Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Colorado: Dolores School Board member survives recall vote

Vangi McCoy survived a recall vote 485-358 (57.53% in favor).  The issue appears to be claims that the school has dropped in rankings. Board President Dee Prock earlier resigned rather than face the recall vote.

While the replacement race didn't matter, the two candidates actually received the same number of votes. Keith Moore and Joe Warren Reed both ended up with 208 votes.

Turnout was 30% with an estimated cost of $7500.

Eastern Band Cherokee looking to adopt new Constitution with recall provision

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Colorado: Three candidates announce for replacement race against Brush Councilwoman

Three candidates, Glenda McNabb, Mark Thomas and Lawrence Lundstrom, have gotten into the race to replace Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson will be facing a December 11 recall vote over complaints about alleged abusive behavior to other members of the government and the police.

The election will be a two-step one -- an up or down vote on Anderson and and a replacement race that takes place at the same time. McNabb and Thomas ran in 2017.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Michigan: Petition language against Jackson County Sheriff rejected

Language/clarity issues has stopped the latest attempt to get a recall going against Sheriff Steven Rand over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior. Petitioners would need over 13000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Ohio: Second recall attempt against Cleveland Councilman fails to meet initial signature requirements

Petitioners failed to submit enough signatures to get the second recall against Councilman Basheer Jones started. The first effort did not hand in signatures.

The recall is presumed to have been started by supporters of former Councilman T. Dow, who lost to Jones by 13 votes last year. The first effort did not turn in signatures. Petitioners need 676 signatures -- the reason for the recall is threats that Jones allegedly made to businesses and questions about residency. The earlier attempt led to moves to tighten recall laws.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Michigan: Jackson County Sheriff facing threats of removal

Sheriff Steven Rand is still facing an attempt at removal, with the father of a lieutenant who's suing Rand filing petition language. Petitioners would need over 13000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Rand has faced calls for resignation over audio recordings and alleged bigoted behavior.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Leader of Santa Clara Judge Aaron Persky recall opens Super-PAC on sexual violence issues

Mother Jones' has the interview with Stanford Professor Michele Dauber

Texas: Judges greenlights Groves Councilman recall

Councilman Cross Coburn attempt to have the recall thrown out was rejected by a judge. The recall will take place on Election Day.

The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition). Petitioners handed in over 900 valid signatures in two stages. They needed 893.

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee survives recall vote

Trustee Jeff Goodman survived a recall vote 222-150 for Trenton Sobczak. The issue was a dispute about entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present.  Turnout was about 45%.

Wisconsin: Trempealeau County District Attorney loses recall race

District Attorney Taavi McMahon (D) was ousted in a recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

The recall became a two-parter once a third candidate, from the other party, entered the race.

Former ADA John Sacia (D), who McMahon suspended after he announced he was running, won the race 2244-450. Sacia is now facing Republican Rick Niemeyer in the general election.

Missouri: One recall effort against St. Louis Councilman thrown out; Another is still live

One effort to recall Councilman Ernie Trakas (R) was tossed out by a judge who said that Trakas did not violate the county charter by working as an attorney for school districts.

He is still facing another effort, which he has blamed on the County Executive. The recall effort needs about 15,000 signatures, though petitioners aren't handed it in just yet.

Trakas barely won his seat, which seems to be a key swing in the counsel. He also opposed a zoning change for a construction business in his district, though later backed down.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Washington: Judge holding up Kennewick Council recall effort

A Benton County Superior Court Judge has delayed a decision on the recall of Council member/former Mayor Steve Young. The Judge had previously tossed out six of the seven charges over a lawsuit Young lost, but did approve the charge of violating Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act. The language of the ballot would read "forwarding an email that can be interpreted as soliciting from a city of Kennewick employee a contribution on behalf of Dan Newhouse." Newhouse is Congressman Dan Newhouse (R).

Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the courts needed to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Petitioners need about 2675 signatures to get on the ballot.

Illinois: Signature gathering taking place in Wheeling Village President

Petitioners claim to have gathered 450 signatures in the recall of Village President Pat Horcher over claims of incompetence and that he is not paying a "fair share" of property taxes on his farm. Petitioners would need 744 signatures (33% of turnout). The petitioner backed the former Village President in his 2017 reelection bid, which was lost to Horcher.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

UK: Recall of MP Paisley fails due to signature issue

The recall attempt against MP Ian Paisley failed, as petitioners missed the signature attempt by 444 signatures. They needed 7500.

Paisley was suspended and criticized after receiving unreported all-expense paid vacations to Sri Lanka.

Colorado: Englewood Councilmember survives recall vote

Councilmember Laurett Barrentine survived her recall vote 734-688. The recall was over claims of bullying and firing threats. Petitioners, which included two former mayors.

Texas: Forest Hill Councilwoman recall tossed out by judge

The recall attempt against Councilwoman Stephanie Boardingham has been tossed out by a district court judge who ruled that the petition did not give specific reason enough reasons for the recall and that the petition was not sent to the city council but to the city itself.-- too late for the May 5 primary ballot, but it could be on for Election Day in November.

The claims include complaints about her vote on matter dealing with her business (a market), spending money on car rentals and hotel rooms. She also filed a lawsuit against the city in 2016 over a flea market that she operated. Petitioners handed in 322 signatures.

The lead petitioner is former Mayor Geralf Joubert, who was elected to the city council. There is also an investigation into whether Joubert actually witnessed the signatures on the petition.

Illinois: Wheeling Village President facing recall effort

Village President Pat Horcher is facing a recall effort over claims of incompetence and that he is not paying a "fair share" of property taxes on his farm. Petitioners would need 744 signatures (33% of turnout). The petitioner backed the former Village President in his 2017 reelection bid, which was lost to Horcher.

Nebraska: York Mayor puts forward defense statement against recall effort

Mayor Orval Stahr submitted a defense to the recall effort over claims of intimidation and misbehavior. Council member Diane Wolfe is leading the recall effort. Petitioners would need 1150 signatures (35% of turnout in the last race) in 30 days to get on the ballot. Any replacement would be appointed by the council.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Colorado: Dolores School Board member facing October 9 recall vote

The recall of board member Vangi McCoy on October 9 will be a mail-in ballot. Two contenders, Keith Moore and Joe Warren Reed, have entered the race. The issue appears to be claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

There was also trouble appointing a successor to Board President Dee Prock, who resigned rather than face the recall vote.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman recall election scheduled for December 11

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson will be facing a December 11 recall vote over complaints about alleged abusive behavior to other members of the government and the police. Petitioners handed in 162 signatures and got 131. They needed 69.

