Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Michigan: State Supreme Court rules in favor of petition language in State Rep. Inman recall; Missing word not a valid reason to toss out petitions

Big unanimous decision by the Michigan Supreme Court allowing a more lenient standard on recall petition language. The decision overturned lower court rulings, including by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which tossed out the 13,991 signatures looking for the recall of Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R). The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right."

Among the key findings of the court:
“The recall petition is proper because the reasons give for recall in the circulated petitions were not different that the reasons that were approved by the Board of Canvassers.”
Petitioners needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot, though an initial review claimed that over 1800 signatures were invalid.

Inman, who is term-limited, was also recently found not guilty by a federal jury found of lying to federal authorities, but were hung on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Colorado: Reversal of fortune as official results show both Elizabeth Trustees removed in recall election

Big reversal of fortune in Elizabeth. While the unofficial results showed that Elizabeth Trustee June Jurczewsky survived her recall vote, the official results show her being ousted.

161 votes called for Jurczewsky's removal (no idea how many voted to retain). Trustee Rachel White was removed with 166 looking to kick her out. White will be replaced by Jason Weiss, who received 153 votes and Jurczewsky was replaced by Ron Weaver, who garnered 152 votes in the separate replacement race. The recall was launched over the Mayor and Councils' support for development proposals.

Recalls against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr, Tammy Payne have made the ballot and should be scheduled for April.  The different time frames is due to the fact that the other officials haven't served six months yet.l 7.

California: Second Oceanside City Council member facing recall effort

A second Oceanside City Councilmember, Esther Sanchez, is facing petitions, over her opposition to legalized cannabis (and more generic complaints about her work with her peers). Sanchez (who has been on the council since 2000) faced an effort in 2007 that went nowhere. She has said she is a candidate for mayor position.

Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez (R) is already facing a recall over complaints that he allegedly lied about being a farmer. and his vote to approve a housing development. Petitioners would need 4456 signatures for Rodriguez.

Texas: Signatures handed in against McKinney City Councilman

Signatures have been handed in against Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell who has been a controversial member of the council with complaints of violating ethics codes and making inflammatory statements and getting arrested repeatedly (one seemed to be for domestic violence), which he claimed occurred after he was racially profiled after refusing to sign two citations after he was pulled over for speeding last year. Shemwell has previously declared a "black state of emergency" in Texas.

McKinney approved an amendment to make recalls easier to get on the ballot earlier this year.

Petitioners handed in over 3300 signatures. They need 2127 signatures.

California: Signatures verified against three Westminister officials; Recall still to be scheduled

Westminister Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmembers Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen will all be facing an upcoming recall vote. Petitioners handed in over 11,000 signatures, they needed 8736 (don't yet see how many were validated). The issue is claims of ethical violations, such as limiting debate and participation.

There is also an attempt against the other two members, Tao Do and Sergio Contreas. Do's supporters have backed the recall of the other three and Do welcomed the recall of the other three on Facebook.

The recall will be a special election -- because of the law (the recall must be held between 88 and 125 days after the next council meeting), it cannot coincide with the March primary.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Idaho: Four Priest Lake Library District Board Members up for Recall vote on March 10

Priest Lake Library District Board Members Debbie Sudnikovich, Laurel Smith, Nancy Bushman and Lori McReynolds are facing a March 10 recall vote 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.

Former board member Rosemary Yocum led the recall effort, which claims violations of open meeting laws.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Virginia: Newport News Vice Mayor facing petitions

Newport News Vice Mayor Tina Vick is facing petitions, with a reason seeming to be inter-district issues, though there doesn't sound like a specific subject motivating the recall. She has been in the city council since 2008 (and is the aunt of former NFL Quarterback Michael Vick). The article doesn't mention how many signatures are needed. It does explain that petitioners have gotten 200 on change.org, which is equal to zero actual signatures, but it sounds the petitioner will be trying to get actual signatures after Christmas (though it is unclear if he has an actual valid petition).

India: Op-ed calling for adoption of recall in India

Here's an op-ed calling from Pankaj Sharma, a member of the Congress Party, for the adoption of the recall in India. Some interesting history on the debate on whether India should have a recall law:

There is recall law at Panchayat level in some states such as UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Chhatisgarh, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh. This law applies to municipalities and municipal corporations also in some states. But state assemblies and the lower house of Parliament are out of this charter.

