Wednesday, October 23, 2019

#atxcouncil: Can We PLEASE Recall Steve Adler?!?

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

Yes thank you:
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A political action committee has formed with a goal of ousting Austin Mayor Steve Adler and five members of the Austin City Council.

The PAC “Our Town Austin” formed yesterday. Sharon Blythe created it and says the PAC’s purpose is to prompt a recall election for Adler plus council members Natasha Harper-Madison, Pio Renteria, Ann Kitchen, Paige Ellis and Kathie Tovo. Those are the members of council who are not up for reelection in 2020.

To recall a council member “Our Town Austin” will have to gather signatures from at least 10% of each of their districts. For Mayor Adler, they will need 10% of registered voters within the entire city.

If the PAC gets the necessary signatures, the council members or Mayor Adler will have five days to resign or the city will hold a recall election.
We've been suggesting recall elections for awhile, but we knew nothing about this effort until we read the news reports.

As we've been arguing since June, the best solution for this one specific issue is a special session.  Obviously, that ain't happening.  Furthermore, given where things stand on other issues (eg. speaker, #2A), a special session is perilous for reasons unrelated to the situation in Austin.

So recall elections work.

If nothing else, they force council to play defense for the next six months, and probably render Adler a lame duck.

Bottom Line: May 2020 gonna be lit....

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