Colorado: Williamsburg Mayor and two trustees facing recall efforts over property decision

Mayor Jerry Farringer and Trustees Robert Busetti and Forrest Borre are facing a recall over embezzlement claims following a vote to vacate a dead-end alley owned by the town that was then given to neighboring property owners. Farringer allegedly signed the document before he was sworn in.

Trustee Eva Mares is one of the leaders of the recall effort. Trustee Steven Ricotta, who is married to the town clerk who approved the petitions, is allegedly a potential beneficiary of the property vote, but is not targeted in the recall. The elected officials suggest that jealous over term length (Mares and Ricotta have only 2 year terms, the rest have 4 year terms) is a motivating factor for the recall.

Nevada: Supreme Court to hear appeal on State Senate recall effort

Five months after a lower court tossed out signatures in the recall attempts against Senators Joyce Woodhouse and Nicole Cannizzaro, the state Supreme Court has taken briefs on the appeal. The recall was an attempt by Republicans to gain a majority in the chamber.

The issue appears to be whether signers of recall petitions can later sign documents which would remove their signatures from the recall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Arizona: Phoenix City Councilman facing recall effort

Phoenix City Council Michael Nowakowski (D) is facing a recall effort over his push to further study and potentially delay a light rail expansion. Nowakowski was previously threatened with a recall over same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom issues.

Michigan: Wayne Councilman just kicked out in recall is removed from Mayoral ballot

Former Councilman Chris Sanders, who was kicked out in May over his vote to move elections to even numbered years and extend their terms as well as a vote against selling a Banquet Center, has now been removed by a judge from the Mayor ballot in November over failing to file campaign finance documents.

Iowa: Petitions circulating to "reconsider" Alta Mayor, Councilman

Mayor Al Clark and Councilman Wes Bunjes are facing petitions to "reconsider" their role under Chapter 66 in the Iowa code -- though since Iowa does not have a recall law, it's not exactly the same thing. One of the leaders was removed from the Planning and Zoning Board.

Michigan: Fairbanks and Garden Township Supervisors up for Election Day recall election

Fairbanks Township Clerk Kathryn Denholm, Supervisor Ronald Collins, Trustee James Dalgord and Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow will be facing a November recall vote over the construction of right-of-way electric lines.

Michigan: Williamston School Board Members recall gets on the ballot

The recall of School Board President Greg Talberg and members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis will be on the November ballot. The issue was a vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents. Petitioners needed 1425 valid signatures.

Kenya: MP pushing for recall law

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Oregon: Aumsville City Council appoints replacements; none of the leaders of the recall effort chosen

The leaders of the successful recall effort of three councilmembers, Trinia Lee,  Lorie Walters and Kevin Crawford, failed in their effort to win appointment as replacements. Angelica Ceja, Nico Casarez and Walter Wick all applied bu none were chosen. Larry Purdy, Gus Bedwell and Jim Case were all selected instead.

The recall was over a $12 per month increase in household utility bills.

Idaho: Sugar City Mayor and Councilman facing petitions

Mayor David Ogden and Councilman Brent Barrus (who was appointed to the role) are facing petitions -- petitioners need 167 signatures to get to the ballot. The issue seems to be legal costs over rezoning of property that is the cause of a significant battle in town.

Ohio: Second recall attempt launched against Cleveland Councilman

Councilman Basheer Jones is facing a second recall attempt presumably by supporters of former Councilman T. Dow, who lost to Jones by 13 votes last year. The first effort did not turn in signatures. Petitioners need 676 signatures -- the reason for the recall is threats that Jones allegedly made to businesses and questions about residency. The earlier attempt led to moves to tighten recall laws.

Oregon: Toledo Mayor, City Councilors kicked out

Mayor Billie Jo Smith  (446-357) and Councilors Terri Strom (435-377) and Deanne Dunlap (439-373) lost their recall votes on Tuesday. The recall started two lawsuits, one over the firing of the fire chief. The city recorder has also filed suit. The seats will be filled by appointment. Smith and Strom are running for reelection in November.

Turnout was 37%.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Oregon: Toledo Mayor, City Councilors facing 9/11 recall vote

Mayor Billie Jo Smith  and Councilors Terri Strom and Deanne Dunlap are facing two lawsuits and a recall vote following the firing of the fire chief. The city recorder has also filed suit. Petitioners needed 173 signatures.

Michigan: Hayes Township Commission members on November 6 ballot

Hayes Township Clerk Marlene Golovich, Treasurer Robbin Kraft and Trustee Paul Hoadley will be on the November 6 ballot, with Kraft already pulling out of running in the recall race. The issue is their support for a boat launch and fishing pier plan. Petitioners needed 222 signatures to get on the ballot.

Washington: Editorial against Kennewick Council recall due to cost of the effort

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New Jersey: West Wildwood recall effort threatened

Mayor Christopher Fox and Commissioners Scott Golden and Cornelius Maxwell are facing recall threats after the police chief was awarded a $1.7 million settlement after the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund pointed out problems with reinstating her.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Washington: Judge approves one count for Kennewick Council recall

A Benton County Superior Court Judge has approved the recall of Council member/former Mayor Steve Young. The Judge tossed out six of the seven charges over a lawsuit Young lost, but did approve the charge of violating Washington's Fair Campaign Practices Act. The language of the ballot would read "forwarding an email that can be interpreted as soliciting from a city of Kennewick employee a contribution on behalf of Dan Newhouse." Newhouse is Congressman Dan Newhouse (R).

Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the courts needed to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Petitioners need about 2675 signatures to get on the ballot.

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Jersey: Two challengers in Mahwah Mayor recall

Two candidates, Mike Devine and Frank Pallotta, have announced that they will challenge Mayor Bill Laforet is the upcoming recall vote. Neither seems to have held office before.

California: Lake Forest recall effort investigated for forgery

The recall effort in against Councilman Andrew Hamilton, who was kicked out in the January 2 recall vote over his support for road projects, is now being investigated for forgery.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Wisconsin: A third candidate enters Trempealeau County District Attorney recall race

County attorney Rick Niemeier (R) has become the third candidate in the recall race to challenge District Attorney Taavi McMahon (D). Because there are more than two candidates, there will be a primary on October 2. ADA John Sacia (D) will face off against McMahon. Then the winner will face Niemeier on Election Day. McMahon suspended Sacia from his job after he entered the race.

