Friday, March 27, 2020

Alaska: Oral Arguments heard by Supreme Court in Governor recall

The oral arguments were heard by the Alaska Supreme Court in the Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) recall. Three of five justices were in the court, and two on the phone (the Chief Justive was replaced by a retired Justice after he recused himself. The news coverage doesn't really point to how the court would decide, though some of the justices were interest on how loose the malfeasance standard should be. The plaintiff's attorney argued that a liberal construction standard is not needed, as the governor could be held eligible for the recall even if no concrete harm was done to petitioners.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Taiwan: Poll suggests 60% in favor of recalling Kaohsiung Mayor

A new poll says that nearly 60 percent of voters are in favor of the recall of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu. Signatures still have to be handed in before it gets to the ballot.

Colorado: Signatures handed in against Ouray County Sheriff

Signatures have been handed in for the recall of Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald. Petitioners turned in 1082 and need at least 768 to get on the ballot. Fitzgerald's recall was started by the County Republicans party and joined by the Democrats, after he was accused of a DUI. His girlfriend was accused of domestic violence last year and was in jail for five days. He won office by 11 votes as an unaffiliated candidate, though he beat a Republican.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Alaska: Due to Coronavirus issues, petitions now being mailed to gain signatures against Alaska Governor

The Coronavirus shut-down has put a dent in the signature gathering effort against Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R). Petitioners had claimed they had 30% of the needed total. The petitioners are now going to mail petitions to houses and have them send the petitions back.

I'mm not sure exactly how this will work. Alaska law seems to require circulator who personally attests to the signing. However, I'm not sure that the law requires the circulator to actually witness the signing (which I believe it does in other states). More difficult may be that the law states that the petition be circulated in person (Sec. 15.45.580). I wonder if these signatures will meet the requirement (perhaps another person in the house could be the circulator?) and if they will be possibly tossed out due to this.

This seems to be a gamble by the petitioners. Unlike in most other states, Alaska has no time limit on the petitions. So petitioners could actually pause the effort and then restart it whenever the situation returns to something resembling normal procedures.

Regardless, the recall is still waiting for the Supreme Court to weigh in on whether it can meet the malfeasance standard needed to get on the ballot.

If the court allows the recall, petitioners would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats. If Dunleavy were recalled, there would not be a replacement race. Instead, the Lieutenant Governor (a Republican) would automatically be moved up to Governor.

Colorado: Elizabeth Mayor and Trustee on April 7 ballot

Recalls against Elizabeth Mayor Megan Vasquez and Trustee Tammy Payne are on the April 7 ballot, and they have drawn to challengers in the replacement race, Jason Weiss and Barb McGinn.

At the end of the year two Elizabeth trustees, were kicked out in a recallElizabeth Trustee June Jurczewsky and Trustee Rachel White. The recall was launched over the Mayor and Councils' support for development proposals.

Texas: Roger Stone makes video calling for Austin Mayor recall

Roger Stone has taken time out of his appeal for his conviction for witness tampering and lying to investigators to back the recall effort against Austin Mayor Steve Adler and five council members, Kathie Tovo, Ann Kitchen, Paige Ellis, Natasha Harper-Madison and Sabino "Pio" Renteria. He made a video, though that seems to be from a $50 donation to his legal defense fund. The issue was over the homeless crisis and proposed changes to the land development code.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Florida: Howey-in-the-Hills Town Councilman recall scheduled for April 14

Howey-in-the-Hills Councilman Matthew McGill will be facing a recall election on April 14. From previous coverage, McGill and others are threatening to sue the town for a $1M each, with complaints of ethical violations. McGill has complained about the police chief's enforcement policies.

California: Westminister Mayoral/Council recall now all mail-ballot

The special election recall of Westminister Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmembers Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen has been scheduled for April 7 will now be only mail-in ballots due to the coronavirus shelter-in-place limitations.

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.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Massachusetts: Two Kingston Selectmen Recall set for May 16

The recall of Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore has been scheduled for May 16, and has been combined with the Annual Town Election.

Petitioners handed in 2200 signatures and got 2073 valid. They needed 1987. The recall effort is over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. There was a counter claim that petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Petitioners need approximately 1987 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

California: Trial date set for Tulare Regional Medical Center lawsuit

The fallout from the Tulare Local Healthcare District Board recall continues, as a lawsuit over the decisions they made now has a trial date. The recall has also been viewed as a trial run for a 2016 social media campaign that may have presaged other electoral influence campaigns of that year.

In the recall, Board Director Dr. Parmod Kumar was removed 707-168, and he is being replaced by Senovia Gutierrez, who won the replacement vote over Jesse Salcido 569-173. Almost all the votes were mail-in (703 mail-in ballots, 176 votes showed up on Tuesday).

The recall was over a $85 million in bonds for a new building and a vote to divest the powers of the board to Health Care Conglomerate Associates.

California: Both recall efforts against Governor Newsom now finished, Petitioners got 281,917 signatures, needed 1.5M

The second recall effort against Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has now did. Petitioners managed to get 352,271 signatures, of which 281,917 were valid. They needed 1495709.

This recall effort was led by Erin Cruz, who came in sixth in the US Senate primary. There was also one by Dr. James Veltmeyer, who lost the Republican primary for a Congressional seat in 2018 (that also died). 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).

Alaska: Signature gathering efforts against Governor pause due to Coronavirus

Here, though others claim there is some other efforts going on. It is not clear what can be done here or in other recall efforts throughout the country -- I'm not sure that there can be a pause, and I doubt elected officials would be thrilled with it.. If this kills the recall effort, there is a very good chance that the Alaska Supreme Court will not rule on some of the case.

Massachusetts: Reading Select Board Chair to face recall after signature verification

Petitioners have got enough signatures to get a recall against Reading Select Board Chair Vanessa Alvarado. 2239 valids were submitted, petitioners needed 1998 to get on the ballot.

The issue seems to be questions regarding the search for a new police chef. The leader of the petition driver was former Select Board member John Arena (who lost to Alvarado two years ago).

Monday, March 16, 2020

Malaysia: Call for recall law over representatives party hopping

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Massachusetts: Signatures handed in against Reading Select Board Chair

Signatures have been handed in against Reading Select Board Chair Vanessa Alvarado. The Town Clerk claims that it appears to be over 2000 signatures -- petitioners need 1998 to get on the ballot.

