STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Group gathers signatures for petition to recall Governor Brown

The group 'Flush Down Kate Brown' was at the DMV in Medford on Thursday.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 3:03 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 2:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Just a few short days after an announcement that the Oregon Republican Party would introduce a ballot initiative to have Governor Kate Brown recalled, a group set up shop outside of the Medford DMV to gather signatures on a similar (though perhaps not the same) recall petition.

The group "Flush Down Kate Brown" said they would be there between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. According to the organizers, they had already gotten several thousand signatures over the course of a few hours — a step toward the group's ultimate goal of getting nearly 300,000 signatures in the next 90 days.

"We are tired of Salem not listening to what we want, they don’t listen to us at all, they are passing bills and tax measures without giving us a chance to voice and basically just go to the ballot box," said Melonie Reel, one of the organizers for Flush Down Kate Brown.

Reel said that the group has a presence in every single county in the state and would be pushing to achieve the necessary signatures on their petition. The group says that it is the only "official" group that has a filing with the state for a recall petition at this time.

"We feel like we are lost, and you know we are all just kind of done with this . . . so we are over here at the DMV today between eight and five and I’ll be here tomorrow between eight and five," Reel said.

According to an event posted on Facebook, there is also a drive for gathering signatures to recall Kate Brown in Grants Pass on the corner of 6th and G streets.

Both the Medford and Grants Pass groups are affiliated with Oregon First! PAC and say that they represent a "non-partisan" effort to recall Governor Brown. Oregon First! is the brainchild of Michael Cross, a 2018 write-in mayoral candidate for the small town of Turner, Oregon.

"Brown has yet again, circumvented the will of the people, by severely reducing our kicker tax refund," Cross wrote as chief petitioner. "She raised taxes mercilessly and spends OUR money recklessly: A ticket to Bankruptcy, NOT PROSPERITY!"

According to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, two separate petitions to recall Governor Brown have been filed this week — one by Michael Cross and another by Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.

Both attempts have until October 14 to gather and submit 280,050 valid signatures.


Note: Updated with additional background information from the Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 11851

Reported Deaths: 232
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah282472
Marion183153
Washington181520
Umatilla9877
Clackamas95527
Union3692
Lincoln3615
Malheur3021
Lane2943
Deschutes2520
Yamhill1949
Jackson1780
Linn17410
Polk17312
Jefferson1630
Morrow1381
Klamath1351
Wasco1161
Benton1126
Hood River1040
Douglas600
Josephine571
Clatsop550
Coos540
Columbia480
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa140
Baker110
Curry90
Sherman40
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 318761

Reported Deaths: 7027
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1303943795
Riverside24765537
Orange23901421
San Diego19371422
San Bernardino18912304
Fresno790687
Imperial7827135
Alameda7725148
Kern633997
San Joaquin627968
Santa Clara5983166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento533981
Stanislaus463351
Contra Costa460589
San Francisco442650
Ventura424653
San Mateo3949112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin343430
Kings289839
Monterey254018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma165014
Placer105511
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8938
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5683
Napa4774
Sutter3724
Butte3384
San Benito3362
El Dorado3070
Lassen2750
Shasta1876
Yuba1803
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Colusa1130
Mendocino1130
Lake1081
Tehama1041
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono501
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 86°
Brookings
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 75°
Crater Lake
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 84°
Grants Pass
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 84°
Klamath Falls
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 84°
Sunny & seasonal Monday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events