McMahon is facing the recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

Navajo Nation School Board facing recall vote

Alamo Navajo School Board President Hector Guerro, VP Bucky Apache and Member Edward Padilla are facing an upcoming recall vote over questions of misspending. The recall is still being appealed.

New Jersey: Rockaway Township Acting Mayor facing recall effort

Acting Mayor Jeremy Jedynak (R) is facing a recall effort, with one of the leaders being the widow of his immediate predecessor, Mayor Michael Dachisen (R). Dachisen died on August 15 of a heart attack, leading to Jedynak taking over. The issue is claims of hostile behavior. Jednyak is accused of calling a special council meeting the day after the funeral in "an effort to replace the municipal attorney."

Petitioners need about 4564 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Bedford Charter Township Supervisor facing vote in November

Township Supervisor Adam Heikkila (R) will be facing a recall vote in November. Petitioners handed in over 1000 signatures and needed 734 valids (the article does not note how many they actually got).. Lead petitioner Kraig Dingman intends to run as an independent. The issues are allegedly failing to maintain business hours, pushing to have an ordinance violation dismissed against him, and claims of creating a hostile environment.

Idaho: Atomic City Councilman kicked out in recall vote

Councilman Dave Sonnenberg lost his recall election 17-7. Sonnenberg was facing recall following battles with Mayor Chris Polatis over questions of agendas, an replacement councilmember appointment and potential dis-incorporation of the city (the city has 30 people).

Councilmember Donald Sortor is also facing a petition.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Alaska: Ketchikan School Board President resigns

School Board President Trevor Shaw resigned before his October 2nd recall vote. The recall was over complaints about health insurance premiums, teacher contract negotiations and the public meeting atmosphere appears to have met the signature requirement. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures and need 540. They got 640.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee recall scheduled for October 2

Trustee Jeff Goodman will be up for a recall vote on October 2 over a dispute about entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present. Petitioners, which includes former trustees, need 165 signatures. They got 201.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Colorado: Weld County Commissioner recall efforts fails to hand in signatures

Petitioners failed to hand in signatures against Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer over claims that of using her position for personal gain. Petitioners needed 5767 signatures to get on the ballot. They claimed to have gotten the signatures but that too many were invalid, so they did not hand them in.

Here's an editorial denouncing the recall.

Massachusetts: Husband of Rockland Selectman who resigned running in replacement race

Christopher Hall, the husband of resigned Selectman Deidre Hall, has announced that he will run for to replace her in the November 6 election. Deidre Hall and Selectman Ed Kimball both resigned in the face of a recall threats after D. Hall was accused of pressuring Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activities because she would be voting on his contract extension and salary increase.Hall  and Kimball were alleged to also be having an affair.

Louisiana: Tallulah Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Praxton Branch is facing recall efforts with some complaints about the safety of drinking water and transparency in government. Petitioners need about 1600 signatures in 180 days.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Idaho: Atomic City Councilman facing August 28th Recall vote

Councilman Dave Sonnenberg is facing a recall vote on August 28th following battles with Mayor Chris Polatis over questions of agendas, an replacement councilmember appointment and potential dis-incorporation of the city (the city has 30 people).

Councilmember Donald Sortor is also facing a petition.

California: Five Hornbrook Community Services District board members face recall efforts

All five board members, President Robert Puckett, VP Bryant Schauffler, Secretary Michelle Hanson, and members Melissa Tulledo and Patricia Brown are facing recalls  over claims of "gross dereliction of duty." Petitioners would need 53 signatures (30%) in 40 days to get on the ballots.

Colorado: Brush Councilwoman petitions upheld, date of recall to be decided

Councilwoman Jeanine Anderson is facing an upcoming recall election over complaints that she disrespected other members of the government and the police. Anderson's move to get the petition thrown out was rejected by the courts, with a number of complaints, including one by Anderson of fake Facebook accounts. Petitioners handed in 162 signatures, with 31 tossed out. They needed 69.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Michigan: Indictment of Sheriff for embezzlement; Supporters previously targeted two Thetford Township officials with recalls over questions about surplus military equipment purchases

Trustee Stan Piechnik and Supervisor Gary Stevens faced a failed recall attempt over their questions about the police department's purchasing of military equipment earlier this year. No signatures were handed in. Now, the Thetford Township Police Chief Robert Kenny has been arraigned on embezzlement charges over the purchases.

Louisiana: St. Martinville Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Dennis Paul Williams is facing a recall effort over claims that he is not available enough and has his own personal agenda. Petitioners need 350 signatures by October 17.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

UK: Op-ed on Paisley recall in Politics.co.uk

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Wisconsin: Trempealeau County District Attorney makes the ballot -- scheduled for October 2

The recall against District Attorney Taavi McMahon has been scheduled for October 2. If there is a primary, the general election will be on Election Day. Petitioners handed in 3385 signatures, they got 3149 and needed 2683. One ADA, John Sacia, has filed to run against McMahon. McMahon then suspended Sacia from his job.

McMahon is facing the recall after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform. One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New Jersey: Phillipsburg Mayor facing new recall effort

Mayor Stephen Ellis (D) is facing another recall effort over vague claims of incompetence and misuse of office. Ellis claims the recall is started by "mercenaries" who have accused him of assault (the charges were dropped). Ellis won in 2015, beating a Republican incumbent looking for a fifth term.

One of the lead petitioners, Blaine Fehley, accused the mayor of assault for yelling at him over "crudely manipulated photos."

Petitioners need 2054 signatures in 160 days (25% of registered voters).

Arizona: Second recall effort ongoing against Wickenburg Mayor

A second recall effort against Mayor Everett Sickels is ongoing. In the first recall effort, petitioners, led by Councilman Ruben Madrid, handed in 579 signatures, and needed 440. 400 were certified.

They now claim to have gotten over 600 signatures. The issue is claims that he is questions the future of the police department, criticized the business community and other issues.

California: Madera Mayor recall effort fails

An attempt to recall Mayor Andy Medellin, over claims the doubling of water rates and the salaries for city department heads, failed with one sheet of petitions being handed in.  Petitioners would need about 3600 signatures to get on the ballot and they are claiming that they will try again

New Mexico: Las Cruces approves city charter changes to recall creating malfeasance standard

Las Cruces overwhelmingly approved a change to their recall, seemingly to take it from a political recall to a malfeasance standard/judicial recall one -- effectively, making it so that there needs to be a showing of malfeasance in order to get on the ballot. This change would put the city in line with state law.

The changes would also put in a  60 day time period, let people strike their names, and let the City Council review petitions for compliance with the law. The rule passed (along with a slew of other amendments) 10,090-3870.