The issue seems to be questions regarding the search for a new police chef. The leader of the petition driver was former Select Board member John Arena (who lost to Alvarado two years ago).

Friday, March 13, 2020

California: Attorney General facing recall effort

Petitions were approved to start a recall effort against California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D). Petitions were approved on March 11 and must be handed in on August 18 -- no word on what the shutdowns will do to the effort.

The petition seems to be a kitchen sink group of complaints. Looks like they will need 1.47 million signatures to get on the ballot.

New Jersey: Governor recall effort fails

The recall effort against Governor Phil Murphy (D) has failed. Petitioners needed over 1.4 million valid signatures to get on the ballot. They claim to have gotten 1 million, but none were handed in.

Oregon: Democratic House Representative who faced failed recall effort not running for reelection

After a failed recall attempt against her, State Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D) will not be running for reelection. Mitchell said she is moving to Washington State and therefore won't be eligible to serve.

The recall did not hand in any signatures. 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

California: Bell Gardens Mayor and two councilmembers facing petitions

Bell Gardens Mayor Alejandra Cortez and Council members Pedro Aceituno and Marco Barcena are facing a recall effort seemingly led by former City Councilman Mario Beltran. The filing suggests that the issue seems to be based on real estate development and cannabis issues.

Update: The petitions were rejected by the City Clerk

Florida: Judge rules against Miami Commissioner; Signatures need to be handed over to county for counting

A Judge has ruled that the City Clerk must turn over signatures submitted for the recall effort against Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo to the county Supervisor of Elections The City Clerk claims that petitions with more than 1900 signatures were handed in after the deadline. There's significant debate as to whether state law requires petitions to have already been handed in.

Petitioners would need 1577 signatures in 30 days and then 4738 signatures in 60 days.

Alaska: Petitioners claim 30% of signatures in the Governor recall effort

Petitioners have announced that they've collected 30% of the signatures (21,678) needed to get the recall of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) on the ballot.

The recall is still waiting for the Supreme Court to weigh in on whether it can meet the malfeasance standard needed to get on the ballot.

If the court allows the recall, petitioners would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats. If Dunleavy were recalled, there would not be a replacement race. Instead, the Lieutenant Governor (a Republican) would automatically be moved up to Governor.

Taiwan: Petitioners hand in about 400,000 signatures in Kaohsiung Mayor recall

Petitioners have submitted about 400,000 signatures to the election commission for the recall of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto (who recently lost the presidential race), which could be enough to get the recall on the ballot. The recall vote could take place in June.

Petitioners needed to get signatures of 1% of the city, and have gotten that. They had 28,560 verified and the needed 22,814. Now, petitioners need 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000).

They claim to have gathered a total of 550,000 signatures and after review submitted 400,000.

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and was 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.

Massachusetts: Upcoming documentary on Fall River Mayor who lost recall race, but won office in replacement vote

There's a new documentary coming out about the saga of Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II (D), who lost a recall vote but won the replacement race last year. Correia is under indictment for stealing from investors and tax fraud. The documentary, called "Run this City" will be on Quibi, is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg and directed by Brent Hodge. 

California: Three candidates in replacement race for May 19 recall of Santa Ana Council member

Three candidate have announced they are running in the May 19 recall vote to replace Santa Ana Council members Cecilia Iglesias (R).

Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Member Nelida Mendoza, Thai Viet Phan and planning commissioner Angie Cano have all entered the replacement race.

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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Alaska: Recall effort going on across state

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Oregon: Powers Mayor and City Councilor survive recall election

Powers Mayor Robert Kohn and City Councilor James Clauson both survived their recall vote (145-181). The reason seems to be the firing of the former police chief.

Alaska: Supreme Court Chief Justice recuses self from Governor recall case

Supreme Court Chief Justice Bolger has recused himself from hearing the case that will decide whether Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) can face a recall vote. Bolger has been strong critical of Dunleavy over cuts to the judiciary.

Oregon: Republican Walkouts leads to recall threats

Senator Chuck Thomsen (R) who is one of the Republicans who have walked out on the legislature to prevent climate change legislation, is now facing recall threats. Petitioners would need 9025.

Florida: Miami Commissioner recall runs into legal questions about deadlines

The recall effort against Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo is now facing difficulty, as the City Clerk claims that petitions with more than 1900 signatures were handed in after the deadline. There's significant debate as to whether state law requires petitions to have already been handed in.

Petitioners would need 1577 signatures in 30 days and then 4738 signatures in 60 days.

Texas: Austin Mayor and City Councilmembers face recall threats

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and five council members, Kathie Tovo, Ann Kitchen, Paige Ellis, Natasha Harper-Madison and Sabino "Pio" Renteria, are facing recall threats over the homeless crisis and proposed changes to the land development code.

California: Best of Three? Ousted state Senator Josh Newman to run for against Senator Ling Ling Chang for third time

Looks like another recall rematch here former state Senator Josh Newman (D), who was kicked out in a recall in June 2018 with 58% against, made the November ballot to face Senator Ling Ling Chang (R), who was selected as Newman's replacement in the recall. This will be the third go-round for the two, as Newman beat Chang in 2016 by 2498 votes. (Chang did not technically run against Newman in the recall -- the vote was an up or down against Newman, with Chang selected in a same day replacement vote).

The recall was launched over a gas tax and the Republicans push to deprive Democrats of a 2/3rds supermajority in the Senate. The Democrats quickly recapture the supermajority in the fall elections.


California: Two Santa Cruz Councilmembers losing in recall vote

The recall against Santa Cruz Councilmen Drew Glover and Chris Krohn appears to be succeeding, though the slow California vote may make this take a while. Glover is currently losing with about 57% against ad Krohn is down 54% against..

There are four replacement candidates, including three, Katherine Beiers, Don Lane and Tim Fitzmaurice, 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.

California: Foster City Vice Mayor ousted in primary day recall

Foster City Vice Mayor Herb Perez was ousted in a recall vote, 77.5%-22.5% (3759-1094). The retired police chief Jon Froomin won the replacement race, beating Patrick Sullivan with 61,3$ fof the vote.

