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How to Recall a U.S. Senator (Or Congressman)
E-How ^ | 11-21-2009 | By eHow Contributing Writer

Posted on 11/21/2009 7:42:58 PM PST by Texas Fossil

Senators have to find a balance between voting their conscience and voting as their constituents would like. If senators vote their conscience too heavily, constituents tend to get angry. When this happens, constituents may ask for a recall of their U.S. Senator.

(The 5 steps are listed in detail)

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The 18 states allowing for recall are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: 111th; al; ar; ca; co; congress; congressman; ga; howto; id; ks; la; mi; mn; mt; nd; nj; nv; or; recall; ri; senator; wa; wi
I think this is a good article. And that it is timely.

Could we change the balance in the Senate with an action like this before 2010?

1 posted on 11/21/2009 7:42:59 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil
Is there a way for the voters of a particular state to recall a Senator or Representative? I didn't think there was but I'd love to be proven wrong.
3 posted on 11/21/2009 7:49:18 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Texas Fossil

“The 18 states allowing for recall are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.”

AK - Hell yeah. That was a total scam by the Dems. This may be the best bet.

AZ - can we recall Juan McCain now?
CO - probably not
Louisiana - lets start now and get that fat little bitch out now.
MT- Any Dems up there we can dump?
NV - yup time to remove Hairy Reid for this atrocity.
ND- time to dump Dorgan.

Those are probably the best best. I think LA and AK are really possibilities. AK was a total fraud where they indicted Ted Stevens then dropped the charges. Stevens should have retired earlier.


4 posted on 11/21/2009 7:49:47 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Texas Fossil

I don’t know how successful it would be but it might make some of them nervous enough to think before they screw Americans. Its kind of like forcing them into an election year.


5 posted on 11/21/2009 7:50:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Texas Fossil
If senators vote their conscience too heavily, constituents tend to get angry.

Most Senators (more than 60% of them) have no conscience.

6 posted on 11/21/2009 7:50:28 PM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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To: KoRn
Hey,c’mon...that's not funny.Let the DUmpster Kids and the clowns at Daily Chaos do the murder jokes.
7 posted on 11/21/2009 7:51:03 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Jan 19 is another chance to send the RATS a message.It's the special election to replace Ted Kennedy. Imagine if the voters are so mad the RATS lose the seat in MASSACHUSETTS? It would not only strip them of the critical 60th vote but truly terrorize the Rats and Rino's.

Of course a win would be absolutely unprecedented but then again with 17% real unemployment , the Country hugely in debt and a power hungry congress intent on ignoring the People I think we have a chance. The real problem is putting an end to "the fix". They WILL try and steal it.

If you live in Mass. volunteer to be an election judge and get to know election law. Work in a RAT district . They probably don't have many Republicans there. Learn how elections are stolen and what to look for. Pulling out a win in this hornets nest of commies would be just the thing to save America.

8 posted on 11/21/2009 7:52:17 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Texas Fossil

“Could we change the balance in the Senate with an action like this before 2010?”

Only if your copy of the US Constitution differs from mine.

The Left tried this with my Congressman in the Michigan 7th years ago. The decision at that point was that the US Constitution does not allow for recall of Congressmen.


9 posted on 11/21/2009 7:54:55 PM PST by TWohlford
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To: KoRn

Yep


10 posted on 11/21/2009 7:56:36 PM PST by Old Texan ((Leave me the HECK alone and let me live my life. I hate Commie's))
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To: Frantzie
MT- Any Dems up there we can dump?

Baucus and Tester.

11 posted on 11/21/2009 8:04:13 PM PST by freespirited (Liberals are only liberal about sex & drugs. Otherwise, they want to control your life. --DHorowitz)
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To: Texas Fossil
"How to Recall a U.S. Senator (Or Congressman)"

I was gonna say use "Rule 303" but I decided not to...
12 posted on 11/21/2009 8:12:26 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot ( Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics)
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To: TWohlford
You are correct. The Constitution is quite clear.

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.

Recall isn't an option.

