democrat looks to push for recall law

Senator Richard Ojeda (D) is now proposing a recall law for the state following Governor Jim Justice's switching from D to R. Ojeda has said that this is not a Republican versus Democrat bill, which seems accurate, as it is unlikely to have any effect on Justice himself.

Michigan: Kalkaska residents considering recall against Village President

Following a series of Facebook posts, including one allegedly calling for the killing Muslims, a recall effort is being contemplated against President Jeff Sieting. The council is also facing a lawsuit by former employees claiming that they are owed lifetime health benefits.

Ohio: Loveland Mayor recall makes the ballot

Petitions handed in against Mayor Mark J. Fitzgerald has enough signatures to make the ballot. The election will be held on November 7.

California: Fair Political Practices Commissioner spoke with Senate Democrats over campaign finance law related to Senate recall efforts

Commissioner Brian Hatch, a former lobbysit for the firefighters union and a Democrat, had discussions with the attorney for the Senate Democrats over a push to reverse the FPPC position on recall election contribution limits. This is all related to the push for a recall of state Senator Josh Newman (D).

The discussion is over a 2002 FPPC interpretation that state candidates are subject to contribution limits when they give money to a candidate-controlled recall committee, which would limit donations to $4400 maximum. In July, there was a 3-1 vote to adopt new rules (two Republicans and one Democrat voted to change the rules; one Democrat voted against).

Wisconsin: Petitions filed against Onalaska School Board member

Board member Jake Speed, who was censured for refusing to perform the duties and claimed that the district is sending viruses through e-mails, is facing a recall threat filed by former board president Mark Cassellius. Petitioners would need 1700 signatures.

Louisiana: Clarence Mayor facing recall threats after cancelling regular meeting

Mayor Tommy Evans is facing a recall threat after cancelling the regularly scheduled council meeting, one of several that he has cancelled.  There has also been issues with a sewer system and a reported city hall break-in. Evans has also had a problem with the now-defunct police department, and has paid $2300 to an ex-officer since termination. He has also been accused of preventing alderman from seeing information about village finances and ignoring votes.

Petitioners would need 144 signatures to move forward. One of the petitioners claims to have submitted 149 signatures but had it rejected because 11 names didn't qualify.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Texas: Alice Mayor, City Council recall dropped

An attempt to recall Mayor Joelen B. Vanover and Councilman Pete Crisp appears to have been abandoned by former councilman candidate Tony Sexton. He claimed that attending a recent council meeting was enough to see the council working together.

The recall effort against two other council members, Yolanda Moran and Elida Garza, is on the ballot for a November 7 vote.

North Dakota: Arnegard Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Niel Nelson, a former Mayor and councilman who won office with 22 write-in votes in 2016, is facing a recall effort over claims of overstepping authority, harassing residents and some health concerns. Petitioners need 14 signatures.

California: Recount confirms Tulare Hospital recall result


Massachusetts: Three Selectmen Stoughton facing recall effort

Chairman David J. Sousa, Vice Chairman Robert Cohn and Selectman Peter Brown are all facing a recall effort over their push to remove the Town Manager, who was replaced by a 3-2 vote with an interim town manager when the sitting manager was on vacation. Selectman Michael Sullivan is pushing for the recall effort. Petitioners need about 900 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Arizona: Former Huachuca City Mayor lauches recall against current mayor, three council members

Mayor Ken Taylor is facing a second recall effort, along with three council members (who's names will be added once I see an article with them). The leader of the effort is George Nerhan, a former mayor, and the issue is a complaint about divided government and dysfunction.

Taylor survived a recall in 2015.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

California: Assembly Speaker targeted by recall over opposition to single-payer healthcare

Single-payer healthcare advocates are targeting Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) after Rendon stopped a single-payer healthcare bill.

New Jersey: Editorial in favor of Wayne Councilman recall

An editorial in favor of removing Councilman Richard Jasterzbski over his cursing out a fellow Republican over signs in campaign headquarters.

California: Del Norte County Supervisor recall fails

A recall attempt against Supervisor Lori Cowan has been shelved because, according to the article, the committee could not find sufficient cause for a recall. The issue that petitioners claimed was raising garbage fees and requests for distant business trips.

Alaska: Homer Recall group fined $725 for filing forms 29 days late


California: Recall Rematch? Losing candidate in November election looks to run in recall against Democratic state Senator

Former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang (R) has announced plans to run against Senator Josh Newman (D) if the recall gets on the ballot. Newman defeated Chang in November by less than 1% of the vote. There is a long history of "recall reruns" and you can see some of it here.

New Poll claims 59% would recall Trump; 44% all of Congress

Here -- though of course there is no recall on the federal level

California: Signatures handed in for Lake Forest City Council recall

Petitioners handed in 16307 signatures for the recall of Councilman Andrew Hamilton, they need at least 8834 to get on the ballot. An anti-recall campaign handed in 2268 withdrawal forms. This is the second time Hamilton is facing a recall petition -- he had one in 2015 that failed to get on the ballot. The issue seems to be about a contract with an animal shelter (and the kill rate at the shelter).

