Wednesday, November 14, 2018

California: Seaside Councilwoman resigns following signature submission

Councilwoman Kayla Jones will resign in the face of a recall effort. Jones just lost in her push for the open mayor seat. The recall was over Jones' filing for childcare and travel expenses. She also did not come to a meeting after claiming to be sexually harassed by other members. An investigation found no evidence.

Petitioners handed in 49 signatures for her recall.

California: Congressman Jeff Denham, who survived a recall vote as a state Senator, loses reelection race

Denham survived a recall in 2008, when the Democrats were trying to gain a supermajority in the state Senate.

California: Republicans loses State Senate seat, depriving them of the blocking 1/3rd vote from the Newman recall

In June, the GOP managed to recall and remove State Senator Josh Newman (D) over a gas tax issue, as well as a desire to deprive the Democrats of a 2/3rds Supermajority in the Senate. Thanks to the General election results, Democrats have regained their Supermajority.

A similar thing happened in Wisconsin in 2012, when the Democrats ousted a state Senator in the  recalls in June and gain a majority in the state Senate only to lose it in the November election.

Texas: Bedford Mayor facing recall efforts

Petitioners have taken the first step forward in submitting affidavits to recall Mayor Jim Griffin over his support for more apartments in Bedford. They would need 1584 signatures by the middle of December. No word if petitions were also taken out as threatened against Councilmembers Roger Fisher, Roy Turner and Rusty Sarter.

Massachusetts: Petitioners claims to have sufficient signatures in Fall River Mayor recall run

Petitioners claim they have more than 2510 signatures to get a recall of Mayor Jasiel Correia II on the ballot. They are looking to get over 4000. Correia, who was arrested on federal wire and tax fraud charges for defrauding investors, has also faced a city council no confidence vote.

Fall River recalled and removed Mayor Will Flanagan in 2014. Flanagan is a potential candidate in a recall race.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Michigan: Split result in Leoni Township recalls

Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R) survived a recall vote 2239-1610-1384, while Clerk Michele Manke (D) lost to Mark Carpenter (R) 2696-2071-487 for a third party candidate and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) lost to Patrick Clemente (R) 2905-2248.. The issue was their vote that allowed for a percentage of the $5000 administrative fee for medical marijuana applications to go to directly to the seven board members for the extra work they did in approving the applications. The law has since been changed

Michigan: Four Inverness Township Board Members kicked out

Clerk Jean Bethem, Treasurer Kathy Spray and Trustees Bernie Schramm and Timothy Borowics were all removed in a recall vote over a failed development project. They were replaced by Lisa Porter, Johanna Pluszcynski, Rodney Lahaie and Greg Elliot. The recall succeeded by a 2-1 vote.

Michigan: Split result in London Township officials recall

Supervisor Gary Taepke (R) survived a recall vote, beating former Trustee William Eaddy 648-6000. Trustee Richard Horn (R) lost his vote to Penny Turner.

Taepke's recall was over support of a medical marijuana ordinance as well as the enforcement of other ordinances in the area. Horn was over the other ordinance (a vote against allowing the road commission to apply brine to local roads).

Another official, Clerk Larry Lee, was also targeted, but he retired and moved.

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman loses recall vote

Councilwoman Janell Smith lost her recall vote 59-41% . The council will fill the position. Smith had previously been hit with a censure measure which the Council approved (one abstention and Smith voting no.

The recall issue was is about information that Smith alleged to have not given the council about a city water pressure project.

Smith's son was also charged with misdemeanor assault for pushing away someone who approached his mother during campaigning.

Oregon: Shady Cove Councilor resigns after recall ballots mailed out

City Councilor Linda Kristich resigned as ballots were being mailed out for her recall vote over claims that she represented her own interests. The city is still looking to count the votes from the mailed-out ballots.

Michigan: Split decision in Williamston School Board Members recall; one ousted, three survive vote over gender identity policy

School Board President Greg Talberg lost his recall race to Karen Potter, 2711-2653, while board members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis all survived their vote with 57% in their favor.

The issue was a vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents.

