Friday, April 24, 2015

Nebraska: Creighton Board of Ed President facing petitions

Creighton Board of Education President Dan Morrill is facing petitions. It is not clear what the reason is, but the filer looks to be the former head of the housing authority.

Petitioners need 165 valids in 30 days (35% of votes received by the top vote-getter in the last election).

Philippines: Taytay mayoral recall rejected

The recall against Taytay Mayor Janet de Leon-Mercado was rejected by the election commission. They found only 24,025 valid signatures, they needed 26,700. They submitted 27,431, but 3.406 were rejected.

Washington: Recall charges move forward in state Auditor recall

The recall against indicted state Auditor Troy Kelly is moving a little forward, as the Attorney General is delivering its charge to the court (which then must rule as to whether the recall can go on our not. If it is approved, petitioners would need 715,800 signatures in 270 days.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

California: Orange County Superior Court Judge facing recall threats over child rape sentencing

Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly, who had the Board of Supervisors call for his resignation is also hearing recall threats. Kelly sentenced a 20 year old who was convicted of sexual assault on a three-year old relative to 10 years, rather than the 25-year maximum. This story explains the details of Kelly's logic.

Missouri: NYT piece on Ferguson mayoral ouster

Here's one of the pieces on the recall attempt, though it doesn't mention my thoughts on whether the recall may not be doable.

New Mexico: Las Cruces council won't vote to declare that petitioners didn't get enough signatures for recall

This seems a reaction to petitioners decision to file a lawsuit declaring that they have the signatures and the recall should go forward.

Phillipines:Election Commission asks to declare recall a holiday day for Puerto Princesa


Taiwan: Activists push for lowering recall standards


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Michigan: Attempted Recall in Grand Haven over cross leads to sign being returned

The recall attempt against Councilman Robert Monteza may still be going on (it's not clear from the article), but the City Council seems to have allowed one of the signs featuring a saying from Psalms to be returned to a public park. Here's some earlier coverage.

Phillipines: Former Puerto Princesa Mayor running in mayoral recall

Former Mayor Edward Hagedorn has decided to enter the May 8 recall against Mayor Lucilo Bayron.

Florida: Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor stays on ballot in mayoral recall

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke will remain on the ballot as the only (other) candidate in the replacement race against Mayor William Shearon. Clarke resigned from the City Commission, and a Florida statute seemed to require that he resign 10 days prior to qualifying for the new office (the qualification period was April 14-17).

Read more here:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Virginia: Former Gloucester Supervisor who prompted changes to recall laws, looking to regain seat

The recall fight, which started after the Board fired the County Administrator and County Attorney in a closed meeting, resulted in a court decision slapping down a $2000 fine for each petitioner (overturned on appeal) because they tried to use the judicial process to overturn and election rather than wait for an election. A state law that prevented petitioners from being subjected to court costs or attorneys fees. The Supervisor, Teresa Altemus was easily defeated in the next election -- now she's running again.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Massachusetts: Dracut Selectman facing recall threats over possible neglect of horse

Dracut Selectman Cathy Richardson, who stepped down as chair of the board, is being threatened with a recall over her treatment of three horses. Petitioners would need more than 2000 signatures.

Oregon: Petitions filed against three legislators over background checks

Three Democratic legislators are now facing recalls, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, Senator Chuck Riley and Representative Susan McLain (the former two are both first-termers). Riley received money from Michael Bloomberg's pro gun-control group. Should have more on this next week.

New Mexico: Lawsuit filed over Las Cruces signature verification process

Here -- the recalls did not get to the ballot, so we'll see if a court has anything to say about it.

Arizona: Facebook and the School Superintendent recall effort

The recall can't even start till July. As I've discussed before, this recall is extremely unlikely to go anywhere (too many signatures needed).

Canada: Editorial on misuse of the recall

Here -- though its hard to make much of the claim, as the article notes no recalls have gotten on the ballot

Hawaii: Hawaii County mayor facing petitions over credit card charges

Mayor Billy Kenoi is facing recall threats over charges that he billed $30K in personal expenses on a county credit card. The recall would require signatures of 25% of voters, plus it would have to surmount the minority turnout veto -- 50% of the voters from the last election would have to vote for the recall to count.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

California: Two Manteca School Board Trustees facing petition threats

Two newly elected Manteca School Board Trustees Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson are facing a threatened petition by former board member (and former Stockton council member) Dale Fritchen over claims that they made false statements in election forms (the issue is over an address that they filled in); and declaring that they had no income and that they were educators.

Canada: British Columbia MLA facing recall petitions

British Columbia MLA Richard Lee is facing a recall threat over an underfunded hospital needing seismic upgrading and a failure take a stand on a pipeline expansion. Petitioner would need 16,494 signatures.

Michigan: Raisin Township recall effort fails

The attempt to recall Raisin Township Supervisor Jay Cavanugh, clerk Betty Holdridge, Treasurer Kami Johnson and trustees Larry CRittenden, Tom Hawkins, Deb Brousseau and Dale Mitchell all failed. Petitioners needed to hand in 590 signatures -- none were handed in. The issue was a board fight over the purchase of an ambulance.

California: Golden Valley Board of Education Trustees face upcoming recalls

Three Golden Valley Board of Education Trustees, John Moseley, Carla Neal and Kathleen Crumpton, look like they will be facing recalls over the firing of a superintendent. The date of the recall hasn't been set yet. Five teachers have also quit.

Read more here:

New Jersey: Netcong Board of Education president pressure with recall threats

100 signatures have been gathered against Netcong Board of Ed President Bernadette Dalesandro over cuts coming from a $127K shortfall. Two of the petitioners lost in races for the Netcong board in the past.The petition has not been filed yet, so this is more of a test case -- petitioners would need 1800 signatures.

Arizona: Oro Valley recall continues -- petitions to go on until April 25

Recall petitions against Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath and councilmembers Lou Waters, Joe Hornat and Mary Snider are proceeding. The issue is the town purchase of a country clib and gold courses -- organizers of the drive are still waiting to hear if the Arizona Supreme Court will take their case on a complaint that the town should not have stopped a referendum which would have killed the purchase. The referendum failed because of a serial number.

UK: Welsh national party calls for recall law


Texas: Just ousted Hearne councilwoman dies

Maxine Vaughn, who just lost her seat on March 3, died of cancer

Oregon: House Majority Leader facing petitions over background checks legislation

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D) is facing a recall petition filed by a gun shop owner (and chairman of Junction City planning commission) over her support for background checks and short-term drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants.The firearms federation has said that there may be five senators and a number of state representatives who will face petitions over their vote.

Petitioners need about 3600 signatures (15% of votes for governor in the district) by July 13. Oregon has an interesting statute that prevents recalls in the first six months of a term for most officials, but the clocks starts for state legislators five days into the session.

The article claims that no legislator has ever been recalled in Oregon. This is incorrect -- there were successful recalls in 1935, 1985 and 1988 (unfortunately, my old article on the Oregonian recall -- which bizarrely has the op-ed editor's byline -- is not available anymore). Oregon also does not have a replacement election -- a new legislator is picked by the county commission, so that adds a whole other layer to the fight.