Monday, August 3, 2015

California: Four Adelanto councilmen facing petitions

Four Adelanto councilmen, Rich Kerr, Charley Gasper, John "Bug" Woodard and Jermaine Wright are facing recall efforts over claims that the met in private and direct the city manager to fire people (Which is a violation of the city charter).

1915 signatures are needed for each (25% of registereds). Only 21% of voters came out for the last mayoral election, and the number of votes each candidate.

Wisconsin: Franklin Alderman recall set for September 8

The recall of Franklin Alderman Janet Evans is set for September 8. The recall may cost up to $3000.

Nigeria: Discussions of recall in Northwest over failure to follow President's party


Wisconsin: Remembering the Walker recalls


New Jersey: Mahwah recall effort fails

The recall effort against Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet failed, with petitioners not handing in the signatures (they needed 4200, they claim they claimed their "effort was significant."

Oklahoma: Former Kingfisher mayor pays $25,000 civil penalties

Not sure the connection to his 2014 recall, which was over the firing of a police chief.

Michigan: East China School District facing online recall threats

East China School Board treasurer Amy Murphy and secretary Jeanne Frank are facing Facebook threats of a recall over a property tax ballot proposal.

Colorado: Jeffco recall fight part of national battle over school boards


California: Patterson Councilwoman facing recall threats over behavior at Senior Center

Petitions are been started against Patterson Councilwoman Sheree Lustgarten, with the council itself calling for her resignation. The issue was a complaint that she was aggressive with and intimidated seniors after getting involved with a senior meals task force (she has a TRO barring her from the center). She also was reported to have threatened a fellow council member if he leaded information out of a closed session,

Petitioners would need about 1800 signatures (25% of registereds) to get on the ballot.

Michigan: Three Rivers School Board petitions handed in

Signatures were turned in for the recall of Three Rivers Community School Board president Mike Bosma, and members Waneta Truckey and Carl Barth, over their votes against renewing different contracts. PEtitioners need 1165 valids. They got 1421, 1404 and 1347 actual signatures.

Illinois: Online petitions call for recall of Governor Bruce Rauner

This recall petition has no real world value, but there it is. Illinois' recall law is very tough, so expect nothing to come from this attempt.

Arizona: Oro Valley eleciton loser running in recall

Patrick Straney, who got 32% of the vote in the 2014 mayoral election, is jumping into the November recall race against Satish Hiremath,

California: Look at the history of failed recalls through an examination of state Senators

Here's a look at the recall effort against California State Senator Richard Pan, which examines the history of California state level recalls. They note 149 efforts that failed to get signatures, The also look at all the recently recalls, including the 1994 one against David Roberti, the 1995 ones against Horcher and Allen and the Denahm one of 2008.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ohio: Attempt to recall Macedonia Mayor Don Kuchta rejected; judge rules that recall is the proper procedure

The issue was failing to report gifts, such as a fishing trip and an asphalt driveway on his property, hiding a garnishment order, receiving snow plowing and garbage pick-up funded by the city. We'll see if they push for a recall

California: Canyon Lake Property Owners call for recall

The former treasurer of the Canyon Lake Property Owners Board of Directors has handed in signatures from 286 members calling for the recall of PResident David Eilers, Treasurer Bruce Yarbough and Secretary Doug Gordon. There's a whole list of reasons, though of note is the disenfranchisement of 1000 property owners.

Michigan: New language submitted in Bertrand Township recall attempt

New petitions were submitted in the recall of two Bertrand Township members Supervisor Steve Hicks and Treasurer David Kuhn. This is the third attempt -- previous ones were rejected on clarity grounds. The issue seems to be a vote to reappoint Rhonda Hicks to the planning commission and the fact that they accept annual salaries.

Arizona: Camp Verde Town Attorney trying to cancel November 3rd Vice Mayor recall

The Camp Verde Town Attorney has petitioned to cancel the November 3 recall against Vice Mayor Bruce George. The issue seems to be whether the petitioners checked the box indicating whether they are paid to collect the signatures or were volunteers. We've seen this issue before, so no surprise.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Colorado: Over 37,000 signatures each handed in on Jeffco School Board recall

Tons of coverage out there on the recall of the conservative members of the Colorado Jeffco School Board district, Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk, that have pushed to rewrite a US history course. The three were also accused of being dismissive of students and parents and overpaying the newly hired superintendent. The board members claim that the recall is over teacher salaries

Petitioners needed about 15,000 valids, they turned in about 36,000 to 37,000 for each member in 17 days. That is a lot over, and while Colorado has a history of tossing out signatures, that looks to be a safe amount.

I should have more on school board recalls soon.

Non-Recall Op-ed on the Throwback Candidacy of Donald Trump

Here my piece on how Donald Trump is the throwback candidate of the 2016 race -- and why this could prove challenging for him.