One amendment allowing changes to a petition did fail.

The only other time that I have seen a jurisdiction move from a political recall to a malfeasance standard/judicial recall one was in 2012 in College Station.


Louisiana: French Settlement Mayor facing petitions from police chief's wife

Mayor Toni Guitreau is facing a petition effort led by the wife of Police Chief Harry Brignac. Brignac was arrested and charged with malfeasance in office, though the recall leaders claim this arrest was part of a vendetta. Petitioners would need 274 signatures.

Wisconsin: Beaver Dam Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Becky Glewen is facing a recall over alleged budget/tax issues. Petitioners would need about 1500 signatures in 60 days. The petitions is being led by former Alderwoman Mary Flaherty, who lost in the spring by four votes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Missouri: Mapaville Fire Protection District Board Member facing November 6 vote

Board Secretary Annette Acre is facing a November recall vote after was accused of firing the former 33-year chief and trying to replace him with her son, as well as some other behavior (notably, the open records law violations. Petitioners handed in 641 signatures, they got 510 and needed 505.

The Board is suing to stop the recall effort.

California: Petitioners fail to get enough signatures against two Dublin officials

The recall effort against Councilman Abe Gupta and School Trustee Dan Cunningham over various development issues failed. Gupta announced that he won't be seeking reelection.Petitioners handed in 6678 signatures for Gupta, they needed about 5300. They got 5059 valid. For Cunningham they handed in 6874, they needed 5409 and got 5266.

There was also a recall attempt against Vice Mayor Dom Biddle, but that seems to have gone nowhere.

Oregon: Man who twice pushed for mayoral recall running for Oregon City Mayor

Mark Matheson, who twice tried to lead a recall effort against Mayor Dan Holladay, is now running for the position. The recall efforts were allegedly a protest against the city government -- one was over a claim that the the mayoral seat should be up for election earlier than it was because Holladay ran for another office (and lost).

Michigan: Four Tecumseh School Board members to be on the November ballot

Enough signatures were handed in to get the recall efforts against School board Vice President Steven Linn (1658), treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild (1653), Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges (1662) and member Jim Rice (1609) over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints on the ballot. Petitioners handed in somewhere between 1800-1900 signatures -- they needed 1491 signatures for each.

Massachuetts: Two facing recall efforts in Warren

Selectman Chairman Marc W. Richard and Vice Chairman Dario F. Nardi are facing a recall effort after firing a police officer. Petitioners would need 664 signatures by August 27.

Washington: Kennewick Council member facing petitions

Council member/former Mayor Steve Young is facing a recall effort. Petitioners allege question dealings on Young's part. Washington is a malfeasance standard/Judicial recall state, so the state regulators/courts need to way in on whether the recall meets the for cause requirement.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ohio: Richmond Heights voting for charter amendment that will change the language of recalls

The language change is so that voters will be asked if they want to remove the official from office. The current language asks if they want to retain the official.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Texas: Plano Councilman recall vote cancelled by judge

The recall against Councilman Tom Harrison has been cancelled by a district court judge, who ruled that the city was using an outdated version of the charter to approved the recall. Harrison was .censured by the council after posting a Facebook video calling for the ban of Islam in schools.

Petitioners got 4000 signatures and needed about 2800 under what they were told was the law (30% from the municipal election, which was viewed as the last race for the seat). However, according to a charter submitted to Secretary of State's office in 1961, it is the "last" regular municipal election, which the judge interpreted to be the whole city. The difference was three times greater (27000 people voted in that race). Therefore the signatures didn't meet the new criteria.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman recall makes the ballot; big problems with scheduling

Petitioners have enough signatures to get the recall of Councilwoman Janell Smith on the ballot, but there is a debate about the notification provision which may mean that the recall cannot be scheduled for Election Day. The issue was information about a city water pressure project.

California: Montebello Mayor steps down to take temporary California Senate seat

Mayor Vanessa Delgado, who is facing a recall along with Councilman Jack Hadjinian, over votes to allow marijuana businesses to open and a $4.2 million city deficit, has agreed to step down to take a State Senate seat. Delgado won the special election for a State Senate seat, though finished out of the money in third place for the general election. There was discussion of her not taking the Senate seat for the short time period in order to keep the mayor's job.

Ohio: Cleveland Councilman recall effort fails

The recall effort against Councilman Basheer Jones failed -- no signatures were handed in. Jones was targeted after less than seven months in office. Petitioners needed 676 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Two-time recall official tries to run for two seats, will be stopped from running for any

Larry Duncan, who was recalled from the Paradise Town Council in 1991 and the Paradise Irrigation District Board in 2017, is being prevented from running for both offices at once. The issue appears to be filing for two offices at once and missing the deadline to withdraw from just one.

Alaska: Ketchikan School Board President resigns

School Board President Trevor Shaw resigned before his October 2nd recall vote. The recall was over complaints about health insurance premiums, teacher contract negotiations and the public meeting atmosphere appears to have met the signature requirement. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures and need 540. They got 640.

Georgia: Walthourville Mayor and Councilwoman recall fails

The recall effort against Mayor Daisy Pray and Councilwoman Patricia Green over allegations of unethical conduct and misappropriating funds and property failed. Petitioners handed in 150 signatures, but 33 were struck. There were questions about whether the circulators violated the law.A former Police Chief Bernie Quaterman, who was suspended twice and relived of duty by Pray, circulated petitions (he is not a registered voter in the city, which they claim prevents him from circulating the petitions. This may not be accurate according to other laws that I've seen).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Texas: El Paso Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Dee Margo is facing a recall effort over a kitchen sink group of claims (failure to stop tax increases, using personal emails for city business, violating free speech). Petitioner would need about 6500 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wisconsin: Big Bend Village Board Trustee facing petitions

Trustee Jeff Goodman is facing a recall effort over entering fire and water contract negotiations without the village president or clerk/treasurer present. Petitioners, which includes former trustees, need 165 signatures. They claim to have 207 in hand.

California: Petitions approved against Montebello Mayor, Councilman

Petitions have been approved for the recall effort against Mayor Vanessa Delgado and Councilman Jack Hadjinian. It took four attempts to get the petitions approved. The issue is votes to allow marijuana businesses to open and a $4.2 million city deficit. Petitioners would need about 6000 signatures.

