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Michigan: Three Fraser petitions against Mayor rejected by Election Commission, one withdrawn

All four of the petitions against Mayor Joe Nichols were rejected by the Election Commission, including one that was withdrawn due to the fact that it left out the title "mayor."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

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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

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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

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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

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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.