Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Texas: Garland Councilmember resigns in face of recall

Councilmember Anita Goebel resigned in the face of a recall, though she also called for Mayor Douglas Athas to quit as well following a vote to allow the demolition of an armory.

Maryland: Bowie Councilmember facing December 19 recall vote

Councilwoman Diane Polangin is up on a December 19 vote.

California: Recall of state Senator to cost $931,000 on regular primary ballot; $2.67 as special election

State officials claim that the recall of state Senator Josh Newman (D) will cost $931,000 if it takes place contemporaneous with the June primary and $2.67 million as a special election.

Louisana: Lafayette City Marshall recall attempt fails; Lead petitioner jailed for bad checks from 1997

The recall attempt against City Marshall Brian Pope failed. Petitioners needed 27400 signatures and claimed they were missing 3800, though it sounds like they didn't hand any in. At the same time, Pope appears to have arrested one of the recall organizers, Steven Wilkerson, over a 20-year old warrant for bouncing less than $200 in bad checks in 1997 (the offense has a two year statute of limitations).

Pope is facing seven perjury and malfeasance charges with a trial set for February 20. Pope is alleged to have used public resources to support his candidate in the 2015 Lafayette Parish Sheriff Election (the candidate lost).

Pope also paid himself with court fees -- receiving $120,000 last year (on top of his $75,000 salary).  He apparently sought the opinion of the Attorney General's office on the fee dispute, but did not respond to the AG's office's attempt to contact him.

Wilkerson noted that he had been through multiple background checks (he is an army veteran and a law enforcement official) and the bad checks never came up.

Michigan: Algonac Mayor facing petitions

Mayor Eileen Tesch is facing petitions after a FOIA request showed that the mayor called the sheriff's deputies, allegedly to have a signature gatherers removed petitioners seeking the recall of two councilmembers, Irene Bird and Joe Nugent. Both Bird and Nugent resigned before the November recall vote.

Petitioners need about 350 signatures.

Texas: Alice Councilwoman voted out in November running in replacement race

Councilwoman Elida Garza is running for the seat in the January 20 replacement race.

Malawi: Government puts forward recall law


California: Newport Beach Council recall falls just short

The effort to recall Councilman Scott Peotter appears to have failed, though petitioners are asking for a recount. Petitioners handed in 10696 signatures, they needed 8445. The registrar threw out 2357 of them, leaving 8339 signatures. 205 of the signers asked to have their signatures revoked, which apparently is the difference. Peotter had submitted 1783 signature-withdrawal requests.

Peotter was targeted over his support of a condo project and his vote to decline the city's share of the state gas tax.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alaska: Complaints against Homer City Council found without merit

Petitioners, who pushed for the recall of Council members David Lewis, Catriona Reynolds and Donna Aderhold, claimed that the council members violated the city's ethic code when they voted to certify the recall election. The complaint was found to be without merit.

California: Governor may push recall vote for state Senator to June 5 primary

Thanks to the changes in the recall law, Governor Brown may push the recall against Senator Josh Newman (D) to the June 5 primary date. The Secretary of State did not certify the voter signatures 180 days before the primary, so it can be pushed to that date instead of a special election date.

Michigan: One Saugatuck Trustee recall petition approved, three others rejected as unclear

Trustee Roy McIlwaine is facing petitions, while the commission is now hearing the recall petitions for Clerk Brad Rudich, Lori Babinski and Trustee Douglas Lane. The issue was a vote to fire the township manager and fire code issues.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nevada: National Republican Group gave $160,000 to Senator Farley recall effort

The Republican State Leadership Committee has donated $160,000 for failed recall attempt of state Senator Patricia Farley (I). The petitioners reported that they got less than a third of the 7107 signatures needed to get on the ballot, which would work out to be more than $60 a signature. However, the Farley recall committee donated $25,000 to the recall of Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D) and nearly $28,000 to the recall of Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D). Both of those recalls are now in the signature verifying stages.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee donated a $1 million to defend against the recalls.

Michigan: Language submitted for third time in Saugatuck Township recall

Petitions were submitted for the third time against Treasurer Lori Babinski, Clerk Brad Rudich and Trustee Douglas Lane over a vote to reprimand the Township Manager in a closed session. A fire captain asked the board to remove the Town Manager for his interpersonal skills/anger management, but the board voted to reprimand.