Arizona: Weird recall campaign from teacher in Tucson

Tucson Unified School District members Adelita Grijalva, Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster are facing petitions, led by a man who worked for the district for 20 years and  was recently fired. He claims he was fired because (again, he claims) his wife was having affairs with parents and threatening calls were made to the district office. The district blamed him for the calls. 
Petitioner would need 15,000 signatures each by November 19.

Idaho: Signatures verified in Caldwell School Board recall

This is the one against Amy Rojas. The other School Board member needs many times the amount because of a quirk in the recall law.

Michigan: Three challengers jump in race for DUI-convicted Cottrellville Township Supervisor

Three challengers, including sitting trustee Matt Kovalcik and former deputy clerk Mary Agnes, have entered the recall race against Cottrellville Township Supervisor Kelly Fiscelli, which was launched over her Super-DUI guilty plea.

Calfornia: Petitions out against State Senator over vaccine bill

California State Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician who authored the bill removing personal belief exemptions from the reasons to not vaccinate school children is facing a petitions. Petitioners would need 35,926 signatures by December 31.

New Jersey: Cape May recall efffort down to the last days

The recall attempt against Mayor Ed Mahaney has three weeks to turn in the 481 signatures -- it sounds like they are not that close. They are reporting that they will not have 500. The issue was the demotion of the police chief after an investigation into compensatory time.

Florida: Brandenton Beach Mayor who won recall has ethics complaint filed against him by supporter of ousted mayor


Washington: Spokane Mayor threatened with recall

Spokane Mayor David Condon is facing a recall petition over one man's claim that a city employee pushed him and an officer threatened him, as well as the against the city's use of Red Light Camera districts. Since the petition needs to pass judicial muster (Washington is a malefeasance standard state), this one seems like quite the longshot. Condon is facing a reelection race in November, so it's not clear what can even happen with this.

Arizona: Glendale Councilman has $1,200 in the bank for his November 3 recall; Dark Money Contributions sent to his opponents

Gary Sherwood does not seem flush with cash, though the Protect Glendale Taxpayers spent $10,000 on book keeping and gave $7,500 to the committee seeking Sherwood's recall. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club gave $21,000 to his recall, though it looks like they are in trouble for some tardy reporting and possible dark money donations.

Myanmar: Parliamentary Speaker target of online recall campaign

Myanmar Parliament Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann (the former Number 3 man in the military junta) is facing a social media campaign for his recall. It supposedly claims that it has 1740 signatures

Tennessee: Nashville School appointment fight leads to calls for school board recalls

The fight over the Nashville Director of Schools has led to a push for a recall against at least some board members over the perceived failure to take input from the community (though the board has not hired anyone yet). Here's an earlier story where members were calling for fellow member Susan Curlee's resignation.

Nevada: Recall of North Las Vegas Judge stayed by Supreme Court; Oral arguments to be held in October

The recall of North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey has been stayed, with the Supreme Court waiting till October 5 to hear oral arguments in the case. To me, her argument that the state law doesn't allow recall of judges seem extremely weak (which was rejected by a district judge), but I don't sit on the court, so what do I know.

Eventually, I'll have a big post on recall of judges, but in the meantime you can look at my op-ed in the Las Vegas Review Journal on the subject -- this could be the first recall of a judge anywhere in the country in over 30 years.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Colorado: Snowmass Village Councilman responds to recall charges following DUI

Councilman Chris Jacobson claims that former Councilman Fred Kucker is behind the recall charges, blaming Jacobson's pointing the finger at communication Kucker had with a developer in his last meeting in October. Here's a story about how the release of a video helped fuel the case.

Arizona: Oro Valley Mayoral recall on the November 3 ballot

The recall against Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath has gotten to the November 3 ballot, with 3242 of the the 3392 signatures being validated. Petitioners needed 2765. The petitions against three councilmembers are still out there. The recall is over the sale of a country club.

California: Sanger Grand Jury recommends against recalls in findings of city problems

A Sanger Grand Jury issued a detailed report on the city's problems, but recommended against promoting recalls for violation of what seems to be Open Meeting Acts, as well as other charges over their vote to fire the City Manager (they voted 4-0 to keep him, but he quit a few months later). Mayor Joshua Mitchell also quit over alleged conflict of interest charges.

New Jersey: Details on debate between Palisades Park Mayor and Democratic Municipal Chairman pops up

Democratic Municipal Chairman Michael Pollotta has been threatening Mayor James Rotundo with a recall over the mayor's family holding numerous public sector jobs (the mayor's son applied for, and did not get, a vice principal position).

North Carolina: Chance for recall law for Moore School Board unlikely this term


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Colorado: Snowmass Village Councilman facing petitions over DUI

Snowmass Village councilman Chris Jacobson is facing petitions after being arrested for DUI and for damaging the county jail by ripping off sections of the rubberized wall. Petitioners would need 242 signatures.