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Hooray! We're not Wisconsin

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By Merilee Dannemann

On the same day as the New Mexico primary, Wisconsin voters decided not to recall their governor.  
Pundits have been busy analyzing the tea leaves about that election.  I’m considering the meaning for New Mexico.  I think simply: Thank goodness we can’t do that here. The New Mexico Constitution does not allow for recall of a governor.
It is sometimes discussed among us policy wonks whether New Mexico should have “recall and initiative” like some other states. Recall is the opportunity to kick an elected official out of office by popular vote; initiative is the ability for citizens to put a proposal on the ballot directly, without going through the Legislature.
We have merely to look at other states to sigh with relief that, for all our shortcomings, we don’t have those headaches.
It has been suggested that the attempt to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a badly conceived idea because recall should be reserved for malfeasance or criminal behavior, and this was a case of policy differences. Some Wisconsinites who don’t like the governor reportedly voted in his favor for this reason. Less publicized: Since 2011 Wisconsin has also had recall attempts on 10 state senators and the lieutenant governor.


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