Friday, January 23, 2015

Michigan: Grand Haven recall language approved

Petition language was approved for the recall of Grand Haven Councilman Robert Monteza over his vote to change a cross on Dewey Hill to an anchor. The other two members who voted for the change are up for reelection.  Petitioners need 953 signatures.

The leader of the recall is Brandon Hall, who previously served as a Grand Haven School Board member, but had to resign in 2010 after being convicted of stealing from a school charity.
He was also charged with forging petition signatures in 2012 and tried to run for the school board in 2014, but lost.

Michigan: New Buffalo Councilman, winner of 2014 recall race, resigns

He took a job out of state.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Arizona: Cave Creek recalls set for March 10

The long saga of the Cave Creek appears to be coming to an end, with the recall scheduled for March 10. There are four recalls on the ballot, which will be all mail-in.  Susan Clancy is opposing Councilmember Adam Trenk. Dick Esser is opposing Councilmember Reg Monachino. Steve LaMar is opposing Councilmember Charlie Spitzer. Mark Lipsky is opposing Councilmember Mike Durkin.

Massachusetts: Two officials from Winchendon facing petitions

Selectmen Fedor Berndt and Vice Chairman Beth Hunt are both facing potential recalls in May. The issue was the discovery of a $3.8 million deficit over claims of lack of communication, double accounting entries, inaccurate reports and a crash of the financial software. The four selectman renewed the Town Manager's contract.

Petitioners need 954 signatures, they claim to have over 1,100. There is a turnout veto here -- at least 20% of voters have to show up (1273) for the recall to count.

Other officials had faced recall efforts before.

Colorado: Center School Board recall moved to March 17 in cost saving measure


Non-recall op-ed in the Washington Post

I wrote this piece on Mitt Romney and the chances of a comeback. The key fact is that in the primary and caucus era, no candidate has actually won the nomination, lost and then comeback to win the nomination a second time. This was fairly common in the past, but I believe the new system has made this much less likely to occur. 

BTW, the Bloomberg article that mentions also-rans leaves out LBJ (1956, 1960), Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover (1920). You can also argue that Adams is a little questionable to include, as the electoral was so much different in those first two elections.

Washington: Spokane changes unusual recall rules

Spokane has updated its fairly unusual recall rules. The city has a rule that six council members can vote to put an elected official on the ballot for violations of the ethical codes. Now, five officials can do it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Florida: Bradenton Beach mayor recall pushes forward to next step

The recall attempt against Bradenton Beach Mayor William Shearon appears to be moving forward, as petitioners handed in 119 signatures -- they need 100. In the next stage, petitioners will need 115 more signatures (15% of 763 eligibles). Due to possible delays, the recall could take place in June. Shearon's two-year term ends in November.

Michigan: Jerome Township Clerk up for a vote on May 5th

Jerome Township Clerk Connie Methner will be facing the voters on May 5th. Petitioners handed in 564 signatures, and needed 428 valids.

Michigan: Howell recall faces clarity hearing for the third time


Michigan: Belding City Manager fired as two more face recall threats

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore was fired while leave by a 3-2 city council vote, with the decisive vote cast by a councilmember who was just elected in a recall. Mullendore was on medical leave and will sue. She was just renewed two months ago. Mayor Ron Gunderson and Councilman Jerry Lallo, who both opposed the firing, are facing recalls.

Wisconsin: Former Kenosha mayor threatens recall over streetcar plan

A former Kenosha mayor, John Bilotti, and former county supervisor Joe Clark are threatening recalls if the city doesn't schedule an advisory referendum on expanding the city's streetcar system. The two have collected more than 6,000 signatures for the referendum. The city council already approved the street car plan (actually, they seem to be accepting a federal grant on the subject).

Colorado: Two directors of San Miguel Education Fund Board (KOTO Radio) survive recall; one resigns

Two directors of the San Miguel Education Fund board (which runs KOTO Radio), president Ray Farnsworth and Joe McClure, easily survived recall votes. 89-180 and 89-177 respectively. Another board member, Robert Allen, resigned before the vote.

Montana: Toole County Commissioner recall nixed

The attempt to recall Toole County commissioner Allan Underdal was tossed out by a Montana judge, who held that there was no issues being presented (Montana is a Malfeasance standard/judicial recall state).

