. Nichols is the author of Uprising
on the Wisconsin recalls. Nichols uses the Rahm Emanuel fight as a jumping off point:
Wisconsin is different; it affords citizens the power to recall state, county and local officials. That power was famously employed in 2011 and 2012 to try to hold Gov. Scott Walker and his cronies to account. While the governor survived, three state senators who were allied with Walker were removed from office. And recall elections continue to be used by liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans to check and balance Wisconsin politicians.
That’s appropriate, as the recall power remains essential to democracy — and accountability.
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