Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Louisiana: Washington Police Chief targets

Washington Police Chief Ronelle Broussard is facing petitions, as 323 people (40%) signed the petition. IT is now at the Parish register of voters record. Broussard is in his second term, and the criticism seems o be based on his missing work.

Massachusetts: Enough signatures handed in for recall of Rowley Water Commissioner

Tim Toomey is facing an upcoming recall.

Arizona: Two Members of Concho Fire Board Kicked out


Arizona: One Central Arizona College Governing Board Member resigns before recall vote

Rita Nader, facing a recall over tax rate increases, resigned rather than face vote.

New Jersey: Lopatcong Township mayor threatened with recall

Lopatcong Township Mayor Tom McKay is facing recall threats over a contentious relationship with the Township Clerk/Administrator.

Wisconsin: Arcadia voters oust incumbent Counil members

Mayor John Kimmel has been kicked, defeated by Rob Reichwin (who won with almost 70% of the voters.

Idaho: Signatures handed in for Driggs Recall

Driggs Mayor Hyrum Johnson is under the fun, with petitioners needing 154 votes in the election.

North Dakota: Barnes County North School District Chairwoman facing petitions

Barnes County North School District Board Chairwoman Lori Carlson is facing petitions following the resignation of Superintendent, Principal, and Activities.

Michigan: Greenleaf Township signatures handed in

Petitions were handed in against Greenleaf Township Clerk Lori Mazure over allegations of her using zoning documents to benefit her husband's successful recall run. Petitioners handed in 114 signatures, they need 50.

Kansas: Sedgwick County Commissioner recall rejected by DA

The recall effort against Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau has been throw out by the district attorney, who claims that the petitioners have not stated a valid claim. Ranzau voted to reduce health care funding..Petitioners would have needed over 9500 signatures. Petitioners may appeal.
Read more here:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

North Dakota: Barnes County North School Board members facing recall threats

Barnes County North School Board Members Lori Carlson and Dan Size are facing recall threats over claims of micromanagement, arrogance, not listening to parents and not attending graduation and other functions. The recent resignation of a superintendent seems to be the impetus.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How Election Timing Matters

Looks like an interesting book by Sarah Anzia.

Myanmar: Discussion on recall law continues


Arizona: Camp Verde Vice Mayor rescinds recall

Vice Mayor Bruce George resigned last week in order to avoid an expensive city recall (the issue was an increase in sales taxes). However, the court held that the recall had to go forward regardless of his resignation, so he has rescinded it and will be facing the voters on March 8.

Oregon: Clatskanie Mayor survives recall

Mayor Diane Pohl survived the recall vote with 53.44 voting to retain her. Turn out was 403-851 voters.The issue was the resignation of the police chief over allegations of racist remarks and how soon the resignation was accepted.

The recall arose in response to the Aug. 19 resignation of Police Chief Marvin Hoover following allegations that he made racist remarks. Two Clatskanie officers told state officials that Hoover imitated a howling monkey and then sang Dixie during a discussion about a complaint of racism. The complaint was filed July 20 with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which has yet to make a finding in the case (as of today).
The recall petition asserted that Pohl should not have rushed to accept Hoover’s resignation prior to completion of the state investigation. Hoover was given four months pay, about $27,000, and also gets to collect retirement pay.
“Had mayor Pohl taken proper action, it would have saved the taxpayers of ... Clatskanie from undue monetary expense,” the petition asserted.
Pohl claimed that the city put Hoover on paid leave immediately upon hearing the allegations and that she accepted his resignation on the advice of the city attorney and Hoover’s lawyer.
Another completely unrelated matter became a backdrop the the recall effort. Pohl’s husband, city planning commissioner Ray Pohl, faces charges that he exposed his genitals o to a worker at a drive-through coffee stand over a two year period. The alleged victim finally filed a complaint with the Oregon State Police, saying his connections left her nowhere to complain in Clatskanie. Ray Pohl’s case is not yet scheduled for trial, but a pretrial conference is slated for March 16.
Pohl has declined comment on her husband’s case.
Elections officials said 851 voters were eligible to cast ballots in the race, and turnout was at 43 percent as of late Tuesday morning.
“This is most loving community I have ever been in. I’m grateful to be mayor and to be able to represent them in a positive way,” Pohl said.

Kansas: Petitions finally filed against Sedgwick Commissioner over immigration/WIC proposal

Here and here's some more on the subject

Missouri: Jennings Mayor facing petitions

Jennings Mayor Yolanda Fountain-Henderson is facing a recall effort after the Mayor allegedly sued the city to challenge an ordinance that guarantees non-elected city employees four-year terms (I've never heard of a law like that). Petitioners need more than 2000 signatures.

Arizona: Group plans on releasing signature number against Top School Official in December

This is against Dianne Douglas and they need a whole lot (366K) signatures to get on the ballot.

Alaska: Petitions against Four Anchorage School Board members rejected by city

Petitions to recall Anchorage School Board President Kameron Perez-Verdia and board members Tam Agosti-Gisler, Pat Higgins and Kathleen Plunkett were all rejected by the city. The petitioners claim that the officials violated state regs over the vote for school bond debt reimbursement by putting up signs for bonds and paying for a public survey on capital projects.

