Recall election blogger Joshua Spivak has a story in the Los Angeles Times about the recent sharp increase in the number of recall initiatives.
The recall’s increasing popularity and effectiveness is directly connected to technology. Campaigning, fundraising and, critically for the recall, signature gathering have become easier thanks to the digital revolution. It may seem like a paradox: At the same time that we are witnessing billion-dollar campaigns for president, the most basic political action launched by non-professionals is becoming cheaper and more effective.
Interestingly, only nineteen states currently have recall provisions, although more are considering whether to adopt them. Here are some more stats.
Question for you: does this information adjust your perspective on Chattanooga’s mayoral recall attempt?
Also, is it just me, or is it fascinating that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won election to office following the recall of his predecessor, former Gov. Gray Davis, and starred in a film titled Total Recall? Yeah, it’s probably just me.
Attorneys for Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield had asked the Tennessee Court of Appeals to rehear the appeal of last year’s Circuit Court ruling that enjoined the Hamilton County Election Commission from certifying a recall petition.
The Court of Appeals ruled last month that the Circuit Court did not have sufficient jurisdiction to stop the Election Commission from proceeding.
Nooga.com today reports that the Court of Appeals has denied the rehearing request, stating that “[t]he case by Mayor [Ron Littlefield] is not on point.”
Littlefield’s attorney is looking into taking further legal action, according to the report.
The short answer to the title question? April 15, 2013.
Now, but here are some confounding evidential specimens and alternative theories. Meander with me, will you?
Dude: Oh, man, my thinking about this case had become very uptight.
Reports on Twitter by those in attendance at this morning’s Hamilton County Election Commission meeting say that the commissioners voted 3-1 to certify the petition to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, and subsequently voted 4-0 to set an August 2012 election date for the recall vote.
More to come.