The recall was about complaints about his conduct and "pro development agenda." Perez claims the issue is housing.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Florida: Petitioners looking at recall of four of five Miami Commissioners

Following the start of the recall effort against Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, petitioners are now looking to move against Commissioners Alex Diaz de law Portilla, Manolo Reyes and Keon Hardemon. The petitions are being led by a homeowners associations over votes to get rid of some of the zoning code. No word on whether Miami Mayor Francis Suarez would also face a recall.


Michigan: Judge now allows recall petitions against two Traverse School Board members to move forward

Judge Kevin Elsenheimer has reversed his ruling tossing out the recall effort against Traverse City School Board Treasurer Matt Anderson and Secretary Pamela G. Forton. The earlier ruling held that petitions were taken out too earlier to count. Michigan has a one year grace period stopping recalls in the first and last year of office. Anderson and Forton were elected in 2018 and the petitions were taken out on November 8 (one year from their election). The judge ruled that the one year mark starts on December 31, 2019 and the petitions should not have been allowed.

The recall effort against President M. Sue Kelly is ongoing.

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.


Friday, February 28, 2020

California: Recall effort against Simi Valley City Council member suspended

The recall effort against Simi Valley City Council member Ruth Luevanos has been suspended over what the leaders say is concerns over cost. Petitioners would need about 11,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Luevanos is facing the threat after she claimed that there was a federal ICE agents raid at a supermarket.

North Dakota: Two Williams School Board Members recalls appear to be ousted in close unofficial results

Williams School Board President Penny Soiseth and Vice President Curt Sullivan both appear to have lost their recall vote, with Soiseth ousted by Sarah Williams 310-309, with a third candidate Selena Gustaveson getting 109 (and 7 write-in votes). Sullivan lost to Chris Jundt 434-399. With such a close vote, it is possible that it will be overturned.

The issue was complaints about transparency and a push for $12 million to expanded Williston High School. 

Massachusetts: More info on Westford School Board Members Recall Effort

Some more info on the Westford School Board recall against members Avery Adam, Chris Sanders, Gloria Miller, Alicia Mallon, MingQuan Zheng and Megan Eckroth.  The recall is over a vote to not renew a longtime Superintendent contract. A seventh member, Sean Kelly, voted in favor of renewing the contract.

Apparently, Eckroth and Miller are up for reelection and won't be facing a recall vote. Petitioners need about 1600 signatures each to get on the ballot.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Massachusetts: Signatures verified against two Kingston Selectmen

Signatures have been certified for the recall of Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore. Petitioners handed in 2200 signatures and got 2073 valid. They needed 1987. The recall effort is over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. There was a counter claim that petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Petitioners need approximately 1987 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

Canada: Alberta Recall law may be moving, though discussion of tabling the legislation

Alberta's UCP now appears to be moving forward with a plan to adopt a recall law, though it may table the legislation for the fall term. This comes after UCP MLA Mark Smith introduced a private members' recall bill for the Alberta Legislature.

Smith had previously introduced the bill in 2016 as a Wildrose MLA. The recall proposal would oust the MLA if petitioners get 40% of eligible voters signatures in a 60 day period. There is a long grace period -- 18 months after a general election and 6 months before.

This article notes that Alberta had a recall law in the 1930s, passed by the Social Credit government in 1936 (needing 66.6% of voter signatures), though the law was repealed in 1937 when a campaign was expected to work against Premier William Aberhart's Okotos-High River. There have been 8 attempts to add a recall law since 1993.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Florida: Miami Commissioners look to change law to grant 1 year waiting period after a first recall vote fails

Miami Commissioners are looking to tighten the city's recall law, increasing the waiting period before a second recall can start to one year after the first effort fails. Many jurisdictions only allow one recall per term. There is currently a recall effort being launched against Commissioner Joe Carollo.

Massachusetts: Town Clerk not overseeing signature certification against two Kingston Selectmen to avoid conflict of interest claims

Town Clerk Paul Gallagher has stepped away from the certification process of the recall against  Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore.  Petitioners have handed in 2200 signatures in the recalls and Gallagher claims that he wants to avoid any conflict of interest issues.

The recall effort is over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. Petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Petitioners need approximately 1987 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Vice Chairman facing recall efforts

Colorado River Indian Tribes Vice Chairman Keith Moses is facing a recall effort after his second DUI and claims that he misappropriated tribal funds for a motel and apartment for his brother.

Moses and other members previously faced a recall effort over the issue is the leasing of water allotment, which petitioners claim was done in secret.

Wisconsin: Former State Senator Luther Olsen, survivor of 2011 recall vote, retiring

State Senator Luther Olsen (R), who survived a recall vote in 2011, is not seeking reelection.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Alaska: Signature gathering begins against Governor; Pro-Governor group drops part in Supreme Court case

Some major developments that suggests that the recall effort may be able clear the Alaska Supreme Court and get a recall on the ballot against Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R).

Signature booklets were handed out by the Division of Elections to allow signatures to be gathered against the Governor. This followed the Alaska Supreme Court ruling overturning a stay to prevent signatures collection from beginning.

At the same time, Stand Tall with Mike, the pro-Dunleavy independent expenditure group, has withdrawn its appeal and seems to be dropping out from the court case against the recall. The case will still go on, as the Alaska Attorney General is appealing a ruling that says that the recall can continue. However, the fact that the big anti-recall group is moving away from the courts and into the realm of public opinion suggests that they may believe that the court case will not go their way.

It could be that the group is dropping out to try to at least ensure that the recall is not delayed too much and instead takes place at the same time as the general election rather than as a special election. There is a belief, that incumbents are disproportionately disadvantaged by special elections and will do better during a general election. I long thought this as well, but my research suggests that this is not the case and incumbents actually do worse when a recall takes place on a General Election or Primary Day. That said, the logic of trying to have a recall on the General Election date is clearly sound. Alaska voters will undoubtedly vote Republican by double digits in the presidential election (with the exception of Johnson in 1964, the state has never voted for a Democrat). This could only help Dunleavy in warding off a recall vote.