Delgado is in an interesting situation -- she finished in the top two in the special election for a State Senate seat, though finished out of the money in third place for the general election. So she may be elected to the state Senate in November, but may refuse the seat because taking office for the short time period would force her to give up the Mayor job.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Alaska: Petitions handed in against Ketchikan School Board President

Petitions were handed in against School Board President Trevor Shaw over complaints about health insurance premiums, teacher contract negotiations and the public meeting atmosphere. Petitioners handed in over 700 signatures and need 540.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pennsylvania: Gregory Harvey, leader of effort to recall Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, dies

Harvey led the effort to collect 141,000 signatures -- they got 211,000. However, the recall effort was tossed out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Texas: Windcrest recall effort leads to dispute over validity of signatures

The recall efforts against Mayor Dan Reese and Council members Frank Archuelta and Joan Pedrotti is now being debated as petitioners claim they have enough signatures, but the city attorney refused to certify stating that a number of citizens denied the signing, which would cause the petitions to fall short. However, there are questions of whether the names can be stricken after signing.

Petitioners handed in between 437-452 signatures. They need 421.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Colorado: Dolores School Board President Resigns; One other member facing October 9 recall vote

School Board President Dee Prock resigned after signatures were handed in. The recall was to be scheduled for October 9. Board member Vangi McCoy will be facing the voters that day. The issue appears to be claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

Monday, August 6, 2018

New Mexico: Las Cruces Voting on city charter changes to recall creating malfeasance standard

Las Cruces is looking to change the recall from a political recall to a malfeasance standard/judicial recall one -- effectively, making it so that there needs to be a showing of malfeasance in order to get on the ballot. This change would put the city in line with state law and would be one of the few municipalities to make such a change to recall law.

The changes would also put in a  60 day time period, eliminate the amended petition process, let people strike their names, and let the City Council review petitions for compliance with the law.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee facing recall petitions has not attended meeting since November 8

The recall effort against Trustee Dino Bucci following his indictment on federal corruption charges and his failure to attend Trustee meetings, failed. Petitioners needed  since November 8. 6900 signatures, but they only got about 3100. There is still a push to get the Governor to remove him.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

California: Del Norte Supervisors facing petitions led by former Chair of Cannabis Working Group

Petitioners will not be getting the recalls against Crescent City Council Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime and Supervisors Rodger Gitlin, Lori Cowan and Bob Berkowitz on the November ballot. The recall efforts have been criticized for not having an issue around it, though past coverage noted that they are led by the former head of the Del Norte County Cannabis Working Group, so a good chance that it revolves around cannabis/marijuana regulation issues.

Update: No signatures were handed in by the deadline.

Michigan: Royal Oak voting on amendment to recall laws

The rule change will allow the city to conform to state law.

Update: The rules were approved.

California: Lemoore City Councilmember facing recall effort

Councilmember Holly Blair is facing petitions over her council report which "brought up the personal lives" of the Police Chief, City Manager and their children.  The council looks to be passing a censure of Blair.

Petitioners need 2527 signatures. BEcause Blair was elected in an all-city election, any resident could sign.

Friday, August 3, 2018

North Dakota: Petitions taken out against Richland School Board

School Board members Lisa Amundson, Josh Mjoness and Sarah Myers lost their recall elections yesterday over investigations of alleged sexual misconduct by students and basketball players. The Superintendent has been put on administrative leave. Amundson lost to Amy Lehmann 233-157; Mjoness lost to Scott Hendrickson 205-155; and Myers lost to Jody Lingen 208-122.

Jamaica: Editorial on recalling MPs

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Ohio: Solon Councilman facing recall efforts

Councilman Jeremy Zelwin is facing a recall effort over a $200 million winery project and a $1 million rails-to-trails plan.

Oregon: Wheeler County Commissioner facing August 28 recall vote

Commissioner Robert Ordway (R) is facing an August 28 recall vote over complaints about the sale of a rock crusher, a garbage truck and abstaining from certain votes. Petitioners needed 123 signatures, they handed in 151. Ordway would be replaced by an appointed Republican.

Michigan: Algonac Mayor Recall on the Election Day ballot

Mayor Eileen Tesch is facing an Election Day recall after petitioners handed in 391 valid signatures. They needed 350. The issue appears to be a move to have signatures gatherers against two other councilmembers removed from a meeting. Those two councilmembers, Irene Bird and Joe Nugent, resigned before a November vote.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Arizona: Holbrook Mayor, City Councilman facing Election Day recall

Mayor Bobby Tyler and Councilman CJ Wischmann are facing a November 6 recall. Petitioners collected 162 signatures for Tyler -- they needed 109, and 153 for Wischmann, they needed 126.

Colorado: Fremont County Sheriff, target of 2017 recall effort, resigns

Sheriff Jim Beicker (R), who was targeted for a recall in 2017 over the confiscation of horses in an alleged animal cruelty case, a civil lawsuit of a the death of an inmate and a Lieutenant who was facing charges of misconduct and abuse of public records for keeping evidence to an old homicide in a storage unit, resigned. Petitioners could not get the 4166 signatures at the time.

California: Tulare Regional Medical Center Board election fights cost over $100,000

The elections, which included the recall of Board Director Dr. Parmod Kumar, have cost a $100,000.

Wisconsin: Flambeau School Board members targeted in recall

School Board Members Patrick Anderson, Sam Stewart and Danielle Zimmer are facing recall threats over claims of disrespectful comments and a host of other complaints.

Wisconsin: Dover Town Chairman ousted in recall vote

Chairman Mario Lena was ousted in a recall vote over claims of unprofessional conduct. Lena was censured and he accused past chairmen of embezzlement and fraud. Lena lost to Town Supervisor Sam Stratton -- 319-175-90 (for former town supervisor Dean Larsen). Stratton needed an absolute majority to avoid a run-off. His seat now has to be filled.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Massachusetts: Rockland Selectman resigns over investigation into other officials' inappropriate behavior

Selectman Ed Kimball has resigned in the face of a recall threat from former selectman Mary A. Parsons over a complicated investigation.

Selectman Deidre Hall, who also has since resigned, has been accused of pressuring Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activities because she would be voting on his contract extension and salary increase (Hall has since resigned). The investigation substantiated the allegations, but Kimball called the investigation a sham.

UK: Petitions against MP Paisley to start on August 8

Petitions against MP Ian Paisley over his failure to declare luxury holidays in Sri Lanka are set to start on August 8. Petitioners need 7547 signatures to get the by-election going.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Michigan: Signatures handed in against Bedford Charter Township Supervisor

Over 1000 signatures were handed in against Township Supervisor Adam Heikkila (R). Petitioners need 734 valids. Lead petitioner Kraig Dingman intends to run as an independent. The issues are allegedly failing to maintain business hours, pushing to have an ordinance violation dismissed against him, and claims of creating a hostile environment.

