Thursday, November 23, 2017

Alaska: Municipal League pass resolution calling for stricter recall lawsuit

The Alaska Municipal League passed a resolution asking the state legislature to make it clear what allegations are required to get a recall on the ballot. Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, who survived a recall vote this summer, drew up the resolution.

Tennessee: Recall petitions approved against Etowah City Commissioner

Petitions have been approved in a recall against City Commissioner Roby Helm, which appears to be part of a dispute around the locate of a new City Hall.The petitioners filed a $1.2 million defamation suit against Helm over Facebook comments that he posted, but withdrew it in a week. Petitions would need between 250-300 signatures to get on the ballot.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nevada: Oral Arguments in Democratic recall challenge indefinitely postponed

The lawsuit, which basically claims that recall elections are illegal under the Constitution and federal Voting Rights Act, has been indefinitely postponed until a separate lawsuit challenging the number of signatures in the recall of state Senator Joyce Woodhouse is decided.

Massachusetts: Sherborn Selectman take no action on recall provision to be voted on December 6 Special Fall Town Meeting

There are two provisions that can be voted on, one of which would require 200 or 300 signatures (depending on which article is adopted). One of the recalls provisions requires a statement of grounds the other requires one of three specific provisions to allow a recall to go forward.

California: No signatures handed in Redding City Council members

No signatures were handed in against Councilmembers Kristen Schreder and Francie Sullivan. The recall threat was over raises for city employees. Each councilmembers need more than 9800 valid signatures.

Alabama: Greenwood Mayor recall petition withdrawn

A petition to recall Mayor Phyllis Bowman has been withdrawn. A Circuit Judge had granted an injunction that stalled the recall effort even though petitioners have handed in enough signatures. The recall was over Bowman ordering employees to work the day of a hurricane and disciplining the town clerk for giving workers the day off.

Nebraska: Two Sutherland Trustees kicked out

Board Trustees John Lutz (280-215) and Ray Ravenscroft (267-230) both lost a recall vote yesterday. The issue was claims of personal profit, open meeting law violations, financial expenditures and scheduling meetings at inconvenient times.  There were also a resignation of village employees and two trustees.

Maryland: New attempt pushed against Bowie City Council member

Councilmember Diane Polangin will be facing a recall on December 19 over a decision to allow an old Marketplace shopping center to put apartments in a revitalization plan. There were attempts to get recalls against Mayor G. Frederick Robinson and Councilman Jimmy Marcos (and Polangin) earlier in the year.

Petitioners handed in over 3000 signatures and needed about 2700.

Wisconsin: Replacement chosen for Eleva-Strum School Board member

Joshua Stendhal was elected to replace Eleva-Strum School District Board President Lois Havenor, who resigned after signatures were handed in for removal. Stendhal beat Kristen Amundson Husby (427-338).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Michigan: Signatures handed in against Fraser "ex-mayor"

Ex-Mayor Joe Nichols, who was kicked out by tribunal hearing in February but is appealing the ouster, is also facing recall. Petitioners handed in 1782 signatures. They need 1782

Friday, November 17, 2017

Michigan: Recall effort against Four Wayne County officials

Mayor Susan Rowe and Councilmembers Chris Sanders, Ryan Gabriel and Anthony Miller are all facing recall efforts. Petitioners need a little under 1200 signatures with the issue claims that Sanders tried to get non-residents to submit critical comments against the City Manager.

New Mexico: Las Vegas Council member facing recall effort

Councilwoman Barbara Perea-Casey is facing a recall effort over claims that she is fighting the mayor too much in meeting. New Mexico is generally a Malfeasance Standard/Judicial Recall state, so it is possible they need a showing of cause (that is probably much higher than the nebulous fighting with the mayor) to be able to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

California: Editorial opposing recall effort against two Redding Council members

Here -- signatures are due on November 21

Colorado: Petitions taken out against Estes Park Mayor and Trustee

Petitions were taken out against Mayor Todd Jirsa and trustee Cody Walker, though no word on the issue or the amount of signatures needed.

California: Signatures handed in against Oxnard Mayor and 3 council members

68,000 total signatures were handed in against Mayor Tim Flynn and council members Carmen Ramirez, Bert Perello and Oscar Madrigal. Petitioners need about 12,000 per (which equals 48,000) The recall is over a 5% raise in wastewater rates. Petitioner would need about 12,000 signatures to get to the ballot.

