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JOSHUA SPIVAK, Senior Fellow
Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform
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Mr. Spivak writes, "I'm a Senior Fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College. In addition to studying the recall, I've also written over 140 op-eds and book reviews on a host of political process and historical topics. I first came to study the recall when I wrote my master's thesis on the history and use of the recall in California's Legislature. I later received a J.D. from Columbia Law School. I currently work as a public relations executive."

READ SPIVAK'S BLOG, "The Recall Elections Blog." Who will be the next victim of the "Grand Bounce"? "The Recall Elections Blog" is Joshua Spivak's nonpartisan, nonjudgmental look at the “hair-trigger” form of government.


  • June 6, 2012 — “Democrats' control of Senate may be temporary: Power may shift again by November” — In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story published the day after the gubernatorial recall election, Jason Stein and Patrick Marley draw upon Spivak’s expertise in analyzing the vote’s impact.
  • June 5, 2012 — “Think the Wisconsin recall is rare? It's just one of 103 so far this year” — Liz Marlantes, writing for the Christian Science Monitor’s “D.C. Decoder” blog, draws on Joshua Spivak’s Recall Elections Blog for facts and historic perspective on the Wisconsin recall.
  • June 5, 2012 — “Wisconsin’s recall election in context” — Joshua Spivak was interviewed for Minnesota Public Radio’s local Morning Edition broadcast by Cathy Wurzer.
  • June 5, 2012 — “Who’s getting recalled today?” — Meredith Jessup posted this story on The Blaze, an online news outlet, drawing substantially on Joshua Spivak’s extensive research on recall elections.
  • June 5, 2012 — In the course of live blogging for The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s leading dailies, Richard Adams also plugged Joshua Spivak: “There are politics wonks and then there is Joshua Spivak – who would win some sort of ‘wonk of the wonks’ award if one exists (and there should, any takers?). Spivak’s speciality is the recall election. His blog post contains everything you wanted to know about recall elections ever, the end. Where else would you learn that ‘a recall was approved against Arizona Governor Evan Meacham (Republican) in 1988, but Meacham was impeached and removed by the legislature on the day the signatures were verified’?”
  • June 5, 2012 — In a special Wisconsin recall edition of “The Caucus,” the New York Times government and politics blog, Times Chicago bureau chief Monica Davey gave a parenthetic “shout out” to our own Joshua Spivak in answering a reader’s question: “For those who want to learn more about the peculiar world of recalls, Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., knows a ton about them and his writings on this are interesting.” She linked to Spivak’s blog.
  • June 4, 2012 — “Wisconsin Recall Vote Becomes Microcosm of National Election” — Roll Call reporter Eliza Newlin Carney quotes Spivak on the potential impact the recall could have on the November presidential election.
  • June 4, 2012 — “Recall targets Wis. Gov. Walker, reversal of union rights” — Judy Keen includes a quote from Joshua Spivak in this USA Today story.
  • June 1, 2012 — "Wisconsin Recall Attempt Might Backfire in Presidential Election" — An op-ed essay by Joshua Spivak published in Roll Call.
  • May 31, 2012 — “Recall campaign approaches the finish line” — Milwaukee Public Radio’s Mitch Teich interviews Joshua Spivak on the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall.
  • May 30, 2012 — “Wisconsin recall’s boomerang effect” — Joshua Spivak wrote this opinion essay for READ
  • May 30 — “Recall fever: As Scott Walker fights to keep his post, recall elections spread across U.S.” — Ashley Portero used Joshua Spivak as one of her sources for this International Business Times story. READ
  • May 19 — “Wisconsin’s laws primed state for recall” — Joel Christopher of the Appleton (Wisc.) Post-Crescent recaps the gubernatorial recall election with a little help from our own Joshua Spivak. READ
  • May 16 — “Scott Walker and the Strange Rise in Recall Elections” — Joshua Spivak wrote this opinion essay for The Atlantic. READ
  • May 8 — “Historic primary to set recall matchup” — LaCrosse (Wisc.) Tribune reporter Chris Hubbuch tapped Carey Institute Senior Fellow Joshua Spivak, a nationally recognized expert on recall elections, as a source for this story on Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall. READ
  • April 28 — “Readers debate when to hold recall votes” — Joshua Spivak responded in an editorial letter, published in the New York Times Sunday Review, to an earlier guest editorial. READ
  • April 1 — “Proposed Alabama recall election law likely won’t be misused” — Joshua Spivak wrote this op/ed feature for the Birmingham (Ala.) News. READ
  • March 31 — “Milwaukee mayor throws hat in ring with upcoming recall election of governor” — Once again, the Journal Sentinel tapped Spivak as a source on the recall story. READ
  • March 30 — “Low percentage of invalid recall signatures” — Joshua Spivak was interviewed on Milwaukee talk radio WTMJ-AM about the upcoming recall election. LISTEN
  • March 30 — “GAB sets historic recall elections; GOP to field fake Dems” — Patrick Marley, writing for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, used Spivak as a source for this article on Wisconsin’s upcoming gubernatorial recall election. READ
  • March 7 — “Wisconsin Assembly approves limiting recall reasons” — An Associated Press story uses Spivak as a source. READ
  • March 3 — “Historic day: Wisconsin’s governor, lieutenant governor recalled” — Kirsten Adshead, writing for the Wisconsin Reporter, used Spivak as a source for her story on the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall drive. READ
  • Feb. 9 — “El Paso Mayor Fighting Ouster Over Gay Rights Counts Legal Bills” — Bloomberg Businessweek’s David Mildenberg tapped Carey Institute Senior Fellow Joshua Spivak, a nationally recognized expert on recall elections, as a source for this news story. READ
  • Op-ed by Joshua Spivak cautions Dems regarding effort to recall Wisconsin governor
  • News story on Wisconsin recalls cites Spivak
  • New York Times story on Arizona recall cites Spivak
  • Op-ed by Joshua Spivak on Arizona recall election
  • Op-ed column in Miami Herald on recall elections cites Spivak
  • Spivak interviewed for NPR’s ‘Tell Me More’ story on mayoral recalls (audio download)
  • Spivak op-ed on cost of recall elections
  • An interview with Joshua Spivak about mayoral recalls on NPR’s ‘The Takeway’ (audio download)
  • McClatchy Newspapers story on recalls cites Spivak
  • USA Today story on mayoral recalls cites Spivak


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