Michigan: Isabella County officials recall rejected for clarity reasons

Petitions to recall Township Trustee Robert Walton and Supervisor Jeffrey Bean were rejected by the election commission over clarity issues. This is the third failed attempt against Walton. The language was the same as a petition that was approved against Denver Township Supervisor John Pedjac.

The issue appears to be over a lease on a wind farm, with petitioners opposed to the wind farm.

Update: The Pedjac recall language was since overturned by a judge

Friday, July 27, 2018

Oregon: Aumsville City Council can't hold meeting due to lack of quorom

Following the removal of three councilmembers, Trinia Lee,  Lorie Walters and Kevin Crawford, on July 3rd over a $12 per month increase in household utility bills, the council has been unable to meet due to a lack of a quorum. The council is suppose to appoint replacements for the seats, but due to the removal of the three and another councilor being absent there was no quorum for a replacement vote. 

Louisiana: East Baton Rogue Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilwoman Tara Wicker (D) is facing a recall effort over claims of lack of communications, though it appears that the replacement of a deceased councilman by his wife is part of the fight. Petitioners needs 33 1/3 percent of registered voters to get on the ballot, about 6100 signatures.

Michigan: Bruce Township officials facing recall effort

Supervisor Richard Cory, Clerk Susan Brockmann and Trustees Paul Okeniewski and Mark Falker are facing a recall effort following the cancellation of a special meeting that would have changed the Bruce Township. Brockmann was suppose to resign and then be appointed township manager.

Petitioners need 888 signatures to get on the ballot.
“They have every right to a recall effort,” Brockmann said. “I am going to continue to do my job.”
She added: “We thought we had a valid transition move to leave a solid foundation for those coming into office in 2020, but now we have something that has become politically motivated by people going around spreading lies rather than hearing us out as a board.”
The earliest a recall vote could be on a ballot in Bruce Township is May 2019.
Recall language must first be approved by the Macomb County Election Commission and signatures can be submitted no later than 95 days prior to the proposed election date.
Signatures submitted to Macomb County can be no older than 60 days old.
Martone seems confident in the resolve the residents now have to make a change in their government.
“The citizens are banned together now,” she said. “Every person who showed up last night had a story about why they wanted the Clerk out of office. Everybody is fed up.”

Colorado: Push to stop Dolores School Board members recall rejected -- date for recall to be set

A protest hearing against the recall of School Board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy over questions about the language of the petition failed to stop the recall from going forward. The two will be facing a recall  over claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

UK: MP may be first person to face recall vote over free trips to Sri Lanka

MP Ian Paisley has been suspended for 30 days and is facing a potential recall vote after he received unreported all-expense paid vacations to Sri Lanka. Petitioners would need to hand in signatures equaling 10% of the registered voters. Paisley would lose his seat, but can run in the by-election.

Navajo Nation: Three School Board Members up for recall

President Hector Guerro, Vice President Bucky Apache and Steven Apache are all facing recall votes over complaints of travel expenses, though there seems to be a lot of questions over whether they can run in a race.

Ohio: Kent City Council vote for charter changes to increase signature amount for recalls

The City Council voted 8-1 to increase the signature amount for recalls to 25% of turnout in the last presidential election and require a stated cause of action. Kent was the cite of a 2009 recall against five councilmembers (all survived). Apparently, there are some debates on an Ohio Supreme Court decision which prevents signature requirements from being tied to registered voters.

Maryland: Takoma Park Councilmembers facing recall effort over redevelopment project

Takoma city council members are facing a recall effort over their vote for a redevelopment project. Petitioners would need 20% of eligible voters, which would equal about 1500 signatures for the mayor.

Ohio: Cleveland Councilman facing recall efforts; move by council to make recalls more difficult

Councilman Basheer Jones is facing a recall effort after less than seven months in office. Petitioners need 676 signatures to get on the ballot. Jones won office by defeating Councilman TJ Dow by 13 votes.

City Council President Kevin Kelley is looking to tighten recall laws, potentially increasing thea grace period from 3 months to a six and preventing a recall in the last year in office.

Georgia: Aragon Mayor facing recall effort

Mayor Garry Baldwin is facing a recall effort after pushing for numerous employees to resign under threat of putting a bad review in their file.

Here's a look at how recalls work in Georgia -- the state is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed.

Texas: Bedford Mayor, City Councilmembers facing recall effort over apartment complex

A push to build a 240-unit complex has led to recall efforts against Mayor Jim Griffin and Councilmembers Roger Fisher, Roy Turner and Rusty Sarter.

Wisconsin: Signatures handed in against Trempealeau County District Attorney

Petitioners have handed in 3385 signatures against District Attorney Taavi McMahon after he suspended an employee for refusing to attend the Jackson County DA's funeral as well as claims of prosecutorial failures. The county board has sought his resignation. McMahon has been on leave since May 9. McMahon's supporters claim the issue is a debate over new views of criminal justice reform.

One of the lead petitioners is the Osseo Police Department Chief. Petitioners need more than 2682 signatures to get on the ballot.

Colorado: Englewood Councilmember recall will be on ballot on September 18

Councilmember Laurett Barrentine will be facing a recall vote on September 18 over claims of bullying and firing threats. Petitioners, which included two former mayors, handed in 424 signatures. They needed about 364.

Update: The recall is set to cost $15,000.

Michigan: Recall effort against Lyon Township Supervisor rejected by Election Commission

Language in a recall against Supervisor Ed Nellist was rejected by the Election Commission.

California: Kern Law Enforcement Association President kicked out

Law Enforcement Association President David Kessler, the head of the 500 deputy sheriffs and District Attorney Investigators, was kicked out in a recall vote. The VP is serving as president. The push was after the Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was reelected in a landslide. the KLEA originally endorsed his challenger, but then withdrew the endorsement.

North Dakota: Richland School Board facing August 2 recall vote

School Board members Lisa Amundson, Josh Mjoness and Sarah Myers are facing an August 2nd recall vote over alleged sexual misconduct by students and basketball players. The Superintendent has been put on administrative leave.

Arizona: Wickenburg Mayor recall fails

The recall effort against Mayor Everett Sickels failed. Petitioners, led by Councilman Ruben Madrid, handed in 579 signatures, and needed 440. 400 were certified.