In India, the concept has its roots since Vedic times when the lack of effective governance was a cause for removal of a king. The debate over recall of elected representatives has a long history in the Indian democracy; the matter was discussed in detail in the Constituent Assembly also where several members were of the opinion that the Right to Recall must accompany the Right to Elect and the voters must be provided with a remedy 'if things go wrong'. However, Dr B R Ambedkar did not accept this amendment. Some members of the Constituent Assembly argued that the 'Recall' provision would help in strengthening the democratic system, others felt that it would be improper to provide a Recall provision at the infancy of the Indian democracy. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel expressed his opinion during this debate by saying, "If there are any stray instances or some black sheep who having lost the confidence of their constituency still want to continue to represent the constituency in the House, for some such bad instances we should not disfigure our Constituency. We should leave it as it is, to the good sense of the members concerned". 
In recent times, humanists such as MN Roy and politicians such as Jayaprakash Narayan have spoken extensively on the need to introduce right to recall in our electoral system. When Somnath Chatterjee was Lok Sabha Speaker, he also sought to install the right to recall to ensure accountability. Constitution (Amendment) Bill about Voters' right to recall elected representatives was introduced in Lok Sabha by C K Chandrappan in 1974 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had supported this but the bill did not pass. A private member bill, The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced by BJP MP Varun Gandhi in Lok Sabha. With the increasing impulse of manipulating democracy for the benefit of certain individuals or political outfits, the urgency of having and enforcing the right to recall must be felt with all its seriousness. If the people have the power to elect their representatives, they should also have the power to dismiss them when they engage in misdeeds or fail to fulfil their duties. In 2001, Madhya Pradesh amended its Panchayat Raj Act and gave voters the right to recall their non-performing elected representatives. The 17-year-old incident of Palavika Patel, the former president of Anuppur municipality in Madhya Pradesh, India and Gray Davis, former governor of California, USA are two distinct fall-outs of participatory democracy. In 2002, voters of extremely poor Anuppur; and in 2003, voters of extremely rich California; exercised a similar constitutional right: the right to recall an elected representative for non-performance. Patel and Davis were removed from their positions.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Texas: Silsbee City Council members facing threats

Silsbee City Council member Sue Bard is facing petitions, with threats to go after the rest of the council. The mayor had already resigned. The petitioner has an online petition that has over 200 signatures, though none count at all. Bard claims that the petition is over the council's refusal to remove a speed hump from the lead petitioners block.

California: Four candidates jump into replacement race for two Santa Cruz Councilmembers

Four candidates have entered the race against Santa Cruz Councilmen Drew Glover and Chris Krohn, which is set to be on the March 3 primary ballot. Three of the candidates, Katherine Beiers, Don Lane and Tim Fitzmaurice, are former mayors

The issue is over allegations of a focus on a homeless camp and issues at city meetings, though articles have noted a focus on the city's rent control and eviction ballot measures. Petitioners handed in over 11,000 signatures and needed at least 7938.

Petitioners have spent at least $50,000 in the recall fight.

Taiwan: Signatures to be handed in against Kaohsiung Mayor/Kuomintang Presidential candidate

300,000 signatures are set to be handed in against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto, with the petitions being handed in one day after the one year grace period from the beginning of his term. Petitioners seem to need about 228,000 -- 10% of city inhabitants.

Han is also the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and is being threatened with a recall following flooding in the town (though presumably this may be part of the presidential political wrangling). There is an absentee voter provision -- 25% of eligible voters must cast ballots for the recall to count.

Colorado: Lawsuit trying to force a special election recall in Nederland rejected; Election scheduled for same time as next town election date

A Judge has rejected a suit trying to force a special election against Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larson and Trustees Dallas Masters and Julie Gustafson rather than having the recall scheduled for April 7 (the town's next election date). The Judge held that the plaintiffs did not allege an injury.

The recalls are over claims of "dereliction of duty." A regular town critic who is actually lives outside the town is one of the leaders of the effort. The complaints seems to be a kitchen sink effort, including complaints about Nederland's growth and lifting a moratorium on cannabis dispensaries.

Trustee James Rawsthorne resigned, complaining about the same issues that petitioners are using to target the three officials.

North Dakota: Ramsey County State Attorney facing petitions

Signatures are being collected looking for the recall of Ramsey County State Attorney Kari Agotness after she did not press charges against a police officer who shot and killed a local man. The family of the man who was killed is leading the recall effort. Petitioners need approximately 1300 signatures in a year to get on the ballot.