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County former Assistant District Attorney wins replacement race in recall

Former ADA John Sacia (D), who beat District Attorney Taavi McMahon in the primary portion of McMahon's recall election, defeated Rick Niemeyer in the general election portion, 6375-5663.

Sacia beat McMahon, who was ousted in a recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures, 2244-450. McMahon suspended Sacia after he announced he was running to replace McMahon.

The county board has sought McMahon's resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

The recall became a two-parter once Niemeyer, a candidate from the other party, entered the race.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Michigan: Four Saugatuck Township ousted in recall election

The recalls against Clerk Brad Rudich, Treasurer Lori Babinski, Trustees Roy McIlwaine and Douglas Lane have been set for November 6. The issue was a failure to remove an employee who was reprimanded. The four are all Republicans and any candidate running against will be listed either as a different party or as non-partisan.

Texas: Groves Councilman loses recall vote

Councilman Cross Coburn was kicked out in a recall vote 2071-1138.  The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition).

Michigan: Calumet President and Trustee survive recall vote

President Dave Geisler survived a recall vote 141-92 over complaints of providing false financial records. Trustee Virginia Dwyer survived 96-76-50. Her recall was over the issue was a vote over opting-in to the state's marijuana law

Michigan: Britton Deerfield School Board members kicked out

Board Members Ben Allhouse, Yvonne Thomas, Brian Bartush and Doug Mayher Jr. all were kicked out of office. The issue was the refusal to renew a contract for a high school principal and Open Meeting Act violations.

Allhouse lost to Linda Wielfaert, with another contender (Matt Perkins) finishing second, 690-451-233.

Bartush lost to Jim Mueller, with Marcie VanBlack finishing second, 563-551-266.

Mayher lost to Cassandra Kormos, with Lee Hoffman finishing second, 610-574-181

Thomas lost to Jamie Logan and Shannon Miller finished second, 575-547-222.

Michigan: Four Tecumseh School Board members kicked out in recall

School board Vice President Steven Linn, treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges and member Jim Rice were all kicked out of office over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints. Amstutz-Wild lost to Suzanne Moore 4257-2700; Linn lost to Milton Abbott, 4114-2775; Johnson-Berges lost to McNamara, 4281-2639 and Rice lost to Kevin Johnson 4117-2903.

The  recall organizers won three other open seats.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor kicked out in recall rerun

Mayor Bill Laforet lost his recall race 4356-3426 to John Roth, who had lost to Laforet in 2016 by 92 votes.  The issue was Laforet's backing and then moving away from an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. Both of the laws are allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews and the city has been accused of anti-semitism and discrimination. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Laforet has been the subject of two no-confidence votes in three years.

Laforet is the first New Jersey official to be recalled and removed since 2011.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Massachusetts: Milford Selectman facing recall effort

Selectman William Kingkade Jr. is facing a recall effort over a vote to not renew the police chief's contract as well as a single care crash that he was in. Petitioners need about 3700 signatures to get on the ballot.

Montana: Tracy City Councilman who survives recall running for mayor

Councilman Tony Peterson, who survived a recall vote over alleged bullying of city employees, is now running for Mayor.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Arkansas: NorthWest Arkansas Democrat Gazette endorses potential statewide recall law

Here's an editorial in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette discussing a push to expand recalls to the state legislatures -- though calling for a malfeasance standard recall. In 2009, the state allowed for recalls in Mayor-Council jurisdictions. In 2012, there were a spate of mayoral recalls, but we haven't seen any since.


Canada: British Columbia MLA facing recall effort

MLA Rich Coleman is facing a recall effort by an unknown group over a casino money laundering scandal. Coleman was responsible for gaming. $100 million were alleged to have "flowed through B.C. casinos." Coleman was previously targeted with a recall in 1998, but it went nowhere.

Ohio: Kent to vote on changes in recall law

Kent voters will be asked to change their recall law with a vote on Issue 16 -- the changes include upping the signature amount for recalls to 25% of turnout in the last presidential election and require a stated cause of action. Kent was the site of a 2009 recall against five councilmembers (all survived). Apparently, there are some debates on an Ohio Supreme Court decision which prevents signature requirements from being tied to registered voters. The City Council voted in favor of the change 8-1.