Colorado: Procedures approved for Weld County Recall

Here

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Michigan: Marion School Board member facing petitions

Board Member Linda Raymond  is facing a recall after claims of pension violations against the superintendent, though the petition claims that Raymond recorded a closed session of the board, in violation of the open meeting act. 

Idaho: Albion Mayor recall makes the November ballot

Mayor Sharon Hardy-Mills Wilmot will be facing a recall in November over claims that she "lacks knowledge to 'adequately' and 'fairly' run the city and that she bullied people.

Colorado: Pueblo students leading effort to recall school board following end of teacher strike

Petitioners handed signatures against school board president Barbera Clementi, VP Frank Latino and board member Robert Gonzales over  week long teachers strike. The student leading the recall effort was a supporter of the teachers' strike over a COLA increase. Petitioners need about 8000 signatures for each.

Michigan: Additional recalls sought in Isabella and Denver Township

Petitioners were filed against Isabella Supervisor Jeff Bean over the vote to create a township planning commission. Petitioners have also filed petitions against Denver Township Supervisor John Pedjac and Isabella Township Trustee Robert Walton. The Walton petitions were twice rejected due to clarity ground (petitioners were also complaining about a wind farm lease he signed).

Petitions must be in by August 3rd to get on the November ballot.

Missouri: Joplin Councilman facing petitions

Councilman Phil Stinnett is facing a recall effort over a request for wage concessions for police and firefighters. The leader of the recall effort lost a city council race. Petitioners need 20% of the votes from the last regular election or about 6315 signatures.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

California: Interview with ousted State Senator Josh Newman

Here

California: Los Angeles Councilmember recall fails

The recall of Councilmember Mike Bonin has apparently failed, as the campaign director has gotten a new job and the social media accounts have gone quiet. The recall was over a "road diet" plan.

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor recall gets enough signatures to be on the ballot

Mayor Bill Laforet will be facing a recall vote, as more than 5000 signatures were validated -- petitioners needed 4150 to get on the ballot.

The issue was Laforet's backing and then moving away from an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. Both of the laws are allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews and the city has been accused of anti-semitism and discrimination. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Laforet has been the subject of two no-confidence votes in three years.

Massachusetts: Rockland Selectman facing recall threats over investigation into other officials' inappropriate behavior

Selectman Ed Kimball is facing recall threats from former selectman Mary A. Parsons over a complicated investigation. Selectman Deidre Hall has been accused of pressuring Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into sexual activities because she would be voting on his contract extension and salary increase (Hall has since resigned). The investigation substantiated the allegations, but Kimball called the investigation a sham.

Petitioners need 500 signatures to get through the first stage, then need 1800 signatures to get on the ballot.

California: Calaveras Supervisor recalls fails after signatures disallowed

The recall of Supervisor Dennis Mills failed due to invalid signatures. Petitioners handed in 2125 signatures, they needed 1555 and got 1462, a more than 31% failure rate. The issue was Mills vote in favor of shutting down Cannabis ventures.

California: Irvine Mayor, Councilmembers facing recall threats

Mayor Don Wagner and Councilmembers Melissa Fox and Christina Shea were hit with chants of a recall after delaying the building of a Veterans Cemetery.

Ohio: Huber Heights Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilwoman Janell Smith is facing a recall effort over her opposition to the city's water pressure project. Petitioners need 15% of the total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Michigan: Isabella and Denver Township Trustees facing petitions

Isabella Trustee Robert Walton is facing a second petition over a wind project -- the first was rejected on clarity grounds.

Denver Township Supervisor is facing a petition on a failure to push for a township planning commission, which is also being led by an opponent of the wind farm.

Michigan: Signatures handed in against Tecumseh School Board members

Signatures were handed in against School board Vice President Steven Linn, treasurer Kimberly Amstutz-Wild, Secretary Debbie-Johnson-Berges and member Jim Rice over violations of the Open Meetings Act as well as other complaints. Petitioners handed in somewhere between 1800-1900 signatures -- they need 1491 signatures for each.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Michigan: Leoni Township officials recall over medical marijuana fee structures makes the ballot

Petitioners handed in enough signatures to get a recall on the November 6 ballot against Supervisor Howard Linnabary (R) (1136), Clerk Michele Manke (D) (1166) and Treasurer Lori Stack (D) (1154) over medical marijuana applications. The  law provided an administrative fee go to the seven board members medical marijuana applications. Petitioners needed 984 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

California: Signatures turned in against Dublin Councilman

Nearly 6300 signatures were turned in against Councilman Abe Gupta. Petitioners need about 5300 valids. Gupta is also running for reelection on the same day, so a recall loss and an election win would take him out of office for a few months. Petitioners claim the issue is about growth, though Gupta claims that the petitions are to help one of the other candidates on the general election ballot, Bobby Khullar. 

California: No signatures handed in against Calaveras Supervisor

No signatures were handed for the recalls of Supervisor Gary Tofanelli and Jack Garamendi. Petitioners needed 1396 and claims a lack of leadership and jumping the line to be chairman. Garamendi's recall was over cannabis issues.

Over 2000 signatures were turned in against Supervisor Dennis Mills. Petitioners need 1555. The issue was Mills vote in favor of shutting down commercial Cannabis ventures.

California: Moreno Valley Council recalls fail to hand in signatures

The recall effort against Councilwoman Victoria Baca and Councilman David Marquez have both failed with no signatures being handed in. Baca had lost her seat in 2014 due to a recall, but came back and won election in 2016.

Arizona: Ballot Initiatives over Senator John McCain Recall

Petitioners would need 632,683 signatures -- as well as what I would think is a very surprising court ruling -- to allow this to go forward.

California: Victorville Councilwoman facing recall effort

Councilwoman Blanca Gomez is facing a recall effort over her Facebook Live video of the open casket for Hesperia Mayor Russ Blewett as well as other videos such as a homeless shelter and a sanctuary city meeting. Petitioners would need 9404 signatures in 120 days.

Ohio: Sandusky City Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Nikki Lloyd is facing a recall threat over her support for a smoking ban, though the article also notes issues with another councilmember who has been charged with sex-related offenses and has faced calls from Lloyd and others to resign.

Wisconsin: Dover Town Chairman face July 31 recall vote

Chairman Mario Lena is facing two candidates in a July 31 vote over claims of unprofessional conduct. If no one receives an absolute majority, then the top two face off on August 28.