Nevada: Settlement in Storey Sheriff Sexual Harassment case

The former Chief Deputy Sheriff Melanie Keener has received a $250,000 settlement over her claims that she was sexually harassed by Sheriff Gerald Antinoro.

Antinoro survived a recall vote (883-601) over accusations of sexual harassment, wrongful termination and budget improprieties.

Michigan: State Court of Appeals upholds ruling tossing out signatures in recall of State Representative

A Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld (by 2-1 vote) the Elections Director decision tossing out the 13,991 signatures looking for the recall of Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R). The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right." Petitioners needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot.

Inman was also recently found not guilty by a federal jury found of lying to federal authorities, but were hung on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Arizona: Payson recall efforts all fail

The recall effort against Payson Mayor Tom Morrisey and Councilmembers Suzy Tubbs-Avakian, Janell Sterner, Jim Ferris, Steve Smith, Barbara Underwood and Chris Higgins have all failed, with petitioners not handing in signatures or collecting them. The issue was over votes to  fire a town manager and spend and transparency issues.

This long running saga came about after the Arizona Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the recall attempt against Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey needs more signatures than previously thought, resulting in the recall now being off the ballot.

Petitioners handed in 974 signatures, 821 valids, and thought they needed 770. The Judge ruled that they need 1225.

The issue is based on the fact that Payson mayors have been effectively elected in the primary race for the last 17 years. The general election date will only take place if there was a runoff from the primary race.. The recall law requires 25% of turnout at the last election for that office. Morrissey claims that they should use the primary race. We should be seeing a written opinion on this.

Petitioners need 1638 signatures to get the other three recalls on the ballot. Petitioners claimed they had over 900 signatures for Ferris, Sterner and Tubbs-Avakia ans a separate campaign against Steve Smith claimed that they had 1700 signatures.

Florida: Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District Board of Commissioners facing recall threats over salary raise

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District Board of Commissioners are facing threats of a recall over an upcoming vote for salary raise. The Lehigh Acres Community Council President is threatening a recall if the salary raise is approved.
 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

New Jersey: Signatures handed in against Englewood Cliffs Councilmembers

In a comment below, someone is claiming that petitioners have handed in over 1200 signatures for the recall of Englewood Cliffs Council members Edward Aversa (D) and Gloria Oh (D) over claims that they didn't do due diligence on affordable housing and other issues related to development. Aversa, who is running for mayor in the fall, claims that Mayor Mario Kranjac (who is also on the ballot) is behind the recall.

Petitioners would need more than 900 valid signatures (25% of registereds).

Florida: Hialeah Mayor Recall effort fails

The recall effort against Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez failed, with no signatures handed in. Petitioners needed 5175 valids and they claimed to have gotten 4900.

The recall was over general claims of mismanagement. The lead petitioner is former City Council candidate Fernando Godo, though Hernandez claims that former Mayor Julio Martinez is leading the effort (Hernandez beat Martinez in 2013).

Washington: Petitions filed against Attorney General

Petitions have been filed against Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) over his support of gun control legislation. Since Washington is a malfeasance standard state, there is a very high bar to get on the ballot as the Supreme Court must rule that the AG violated a specific set of laws. An attempt to recall Governor Jay Inslee ((D) earlier this year failed.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Colorado: Split result in Elizabeth Trustee recall -- one ousted, one survived -- (Updated -- both removed)

Unofficial results show that Elizabeth Trustee Rachel White lost her recall vote 161-154, while Trustee June Jurczewsky seems to have survived 159-156. White would be replaced by Jason Weiss, who received 148 votes. The recall was launched over the Mayor and Councils' support for development proposals.

Recalls against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustees Angela Ternus, Steve Gaither, Loren Einspahr, Tammy Payne have made the ballot and should be scheduled for April.  The different time frames is due to the fact that the other officials haven't served six months yet.

North Dakota: Surrey Council President ousted in recall vote

Surrey Council President and Acting Mayor Karla Walsh has been ousted in a recall effort over complaints of employee turnover. Walsh lost to Jennifer Johns 60-37.

Surrey Mayor Jason Strand had already resigned in the face of a recall. He was replaced by Charles Tollefson in the special election on Tuesday. There had also been threats to recall Council Member Rodney Hjelden, but because his term ends within the year, he is not eligible.

