Paul Jacob, President of Citizens in Charge Foundation, was presented with the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Jacob was honored by CPAC for his commitment to citizen-led reform and his recent fight to uphold initiative rights in Oklahoma, where he had been indicted for helping citizens gather signatures for a state spending cap measure.
Paul Jacob, President of Citizens In Charge Foundation, responds to a participants concerns on individual/constitutional rights with regards to the initiative and referendum process. http://www.youtube.com/CitizensInCharge
Attorney – Licensed in Conn. and Mass, Adjunct Professor teaching Political Science at Central Connecticut State University.
A video called “Recall Fever: Stop the Madness” was premiered last week at the National Press Club in Washington by the U.S. Conference of Mayors as part of a “public awareness initiative” to convince folks that recalling their mayor — which citizens are attempting with greater frequency around the nation — is “destructive” and “costly.”
Destructive? At worst, it’s creative destruction … or destructive creation. Costly? Latent here is the argument that democracy is too expensive and, thus, we’ll have to settle for the incumbent, no matter what.
In addition to grassroots, media and lobbying efforts Citizens in Charge Foundation works through the courts to protect and expand initiative & referendum rights around the country.
Recent and Ongoing Legal Action
Taxes and spending aren’t dominating just the federal debate. Months after an election marked by tea-party activism and a huge backlash against incumbents, they continue to roil local politics too.
At the end of this month, Jim Suttle, the brash first-term Democratic mayor of this prairie city, will face a recall election financed by backers of the opponent he defeated a year and a half ago. Critics are angry at a series of local-tax increases he instituted last year to balance the city budget.
As we look to success in 2011, here’s some of what we’ve accomplished over the last two years.