Thursday, December 18, 2014

Michigan: Benton Harbor mayoral recall fraudster sentences to 2 1/2 -10 years

Edward Pinkney, who was convicted of fraud in the failed Benton Harbor Mayoral recall was sentenced to 2 1/2 - 10 years for illegally changing names on a petition.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor ousted in recall

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan lost his recall race, with about 69% of voters casting ballots to kick Flanagan out. The city had a two-step recall, and Flanagan was allowed to run in the replacement race. However, he came in second of the eight candidates. Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter got about 37%, and Flanagan got 27%.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Arizona: South Tuscon Mayoral recall set for May 19

South Tucson City Council Mayor Paul Diaz is facing a recall on May 19. The recall was put off after a councilman objected to a date of August 25. The councilman, Ildefonso Green, is facing a recall petition and the claim was that if his recall gets on the ballot, they would schedule both recalls on the same date.

Friday, December 12, 2014

California: Three Indian Valley Community Service members resign

Indian Valley Community Services District board members Mike Yost, Blake Shelters and Jane Braxton Little all resigned their seats, with Yost and Little facing recall votes. One additional member, Brad Smith, is facing a recall on March 24.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians leaders ousted

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians chairman Fred Kiogima and vice chair Deb De Leon, lost a recall vote on November 17 over their leadership styles. The vote was 379-325 to kick out Kiogima and 384-315 against De Leon, with a 41.5% turnout. Regina Gasco-Bentley is the interim replacement.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Arizona: Columnist claims low-info voters pushing Superintendent recall

Here

Michigan: Ann Arbor City Council member facing recall over homeless evictions

Ann Arbor City Council Member Stephen Kunselman is facing recall threats over his call to evict a homeless encampment. Petitioners need 1,859 signatures within 60 days.

New Zealand: Secret Rooms lead to calls for adding recall laws

Auckland Council spent $30,000 on "secret rooms" including a dressing room hidden behind a bookcase in the Auckland mayor's new office. 

Michigan: New petitions filed against Howell School Board

Petitions are being filed against Howell Public Schools Board of Education members  Deborah McCormick, Michael Moloney, Stacy Pasini and Mike Yenshaw over their vote to fire the Superintendent. The original petition was rejected on clarity grounds.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor's spending detailed

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan has raised $165,000, and spent all but $16,800. $32,000 of that money has been raised since the recall was announced in August.

He paid $32,500 to his recall attorney, Preston Halperin and $2,500 to hire a handwriting expert,

Louisiana: Gonzales Councilman ousted

Gonzales Councilman Timothy Vessel was ousted with 75% against. This followed Councilman Gary Lacombe's resignation in the face of a recall. The recall was over their voting in a bloc and seeming opposition to the mayor. He was accused of a number of small violations (riding a bike with campaign signs on it too close to polling stations; plugging in an extension cord to a vacant trailer).

Missouri: Signatures handed in against Columbia Councilwoman recall over Marijuana vote flip

Petitions have been turned in to recall Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick. Petitioners handed in 451 signatures, they need 249. If they fail, they get 14 more days to collect. The issue was Chadwick's opposition to decriminalization of marijuana after previously supporting it.

Georgia: Warwick Council recall over open meeting law violation tossed out

An attempt to recall Warwick City Councilman Donald Watson over a violation of open meeting law was rejected by a judge as not meeting the cause requirement. Of note:
The court found that meeting constituted a technical violation of the act, but that Watson did not intend to willfully and intentionally violate the act, thus, Watson's conduct in attending the meeting did not constitute misconduct in office and wasn't grounds for a recall.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wisconsin: Stevens Point School Board members facing petitions

Stevens Point School Board members Lisa Totten and Kim Shirek are facing recall threats over claims that they insulted other board members, lambasted district employees and delayed votes. They are both in their second term. Petitioners would need 6,549 signatures.

Massachusetts: Seekonk hopes Town Administrator loses Fall River mayor recall race

Interesting tale here, as the Administrator will have to resign if he wins.

Oregon: Mayor facing petitions

Gearhart Mayor Dianne Widdop is facing recall petitions, with petitioners needing 102 valid signatures. 
The claim is that Widdop went beyond her authority as mayor by requesting that a business owner remove a candidate’s sign from a window; inappropriately used the word, ‘we’ that suggested she spoke for the entire City Council; secretly recording a conversation between her, Sigler and City Administrator Chad Sweet and distributing the recording; and “publicly denouncing a candidate’s ability to serve in public office, citing his ‘alleged’ temper.”

Colorado: Mancos School Board member recall rejected due to County Clerk error

The recall against Mancos School Board member Beverly Humiston-Scott was rejected, after an attorney realized that a miscalculation by the County Clerk gave petitioners the wrong number of signatures needed. Petitioners were told they needed 212 signatures (40% of total votes for her). However, they actually needed 352 signatures (40% of the total for the seat).

Petitioners had gathered 267 signatures, 220 were found valid. They now have 15 days to get the rest.

Massachusetts: Sagus Board of Registars member resigned rather than approve recall

Sagus Board of Registrars member Gary Butt resigned rather than be involved in the recall signature certification of four town selectmen. Butt claims that the recall is being run contrary to town law (he feels there should be a two step process -- a recall vote and then an election of successors).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Massachusetts: Ashby Selectman recall underway

Ashby Selectman Steve Ingerson is facing petitions led by Selectman Michael McCallum allegedly over Ingerson's questions of another Selectman's commitment to the town. Ingerson claims he has not received answer to requests for documents, notably W-2s of all the town employees. Ingerson has refused to sign the payroll warrants for employees.

Petitioners need 430 signatures (20% of registereds).

New Mexico: Petition dropped against one Las Cruces councilman

The recall campaign against Las Cruces City Councilor Nathan Small, though two against  Olga Pedroza and Gill Sorg are continuing. The petitioners (a conservative group called New Mexicans for a Better Tomorrow) have raised $30,000 for the effort, though the mayor has done robo calls asking residents not to sign.

Massachusetts: Fall River Mayor race hold Karaoke contest among candidates

Okay, this one is new to me.

Taiwan: Recall petitions fail against two legislators

Here

Michigan: Howell School Board Trustees petitions rejected

The Election Commission rejected petitions against four Howell School Board Trustees, Michael Moloney, Deborah McCormick, Stacy Pasini and Mike Yenshaw over their firing of the school superintendent. The petitions avoided the issue of the firing, and were rejected for vagueness.

Louisiana: Key issues that lead to the Gonzales recall

Here

Massachusetts: Sagus recall petitions verified, February 3rd date to be set

Here and some earlier coverage here

Idaho: Signatures handed in against Jefferson County Prosecutor

Petitioners handed in 3,582 signatures in the recall of long-time (over  30 years) Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn, they need 2,824. The issue was Dunn's alleged use of county workers to do private work for his office. 

Michigan: Comstock Township Supervisor recall fails

Petitioners failed to turn in the 1,260 needed signatures against Comstock Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis. They claim to have collected almost 1,000. 

The issue was forcing a business owner to take out a sign permit.