The recall is over major spending cuts, delays in appointing judges misusing state funds and mistakenly vetoing funds. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners needed to first get 28,501 signatures. If the decision is upheld, they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats. If Dunleavy were recalled, there would not be a replacement race. Instead, the Lieutenant Governor (a Republican) would automatically be moved up to Governor.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Non-Recall Op-ed on a Brokered Democratic Convention


While this is not recall related, I wanted to expand a little on a op-ed I wrote for the Hill that examines the potential of a Brokered Democratic Convention and how the changes that have been made since the last one to go to more than one ballot (Adlai Stevenson back in 1952) could greatly impact the race and any dealmaking for the nomination.
While we are now seeing quite a bit of coverage on a Brokered Convention, it generally ignores a major fact -- the delegates are actual people who are not bound to support anyone. They can switch their vote on at any time and owe no allegiance to any candidate or political boss. Furthermore, as oppose to in the past, a great many of these delegates are probably not political professionals.  
The delegates of the conventions of yore were frequently political professionals who may have owed their jobs to the political bosses of the state. Many of those people are now Superdelegates, who can’t vote until a second ballot. Back then, delegates were also limited in who they can support by the Unit Rule, which forced the delegates of the state to vote as one (that rule is now banned).  
Not so today – see this story about some of Senator Bernie Sanders’ NY delegates and how they are drawn from other walks of life. Many of them may solely have loyalty to the candidate, or may not have even that.
What this may mean is that there is an “all bets are off” nature to a contested convention. It could be that the prevailing thought that deals can be made by simply trading delegates between candidates is wishful thinking, as delegates can simply not following the leader. The delegates themselves will have minds of their own.
Consider this – there are almost four thousand delegates, not including the Superdelegates. This is more than three times the amount from 1952. By comparison, there are only a maximum of 538 Electors in the Electoral College, where there would presumably be better vetting than the thousands of delegates in a convention. And in the Electoral College, the candidates seem to be having an increasingly hard time keeping those electors in line. In 2016, 10 electors tried to cast ballots for someone other than who they were elected to vote for.
What will happen? Who knows, but the Democrats better start planning ahead.  

Oregon: Newberg Mayor and City Councilor facing recall efforts

Newberg Mayor Rick Rogers and City Councilor Stephanie Findley are facing recall efforts. Councilmember Gene Piros was going to be targeted, but he has served less than 6 months in office.

The recall appears to be over complaints about sexual harassment, racial discrimination and federal whistle blower complaints. They also are calling for the firing the Interim City Manager and City Attorney.

Petitioners need 1495 signatures by May 4.

Massachusetts: Signatures handed in against two Kingston Selectmen

Petitioners have handed in 2200 signatures in the recalls against Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore are facing recall effort over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. Petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Petitioners need approximately 1987 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

West Virginia: Clarksburg charter amendment proposes recall law

Clarksburg City Council is voting on whether to allow a vote on whether the city should adopt a recall law.

Wisconsin: Door County Supervisor recall winner is facing the same candidate in a new election

In what looks like a rerun of the November 19 recall, Door County Supervisor Roy Englebert, who survived the recall vote winning 53.85%, will once again face Forestville Trustee Lora Jorgensen (who got 33% n the recall).

The recall was a primary, though since Englebert topped 50%, he won outright. The recall was over a plan to draw down the Forestville Dam Mill Pond to dry out contaminated sediment from the pond. Opponents claim it will hurt the fish stock. The recall was the first against a supervisor in the county since 2002.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

California: Anaheim Mayor facing recall effort

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu is facing a recall effort over what seems like the kitchen sink group of complaints, though the major one seems to be rent control increases and proposed changes. There are also complaints about Angel Stadium negotiations. A notice was filed on February 7. Petitioners would need more than 14000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Alaska: State Supreme Court allows signature gathering to begin in Governor recall effort; Court still waiting to hear case

The Alaska Supreme Court has now allowed petitioners to begin collecting signatures in the recall of  Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R). The ruling comes after Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth issued a stay on his ruling holding that petitioners have adequate grounds to seek the recall of the Governor. That decision overturned the Division of Elections and Attorney General's positions that the recall did not hit the malfeasance standard requirement in Alaska.

The Supreme Court decision means that the petitioners can start collecting while the Supreme Court gets set to weigh in on the ruling.

 Aarseth previously issues a lifted his decision that halted the collection of signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on the case, then lifted the stay and said that the stay was handed down inadvertently.

The recall is over major spending cuts, delays in appointing judges misusing state funds and mistakenly vetoing funds. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners needed to first get 28,501 signatures. If the decision is upheld, they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats.

California: Look at campaign finance reports on Santa Cruz Council recall

Here's a look at the effort to get the recall against Santa Cruz Councilmen Drew Glover and Chris Krohn on the ballot -- which is going to be on the March 3 primary ballot.

The issue's focus has been over allegations of a focus on a homeless camp and at city meetings. This article looks at the group that lead the recall, Santa Cruz Together and Santa Cruz United, who spent over $100,000 to get the recall on the ballot. The article notes that Santa Cruz Together were focused on removing Measure M, a rent control initiative.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

New Jersey: Mahwah Mayor facing calls for resignation

Mahwah Mayor John Roth, who won office in a recall against Mayor Bill Laforet in 2018, is now facing calls to resign, including by the Recall Campaign Committee of 2018. Roth admitted to drunk driving at a recent party, as well as hitting a parked car on election night. A recall hasn't started yet.

Taiwan: Petitioners gather over 270K signatures in Kaohsiung Mayor recall

Petitioners now claim 270,639 signatures have been gathered for the recall of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto (who recently lost the presidential race), which could be enough to get the recall on the ballot.

Petitioners needed to get signatures of 1% of the city, and have gotten that. They had 28,560 verified and the needed 22,814. Now, petitioners need 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000).

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and was 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.

Massachusetts: Six Westford School Board Members facing recall efforts

Westford School Board members Avery Adam, Chris Sanders, Gloria Miller, Alicia Mallon, MingQuan Zheng and Megan Eckroth are facing a recall effort over a vote to not renew a longtime Superintendent contract. A seventh member, Sean Kelly, voted in favor of renewing the contract.

Here's some more info.

