Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wisconsin: Milwaukee County D.A. facing primary threats from Walker proponents

District Attorney John Chisholm is facing threats in the primary race over the John Doe prosecution,

Michigan: Barnes County School Board recall fails

The attempt to recall Barnes County North School Board President Lori Carlson and board member Anne Osborne failed, as petitioners didn't hand in signatures. Petitioners needed 32 signatures to get on the ballot.

Alaska: North Slope Borough Mayor files to replace self in special

North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower, who was ousted last month in a recall, is filing to run in the special election to replace her. It's not clear if that is legal yet.

Colorado: No signatures handed in against Bent County Sheriff

The attempt to recall Bent County Sheriff Dave Encinias has failed, with petitioners not handed in. Petitioners needed 262 signatures.

Florida: Tierra Verde Community Association member faces petitions after missing meetings

Board member Robb Versandi is facing petitions after missing all four board meetings since his election. 196 signatures were handed in against him.

Philippines: Allegations that 2011 Samar Governor recall led to Calbayog City Mayor murder

The daughter of slain Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy, who was killed on April 30, 2011, is claiming that Samar District Representative Milagrosa Tan and others during a recall of Tan in his position as Samar Governor.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Missouri: Columbia Councilwoman recall abandoned

The recall attempt against Councilwoman Laura Nauser over her discussion of a high voltage transmission line has been abandoned. Petitioners needed 60 new signatures to get over the 408 signature hump.

Michigan: Honor Village President removed

Honor Village President Dennis Rodzik was kicked out of office right after he was cleared of criminal charges of embezzlement. Can't see the vote totals yet. Rodzik claims that he will sue, though his argument seems not to have any legs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Oregon: Pendleton Councilor petitions not handed in

Pendleton City Councilor Al Plute, who announced that he is retiring next month, will not face a recall. Petitioners did not hand in any signatures after Pendleton announced that he was leaving the council.

Texas: Sugar Land voting on proposed amendments to increase signatures for recall

Sugar Land voters are set to vote on amendments to the city charter that raise the signature requirements from 30% of turnout to 15% of registered voters.

California: Three El Rancho School Board members facing recall fight

Petitions have been filed against El Rancho School Board President Aurora Vilon, VP Jose Lara and member Gabriel Orosco. The issue is hosting a magnet school at a former elementary school rather than the El Rancho High School.

California: San Diego looks to give City Council power to start recalls

Interesting proposed law by the San Diego Charter Review Committee. They are looking into giving the City Council the ability to start a recall for dereliction of duty or violating the law.  This starts from the Mayor Bob Filner sex harassment scandal of three years ago.

The suggestion is that a recall proposal might need the support of 7 of 9 councilmembers to get on the ballot.

Missouri: Signatures fall short on Columbia Councilwoman recall, but still time to cure

Unsurprisingly, the petition to recall Councilwoman Laura Nauser failed to get enough signatures -- petitioners handed in 416, they needed 408. They got 348 verified. However, they have a 15 day opportunity to cure and get some signatures. The issue was he discussion of a route for a high voltage transmission line.

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Mexico: Editorial opposes Las Cruces recall

Once again, the issue is "That's what elections are for -- not recalls."

California: Recall effort dropped against Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Trustee

The recall attempt against Trustee Edwin Hiel has been dropped, as the petitioners are now going to target an open seat. The issue was Hiel's abstention from a vote on a project labor agreement for a bond measure passed in 2012. Petitioners claimed that the contract was too union-friendly.

California: Cupertino Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Barry Chang is being hit with petitions over alleged abusive conduct. Chang is running for the State Assembly. Petitioners (the Cupertino Citizens' Sensible Growth Initiative) need 5338 signatures by August 17. The group has attacked Chang for taking campaign contributions from developers, brokers and construction companies.

California: Signatures handed in against Lake Forest Mayor, Councilmen,

Signatures were handed in against Mayor Andrew Hamilton (8245), councilman Dwight Robinson (8238) and Mayor pro tem Scott Voigts (8183) and a vote in favor of keeping the city contract with OC Animal Cares, which was criticized for a dilapidated shelter with a high kill rate. Petitioners need 7882 signatures for each.

Idaho: Caldwell hit with legal bills from recall


Taiwan: My op-ed in the Taipei Times


Friday, April 22, 2016

Montana: Libby Mayor recall rejected as too broad

The attempted recall of Mayor Doug Roll has been rejected by the Election Administrator as overly broad -- it claimed that Roll failed to perform duties, though it doesn't list them. The isue has to due with Roll's bad relationship with the city council members, who have asked him to step down as mayor. Petitioners need 329 signatures (20% of registereds).

Here's the Mayor's comments saying he won't resign

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Jersey: Bayonne Mayor blasts recall attempt


Arizona: Nogales Mayor recall continues despite the death of recall filer

The recall push against Nogales Mayor John Doyle over a kitchen sink of complaints is going to continue despite the death of the application filer. It sounds like this can lead to some appeals. Petitioners need to hand in 895 signatures by April 29 to get on the ballot.

New York: Lack of Recall stymies Ramapo removal effort

Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence may had been arrested on federal corruption charges for rigging the town finances (and are facing SEC charges at the same time for bond money), but there is no recall in NY, so protesters are just calling for him to step down and can't do much else.

California: Irvine Mayoral candidate threatens recall against four Council members

Mayor Steven Choi and council members Beth Krom, Lynn Schott and Jeff Lalloway are being threatened with a recall over their rejection of a plan to change the site of a proposed veterans cemetery. Mayoral candidate Gang Chen is threatening the recall after the council regused a plan to swamp the cemetery for other property. There's a big NIMBY element here, with a heavy dose of feng shui involved.

Petitioners would need over 14,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Georgia: Meigs Mayor looking to increase power before recall vote

Mayor Linda Harris, who is facing a rare Georgia recall, is trying to increase her power to hire and fire city officials before her upcoming recall election. Harris is allegedly looking to fire the police commissioner, who had her arrested for stalking, threatening, theft and other issues.