Texas: Rusk City Council member facing recall talk over inappropriate comments

Councilmember Ken Ferrara is facing recall threats over alleged "highly inappropriate comments to the city secretary" Rosalyn Brown. Ferrara has since apologized and was reprimanded by the council.

California: Group threatens Attorney General with recall if gas tax repeal fails

Conservative radio host Carl DeMaio is threatening to launch a recall of Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) if Proposition 6, the repeal of a gas tax increase, fails. DeMaio was a leader of the successful recall effort against State Senator Josh Newman. It is not clear how many signatures a recall of Becerra would take, but there is a great chance that it would be more than any recall has ever needed to get on the ballot in US history. (It would be 12% of turnout in the November election, which is likely to be higher than the 2002 Gubernatorial election that set the number for Gray Davis).

Colorado: Williamsburg Mayor resigns before recall vote

Mayor Jerry Farringer, who is facing a recall over embezzlement claims following a vote to vacate a dead-end alley owned by the town that was then given to neighboring property owners, resigned on October 18 before the vote.

Trustees Robert Busetti and Forrest Borre are still facing a recall effort. Farringer allegedly signed the document before he was sworn in. The recall is a two step (vote up or down on whether to remove the officials, then select a replacement). Busetti's replacement race is between Barbara Cameron and Michael Pearcey. Borre would be replaced by Vikki Covington.

Trustee Eva Mares is one of the leaders of the recall effort. Trustee Steven Ricotta, who is married to the town clerk who approved the petitions, is allegedly a potential beneficiary of the property vote, is up for a regular election that day. The elected officials had suggest that jealous over term length (Mares and Ricotta have only 2 year terms, the rest have 4 year terms) is a motivating factor for the recall.

Michigan: Algonac Mayoral recall on Election Day ballot, facing two challengers

Mayor Eileen Tesch is facing Helen Meldrum and Lori Warner on the Election Day Recall. Meldrum previously served on the city council for 12 years. The recall is over a move to have signatures gatherers against two other councilmembers removed from a meeting. Those two councilmembers, Irene Bird and Joe Nugent, resigned before a November vote.

Michigan: Leoni Township recalls set to go on Election Day

Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R), Clerk Michele Manke (D) and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) will all be on the ballot over their vote that allowed for a percentage of the $5000 administrative fee for medical marijuana applications to go to directly to the seven board members for the extra work they did in approving the applications. The law has since been changed.

Two challengers, Steven Casselman (D) and Dan Gough (no party) are challenging Linabary; Manke is facing Mark Carpenter (R) and Izzy Medel (no party) and Patrick Clemente (R) is facing off against Stack.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Canada: British Columbia government to consider legislation banning corporate and union donations to recall campaigns

The current B.C. law has no spending restrictions on recalls, so this will put the same restrictions as exist for general elections ($1200 donation limit, not union or corporate donations). This ould take place just before the MLAs who won off in May 2017 can face recall efforts. Three of them, Rich Coleman, Darryl Piecas and Attorney General David Eby are all facing recall efforts.

Wisconsin's recall law had a similar disparity between regular campaign finance laws and those affecting recalls. Washington State has a similar law going the other - a much tighter restriction on donations.

The piece also mentions that there have been 26 recall petitions in B.C. history. Six submitted signatures and five of those failed. A recall effort against MLA Paul Reitsma (NDP) in 1999 had enough signatures, but he resigned before verification.

Wisconsin: Paris Board member who survived 2016 recall vote not running for reelection

Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt, who survived a 2016 recall vote and then won again in 2017, has announced that he won't run for reelection.

California: Former Santa Clara Judge ordered to pay opponents attorneys' fees in recall fight

Judge Aaron Persky, who was kicked out in the June recall, was ordered to pay $161,825 in attorneys's fees over his lawsuit over who should handle the recall effort (Persky argued that the Secretary of State rather than the local county Registrar of Voters was responsible to handle the recall, and that his replacement should be appointed rather than elected. He lost both arguments). The fee payment is part of a statute calling for reimbursement if the case enforces 'an important right affecting the public interest.'"