Nebraska: Bellevue City Councilwoman recall failed

The recall effort against Bellevue City Councilwoman Kathy Welch has failed, with petitioners not handing in signatures. The effort was led by Councilman Pat Shannon over a kitchen sink of claims, including that she doesn't live in the district. Shannon himself faced a recall effort in 2017 and has been criticized by various media outlets for chilling speech and preventing potential whistleblowers.

Petitioners needed 886 valid signatures  and claim to have gotten half.

Wisconsin: Ex-Senator running in 2020 trying to reverse recall vote from 2011

Former Senator Dan Kapanke (R), who lost his seat in a recall to current Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, has announced he will run against her again. Shilling faced Kapanke in 2016 and beat hum again by 56 votes.

Idaho: Lincoln County Commissioners facing recall effort over vote on courthouse

Lincoln County Commissioners Rick Ellis and Roy Hubert are facing a recall effort over a vote to build a new courthouse rather than make the current one ADA compliant. A bond effort failed, because they did not get 2/3rds of the vote. Petitioners need 442 signatures to get on the ballot.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Florida: Sebastian City Council members facing recall effort

Sebastian City Council members Damien Gilliams and Pamela Parris are facing recall threats after a Facebook page has been started calling for their removal. The issue does not seem to be clear, though Gilliams claims that it is about the council's decision on Sugar Sand.

Update: The recall seem to also be about fights with the Mayor and other council members. Gillams and Parris notably voted against the hiring of a new city attorney. The recall (which can't start until they've been in office six months (which seems to be in May) would require about 1995 signatures.

Michigan: $97K raised in failed State Representative Inman recall effort

Campaign finance filings show that $97,131 was raised in the failed recall effort against Michigan State Representative Larry C. Inman (R).

Inman, who is term-limited, was 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 accused of trying to get a bribe from a union group for a vote to repeal the state's prevailing wage law. Inman blamed an opiod addiction.

The recall effort led to a notably 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 all the 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."

Petitioners handed in 11993 valid signatures, 208 less than the 12201 needed. Petitioners filed 13,871 signatures total.

California: Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem recall effort fails

The petitions to recall Hesperia City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Holland has failed. The recall was over an investigation into a hazing incident at a high school, though this article notes that he has been a supporter of development interests and that may have caused issues. Councilman Jeremiah Brosowske is accused of being one of the supporters of the recall effort, and now he was threatened with a potential recall by a supporter of Holland.

Holland was originally elected in an at-large seat, but they changed the city to a district based system, which dropped the signature amount to one-fifth of what was previously needed.

Petitioners needed 1786 signatures. They handed in 1830, but only got 1168 valid signatures.

Nevada: Petitions taken out against Governor

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) is facing a recall effort by a rural group called Fight for Nevada, attacking him on gun control, private well limits, DMV policy and an (apparently false) claim that he supports an income tax. The plan was announced last June, but petitions have now been taken out.

Petitioners would need 243,995 signatures in 90 days.

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

California: Calaveras County recall effort requires a do-over

A push to recall Calaveras Supervisor Benjamin Stopper must be restarted, as the notification was missing some information. The recall seems to be about the regulation of commercial cannabis.

Utah: Attempt to pass US Senate Recall law killed

The Utah legislative leaders have killed a bill that would have (theoretically) allowed a recall against US Senators, which was widely seen as targeting Senator Mitt Romney (R) over his vote to impeach Trump.

Arizona: Recall effort against Oro Valley Mayor and Vice Mayor dropped

The recall effort against Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield and Vice Mayor Melanie Barrett has been abandoned after the issues were apparently resolved. They were facing petitions over the plans for the town's El Conquistador Golf Club. This golf club was the source of a recall in 2014 (four officials survived a vote, though the four were all voted out in 2018). There were also complaints over the process for hiring a new police chief.

Petitioners need 3952 signatures for the mayor and 3668 for the vice mayor.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

UK: Scottish Parliament considers adopting recall law

Scottish Parliament is now being called to consider adopting a recall law along the lines of the UK's (an official who is convicted of a crime with less than 12 months in prison can face a signature gathering effort -- over 12 months leads to an ouster).

The push comes from the news that former Finance Secretary Derek Mackay (SNP) has been accused of sending hundreds of online messages to a 16 year old boy. Mackay has been suspended by his party, but is still a member of Parliament. 

California: Redondo Beach Councilman fails to get on the ballot by 93 signatures

The recall attempt against Redondo Beach Councilman John Gran has failed, with petitioners missing the total by 93 signatures. The recall was started after switching Gran vote to cast one against a study to explore using the LA County Fire Department.

Petitioners would needed 2287 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Oregon: Powers Mayor and City Councilor to face Recall Election in March

Petitioners have gotten enough signatures to get a recall on the ballot against Powers Mayor Robert Kohn and City Councilor James Clauson. The reason seems to be the firing of the former police chief. Petitioners needed 52 signatures (the town has 678 people) -- not clear how many they actually got. The recall is scheduled for March.

Alaska: Attorney General asks for expedited review of Gubernatorial Recall decision

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has filed for an expedited schedule for the review of the Superior Court decision to allow the recall of Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) to go forward.

Arizona: State Senator proposes new requirements for paid signature gatherers; petition language

Arizona State Senator David Gowan (R) has proposed a bill that adds new hurdles for recall petitions, requiring that paid gatherers (circulators) and gatherers from other states must first register with the secretary of state -- this bill is the same as requirements being put on initiative gatherers.

The bill also adds formatting language for the recall petitions, which then ties it to a strict compliance standard -- if gatherers don't meet the strict rules, the petitions get thrown out.

The strict compliance provision is pretty critical in Arizona. In 2011, during the recall against Senate Majority Leader Russell Pearce, the Arizona Supreme Court held that petitions should be judged liberally according to a substantial compliance standard and rejected a strict compliance rule. Pearce was ousted in the recall election.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Texas: Updates on the federal lawsuit from McKinney City Councilman stop May 2 recall vote

Further updates on the federal lawsuit by Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell to stop his May 2 recall election. Shemwell is claiming that the city council is unconstitutional because it lets the entire city vote in the recall.

Shemwell 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.

