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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1991
South El Monte Mayor Stan Quintana was thrown out of office Tuesday in a special recall election. Widely criticized for his role in an alleged hit-and-run accident in October, Quintana was defeated by about a 3-2 margin. The final tally was 591 for recall and 365 against. Quintana had lied about his involvement in the accident, fabricating a story to explain the damage to his car, police said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A recall effort in bankrupt San Bernardino ousted a number of elected officials Tuesday, including a longtime city councilwoman who, despite facing the music in her own district, managed to be the top vote-getter in the citywide race to be mayor, according to unofficial election results.  That councilwoman, Wendy McCammack, led the pack of 10 candidates running for mayor with just under 25% of the 11,161 votes cast in the race. She heads to a February runoff with Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer.  McCammack, a member of the council for 13 years, has disputed critics who say that she contributed to the city's decline.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1996
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rescheduled a recall election against three Hawaiian Gardens councilmen for Dec. 17, the same day city voters are set to decide whether to eject a fourth council member. Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne offered minimal explanation for pushing back the election, which she originally scheduled for Dec. 3. Attorneys representing the council members, however, have argued that a consolidated election would save the city tens of thousands of dollars.
NEWS
October 7, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
It may be too soon, a mere decade after the California recall, to assess its lasting legacy. There have been significant changes in the way elections are run in the state, which, if proponents are correct, may eventually produce a more compromising class of lawmakers less beholden to special interests. Far easier is noting all that wasn't accomplished by the upheaval: The budget wasn't balanced or the deficit painlessly whittled away. The interest groups and their seductive cash weren't banished from Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The county registrar of voters certified this week that organizers of the petition drive to recall Mayor Charles V. Smith and three other City Council members have gathered sufficient signatures to force a recall election. City Clerk Mary Lou Morey said the registrar finished verifying signatures Monday. Each petition had more than the 6,938 signatures required to put the measure on the ballot, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1994 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His lunch untouched on his desk, his conversation punctuated by gulps from a bottle of Maalox, City Councilman Tony Lam last week contemplated the two-edged nature of his status as the first Vietnamese American ever elected to public office in the United States. Lam's voice filled with pride as he recounted his early struggles in this country, his days pumping gas, his successes as a councilman, his efforts now to be a worthy role model for young Vietnamese Americans. Then his eyes misted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2003 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Concerned about possible voter intimidation and coercion, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley said Monday that his office will be monitoring today's recall election in South Gate. "Election fraud investigators will be working ... to ensure that the election is coordinated with integrity and the outcome reflects the wishes of the people of South Gate," Shelley said in a news conference outside City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2002 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
A Latino rights organization sued Thursday to block the recall election of a Santa Ana school board member, contending that petitions aimed at ousting him for his alleged advocacy of bilingual education were circulated only in English in the heavily Latino city. Attorneys for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund allege that the Orange County registrar of voters violated the rights of non-English-speaking residents by approving the petitions in only one language.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city got one step closer to holding a recall election targeting four of its council members after a Superior Court judge's ruling this week. The four members of the Lynwood City Council had defied the county registrar-recorder's determination that an election should take place and replaced the elected city clerk with a new election official. But on Tuesday, Judge Robert O'Brien ordered the city to begin issuing nomination papers in preparation for a Sept. 25 recall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
The City Council has set March 26 for a special election to determine whether Mayor Karen Lloreda and Councilman Harold R. Kaufman should be recalled. Nominations will be open Monday for anyone interested in running should the two incumbents be recalled. Candidates have until Dec. 29 to file papers, which are available at the city clerk's office.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In an unprecedented backlash, two state lawmakers who helped stiffen Colorado's gun laws were ousted Tuesday in a recall that turned into a nationally watched referendum on gun control. Colorado Senate President John Morse, who shepherded the legislation to passage, was defeated on a 51%-49% vote. Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, a fellow Democrat who voted in favor of the measures, lost 56% to 44%. They were replaced by Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After 30 minutes of praise to God and several rollicking, hand-clapping hymns, John Morse stepped to the glass pulpit and offered a prayer of his own. "We need you to reach down deep," Morse, the state Senate president, told about 100 worshipers seated Sunday beneath a vaulted ceiling at Grace Be Unto You Outreach Church. "I need you not to just support me," he said, slowing down to emphasize each word. "I need you to vote no. " Last winter, Morse helped push through the Legislature a sweeping package of gun laws in response to the December massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Snug against the Rockies, this conservative bastion is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, scores of evangelical churches and soon, perhaps, the most significant gun control fight in the country. Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Cristina Garcia can thank Robert Rizzo and the seven other Bell officials charged with corruption for her job in Sacramento. Garcia was elected to the state Assembly based largely on her footwork in Bell with an activist group that pushed for reforms in the working-poor city and championed a recall election that upended the City Council. Although the 58th Assembly District doesn't include Bell, it borders the city and is part of the same southeast Los Angeles County corridor where cities have been plagued by corruption.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2012 | By David Horsey
There was a wee dram of good news for Democrats coming out of the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. While a solid majority of voters chose to retain their Republican governor, Scott Walker, a similar majority told exit pollsters they planned to vote for President Obama in November. It is small solace, however. Barack Obama carried Wisconsin with 56% of the vote in 2008 and has been expected to recapture the state with no great effort this year. To celebrate a likely victory that was already supposed to be in the bag seems like throwing a party because the sun rose again this morning.
OPINION
June 7, 2012
There are reasons not to extract too many lessons from Gov. Scott Walker's convincing victory in the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. For one thing, he faced a weak opponent in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and for another, he vastly outspent Barrett to win by 7 percentage points. Most important, voters seemed to understand that a recall wasn't the right remedy for Walker's actions. As California was forced to learn the hard way, the recall is a better device for removing a governor who has engaged in misconduct than for punishing one over policy disagreements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The city has set Nov. 7 as the date for a recall election targeting at least two City Council members but has decided not to include two of 10 advisory measures proposed for the ballot. Mayor Cecilia L. Age and Councilwoman Gail H. Kerry both face a recall. A third petition aimed at recalling Councilman Walter K. Bowman is still circulating and is expected to be turned in later this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson on Friday set Nov. 28 as the date for the special election to decide the recall of Doris Allen, the 67th District's assemblywoman who resigned from her post as the Speaker of the Assembly on Thursday. The Republican from Cypress was targeted for recall after she joined with 39 Democrats on June 5 to elect herself Speaker. She was immediately labeled a traitor by her Republican colleagues.
NATIONAL
June 7, 2012 | By David Horsey
Surrounded by dozens of supporters at an evening campaign rally in Madison on May 30, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic candidate for governor in Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election, had something encouraging to tell the crowd: The fact that his opponent, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was outspending him by more than 7 to 1 was no big deal. “He's got the mountains of money,” Barrett declared. “I've got you.” Now, Barrett probably wishes he'd had the mountains of money.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Scott Walker made history this week in Wisconsin, becoming the first governor ever to successfully beat back a recall attempt. That means in the entirety of these United States just two governors have been yanked from office before their terms expired, Lynn Frazier and Gray Davis. Of the two, just one survives: California's Davis. (Frazier, recalled in North Dakota in 1921, has been largely forgotten, save when people write stories like this one. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate, where as a pacifist and isolationist, Frazier unsuccessfully sought a constitutional amendment outlawing warfare.)
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