Thursday, May 28, 2020

Minnesota: Petition filed against Governor over stay in place rules

The petitions seeking the recall of Governor Tim Walz (D) over shelter-in-place rules instituted to fight the spread of the coronavirus have been filed. No word on when the petitions will be approved or (most likely) rejected.

Minnesota is a malfeasance standard state and would require petitioners to meet a stringent requirement of malfeasance to get on the ballot. Minnesota has generally reject all recalls since its state law was approved in 1996. However, in 2018 there was a recall against Tracy Councilman Tony Peterson (he survived the vote).

If approved, petitioners would need about 610,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Illinois: Representative threatens recall of Governor

Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has been threatened with a recall by State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R) over the state's unemployment claims website problems. Illinois' recall law is very difficult, as it requires  signatures from 20 state representatives and 10 state senators, half of them much be from each party before signatures can be collected. Petitioners would then need at least 637,000 signatures, including 15% in at least 25 counties. No word on Skillicorn getting any co-signers.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Michigan: Governor and Attorney General shot down by board of canvassers

Petitions against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) has been thrown out by the Board of State Canvassers.  The petitioner cited the COVID-191 shut downs and a decision not to remove Jackson Sheriff Steve Rand for the Governor and the Flint water crisis for the Attorney General (who is not handling that criminal action).

A notification error had lead election officials to delay the review of petitions taken out against over her stay at home order. The petitioner is alleged to have previously threatened to kill 10,000 people by poisoning the water supply and a family court referees and county judges. The petitioner has previously taken out four recall efforts, including against the former Albion Mayor Garrett Brown.

The petition comes after an online recall petition on alter.org that has 80,000 signatures. As noted before, online petitions do not count and are not really indicative of support (especially since most of the signers may be out of state).

Petitioners would need 1,062,647 signatures to get on the ballot, and thanks to changes in the law enacted by the GOP-led legislatures in 2012, a removal of Whitmer would simply lead to the elevation of the Lieutenant Governor.


Michigan: Two Casnovia Township officials survive recall election

Two Casnovia Township officials, Clerk Jennie Powell (R) and Trustee Daniel Winell (R), survived the May 5 recall vote.. Powell beat Carrie Schuman (Nonpartisan) 245-209, and Winell beat Steven Sower Jr. (Nonpartisan) 230-224. The totals are still unofficial.

The recall was over their vote to approve wind farms.The wind farm has since been dropped. Petitioners got over 400 signatures.

Treasurer Gayle Brock also faced a recall effort, but he resigned.

Montana: Signatures verified in Stevensville Mayor recall effort

Petitioners have handed in enough signatures for the recall of Stevensville Mayor Brandon Dewey over a contract for services with a tech provider. The claim is that the $79,800 contract wasn't approved by the City Council. There was also petitions filed five petitions filed against Dewey from 2018-2019, though none met the state's malfeasance standard and all were tossed.

Petitioners needed 251 signatures, which they seem to have met.

New Jersey: One leader of recall effort against Trenton Councilman pulls out; Mayor and Councilwoman still targeed

The recall effort against Trenton Councilman Joe Harrison is facing a set back after one of the lead petitioners has asked to remove her name from the recall committee. Petitioners now need to submit a new petition to start recall efforts.

One of the other lead petitioners is a former aide to the council president.

The recall effort is also targeting Mayor Reed Gusciora and Councilwoman Robin Vaughn. The three fought at a recent meeting, with Vaughn attacking the city's nonprofits, leading to being called numerous names by Gusciora. Vaughn then called Gusciora a "pedophile" and then attacked Harrison with vituperative comments about his parents.

Nevada: Gubernatorial recall effort fails

The recall effort against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) has failed, with petitioners claiming that they got over 33,000 signatures, and needed 243,995. .

While the effort never appeared to have much momentum, the attempt floundered after a judge rejected an attempt to get an extension for the recall effort due to the stay at home orders. The recall effort has been over the kitchen sink of complaints, including gun control, private well limits, DMV policy and an (apparently false) claim that he supports an income tax. The plan was announced last June.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Minnesota: Petition sought in Governor recall over stay in place rules

Petitions are being sought for the recall of Governor Tim Walz (D) over shelter-in-place rules instituted to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Minnesota is a malfeasance standard state and would require petitioners to meet a stringent requirement of malfeasance to get on the ballot. Minnesota has generally reject all recalls since its state law was approved in 1996. However, in 2018 there was a recall against Tracy Councilman Tony Peterson (he survived the vote).

If approved, petitioners would need about 610,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Arizona: Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court losing recall vote to 2018 general election challenger

It looks like Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court Cindy Woodman (R) has been removed in an overwhelming vote. Woodman is very far back in the race, as Challenger Heidi Torrio leads 3578 tover Marianne Clonts, who has 1437. Woodman currently has 287 votes. Torrio lost to Woodman in the 2018 general election.