Update: Shemwell has dropped the suit

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

North Dakota: Burleigh County Commissioner facing recall effort over votes for refugee resettlement

Burleigh County Commissioner Kathleen Jones is facing a recall effort over her votes for refugee resettlement, though Jones says it is over her gender. Petitioners would need 11,848 signatures (25% of gubernatorial turnout in 2016). The commission approved (3-2 vote) to continue to allow the resettling of refugees in the county.

California: Santa Ana Council member gets enough signatures; Second effort seems to have stalled

Santa Ana Council members Cecilia Iglesias (R) is now facing a recall vote by a five signature margin. Petitioners handed in 16000 signatures, got 10,870 and needed 10865.

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

Wyoming: New bill looks to add Recall Law for city officials

Wyoming Representative Bunky Loucks (R) has submitted a bill to allow recalls for city officials throughout the state. The bill seems to allow political recalls and would require 20% of the signatures of registered voters.Wyoming does have a recall law, but very few areas really allow it.

The bill seems to have come about after Mills Town Council decided to eliminate their fire department in 2019, a decision that was since walked back. There was an attempt to recall Mayor Seth Coleman.

The bill requires a two-thirds vote to be considered on the floor during a budget session.

Arizona: Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court likely facing May 19 recall election date

The recall of Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court Cindy Woodman (R) will go forward, with a likely date of May 19.

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


Update: It is set for May 19.

Taiwan: Petitioners gather 117,000 signatures in Kaohsiung Mayor recall

Petitioners claim to have gotten 117,000 signatures in five days for the recall of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto (who recently lost the presidential race).

The recall only recently moved to the second stage. Petitioners needed to get signatures of 1% of the city, and have gotten that. They had 28,560 verified and the needed 22,814.

Now, petitioners need 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000).

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and was 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.

West Virginia: Petitions taken out against Fairmont Councilman for racist comments

Petitions have now been taken out against Fairmont Councilman David Kennedy following repeated comments alleged to be racist and derogatory against LGBTQ+ people, some in Facebook posts. Kennedy has been censured by the council (6-3 vote) and has faced calls for his resignation.

Petitioners had to redo the wording to get it approved. They will need 2461 signatures (20% of registered voters).

Texas: Leon Valley City Council schedules recall election for May 2

After some delay and a lawsuit, the City Council has finally scheduled the recall against Leon Valley Councilmembers Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles for May 2. The recall is over the vote to kick out Councilman Benny Martinez over sexual harassment complaint. Petitioners include two former council members and the Mayor Chris Riley.

Utah: Article in Utah Policy on the Recall of US Senators

Now that Senator Mitt Romney (R) has voted to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial, there has been some more discussion of the proposal by Utah State Representative Tim Quinn (R) to adopt a recall law in Utah just for US Senators. Note that Utah is currently one of 11 states that does not provide recalls at any level of government.

I look at this proposal and the history of recalls attempts against US Senators. The idea of a recall on the federal level was included in the Virginia (or Randolph) Plan that kickstarted the Constitutional Convention, but was quickly voted down. Check out the article for some details.

Monday, February 3, 2020

North Dakota: The 2nd part of the story of William Lemke, the only Attorney General to face a recall vote

The second part of the story of William Lemke, the North Dakota Attorney General who was removed in the 1921 recall race.

Lemke later was elected to Congress as a Republican and then ran for President in 1936 on the Union Party line, perhaps replacing his friend Senator Huey Long (who was killed in 1935). It's not clear that Long would have run.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Student Government President facing recall

UMass Student Government President Timothy Sullivan will face a recall vote on February 6.

California: Editorial opposes Foster City Vice Mayor recall

A San Mateo Daily Journal editorial opposed Foster City Vice Mayor Herb Perez recall effort. The recall claims that it is about complaints about his conduct and "pro development agenda." Perez claims the issue is housing.

The editorial notes that: "While there have been other recalls here and elsewhere that have not focused on ethical lapses or criminal behavior, typically one is not recalled for being mean...Recalls for personal disputes or for a disagreement over policy sets a dangerous precedent, and should be avoided."

Massachusetts: Two Kingston Selectmen facing recall effort

Kingston Selectmen Chairman Josh Warren and Selectman Elaine Fiore are facing recall effort over claims of a verbal aggressive attack on Selectman Jessica Kramer by a town employee and Warren's refusal to put the employee on leave. Petitioners are upset about taxes and are looking for them to fire the Town Administrator.

Petitioners need approximately 2000 signatures (20% of registered voters) to get on the ballot.

A third Selectman, Sandy MacFarlane, is up for an election, so she will not be facing a recall effort.

Kingston had a recall in 1991, with Board of Health member Larry Slot being kicked out.

Louisiana: Shreveport Councilwoman facing petitions over vote

Shreveport City Councilwoman LeVette Fuller is facing a recall following her vote to prevent a memorandum of understanding between Shreveport and Gateway Louisiana for the Cross-Bayou Point Development project. Pastor Linus Mayes is leading the recall effort, though no word yet on the amount signatures needed.

New Jersey: Galloway Township Councilman facing petitions over vote flip for mayor

Galloway Township Councilman Robert Maldonado (R, now unaffiliated) is facing petitions after he switched his vote for mayor from the sitting Republican Anthony Coppola to Democrat Jim Gorman and Deputy Mayor Mary Crawford. No word on how many signatures are needed.

Nebraska: Broken Bow Mayoral, who was ousted in Recall Election, convicted of assault

Broken Bow Mayor Jonathan Berghost, who was kicked out in a recall vote in January, 619-400, has been convicted on assault and abuse of power for allegedly threatening police officers. He faces up to a year in prison or a $1000 fine.

Florida: Former Democratic Party Chair leads effort for Miami Commissioner recall

Petitioners, including the former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Juan Cuba is leading a petition effort against Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo over claims that he is conducting a revenge campaign against his opponents. Carollo is the former City Manager of the City of Doral and the publisher claims that Carollo had previously called any opponents part of a "secret Communist cabal."

Petitioners would need 1580 signatures in 30 days and then 4738 signatures in 60 days.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Washington, DC: City Councilman who resigned after indictment running in special election

Following his resignation in the face of recall, Councilman Jack Evans has announced that he will run for election in the special election to replace him on June primary and special election. Evans is facing heavy criticism for trying to run.