Michigan: Jackson Councilman recalled, wins Mayoral race instead

Councilman Derek Dobies was replaced in a recall vote by Colleen Sullivan, the candidate who came the closest to his views in a replacement race. The recall was over Dobies vote in favor of an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Dobies did not run in the recall race, and instead ran for Mayor, which he won, defeating the incumbent.

Nevada: Signatures handed in against Democratic State Senator

Petitioners handed in 16,875 signatures were handed in to start a recall of state Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (D). Petitioners need 14,975 valids. At the same time, Senator Joyce Woodhouse (D), who had signatures handed in last week, is challenging the validity of 5576 signatures over eligibility claims.

Here is my previous discussion on Nevada law and the challenges that might occur.

Oregon: Petitions taken out against three Ashland Parks and Recreation Committee members

Commissioners Michael Gardiner, Jim Lewis and Rick Landt are facing petitions following the firing of the Ashland Senior Center staff and a modification of the senior services.

Washington: Black Diamond Council member files bill to force City to pay for her legal defense of recall effort

Councilmember Pat Pepper proposed a resolution to get the city to pay for her legal expenses in the recall effort. King County Elections canceled the December special election following the Washington Supreme Court ruling tossing out one of the 4 charges. They also required that petitioners handed in a new set of 366 valid signatures.  This is going to go some more rounds.

California: Signatures handed in against newly appointed Rancho Santa Fe School District Board member

Signatures were handed in against board member Jon Yonemitsu, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy, is facing a recall effort. Petitioners need 65 signatures to get the petitions going. Petitioners claim to have handed in double that amount. The recall is estimated to cost between $50,000-$100,000.

Michigan: Second petitions will be submitted against Kalkaska Village President

The first attempt against village President Jeff Sieting failed due to a misspelling of his name.

Nebraska: Broken Bow School Board member survives recall vote

School Board Member JB Atkins survived a recall vote 537-826. The issue was budget cuts and funding. A separate recall was started against member Carl French, but that was found to have begun too late for the ballot.

Florida: Petitions handed in against three Riviera Beach Councilmembers

Petitioners have handed in over 3,000 signatures each against Council members Terence Davis, Lynne Hubbard and Dawn Pardo over their vote to fire the city manager. The city manager was on the job for six months and was fired without a discussion. They had also fired the previous city manager.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Colorado: Two Custer County Commissioners ousted, one survives

Commissioner Bob Kattnig (54-46%) and Donna Hood (55-45%) were both ousted in a recall vote on Election Day, though Jay Printz (48-52%) survived. Kattnig had previously been targeted last year. The recall was over claims of holding closed door sessions and secret meetings, though other coverage claims that it is over "gross mismanagement" and building codes.

The three were Republicans, though the recall appears to be heavily supported by a conservative group.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nevada: GOP fails to hand in signatures against Independent state Senator

The recall effort against State Senator Patricia Farley (Independent) has failed, with petitioners turning in 2056 signatures -- they need 7342 to get on the ballot. Among the three recalls against state senators started by the GOP, Farley had by far the least signatures needed. We are still waiting on the signatures to be handed in against State Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (they need 14975).

Georgia: Push to recall Secretary of State

Secretary of State Brian Kemp with a recall effort following the high profile election data breaches and a server wipe. Petitioners would need 778,677 signatures by December 15, and it would also need to overcome Georgia's strict Malfeasance Standard law. A recall would lead to a gubernatorial replacement selection, so the recall backers are claiming that partisanship should not be a driver.

India: Further calls for recall power

Here

Michigan: Kalkaska Village President recall denied due to misspelling

The recall effort of Village President Jeff Sieting was rejected by the Election Commission due to a misspelling of Sieting's name.

Montana: Pondera County Sheriff recall granted temporary injunction

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Texas: Odessa Councilwoman recall abandoned

The recall effort against Councilwoman Barbara Graff has been abandoned due to the difficulty in getting 2000 signatures (they claimed to have gotten 800). The issue was the firing of the City Manager. No word on the recalls of the other two councilmembers.