South Dakota: Hartford City Council rejects Mayoral recall petition

Hartford City Council voted 4-3 to reject a petition to recall the mayor (petitioners had 314 signatures). The council claims that the issues did not meet the malfeasance cause standard.

Massachusetts: Townsend Selectmen petitions require separate petitions

I've actually been asked this question before, and so apparently has the town counsel for Townsend -- if you are trying to recall two or more officials, you need separate petitions and separate signatures for each one. In Townsend's case, they are trying to recall Chairwoman Carolyn Smart and Gordy Clark. Petitions need 10% of registereds, with at least 125 from each precinct -- that means at least 614 signatures, and thy have 21 days. There is a turnout requirement -- 25% of registered voters must participate for the recall to count.

The issue is claimed open meeting act violations and the filling of a town administrator position.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Missouri: Kansas City Council face petition threats over failure to agree to submit tax incentives to voters

Kansas City Council members are facing petition threats after they didn't vote to approve petitions that calls for the city to submit tax incentives to the voters.

Virginia: Article on Portsmouth Mayor recall effort

Here and here's what it's about.

California: Rosamond Community Services District Board of Directors facing petitions

Rosamond Community Services District Board of Directors Ed MacKay, Olaf Landsgaard and Dennis Shingledecker are all facing petitions  over claims that they have spent too much and turned over too much power to the nearby city of Lancaster.

Petitioners need 1676 valids by December 8.

Michigan: Filing against Governor Snyder rejected

A hand-written petition to recall Governor Rick Snyder (R) over Flint's water troubles was rejected by the board of canvassers. The petitioner, Angelo Scott Brown had previously signed petitions multiple times in the recall attempt against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Alaska: Barrow North Slope Borough Mayor facing petitions

Barrow's North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower is facing petitions for a recall over allegations of campaign finance violations and misuse of public funds, specifically $8400 to send five of her grandchildren to basketball camp and tens of thousands on cakes and crafts and clothes bought from her daughters. One of her daughters is married to the former borough assembly president (who was defeated in a runoff this week).

Alaska is a maleasance standard/judicial recall state, and requires a specific showing of cause.  Petitioners need 492 signatures by January 8 (25% of turnout).

Texas: Signatures handed in against Denton City Council member over hydraulic fracking vote

125 signatures were filed against Denton City Council member Joey Hawkins. Petitioners need 76 valids. If Hawkins loses the article says that seat apparently will stay empty until a special election on the next regular election date, which is November 8 (this seems wrong, but we'll see).

The petitions started after Hawkins (and Kevin Roden, who is also facing petitions) voted to repeal a citizens initiative that banned hydraulic fracking in Denton (there were questions over whether the ban could have been defended -- regardless, the Texas legislature overrode it).

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Arizona: Guadalupe mayoral recall set for March 8

Mayor Rebecca Jimenez is facing a recall vote on March 8 over charges that she committed welfare fraud (she failed to disclose that her children's father was living with her).

Arizona: Central Arizona College Governing Board Member calls petitioners "transplanted out-of-state infiltrators"

Rita Nader, who is facing a March 8 recall race, has attacked the leader of the recall effort against her as a "bully" and claims tat the effort is being led by "Transplanted out-of-state infiltrators. Petitioners handed in 1817 signatures, 1525 were valid. They needed 1326.

California: Hollister School Board recalls threatend over Brown Act replacement

The Hollister School Board voted 3-1 to replace former Board President Ben Flores without holding a real meeting to discuss their choices. This is alleged to constitute a Brown Act -- aka  Open Meeting Law -- violation. The petitioners are gathering signatures looking for an election against the newly appointed commissioner Mike Baldwin. This isn't a recall -- petitioners need at least 265 signatures (1.5 % registereds).

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Idaho: West Ada School Board fires Superintendent

The West Ada School Board, which has been facing recall threats, has fired the School Superintendent Linda Clark. Clark had resigned last month.

Michigan: Benton Harbor Mayor ousted in general election

After multiple attempts to recall Mayor James Hightower, ones that resulted in convictions for the primary petitioner Reverend Ed Pickney, he was ousted in a regular election loss to Marcus Muhammad.

Nebraska: Split decision in Decatur, one loses by single vote

Decatur Village Board Member Alta Wolf lost her recall race by one vote 89-88. Loretta Kellogg survived 100-76. The claim was that they were conducting business outside of the meetings.

Massachusetts: Townsend Selectmen facing recall threats

Selectman Gordy Clark and Chairwoman Carolyn Smart are facing petitions with a claim that they violated an open meeting law by hiring a company to conduct the search for a new police chief.

California: Petitions filed against Vallejo Mayor, three councilmembers

Mayor Osby Davis, Vice Mayor Jess Malgapo, and Councilmembers Rozzana Verder-ALiga and Pippin Dew-Costa, are facing petitions over their failure to develop zoning regulations which caused a proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries. This grows out the passage of a medical marijuana law in 2011 (and a 10% tax on it). The council voted to shut down all the MMDs this January

Massachusetts: Signatures handed in for Rowley Water Board Commissioner recall

The recall effort against Water Board Commissioner Tim Toomey moved forward as petitioners handed in gathered signatures. They need 1200 valids. The issues include placing the water supervisior on leave during an executive session that wasn't advised by the town counsel.