Evans the recall push and a potential expulsion vote after he went under investigation over ethic violations after the revelation of 11 cases where he took action on behalf of paying client. Evans claims that he broke no rules.

Petitioners handed in 5588 signatures in the recall effort 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.

Michigan: Signatures verified against Jackson Councilwoman facing recall effort over traffic circle

Signatures have been verified against the recall of  Jackson Councilwoman Kelsey Heck. They handed in 320 signatures  and needed226. The recall is over a vote to approve a traffic circle. The recall will take place on the general election day of May 5.

Heck was appointed to the seat after the resignation of her predecessor. A former council candidate, Susan Murdie, is leading the recall effort.

Colorado: Petitions have been approved against Ouray County Sheriff, who is facing recall efforts over DUI

Petitions have been approved to seek the recall of Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald.

Fitzgerald is facing recall threats started by the County Republicans party and joined by the Democrats, after he was accused of a DUI. His girlfriend was accused of domestic violence last year and was in jail for five days. He won office by 11 votes as an unaffiliated candidate, though he beat a Republican.

Utah: State Representative proposes allowing recall of US Senators

State Representative Tim Quinn (R) has filed a bill calling for the recall of US Senators, which comes after US Senator Mitt Romney (R) has expressed interest in seeing the evidence and hearing witness testimony in the impeachment of Trump.

The bill would require signatures from 25% of "active voters" (this would be a more lenient standard than registered voter, but more stringent than voter turnout. Active voters under Utah law appears to be people who voted in one of the last two regular general elections or responded to a notice sent by the county clerk). There would be a one year grace period from the start of the term.

As with past attempts to recall federal officials, there is very good reason to believe that such a recall law would be considered unconstitutional.

Utah does not have a recall law either on the state or local levels. There have been past attempts to create a recall law for the state, but they have gone nowhere.

West Virginia: Fairmont Councilman facing petitions for racist comments

Councilman David Kennedy is facing a petition following repeated comments alleged to be racist and derogatory against LGBTQ+ people, some in Facebook posts. Kennedy has been censured by the council (6-3 vote) and has faced calls for his resignation.

Petitioners are waiting for approval and say they need between 1500 and 2000 signatures (Update: the number is 2461) The article claims that the petition is to remove Kennedy's name from the November 2020 ballot, though I'm uncertain how that works.

Alaska: Superior Court Judge issues new stay stopping signature collecting against Governor until the Supreme Court decides

Interesting continued legal developments in the recall of Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy (R). Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth, has now once again issued a stay on his ruling holding that petitioners have adequate grounds to seek the recall of the Governor. The decision overturned the Division of Elections and Attorney General's positions that the recall did not hit the malfeasance standard requirement in Alaska.

The stay means that the recall petitioners cannot begin the signature collection process until after the Supreme Court weighs in. Aarseth previously issues a lifted his decision that halted the collection of signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on the case, then lifted the stay and said that the stay was handed down inadvertently.

The recall is over major spending cuts, delays in appointing judges misusing state funds and mistakenly vetoing funds. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners needed to first get 28,501 signatures. If the decision is upheld, they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Texas: Lawsuit filed to force Leon Valley City Council to schedule recall election

A lawsuit is trying to force the Leon Valley City Council to schedule a recall against Councilmembers Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles.

The recall is suppose to take place on May 2 and is over the vote to kick out Councilman Benny Martinez over sexual harassment complaint. Petitioners include two former council members and the Mayor Chris Riley.

We have seen officials refuse to schedule a recall before in Texas and other states, so there is plenty of past evidence that this type of delay can work.

North Dakota: A look back at the only Attorney General to lose a recall

Here's a good look back at North Dakota Attorney General William Lemke, who along with Governor Lynn Frazier and Agriculture Commissioner John Hagan, were the first state level officials to lose a recall back in 1921. The three were members of the Nonpartisan League Party and this write-up provides a good understanding of what happened. There is set to be a part two that deals with Lemke's career after the recall -- where he was elected to Congress and ran as a third party candidate for the Presidency.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Arizona: Signatures verified against Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court

Looks like the recall of Graham County Clerk of the Superior Court Cindy Woodman (R) will go forward. She is being recalled over complaints about her tenure, including high turnover, lack of knowledge and a court ruling that she was "derelict in her duties" due to evidence mishandling. Petitioners need 2697 signatures by January  and reports say they have over 2800 signatures.

Alaska: Superior Court Judge lifts stay and now allows signature collecting against Governor

Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth has now lifted his decision that halted the collection of signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court rules on the case. Aarseth said that the stay was handed down inadvertently.

Aarseth previously authored a major ruling on the recall of the Governor, holding that petitioners have adequate grounds to seek the recall of Governor Mike Dunleavy (R). The decision overturned the Division of Elections and Attorney General's positions that the recall did not hit the malfeasance standard requirement in Alaska.

The recall is over major spending cuts, delays in appointing judges misusing state funds and mistakenly vetoing funds. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners needed to first get 28,501 signatures. If the decision is upheld, they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Alaska: Superior Court Judge Temporarily Stays ruling allowing signature collecting against Governor to move forward; waiting for a Supreme Court decision

Following his major ruling on the recall of the Governor, Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth has halted the collection of signatures until the Alaska Supreme Court rules on the case.

Aarseth held that petitioners have adequate grounds to seek the recall of Governor Mike Dunleavy (R). The decision overturned the Division of Elections and Attorney General's positions that the recall did not hit the malfeasance standard requirement in Alaska.

The recall is over major spending cuts, delays in appointing judges misusing state funds and mistakenly vetoing funds. Alaska is a malfeasance standard/judicial recall state, so a showing of cause is needed (though the state courts has taken a lenient view of the the cause requirement in past instances).

Petitioners needed to first get 28,501 signatures. If the decision is upheld, they would need 71,252 signatures to get to the ballot. Note that of the 49,006 signatures that they've already received, a third were by Democrats.

Texas: McKinney City Councilman files suit to stop recall vote, expected in May

Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell, who is scheduled to face a recall election on May 2, has filed suit to toss at the attempt..

Shemwell 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.

California: El Rancho School Board President resigns following signature verification

 El Rancho School Board President Jose Lara has resigned following the verification of signatures against him. Fellow Board member Leeanne Ibarra is still 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.

