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25. Wisconsin has a recent history of recalling politicians
I was wondering if recalls were just an empty threat, or if office holders have been successfully ousted, so I found this list of successful recalls on Wikipedia.

Successful recalls

1911 recall of Hiram Gill, mayor of Seattle, Washington<4>
1916 recall of J. W. Robinson, mayor of Boise, Idaho<5>
1921 recall of Lynn Frazier, governor of North Dakota
1983 recall of Michigan state senators Phil Mastin and David Serotkin due to their support for a state income tax hike. Loss of these two Democratic lawmakers, along with two special elections won by Republicans, flipped the state senate to GOP control, where it has remained ever since (as of January 2010.)<6>
1987 recall of Mike Boyle, mayor of Omaha, Nebraska.
1987 recall of James Holley, mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia
1994 recall of officials in River Vale, New Jersey: Mayor Walter Jones, Councilwoman Patricia Geier, and Councilman Bernard Salmon<7>
1995 recall of California State Assemblyman Paul Horcher
1995 recall of California State Assembly Speaker Doris Allen
1996 recall of Wisconsin State Senator George Petak<8>
2002 recall of Woodrow Stanley, mayor of Flint, Michigan.
2002 recall of multiple Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, elected county officials including Executive F. Thomas Ament (resigned before election); Board Chair Karen Ordinans; and Board Supervisors Penny Podell, LeAnn Launstein, David Jasenski, Kathy Arciszewski, James McGuigan, and Linda Ryan. All were recalled due to a retirement pension controversy.<9>
2003 recall of Gray Davis, governor of California
2003 recall of Wisconsin State Senator Gary George<8>
2005 recall of James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington.
2006 recall of Neil Marko, mayor of Roosevelt, New Jersey.
2010 recall of James Holley, mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia.

Since 1996, most successful recalls have been in Wisconsin. So hopefully it will resonate with them more than it does in other parts of the country.
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