Idaho: A look back at Lewiston's 1970 recall of 6 of 7 member after annexation fight

Here's a look back at a 1969 annexation that led to the 1970 recall and removal of six of 7 Lewiston City Council members after the annexation of a community (called Lewiston Orchards). The best part of the story is when town officials "tried to count individual cemetery plots in the Orchards as pieces of property..."

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Louisiana: Four Vermilion Parish School Board members facing petitions

Vermilion Parish School Board President Laura LeBouf and members Dale Stelly, David Dupius and Kibbie Pillette are facing petitions after placing the Superintendent on paid administrative leave.

Colorado: Cripple Creek-Victory School District Board President loses recall vote

Cripple Creek-Victory School Board President Tim Braun lost a recall vote on Election Day (November 5), 54-46% . Mary Bielz won the uncontested replacement. The recall was delayed due to appeals, leading to what was called an almost "apologetic" decision from the court.

Two other board members, treasurer Dennis Jones and secretary Tonya Martin resigned in the face of the recall.

The recall was over claims of violation of the open record act and possibly a suspension of the superintendent. One of the leader was a former Head Start director who lost to Jones by 30 votes in November 2017.

Georgia: Hoschton Mayor resigns in face of upcoming recall election

Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly has resigned rather than face a recall election on January 14. Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned last week.

The recall was launched after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claimed that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

Canada: Op-ed calling for an Alberta recall

Op-ed calling for an Alberta recall in the Calgary Sun

Colorado: Signatures verified against Idaho Springs Mayor

Signatures have been verified against Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman for  recall that has catch-all language, though appears to be over the increased speed of residential development. Petitioners turned in 150 signatures and needed 77 signatures to get on the ballot. The recall will be scheduled for sometime next year.

UK: Two victors in recall elections lose seats; Reduced majorities in two other seats that faced recall efforts

This year, there were two recalls for MPs in the UK and two attempted recalls this year.
Labour MP Fiona Onasanya faced the first recall, but did not run for the position. Labour MP Lisa Forbes replaced her.

Conservative Party MP Chris Davies lost his seat in a recall, which was won by Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds.

DUP's Ian Paisley faced a recall attempt, but the petitions did not get enough signatures.

Labour's Keith Vaz was to face a recall right before the election, but he stood down from running.

Both Forbes and Dodds lost their seats in the regularly scheduled election, with the Conservative Party winning both races. Paisley won reelection and the Labour candidate for Vaz's seat both won, though with reduced majorities.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Louisiana: Clinton Mayor resigned after recall effort failed

Clinton Mayor Lori Ann Bell, who faced petitions over claims that she and the former police chief illegally entered into contracts to lease cars for the police department, has resigned after failing to deliver an on time budget and being placed under arrest for malfeasance.

Petitioners did not get enough signatures to get the recall on the ballot. They needed 419 signatures by May 7.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Michigan: State Representative facing recall effort found not-guilty of one count, hung jury on two others

A federal jury found Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R) not guilty of lying to federal authorities, but were hung on charges of attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

The recall effort against Inman has floundered after the Elections Director tossing out the 13,991 signatures. The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right."

They needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot.

California: Panel on judicial independence discusses recall effort

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Nevada: Signatures handed in against Humboldt County Sheriff

Petitioners handed in signatures for the recall of Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen over his decision to enforce the red flag gun control laws which were signed into law this year. Petitioners need 502 signatures to get on the ballot.

Petitioners are complaining that Allen was allowed to see the signatures, which seemed to violate state law.

California: Protests and petitions against Acting Oakland School Board President over school closures

The push against acting Oakland Unified School Board President Jody London over school closures has led to five disrupted meetings. Petitioners need about 5000 signatures by May. London announced that she will not be seeking reelection, as her child is graduating. No word about whether other members are facing petitions

Nebraska: Editorial opposing Northwest School Board

Here's an editorial in the Grand Island Independent opposing the recall efforts against Northwest School Board Members Dan Leiser and Robin Schutt over management questions and claims of a lack of responsiveness, plus complaints about the district boundaries.