Underdal authorized payments of $57,000 to a former Marias Medical Center CEO to retain an attorney. However, this was done with the approval of county commissioners, so he did not exceed his authority. The hospital was being sued by a former member of the staff. Underdal also sought attorney's fees (denied) and court costs (approved).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Arizona: South Tucson Councilman recalls rejected on missing dates

The recall of South Tucson Councilman Ildefonso Green was rejected due to missing dates of the signatures. Petitioners will rework, with petitioners also going after Councilwoman Vanessa Mendoza. Green was tossed out of a council meeting and Mendoza left. This delayed a sales-tax vote.

Florida: Tamarac's Homeowner's Association recall rejected by courts

Tamarac's Homeowner's Association recall was rejected, but will go back the courts.

Colorado: Center School Board recall delayed till March 17


Michigan: Howell Recall rejected on factual grounds by judge/first ruling on factual standard

The recall of two Howell Public Schools Board, Mike Yenshaw and Michael Moloney, was rejected for lack of factualness questions. Petitioners will try again. The board fired the Superintendent over a $309 mileage expense.

The decision held that the wording was misleading, according to the judge, because the signers could believe that each vote was individual rather than a board vote. This is believed to be the first ruling on the factualness law.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Nebraska: Minatare mayor kicked out

Minatare Mayor Alfred Pieper was kicked out 81-11 (he originally won office with 134 votes). The argument was that he provided inaccurate info to residents and favored supporters. The council will appoint a replacement.

Colorado: Colorado Springs councilwoman facing recall

Petitioners handed in 3007 signatures in the recall effort against City Council member Helen Collins. The clerk found that 1715 were valid -- Petitioners need 1485 signatures. The leader of the recall effort faced Collins in the 2013 election. The issue seems to her opposition to using city money for a project that includes a downtown stadium.

Arizona: Sedona-Oak Creek School Board member facing petitions

Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board President Zachary Richardson is facing petitions over claims that he was intimidating teachers. Petitioners need 1190 signatures.

Colorado: Signatures approved against Center School Board member

The recall petitions against Center School Board Member Yuridia Cendejas have been cured, with 80 additional signatures were added. Cendejas, Richard Barela, Phillip Varoz and James Sanchez will now face a recall on February 24,

Oklahoma: Choctaw Electric Co-op board last member resigns

Choctaw Electric Co-op board Buddy Anderson, who serve for 30 years on the board, resigned rather than a face a recall. The entire 10 member board resigned rather than face a recall. Petitioners handed in 2,500 signatures.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Philippines: Signatures validated in Baliwag, Bulacan mayoral recall

Baliwag, Bulacan Mayor Carolina Dellosa's recall is moving forward, with 23,925 signatures (more than 15%) validated, with issues of "conduct unbecoming a public official" and antagonistic attitude toward development concerns."

Colorado: Pueblo Councilwoman resigns over trash haul fight; third to resign in recall fight

Completing a clean resignation sweep, Pueblo City Councilwoman Ami Nawrocki resigned in the face of a January 27 recall. Two other council members resigned previously. Despite the resignation, there will be a vote, as two candidates are running to replace -- a former councilman and a State DOT employee.

Taiwan: KMT legislator recall moves to stage 2

At least 2% of voters signed a recall against Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Tsai Chin-lung, allowing the recall to move forward. This is part of the perfectly named "Appendectomy Project" -- KMT Legislator Alex Tsai is also facing a recall. 

 Issues include his support for nuclear energy, endorsement of importing agricultural products from China, and his opposition to raising the minimum wage. Petioners now need 13% of eligible voters (almost 40K) in 30 days.

Florida: Bradenton Beach recall moves forward

Ed Scott from the Islander notes that Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon has moved forward with a claim that Shearon violated the Sunshine Law (i.e. the Open Meeting law) in discussing pending litigation with another city commissioner. There seems to be a claim that the petition is vague. Petitioners need 100 signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

Scott also notes that the only recall in Manatee County took place in 2010 (when CommissionerHarry Stoltzfus was kicked out.

Maine: Dixfeld Board looks at recall referendum, scheduled for vote in June

The Dixfeld Board of Selectmen reviewed a draft of an recall law that voted on by referendum in June. They increased the signature amount to 20% (231 signatures), though others say it should be 15%. The board also removed the minimum turnout requirement, and allowed signers to remove their names from petitions.