Woodman faced the vote over complaints about her tenure, including high turnover, lack of knowledge and a court ruling that she was "derelict in her duties" due to evidence mishandling. Petitioners needed 2697 signatures.

California: Santa Ana Council member losing recall race

The early returns are showing that Santa Ana Council member Cecilia Iglesias (R) is losing the recall vote. So far, about 11,000 have voted for a recall and 8600 were opposed. Final results won't be announced until Friday. Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Member Nelida Mendoza is leading by six points in the replacement race over Thai Viet Phan and planning commissioner Angie Cano (who is opposed to the recall).

There was also an attempt to recall Councilman Juan Villegas (I), though that seems to have failed. The recall effort is backed by the police union, over their votes on how to spend a $25 million sales tax. The two voted to spend it on neighborhood improvements. The council approved a police raise.


Washington: Judges approves petitions in Snohmish County Sheriff recall

Snohmish County Sheriff Adam Fortney is facing two recall efforts over his Facebook comments against the Governor's coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Fortney claims that he "will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights."

A Cowlitz County Judge (moved for conflict of interest reasons) has approved the legal grounds for the first submission, though is not approving online signature gathering or any other changes to the process.

A second group is looking to recall him over the handling of the county jail during the pandemic and for rehiring three deputies who were fired by the previous sheriff.

The petitioners would need about 44,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Kansas: State Senator looks to expand recall law

State Senator Dennis Pyle (R) is trying to expand the recall law, though the contours do not seem clear yet. The precipitating event seems to be the threat that Governor Laura Kelly (D) can effectively "pocket veto" legislation at the end of the session with the legislature requiring a special session in order to override the decision.

Kansas has a malfeasance standard recall law, so a pocket veto would almost certainly not be a reason to allow a recall. Pyle's letter does not explain how the law would be expanded, though it could add the pocket veto into the reasons for recall or just open up the state to a political recall law entirely. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Illinois: Representative threatens recall of Governor

Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has been threatened with a recall by State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R) over the state's unemployment claims website problems. Illinois' recall law is very difficult, as it requires  signatures from 20 state representatives and 10 state senators, half of them much be from each party before signatures can be collected.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Taiwan: Kaohsiung Mayor calls for voters to not vote in recall

In a move to defeat the June 6 recall voteKaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto has called on his voters to not vote. There is an absentee voter provision -- 25% of eligible voters must cast ballots for the recall to count.

Petitioners submitted about 400,000  and 377,662 have been verified. Petitioners needed 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000). The Central Election Commission will meet on April 17 to decided whether to schedule the recall.

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate in the recent election (he lost) and was being threatened with a recall following flooding in the town (though presumably this may be part of the presidential political wrangling).

Nevada: Judge rejects request for time extension for Gubernatorial recall effort

An attempt to get an extension for the recall effort against Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) has been rejected by a federal district judge. asking for an extension to the 90 day signature collection period due to the stay at home orders. The recall effort has been over the kitchen sink of complaints, including gun control, private well limits, DMV policy and an (apparently false) claim that he supports an income tax. The plan was announced last June.

Petitioners would need 243,995 signatures in 90 days. They apparently had 15,897 by the 45 day mark.

Petitioners would have to post a bond of pay for signature verification. Changes to the law also split the gathering period in two, and petitioners would have to hand in all signatures gathered in the first half (45 days) to be turned in soon after to be declared valid.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Idaho: Priest Lake Library District Board Members board up for a vote this week

Next week will see the vote for the recall of Priest Lake Library District Board Members Debbie Sudnikovich, Laurel Smith, Nancy Bushman and Lori McReynolds over their vote to fire the library director. There is also a civil suit against each trustee. The vote will be on the presidential primary date. A former board member, Rosemary Youcum, will be running.

Alaska: Palmer Councilman recall rejected

The recall effort against Palmer Councilman Richard Best has been rejected over failing to put forward sufficient grounds. Not sure what the argument is.

Colorado: Wiggins Trustee survives recall vote; wins mayoral office

A little late here, but Wiggins Trustee Jeffrey Palmer both survived a recall vote on April 7 and one a new office. Palmer beat back the recall 84-134. But he also won the mayoral race 125-102.

California:No signatures handed in against Fresno Unified Trustee

No signatures were handed in for the recall of Fresno School Board Trustee Terry Slatic. The recall was over arguments with a cheerleading team, a wrestling coach and an army recruiter. Slatic was put in office in December. Two trustees, Veva Islas and Keshia Thomas, spoke in favor of a recall effort.

Petitioners need 7388 signatures and claimed to have 914.