Friday, July 28, 2017

Idaho: Recall set for November 7 against Western Elmore Recreation District Directors

Petitioners handed in over 1700 valid signatures to get the recall against board president Art Nelson and Vice President Judy Mayne on the ballot. Petitioners need 1249. The two were proposing different uses for the park (one a dog park, the other a rodeo).

Nigeria: Plateau State Assembly member facing recall threat

House of Assembly member Godfrey K. Lamdip is facing a recall effort allegedly led by the APC-led government.

Nebraska: Bellevue City Council petitions rejected because affidavit handwritten, not typed

The recall campaign against Councilman Pat Shannon has been stopped because the petition was handwritten, not typed. Petitioners can resubmit. The issue was Shannon's carwash being voted to be torn down and him being tried (and found not guilty) of violating electrical license requirements.

Michigan: Petitions filed against five Addison Community School Board Trustees

Trustees Irving Dentel, Mike Karabestos, Mike Murphy, Jim Driskill and David Luke are all facing recalls over claims of open meeting act violations and failure to monitor the superintendent. The first petition attempt was rejected.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Colombia: Bogota Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Penalosa is facing a recall effort, with 473,700 signatures (of 706,000) validated. The petitioners are claiming that he has failed to follow through his campaign promises. Penalosa has pushed for a mega infrastructure project.

Wisconsin: 2012 recall providing key evidence in gerrymandering case


Alaska: Borough attorney rejects petitions against Petersburg Assembly members

The Petersburg Borough Attorney has recommended against issuing recall petitions against Assembly members Jeigh Stanton Gregor, Nancy Strand, Kurt Wohlhueter and Eric Castro over a closed door session following the retirement of the electrical superintendent.

New Mexico: Petitioners ask permission to move forward on Roosevelt County Sheriff recall

Sheriff Malin Parker is the target of a recall over allegations that he retaliates against individuals who oppose his policies. Petitioners need 1288 signatures (and a judge's sign-off) to move forward.

Florida: Hillborough Commissioner facing recall threats over her flipped vote to remove a Confederate monument

Commissioner Sandy Murman (R) is facing recall threats after initially voting to reject a motion to removal a Confederate monument and then changing her vote in July.  Petitioners would need at least 11000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Kansas: Great Bend Council members facing inquiries into recall law

There has been questions about recalling Council members Joel Jackson and Vicki Berryman.

Oregon: Hubbard Mayor and Councilor facing petitions

Mayor Thia Estes and Councilor Bradley Williams are facing petitions filed by the son of a former police chief over the city's contracting for police services with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Petitioner needs 111 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

North Carolina: Pinehurst residents ask for recall law

Doesn't seem like it will be adopted -- though 21 local recall bills have been passed in the North Carolina General Assembly.

Michigan: Leader of Algonac recall effort denied reappointment to planning commission

Amanda Gougeon was a leader of the recall effort against Algonac Councilmembers Irene Bird. She has since been rejected for reappointment to the planning commission. Petitioners have submitted 396 and 398 signatures -- they need 331 (which is still be reviewed). The issue is a meeting regarding a Bible Church and proposed Dream Center and the removal of the City Manager.

Texas: Bowie Mayor and Council facing recall threats

Bowie Mayor Scott Davis and Councilors Chuck Malone, Wayne Bell, Terry Gunter, Douglas Boyd and Jim Graham are facing a recall threat (one of the councilors was appointed on June 20 and is not eligible). Petitioners need 628 signatures, though there was a discussion of the amount needed for a referendum election (which is 381 signatures). The issue is an increase in utility rates and a demand for a reduction in the electricity rate.

Rhode Island: Providence Councilman looking to collect pension after recall


Michigan: Flint mayoral petition makes the ballot

Mayor Karen Weaver is facing a recall vote in November. Petitioners needed 5750 signatures and had 5951 verified.

Weaver is claiming that some of the signatures were obtained through misleading the signers. There is currently an investigation into those charges.

California: Petitioning started against two Redding Councilmembers

Councilmembers Kristen Schreder and Francie Sullivan are facing recalls over their vote to give raises to certain city employees. Petitioners need over 9800 signatures to get on the ballot.

Oregon: Jefferson Mayor and City Council facing recall effort

New Mayor Cyndie Hightower and new councilors Bob Burns, Brad Cheney and Stan Neal are facing recall efforts over claims that they are not acting ethically or fiscally responsible. The significant issue seems to be the new officials push for a public vote over annexation of 60 homes into the city. Burns has already resigned, though it sounds like that is simply because he sold his house and is moving.

Petitioners would need 135 signatures.