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.

Update: The replacement will not be appointed until after the election.

Texas: Leon City Council hasn't yet scheduled recall election, which is suppose to take place on May 2

The City Council has not yet scheduled the recall against Leon Valley Councilmembers Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles, which is suppose to take place on May 2. The recall is over the vote to kick out Councilman Benny Martinez over sexual harassment complaint. Petitioners include two former council members and the Mayor Chris Riley.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Colorado: Ouray County Sheriff facing recall efforts over DUI

Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald is facing recall threats started by the County Republicans party, after he was accused of a DUI. His girlfriend was accused of domestic violence last year and was in jail for five days. He won office by 11 votes as an unaffiliated candidate, though he beat a Republican.

Update: The Democrats have joined the effort as well

California: Four Del Norte School Board members facing recall efforts

Del Norte County Unified School District Board Members Frank Magarino, Don McArthur, Angela Greenough and Jamie Forkner are facing recall threats from the former Teachers Association representative over faculty contract negotiations. The fifth board seat is currently vacant. Petitioners would need about 3000 signatures for each recall.

Taiwan: Signatures verified in first stage of Kaohsiung Mayor recall

The recall effort against Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yuto (who recently lost the presidential race), has moved to the second stage. Petitioners needed to get signatures of 1% of the city, and have gotten that. They had 28,560 verified and the needed 22,814.

Now, petitioners need 10% of eligible voters to sign (about 230,000).

Han was the Kuomintang Presidential candidate, and was 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: Evergreen Fire Protection District Board President facing recall threats

Evergreen Fire Protection District Board President John Anderson is facing recall threats following the dismissal of a volunteer fire captain. No word on how many signatures would be needed.

Guam: Yona Mayor recall effort dropped after Senators adopt different replacement plan

The recall effort against Yona Mayor Jesse Blas seems to have been dropped, with Senators passing a law allowing the acting mayor to lead the city instead. Blas was facing a recall petition after being arrested on bribery and extortion charges related to an alleged scheme to import crystal meth. Petitioners need 981 signatures to get a recall on the ballot (though a 2/3rds vote of the legislature can put a recall on the ballot as well).

Canada: Delay in Alberta Legislature may kill recall bill

The plan to expand the recall to Alberta may die if the Legislative Assembly is not reconvened until late February (as is the current plan). UCP MLA Mark Smith introduced a private members' recall bill for the Alberta Legislature.

Smith had previously introduced the bill in 2016 as a Wildrose MLA. The recall proposal would oust the MLA if petitioners get 40% of eligible voters signatures in a 60 day period. There is a long grace period -- 18 months after a general election and 6 months before.

This article notes that Alberta had a recall law in the 1930s, passed by the Social Credit government in 1936 (needing 66.6% of voter signatures), though the law was repealed in 1937 when a campaign was expected to work against Premier William Aberhart's Okotos-High River. There have been 8 attempts to add a recall law since 1993.

Texas: Leon Valley City Council member, whose removal led to upcoming recall against other councilmembers, running in next election

Leon Valley Councilman Benny Martinez, who was kicked out of office over sexual harassment complaints last year, is trying to run for the office against. The vote to remove Martinez has led to the upcoming May 2 recall against Leon Valley Councilmembers Monica Alcocer and Donna Charles.

Yerington Paiute Tribe recall Chairwoman

Yerington Pauite Tribe Chairwoman Laurie Thom was ousted, 66-39. The issue was claims of failing to maintain proper financial reporters, supervise staffs and stalled repairs. Petitioners needed 43 of 122 voting members to cast their ballot against for the recall to count.

Thom has claimed that Tribal Council Vice-chair Ginny Hatch was behind the removal vote and that Hatch's family member and former Tribal Chair Linda Howard will move into the council seat. There is no word on how the replacement will be handled.

Oregon: Signature gathering started in Powers Mayor and City Councilor recall efforts

Powers Mayor Robert Kohn and City Councilor James Clauson petitions has begun. The reason seems to be the firing of the former police chief. Petitioners would need 52 signatures (the town has 678 people).

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nebraska: Broken Bow Mayoral ousted in Recall Election

Broken Bow Mayor Jonathan Berghost appears to have lost his recall vote, 619-400. The recall was over claims of a hostile work environment, operating with out council approval and allegedly threatening police officers. Petitioners handed in 476 signatures, they need 410 valid signatures. Turnout was about 50%.

Update: The total is official.

Idaho: Sugar City Mayor and Councilman who survived March recall lost seats in November election

An interesting denouncement to the Sugar City recall from last March. Back thenMayor David Ogden (290-177) and Councilman Brent Barrus (294-167) survived their recall votes in a battle over the legal costs for rezoning of property that may result in new apartments and is the cause of a significant battle in town. Following that, three council members resigned.

In November, Steve Adams beat Ogden in his reelection race and Barrus lost his city council seat.

Texas: Two Midland Council members facing petitions over hotel development deal

Midland Council members Scott Dufford and Spencer Robnett are facing recall efforts over a deal with a hotel developer. There hasn't been a recall in at least 20 years. It seems like petitioners would need about 13,616 signatures (20% of registereds).

The effort is led by former city council candidate Kimberly Crisp, who lost in November.

Oregon: Powers Mayor and City Councilor facing recall efforts

Powers Mayor Robert Kohn and City Councilor James Clauson are facing a recall effort, though the reasons seem to be vague ("not governing for the best interest of the majority of the citizens of Powers..."). Petitioners would need 52 signatures (the town has 678 people).

Michigan: Judge throws out petitions against two Traverse School Board members over grace period question

The recall effort against Traverse City School Board Treasurer Matt Anderson and Secretary Pamela G. Forton has been thrown out by a Circuit Court Judge, who ruled that the petitions were taken out too earlier to count. Michigan has a one year grace period stopping recalls in the first and last year of office. Anderson and Forton were elected in 2018 and the petitions were taken out on November 8 (one year from their election). The judge ruled that the one year mark starts on December 31, 2019 and the petitions should not have been allowed.

The recall effort against President M. Sue Kelly is still ongoing, though there is an appeal ongoing there.

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.