The language for the petitions were rejected twice before.

North Dakota: New England Councilman facing recall effort

Councilman Tom Gorek is facing a recall effort over animal regulations that were passed by the council. Petitioner would need 30 signatures to get on the ballot.

San Francisco: Cannabis regulation leads to threats of recall against San Francisco mayor

Mayor Ed Lee, who was targeted for a failed recall campaign in the past, is now facing threats from a conservative group called the "Chinese Tea Party" over the law laying out cannabis regulation in the city.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Massachusetts: Sherborn votes down recall law

A petition to put in place a political recall law was defeated, though there is no word on the vote total (it was opposed by Selectmen beforehand). A second vote, on a malfeasance standard recall requiring a violation of state ethics code, felony conviction or missing more than 1/3rd of meetings was beaten 81-28. However, there was discussion on revisiting recalls in the future.

Michigan: Adams Township Board targeted in recall effort

The entire Adams Township Board, including Supervisor Fred Fowler, Clerk Michelle Ginolfi, Treasurer Patricia Williams and Trustees Duane Chase and Larry Mayhew, are facing petitions from someone who was ordered to remove junk cars from his driveway or face a fine. Petitioner would need 204 signatures for each.

Florida: Madeira Beach City Commission recalls move to next step, with other commissioners facing potential efforts

The recalls against Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley over the anti development stance are moving to the written defense stage. Mayor Maggu Black, who is facing her own recall effort, is debating whether to help recall commissioners Nancy Hodges and Terry Lister. Petitioner would need about 496 signatures.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Michigan: Signatures to be handed in against Wayne Councilman over move to change city elections to even years

About 1400 signatures are scheduled to be turned in against Councilman Chris Sander, with petitioners needing 1183 valids. Signatures were also collected against three other officials, Mayor Susan Rowe and councilmembers Ryan Gabriel and Anthony Miller, though petitioners claim they don't have enough to get those on the ballot.

The issue was a vote to extend their time in office as municipal elections were moved to even years.

California: Three San Juan Capistrano council members facing recall efforts

Mayor Kerry Ferguson and Councilmembers Derek Reeve and Pam Patterson are all facing recall petitions, though all are in the last year of their terms.

Ferguson and Reeve are facing recall threats over a commercial development project. Patterson is facing a recall over an "illegal referendum" to overturn the approval of a different development project which ended in a settlement that may cost the city $1 million.

Petitioners need 38444 signatures to get each recall on the ballot.

Texas: Signature requirement met in Garland Councilwoman recall

Councilwoman Anita Goebel may be facing a recall vote as officials claim that enough valid signatures were handed in to get a recall on the ballot over a vote to take down an armory building and replace it with a skate park. Goebel's term runs out in May, which is when the recall would be set to take place.

Massachusetts: Three Stoughton Selectmen kicked out

Chairman David "Spanky" Sousa (55% against)  and Selectman Robert Cohn (52.4 % against) and Peter Brown (52.5) were all kicked out in a recall today. Christine Howe, Stephen Cavy and Rick Hill replace each of them respectively. Turn out was a little under 20%.

The issue was a claimed failure to evaluate the contract of the former town manager, who is suing the town for wrongful termination and behaving disrespectfully.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Taiwan: NPP lawmaker facing December 16th vote

This is the recall against Huang Guo-Chang -- interestingly, Taiwan law bans poll numbers being released after the 6th, activities have to be limited and there is no social media campaigning allowed.

Florida: Nearly 8600 Riviera Beach City Council recall signatures thrown out over date claims

This one is pretty crazy. About 8600 signatures were tossed out in the recall attempt against Riviera Beach City Council members Terence Davis (2880 handed in), Lynne Hubbard (2857 handed in) and Dawn Pardo (2870 signatures in). Only two total signatures were allowed for the recall, which was over a vote to fire the city manager. The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections did not respond to reporters, but sent a note to a signer and petitioner that some of the petitions were signed outside of the the 30 day window -- though it seems like that is only 17 signatures.

Michigan: Albion recall leader previous jailed for threatening to poison water supply

The leader of the recall effort against Mayor Garrett Brown has had numerous issues with the law, including threatening to poison the water supply due to an unfavorable ruling in a child custody dispute, which led to a 30 month prison sentence. The recall is over the City Manager's resignation (which was then rescinded).