South Dakota: Signatures turned in against Hartford Mayor

314 signatures have been turned in against Mayor Bill Campbell -- petitioners need 264 valids. They got the signatures in 9 days.

Campbell was elected uncontested in May, and has faced pressure over ending the economic development director position (which was reinstated by a 63% popular vote). The issue seems to be over Campbell's method of running meetings, including threatening people with ejection for laughing.

Canada: Online petition calling for recall against Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Of course, I don't believe they actually have the recall provision in Ontario, so not likely to matter.

Arizona: Central Arizona College Governing Board President avoids recall

The recall attempt against Gladys Christensen has been tossed out, after she sued over the validity of the signatures that were approved last week. The petitioners, the Citizens for Fair Taxation, settled the case and dropped the recall. Christensen claimed that the petitioners left the petitions out at locations and they were signed with nobody watching. Petitioners were found to be 10 signatures short.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Arizona: Camp Verde Vice-Mayor resigns after court okays recall

Vice Mayor Bruce George quit his position rather than face a recall (he noted that by resigning, he saved the town $30K)

Arizona: All four Oro Valley Council members survive recalls


Maine: Anson voters easily approve recall law

Anson voters adopted the recall 290-80. This recall law was started after it was alleged that the former tax collector stole $438,712.

California: Retiree Community kicks out two Golden Rain Foundation members, who refuse to leave

Laguana Woods' Golden Rain Foundation directors, President Kathryn Freshley and Secretary Mary Stone were removed. The vote was in a special meeting of the 27 housing mutual directors. But the two directors claim that the recall was illegal and have kept taking their seats. It sounds like it will get messy and of course, there will be lawyers.

California: Calimesa Councilman hit with recall petitions

Calimesa Councilman Jim Hyatt, who is on his 5th term -- in office 17 years -- is facing petitions over his refusal to push for the prohibition of very large warehouses in the city. Petitioners need about 900 signatures (25% of registereds) in 60 days.

California: LA Community College District Student Trustee facing recall from defeated opponent

L.A. Community College District Student Trustee Milo Anderson is facing a recall, starting the day after he was sworn in. The person he defeated in a Spetember Special Election, Ryan Navarrete, is pushing the recall over what he claims are problematic election procedures. Navarrete has faced off against Anderson twice already.

Petitioner needs signatures of 35% of turnout in the previous student trustee election at all LACCD colleges -- 879 votes were counted, therefore he would need 307.

Missouri: Springfield Mayor facing petitions over nondiscrimination ordinance

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens is facing threats of a recall, with a petitioner claiming that he is drawing up the petition now. Stephens was "mostly silent" on nondiscrimination ordinance for sexual orientation and gender identity. As the article notes, petitioners think that Stephens "Stacked" a task force in order to get a recommendation to expand the nondiscrimination ordinance.

Petitioners would need about 7900 signatures.There is no timeframe for the signatures, except that it has to take place before six months from the end of his term, thereby ruling out November 2016 (Springfield's recall has to line up with an existing election).  Springfield already has an ongoing recall effort against Councilman Justin Burnett on nipple issues.

Michigan: Covert School Board recall language approved on third try

This is for the recall of School Board President Diana Parrigin, who was arrested for marijuana possession.

Wisconsin: State Senate votes to kill GAB


Arizona: Superior Court rules that Camp Verde recall must go forward

The odd City Council cancellation of the recall against Camp Verde Vice-Mayor Bruce George over a sales tax increase has been tossed out, by a Superior Court Judge. The recall will not be scheduled for March 8.

Nebraska: Neligh editorial says recalls should only be for "serious offenses"

From our perspective, the reason we didn’t want to see the recall effort succeed — and we’ve made this same point on several previous occasions involving different communities and different individuals — is that we don’t believe recall efforts should be undertaken simply because a decision is made that some disagree with. 
 Recalls should be reserved for situations where elected officials are guilty of serious offenses — financial misconduct, ethical improprieties, continued offensive behavior, an unwillingness to carry out one’s duties as an elected officials and the like.

Georgia: Meigs Mayor misses deadline to appeal recall effort

Mayor Linda Eason Harris failed to appeal the recall effort against her -- petitioners collected 62 signatures and she had 10 days to go to court to try and get the recall tossed out. Georgia is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state and rarely do the courts greenlight a recall effort, so Harris really missed an opportunity to head this one off. That being said, this recall may very well have met the standard:

Harris was arrested for misuse of funds (it may have been $80) and seemingly for threatening the City Manager and for misuse of funds and has taken part in what some are claiming to be voodoo rituals. She has also been essentially banned from all council meetings, as she is ordered to stay away from the Manager. The city is in danger of losing its insurance, perhaps because of Harris' continued role as Mayor.

Petitioners need 116 signatures of registered voters in 30 days.