The two candidates are former town supervisor Dean Larsen and current town supervisor Sam Stratton.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Oregon: Aumsville City Council kicked out in recall vote

Councilmembers Trinia Lee (457-343),  Lorie Walters (459-339) and Kevin Crawford (448-351) were all kicked out on a recall vote on Tuesday. The issue was the vote for a $12 per month increase in household utility bills, which was passed to hire another police officer.

There is no replacement vote, as the remaining councilmembers appoint the replacements.

Colorado River Indian Tribe holding replacement vote on July 17

Here -- this is following the ouster of the Chairman and another tribal member on April 28

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Arizona: Mohave County Supervisor recall effort fails

The effort to recall Supervisor Jean Bishop over her "socialist voting record" failed. Petitioners did not hand in signatures.

Colorado: Dolores School Board members recall gets the signatures

School Board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy will be facing a recall after petitioners handed in a second set of signatures. They needed 445 each, they got 385 for Prock and 360 for McCoy. The recall is over claims that the school has dropped in rankings.

Wisconsin: Second to last Judge to lose a recall dies

Former Dane County Judge Archie Simonson, who held the long-time distinction of being the last judge to be removed in the US by recall (until this month), died at 93. He was removed following comments during a sexual assault hearing, where he complained about provocative female clothes.

Wisconsin: Dark Money Group behind Weld County Commissioner recall

Here

Wisconsin: Manchester Town Chairman facing July 17 recall vote

Chairman Scott Barton is facing a July 17 recall vote after petitioners handed in 124 valid signatures. They needed 79. The issue is claims that he is spending too much sand and diesel fuel and that he has behaved abusively towards the town clerk, who is the wife of the candidate he beat in 2017, Thomas Franks. Franks is one of the petitioners.

Colorado: Editorial asks if everyone in Weld County Commissioner recall needs a lawyer

The answer, after years of following the recall, is yes.

New Jersey: Petitioners handed in signatures against Mahwah Mayor

Petitioners handed in signatures against Mayor Bill Laforet --they need 4150 to get on the ballot. The issue was is opposition to an ordinance which bans non-New Jersey residents from using township parks, as well as an anti-Eruv ordinance. The law is allegedly aimed at Orthodox Jews from Rockland County in NY. The state has filed civil rights suits against the town, and the Town Council effectively rescinded the ordinance.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wisconsin: Signatures approved and Dover Town Chairman to face upcoming recall vote

Town Chairman Mario Lena will be facing a recall election over claims that is not conducting town meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order and other claims of unprofessional behavior. Lena accused past leaders of embezzlement and fraud. Petitioners handed in 460 signatures, they got 436 and needed 411 valids.

Town Supervisor Sam Stratton is looking to run as a replacement.

Texas: Groves Councilman recall makes the ballot

Petitioners have handed in enough signatures to get the recall against Councilman Cross Coburn on the ballot. The recall began after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. Coburn blames city government members for the leak of the pictures (the Mayor signed the recall petition). Petitioners handed in over 900 valid signatures in two stages. They needed 893.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Texas: Petitioners hand in more than 900 signatures in Groves Councilman recall

Councilman Cross Coburn has been facing a recall after nude photos of him were sent to the media. Coburn is both 19 and openly gay. The Mayor appears to support the recall effort and Coburn blamed city government members for the leak of the pictures.

Oregon: Aumsville City Council facing July 3rd recall vote

Councilmembers Trinia Lee, Lorie Walters and Kevin Crawford are facing recalls for approving a $12 per month increase in household utility bills, which was passed to hire another police officer.

Michigan: Macomb Township Trustee recall has led to ban on collecting signatures outside of truck show

They are looking to force a recall of indicted Trustee Dino Bucci. The volunteers were looking to collect signatures outside of a truck show held at a middle school and were banned by the sheriffs department.

Michigan: Britton Deerfield School Board members facing recall effort

Board Members Ben Allhouse, Yvonne Thomas, Brian Bartush and Doug Mayher Jr. are all facing recall efforts. The issue was the refusal to renew a contract for a high school principal and Open Meeting Act violations.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

California: Long Beach Council recall fails

The recall against Councilwoman Jeannie Pearce over a late-night drinking incident on the freeway has failed. Petitioners needed 6363 signatures. They handed in nearly 9500, but about half were rejected.

California: Alameda Councilmember facing recall

Council member Malia Vella is facing a recall petition over the dismissal of the City Manager. There are accusations that the City Manager was being pressured to hire a fire chief backed by the firefighters' union. The City Manager secretly recorded a conversation with Vella and another council member before approving a $900,000 compensation package for her.

Petitioners need 9421 signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Michigan: Williamston School Board Members facing recall over gender identity

School Board President Greg Talberg and members Sarah Belander, Nancy Deal and Christopher Lewis are facing petitions over their vote for a policy that requires schools to accept the gender identity assertion of each student. Petitioners are claiming that the issue is that the policy doesn't guarantee informing parents.

Petitioners need 1425 valid signatures by August 3 to get on the November ballot.

Ohio: Twinsburg Recall amendment proposed

A charter amendment is being proposed which would limit council recall votes to constituents who live in the district.

Michigan: Judge stops recall against Fraser "ex-mayor" who is no longer in office

The recall attempt against Ex-Mayor Joe Nichols who was kicked out by tribunal hearing in February but is appealing the ouster, was stopped by a judge over the fact that he is no longer in office.

Colorado: Weld County Commissioner facing recall effort

Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer is facing petitions over claims that of using her position for personal gain. Petitioners need 5767 signatures to get on the ballot.

Interestingly, Weld County Commissioner board has hired former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler as the legal counsel in the matter.

California: Petition gathering against Dublin officials hits final days

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Texas; Groves Councilman recall needs additional signatures to get on ballot

The recall effort against Councilman Cross Coburn over the leaking of nude images needs additional signatures to get on the ballot. Petitioners handed in 917 signatures. They need 893. Petitions were returned for correction -- they have 10 days to cure.

California: Signatures validated in Alvord School Board Member recall

School Board Member Joseph Barragan lost his primary day recall., 438-222. Barragan faced the recall over claims that he insulted undocumented immigrants and other groups on a Facebook posts, though Barragan claims that it was from a phony account or created via Photoshop type program. Barragan argues that the teachers' union was attacking him.

He will be replaced by Lizeth Vega.

Michigan: Traverse City Mayor and Commissioner facing recall efforts

Mayor Jim Carruthers and Commissioner Richard Lewis are facing recall efforts over an increase in city property tax and a tax administration fee. Petitioners need 1515 signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Constantine School Board Member facing hearing

School Board President John Shuler is facing a recall over accusations that he made inappropriate statements to constituents.