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BREAKING: Oregon Supreme Court Refuses to Remove Trump from Ballot


This just in: The Oregon Supreme Court has refused to hear a request to remove Trump from the state’s primary election ballot.

Following in the footsteps of other states including Colorado and Maine, the request to kick Trump off of Oregon’s ballot was based on the 14th Amendment, which suggests that people who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the nation be banned from holding public office.

For now, the Oregon Supreme Court has decided not to take any action to remove Trump from the ballot.

However, they have said they will to defer to decisions ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The New York Times has more details:

Oregon’s Supreme Court said on Friday that former President Donald J. Trump could remain on the state’s 2024 primary election ballot, at least for now. The court opted to defer any decision on the merits of his eligibility until after the U.S. Supreme Court considers a similar challenge out of Colorado.

Challengers have filed lawsuits in more than 30 states claiming Mr. Trump is ineligible to serve as president under the 14th Amendment, which disqualifies government officials who engage in insurrection after taking an oath to support the Constitution. Mr. Trump’s campaign has claimed that the provision does not apply to him, and has called the lawsuits partisan and antidemocratic.

Oregon Live provided local coverage:

The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a challenge from a voters rights group aiming to bar former U.S. President Donald Trump from the May primary ballot, saying it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

The court’s decision comes after both Colorado and Maine last month barred Trump from their primary ballots, finding that he engaged in insurrection related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the Colorado decision Feb. 8.

“A decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding the Fourteenth Amendment issue may resolve one or more contentions (made) in this proceeding,” the Oregon Supreme Court said in its decision Friday. “Given that possibility, we deny (the petition) at this time, without prejudice to relators’ ability to file a new petition seeking resolution of any issue that may remain following a decision by the United States Supreme Court.”

Free Speech for People, the national nonprofit that filed the challenge, called the decision “disappointing.” They said in a statement that the Colorado case could be resolved by details specific to the state’s proceeding, meaning it would not apply to the case in Oregon.

 



 

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