The editorial focuses on the reasons for recalls, claiming that:

Recall elections can serve an important purpose. They can remove someone from office who has broken the law or who has done something unethical.
However, recalls are not meant to remove someone just because of a disagreement over policy. To do that, there are elections. If you disagree with decisions someone has made while in office, don’t vote for them.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Georgia: Hoschton Councilman resigns rather than face January 14 recall vote; Mayor still on ballot

Councilman Jim Cleveland has announced that he will resign rather than face a recall vote on January 14. The recall was launched after the revelation that Mayor Theresa Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claimed that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

No word on whether Kenerly is considering resigning.

Zimbabwe: Group pushing for recall law

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Arizona: Supreme Court rules that petitioners need more signatures for Payson Mayor

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that the recall attempt against Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey needs more signatures than previously thought, resulting in the recall now being off the ballot.

Petitioners handed in 974 signatures, 821 valids, and thought they needed 770. The Judge ruled that they need 1225.

The issue is based on the fact that Payson mayors have been effectively elected in the primary race for the last 17 years. The general election date will only take place if there was a runoff from the primary race.. The recall law requires 25% of turnout at the last election for that office. Morrissey claims that they should use the primary race. We should be seeing a written opinion on this.

There are also recall attempts against Councilmembers Suzy Tubbs-Avakian, Janell Sterner and Jim Ferris over their votes to  fire a town manager and spend and transparency issues.

Opponents of the recall are claiming that the non-recall facing councilmembers "voted against God, out taxpayers at risk in supporting a $43 million prep school project and are trying to bring Chinese and Canadian immigrant students to town to claim taxpayer-funded benefits." Morrisey has said he has nothing to do with the flyer.

In addition, Councilman Steve Smith is now facing petitions over claims that he causes discord at meetings.

Smith was appointed to the seat in a controversial move -- the appointment in between the election for the rest of the council and their inauguration, so there was debate over who should have made the appointment. Smith has since opposed Morrissey and other council members, including filing open meeting violations claims.

Petitioners need 1638 signatures to get the other three recalls on the ballot. Petitioners claimed they have over 900 signatures for Ferris, Sterner and Tubbs-Avakia.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

North Dakota: Look back at Dickinson School Board recall, which took place of renaming school mascot

An interesting one from the pages of history -- on December 17, 1996, three Dickinson School Board members were recalled after the school changed the name to its mascot.

Michigan: Petitions against Traverse School Board President stopped on technicality

A technicality has stopped the recall effort against Traverse School Board President M. Sue Kelly (though not for Treasurer Matt Anderson and Secretary Pamela G. Forton). The petitions were originally approved by the Election Commission for all three, but apparently Kelly's petition had to be submitted to Leelanau County. The signatures do have to be turned in to Grand Traverse County.

The recall is over the resignation by mutual agreement of the superintendent for reasons that are unclear.

Petitioners would need about 11,700 signatures to get on the ballot.

There is a claim that the group would have to pay for the recall -- $80,000. I've seen this provision once (in West Virginia), but never in Michigan. I wonder if that is actually constitutional.

Update: The language has now been approved

California: Signatures verified against El Rancho School Board President and Member

Signatures have been verified against El Rancho School Board President Jose Lara and member Leeanne Ibarra in Pico Rivera on the ballot. Petitioners handed in about 9700 signatures for each. They got 7659 for Lara and 7623 for Ibarra. They needed 6509 signatures to get on the ballot. It sounds like the election will be scheduled for May.

The El Rancho Federation of Teachers supported the recall effort. The issues include questions over suspected bond mismanagement, rehiring of a construction company and principal firing and reassignment. The recall effort allegedly cost only $7000 to mount.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Washington, DC: Signatures failure in City Council recall

The Board of Elections has rejected over a large amount of signatures in the recall effort against Councilman Jack Evans, potentially dooming it -- though it may not matter. Petitioners handed in 5588 signatures and needed 4949. Evans claimed that more than 2000 signatures were improper or forged and it seems like the Board knocked much of those off -- the article notes that it fell short by a 1000.

At the same time, the City Council has voted to recommend expelling Council Member Jack Evans (D). Evans is facing recall threats after the revelation of 11 cases where he took action on behalf of paying client. Evans claims that he broke no rules. Members of the council are calling for his resignation.

Georgia: Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall set to take place on January 14

The recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland is now set to take place on January 14.

The recall was launched after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claimed that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

Oregon: Recall efforts against Democratic House Representative fails

The recall effort against State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D) failed, with no signatures handed in. The group leading the recall effort was"Timber Unity." Petitioners claimed they have no role in the Governor Kate Brown (D) recall attempt, though they support the effort.

