Thursday, May 23, 2013
Virginia: Franklin City Council hearing recall noise over utility bills, but debate if the city has a recall law
Franklin City Council is facing recall threats over high utility bills but there's a big catch. The city failed to pass a recall law (it was killed by the General Assembly). Petitioners claim they still can do it, and need 10% of turnout.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Templeton Board of Selectmen member Virginia C. Wilder resigned after being spit at, cursed at, had chairs thrown at her. Wilder won office in the recall of Julie Farrell (Farrell came back to win office three months later).
We've seen this before.
Here, though there is a claim that the True the Vote group filed as a 501(c)(3), which would be barred from political activity.
Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Lori Gildea tossed out the recall campaigns against to DFL Reps. Joe Radinovich and John Ward, DFL. Both of them voted to legalize gay marriage, though their districts voted to ban it. As with every other Minnesota recall, the judge held that the didn't meet the malfeasance standard.
Here.The article cites two strange facts. It says 29 states allow local recalls -- the number is probably more like 38 (it's really not clear). The other is the NCSL estimate that three-fourths of recalls are at the city council or school board level. Since there have been only 42 state level recalls in US history, the percentage of recalls occurring on the local level is vastly higher than 3/4ths.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hanson Health Board Chairman Tom Constantine was kicked out by a 886-316 margin. Issues included a ban on outdoor activities during the mosquito season, forcing the aggressive interpretation of agricultural uses and seeking a protective order against the town administrator. He is being replaced by a long-term former health board member, Gil Amato.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Arizona Politics has the story
This is after the difficulty Pacific voters dealt with in getting their mayoral recall on the ballot. One of the suggestions is adding in DUI as a reason to recall.
Tom Constantine is up for recall tomorrow. Here's the issues.
Jim Suttle barely survived a recall race in 2011. While he got into the runoff, but was easily defeated in his reelection 57-42.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Kelvin Wurdeman was kicked out 370-77. His conviction for selling publicly owned scrap metal did not go over well.
San Bernardino City Clerk Gigi Hanna is the 10th city official to face a recall, though this is not being run by the same group that is launching a recall against the 10 other officials.
Clayton reportedly asked the TV reporter, who is Jamaican-American, "Should we deport you back to Kenya with Obama?" and "Are you even American?"
The ongoing recall campaign against Commissioner Patte Atkins-Grad got enough signatures to move to the second round. Petitioners will now need 15% of 12496 to get on the ballot.
Michigan: Columbia School Board Secretary hearing recall threats for fictitious newspaper letter to the editor
Columbia School Board Secretary Amy Miller is facing recall threats after writing a letter to the editor under a fictitious name opposing the new high school football coach hiring. The same group calling for the recall had previously discussed recalling the entire school board.
Monday, May 13, 2013
North Dakota: Five Griggs County Commissioners facing recall threats over courthouse/emergency center building plans
All five Griggs County commissioners, Ron and Dennis Halvorson, Keith Monson, Robert Johnson and Ronnie Edland, are facing recall threats over the plan to build a $3.5 million courthouse and emergency operations center. The county voters have shot down three separate bond issues on the subject.
(Petitioners need 25% of the turnout in the governor's race -- which is 60 to 75 signatures per).