Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Colorado: Durango Herald editorial against the recall efforts in state legislature/governor

Here and note this quote from a recall backer, one that falls into line with the thought process behind many recall opponents turned backers:

One of that recall’s backers, Mary Achziger told the Greeley Tribune she did not believe in recalls – until now: “I thought your next election is your recall. However, when you have someone who is poised to do irreparable damage, then that’s the reason for the recall. If it’s just because you don’t agree with them, if it’s just because they did something you don’t like, that’s a little different. But when they’re getting ready to do irreparable damage, they need to go.”

Nevada: Proponents of Las Vegas Councilman recall raised $207,500 in effort

Campaign finance records show that supporters of the recall of Councilman Steve Seroka (D), who resigned rather than face the vote, spent $207,5000. The recall was over claims of an anti-development stance, specifically his opposition to developing homes on a golf course.One of the construction unions that supported Seroka in his election was a big backer of the recall and gave $175,000 to the effort.

California: Second Dixie School District Board Member facing recall effort

A second Dixie School Trustee (located in Marin-area) is facing a recall effort over the move to change the school district name. The new recall is targeting President Brad Honsberger, who has not announced a position on changing the name. There was a previous effort by people opposing the name change to recall trustee Marnie Glickman (who has led the recall effort). Petitioners need 2851 in 120 days to get to the ballot.

Colorado: Charges against Englewood Councilmember, survived recall vote, dismissed

Charges against Councilmember Laurett Barrentine, who survived her recall vote in September, over claims of bullying and firing threats, was dismissed by the District Attorney.

North Dakota: Tower City Mayor facing petitions

Town City Mayor Scott Salberg is facing petitions over a kitchen sink of claims, including poor performance of duties, harassment, removal of city records and failure to conduct city business in an open fashion. Petitioners need 25% of turnout, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 signature (the town has 257 people).

The article notes that there were 22 recall petitions for mayors statewide since 2001.

Colorado: Signatures to be submitted for Estes Park Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem

Signatures are about to be handed in for the recall of Mayor Todd Jirsa and Mayor Pro Tem Cody Walker are facing petitions -- petitioners claim they have 565 signature for Jirsa -- they need 553 to make the ballot. They claim they have 585 for Walker and need 450.

The issue was a change in the code in 2017 to allow commercial activity in a downtown park, which "inadvertently allowed commercial ventures almost anywhere in town or in the Estes Valley."

New Mexico: Recalls target Las Cruces' school board members

Las Cruces Board members are facing a recall threat, thought they need a judge to sign off.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Colorado: Rancher gives $100,000 to state legislator recall effort


Nebraska: Group looking to recall Omaha Mayor

Omaha Mayor Jean Stohert (R) is facing a recall effort over complaints about her dealings with critic, and problems with the trash contract and potholes. Petitioners would need 34,818 signatures in 30 days.

Stothert won office in 2013 beating Jim Suttle, who himself barely bet back a recall effort in 2011.

Michigan: Second Albion Councilwoman facing petitions

Albion Councilwoman Jeanette Spicer is facing a petition claiming that the councilwoman is not responsive. Petitioners need 139 signatures.

Currently, the Mayor Pro Tempore Sonya Brown is facing a recall fight over the removal of the head of the Albion Public Safety Department. Brown's recall has been in court.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Tennessee: Bill looking at allowing recall of school board members

Senator Ed Jackson (R) and Representative Chris Todd (R) have introduced a recall law. There is claims that the bills are targeting a Jackson Madison County School Board Member, Morris Merriweather. I'm looking for a copy of the bill.

Idaho: Three Sugar City Council members resign weeks after recall vote

Following a March 12 recall election where Mayor David Ogden (290-177) and Councilman Brent Barrus (294-167) survived their recall votes, three separate city council members resigned. Vaun Waddell, Joy Ball and Bruce King all left office over different issues (Waddell's was health related).

The recall and the resignations seem to be part of the same in a battle over the legal costs for rezoning of property that may result in new apartments.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Florida: Port Richey Vice Mayor facing recall effort after suspension for obstruction of justice

Port Richey Vice Mayor Terrence Rowe is facing a recall effort after he was suspended for obstruction of justice. Rowe moved into the position of Mayor after the former Mayor Dale Massad was arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that had "come to arrest him on charges of practicing medicine without a license."

Rowe went to the jail to speak to Massad. Petitioners need 180 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nevada: Senate bill looks to tighten recall law

A Senate bill would require a full verification of signature rather than a random sampling, as well as establish a max contribution of $5000 per donor. It will also allow signers to retroactively remove their names and extends the challenge time to 15 days from 5. It also makes it a felony to misrepresent the petition.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor outspent contenders in recall race

Some further details about the money race in the recall lost/replacement victory of Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D). Correia, who is under indictment for stealing from investors and tax fraud, lost the recall run overwhelmingly, 7829-4911. However, because Massachusetts allows a candidate facing a recall to run in the replacement race (not that uncommon a provision), he won the replacement race against five contenders with about 35% of the vote.

Correia outspent his top challenger by 57% -- spending $70,147 (though $17.500 was for legal work on the recall). The runner up, Paul Coogan, spent $40,343.

California: San Diego School Board Trustee facing recall threats

San Diego Unified School District Trustee Kevin Beiser, facing sexual misconduct accusations brought by four men, is being called on to resign. If he doesn't, the recall would be needed, but it  is unclear at the moment how that would work. School board members run in a primary in a subdistrict and the face a general election in the entire school district. So it is not certain if they would need signatures from 15% of registereds throughout the city, in a school district or in a specific subdistrict. This shouldn't be a surprise, as San Diego's recall law was a disaster.

Friday, April 5, 2019

California: Torrance Treasurer facing recall effort for five-month no-show

Torrance Treasurer Dana Cortez is set to face a recall effort after she hasn't shown up for work in nearly five months (she claims medical issues). Petitioner needs about 13000 signatures. The article notes that the last successful recall in Torrance was in 1941.

Arizona: Douglas Mayor signatures verified; recall may be set for August

Petitioners appear to have enough signatures to get the recall of Mayor Robert Uribe on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 801 signatures and 668 were valid. The needed 569.

The issues include alleged employee problems and a failure to have a special meeting as requested by council members. It looks like August 27 is thought of as the election date.

Colorado: Petitions approved against Democratic House Rep

One of the petitions has been approved to start the recall effort against Representative Rochelle Galindo (D). Petitioners would need 5,696 valid signatures to get on the ballot. The recall against Galindo and other Democrats appear to be part of a GOP state-wide recall effort to regain power. The issues they are citing are votes on gun control and oil and gas regulation.