New Jersey: Petitions ready for Wayne Councilman recall

The signature effort against Councilman Richard Jasterbzski is set to begin over his cursing out a local Republican state committee candidate regarding the removal of signs in the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization's headquarters. Petitioners need 1317 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Missouri: Jefferson County Executive who face recall effort not seeking third term

County Executive Ken Waller, who sued the county for a pay hike and sued the city council in a power dispute, has decided to not run for reelection. Petitioners would need 21,000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot -- no word if that is continuing.

North Dakota: LaMoure County State's Attorney recall falls short

The recall attempt against State's Attorney Tonya Duffy was rejected due to incomplete addresses on petitions. Petitioners collected 613 signatures and turned them in on June 20. Petitioners needed 541. Five petitioners of 170 signatures were rejected because the circulator's residential address was incomplete on the last page. Petitioners claimed a lack of competency and that she didn't treat constituents fairly.

Montana: Petitions filed against Pondera County Sheriff

Sheriff Carl Suta is facing petitions over claims of abuse of power among many other things. Petitioners need 530 signatures in 90 days.

Michigan: Spring Lake Village President petition approved

Village President Joyce Hatton recall language was approved after she compared a parking ordinance to the Holocaust and has pushed for disincorporation. Petitioners need 282 signatures by August 3.

Nebraska: Bellevue Council recall

Councilman Pat Shannon's recall effort is set for a hearing on July 27. 

California: Recall effort started against Solano County Family Court Judge

A recall effort has started against Judge Christine Carringer over complaints about her custody arrangements. Petitioners need 23,972 signatures to get on the ballot.

Colorado: Broomfield Councilman survives recall vote

Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman Greg Stokes easily survived the recall vote against him over his opposition to a five year ban on fracking. The vote was 1583-2874.

Ohio: Signatures handed in against Loveland Mayor

Over 2000 signatures have been handed in against Mayor Mark Fitzgerald (petitioners need 15% of turnout -- the number is not clear from the article. The issue seems to be a lawsuit against Fitzgerald when he was the administrator for North College Hill claiming he misused city funds, and as part of his settlement, he could not work for the city again.

The article notes the rarity of recalls in Ohio that Lincoln Heights Mayor LaVerne Mitchell was removed in a recall in 2005.

California: Lawsuit challenges state recall revision rules

The backers of a recall effort against Senator Josh Newman, who submitted about 85,000 signatures for a recall effort, have sued to challenge the law that extends the amount of time between a petition and an election as well as gives voters the chance to remove their signatures from the petition. The suit focuses on provision that calls for the state's Department of Finance to give a review of the cost of the recall election, which has no timetable to when the review needs to be finished.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Texas: Alice City Council still trying to set date for recall


Oregon: New attempt to remove Governor Kate Brown

Petitions have been filed to try and get a recall against Governor Kate Brown over claims of "overreach" on taxes, the voter referral process, the state's foster care system and the death during the Malheur National Wildlife Refugee in 2016.

The same petitioner, Arin Marcus, tried to recall Governor John Kitzhaber in 2015 because Kitzhaber did not intervene in custody case where Marcus was removed by the DHS and adopted.

Petitioners need 291,907 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Recall attempt launched against Spring Lake Village President

Village President Joyce Hatton, who was criticized for lateness and consulting with the auditor without council permission, where she seemed to have the other six council members object to her idea that there would be a significant amount of money left over if the village is dissolved. Hatton, who won office in November, pushed for dissolving the village in order to save on property taxes.

California: Tulare Regional Medical Center Board Director kicked out

Board Director Dr. Parmod Kumar was removed 707-168, and he is being replaced by Senovia Gutierrez, who won the replacement vote over Jesse Salcido 569-173. Almost all the votes were mail-in (703 mail-in ballots, 176 votes showed up on Tuesday).

The recall was over a $85 million in bonds for a new building and a vote to divest the powers of the board to Health Care Conglomerate Associates.

Monday, July 10, 2017

California: More news on State Senate recall effort

Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker (R) has thrown his hat into the ring; Three Republican petition-gatherers are being sued by the California Democratic Party over allegations that they claimed the petition was to remove the gas tax.

Michigan: Signatures handed in against Flint Mayor

Petitioners handed in nearly 8900 signatures to recall Mayor Karen Weaver. About 8200 were allowed to move forward and the clerk has until July 24 to check them. Petitioners need under 5800 signatures to get on the ballot. The recall would take place on Election Day if the signatures are enough.

California: Two Newhall County Water District members recall failed

The attempt to recall President Maria Gutzeit and director Dan Mortensen over a proposed water merger with Castaic Lake Water Agency has failed. Petitioners needed 5713 signatures, but didn't turn any in.

Wisconsin: Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic candidate against Scott Walker in 2012 facing recall efforts

Four-term Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran as the Democratic candidate in the 2012 Scott Walker recall election, is facing a petition partly led by one of the leaders of a group called the "Original Black Panthers of Milwaukee." The petition complains about crime, lead exposure in water pipes and the Milwaukee Streetcar project. Petitioners would need over 51,000 signatures in 60 days.