Petitioners needed 4883 signatures in 90 days.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Michigan: Union major backer of indicted Michigan State Representative recall

The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, the union that was allegedly extorted by Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R,) has been a major backer of the recall against him, with the suggestion that they have contributed as much as $60,000 to the effort.

The recall is now facing lawsuits. The Election Commission tossed out the signatures, because of an error in the petition. The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right."

Petitioners handed in 13,991 signatures for the recall They needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

Washington, DC: Expulsion motions being considered for City Council member

The City Council has voted to recommend expelling Council Member Jack Evans (D), who is facing a potential recall. Evans is claiming that the signatures handed in against him were forged, which seems to be the case for some of them, though it sounds like only a small amount. 5588 signatures were handed in. Petitioners need 4949 to get on the ballot.

Evans is facing recall threats after the revelation of 11 cases where he took action on behalf of paying client. Evans claims that he broke no rules. Members of the council are calling for his resignation.

If the recall gets on the ballot, an election would have to take place in 114 days and would cost an estimated $250,000.

The City Council is also considering a censure or expulsion motion.

Nebraska: Northwest School Board members facing petitions

Northwest School Board Members Dan Leiser and Robin Schutt are facing a recall effort over management questions and claims of a lack of responsiveness, plus complaints about the district boundaries. Three other board members are not able to face a recall due to the grace period for the next election. Petitioners would need 352 signatures in 30 days.

Update: Northwest School Board Members have disputed the claims of the recall.

Update: The recall effort failed, as no signatures were handed in.

Georgia: Hoschton Mayor, Councilman recall moving to the ballot with expected January vote

The recall of Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly and Councilman Jim Cleveland is now set to take place, with the Supreme Court declining to hear the appeal. The vote is expected in January. The article notes that this would be historic as Georgia's first recall of a Mayor, though that is not correct. In 2017, Meigs Mayor Linda Harris was kicked out in a recall vote.

The recall was launched after the revelation that Kenerly allegedly withheld consideration of a city administrator candidate because he was black. In an interview, Cleveland discussed his opposition to interracial marriage due to his "Christian beliefs." Georgia has a malfeasance standard rule and they claimed that the recall reasons do not meet the "for cause" requirement for a recall.

Petitioners handed in 270 signatures to push through the first stage of the recall they need 96 valids.

California: State GOP backing Governor Newsom recall, though fundraising is for party not recall efforts

The two attempts to get a recall going against Governor Gavin Newsom (D) have now been endorsed by the California Republican Party, with a fundraising email being sent out mentioning the efforts. However, any money raised from the letters will go to the party, not the recall efforts.

Two recall efforts have filed to recall Newsom, one led by Erin Cruz, who came in sixth in the US Senate primary in 201 and one by Dr. James Veltmeyer, who lost the Republican primary for a Congressional seat in 2018. The petitions seems to be focused on immigration issues, though there are also claims of capital punishment and the cost of the state wildfires and "medicare for all." There is also a preexisting online petition led by someone else that has 42,000 signers, of which exactly zero would count to a real petition. While both efforts have been getting press, there hasn't been much money raised for the effort ($53,000 for one, $48,000 for the second).

Petitioners would need about 1.5 million signatures to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Petitioners appealing ruling tossing out signatures against State Representative because missing word on petitions

Petitioners are appealing the Elections Director ruling tossing out the 13,991 signatures for the recall effort against Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R). The petition language was originally approved, but the petitions that were printed out left out the word "right" in the sentence: attempted extortion under color of official right."

They needed 12201 valids to get on the ballot.

Inman was indicted by a federal grand jury over attempted extortion, bribery and lying to the FBI continues, with the House voting 98-8 to call for his resignation. Inman is accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. He has been prevented from going to his old office, though he is able to go onto the House floor. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Washington, DC: City Council member challenges signatures

Council Member Jack Evans (D) is challenging the signatures handed in against him, claiming that one third of the 5588 signatures were inaccurate or forged. Petitioners need 4949 to get on the ballot.

Evans is facing recall threats after the revelation of 11 cases where he took action on behalf of paying client. Evans claims that he broke no rules. Members of the council are calling for his resignation.

If the recall gets on the ballot, an election would have to take place in 114 days and would cost an estimated $250,000.

The City Council is also considering a censure or expulsion motion.