13 posted on 11/21/2009 8:15:19 PM PST by freedomwarrior998
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To: Texas Fossil

I don’t know if this is bogus or not BUT if you can indeed do this I think the Begich in Alaska would be the most vulnerable followed by democrats from Montana and Louisiana. Begich would be a slam dunk though.


14 posted on 11/21/2009 8:17:07 PM PST by MSF BU (++)
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To: TWohlford

You may be correct, my reading of the Constitution states Impeachment. Is that equal to the term Recall?

I am not arguing the point, am not an attorney. But I do know that Recall proceedings have been brought within states for members of Congress.

Have read that no member of Congress has ever been Recalled.

Respectfully,

TF


15 posted on 11/21/2009 8:47:11 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: MSF BU

I think I know someone who could lead the charge in AK.

I believe that MT is as blue as any state, though it has only reccently been polluted.

I would work on NV. You probably could run a self-proclaimed child molester against Reid and I don’t know that it would be a clear cut choice who had the edge.


16 posted on 11/21/2009 8:55:20 PM PST by incredulous joe ("Live Free or Fight")
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To: TWohlford

Looks like I did not examine this close enough before posting. But it brings another point up.

In NY 23 if Hoffman is actually certified as the winner what will be the outcome. Pelosi has already seated his opponent and he voted in the Healthcare Vote.

Will the Congress remove him if he looses.

Dems have run fast and loose with the Constitution for a long long time.


17 posted on 11/21/2009 8:57:50 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil
If this was to be done, it would be best to mount a concerted national effort to oust a single Senator. You would pick a Senator not up for re-election in 2010 anyway, and you would pick the least popular and most vulnerable Senator in the state with the most pissed-off voters.

Among the states listed, anyone care to name the best target?

18 posted on 11/21/2009 9:51:31 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: catnipman

Arlen Specter.


19 posted on 11/21/2009 9:53:36 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: TWohlford

You might find this interesting=>

What Is the History of Recall Elections?

http://hnn.us/articles/1660.html

By Joshua Spivak

Mr. Spivak is an attorney in New York, and received a Master’s in History from Brooklyn College. His Master’s thesis explored the history of the recall.

I intend to compare his discussion of this subject to my copy of:

“Notes of debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 reported by James Madison.”

The Notes are referenced in the article.


20 posted on 11/21/2009 10:16:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil
If we could get some bold Republican leadership in Louisiana, I think we could get rid of that fat little *itch from New Orleans. Most people in Louisiana don't know we have that option, once they find out I think there is a good chance a movement could start.
21 posted on 11/21/2009 10:20:35 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: cripplecreek
I don’t know how successful it would be but it might make some of them nervous enough to think before they screw Americans. Its kind of like forcing them into an election year.

Agree.. it might put a little fear into them.

22 posted on 11/21/2009 10:33:10 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: The Cajun

I have been told several times tonight that Recall does not apply to Congressmen or Senators. Only removed by impeachment, the Congress with the Senate hearing the trial.

I am afraid that is the case after examining it.


23 posted on 11/21/2009 10:33:22 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil
Damn, I was looking for something to be happy about.
24 posted on 11/21/2009 10:38:32 PM PST by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: Texas Fossil

It might be possible for a member of Congress to be impeached, but it would be silly. Impeachment requires a simple majority in the House and two-thirds in the Senate. Expulsion requires only a two-thirds vote in one house.

The only time impeachment would make sense if the House could get a majority, but not 2/3, for expulsion of one of its members; that’s a fairly narrow case and a lot of rigamarole to remove one rep of 435. There is no case where it would make sense to impeach a senator.


25 posted on 11/21/2009 10:41:39 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: freedomwarrior998

A study by the Congressional Research Service: http://lugar.senate.gov/services/pdf_crs/Recall_of_Legislators_and_the_Removal_of_Members_of_Congress_from_Office.pdf

The Constitution is specific about the time and manner of selecting members of Congress, and that the individual houses of Congress have jurisdiction over the qualifications and expulsion of their members. Recall was considered and rejected by the Constitutional Convention, so there isn’t a lot of leeway in divining their intent.


26 posted on 11/21/2009 10:53:37 PM PST by ReignOfError
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