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What’s a recall say about Omaha?

Omaha could become the first major American city to recall two mayors. We asked Dr. Paul Landow, a professor in the political science department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, what that says about our city's political makeup. "As the recent election demonstrated, the long recession, high unemployment, unending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and frustration with Washington, have taken their toll around the country," Landow says. "The recall effort shows Omaha is no exception. While the mayor's personality may have played a role, the main issue is tax increases. And the lesson is simple — adding new taxes and increasing those already on the books is a difficult sell in good times, but impossible in today's economy. Omahans are fair-minded and reasonable, but they have limits, and those limits have apparently been reached." The Douglas County Election Commission has until Dec. 4 to validate the 37,000 signatures collected by the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The group needs 26,643 signatures from registered Omaha voters to force a recall election. Suttle says he will not resign. If the commission rules that the petitioners collected enough signatures, a recall election could be held as early as Jan. 25.

posted at 03:31 pm
on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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