There's a petition at the whitehouse.gov asking for Oklahoma to "peacefully" secede from the United States.
It already has over 1,000 signatures. I don't know if they are all valid signatures.
Louisiana was the first to have someone file the petition - and they have over 16,000 of the required 25,000 signatures.
The next state to file a petition was Texas, and they've met the 25,000 signature goal.
I'm not sure how valid these petitions are, and I know from my Civics classes *lo those many decades ago) that it is possible to legally secede from the United States. A unilateral secession would be unConstitutional, but seceding with the consent of the states is a possibility.
This is the first time that there has been a petition for Oklahoma to secede, unlike Texas, which has a perpetual, low level secessionist movement going on.
Oklahoma's petition to secede doesn't look like it will be successful.
Other states that filed petitions to secede after the recent Presidential election are: AZ, AR, SC, GA, MO, TN, MI, NY, CO, OR, NJ, MT, IN, KY, AL, and GA. Not all of these states are "Red" states: MI, NY, CO, NJ, and OR are "Blue".
In Oklahoma, the person who initially filed this secession petition isn't a politician. I don't know if the filers in the other states are politicians. I confess that I didn't think to look and see if states filed secessionist petitions when Bush was President, nor did I check after Obama won the first time, so I have no data to compare this rash of petitions to.
Is it common for people to file these secession petitions? EDITED TO ADD: No. No it wasn't, because until Obama's administration put up that website where people could individually petition our government, and collect signatures to reach a threshold where the government would respond, there was no easy and publicly visible way to see, or perhaps even to submit, these sorts of petitions.
And how dull they all are, stating almost verbatim the exact same thing, too. Only a few states have different wording.
The only two states worth watching seem to be Texas (who has the number of signatures needed) and Louisiana, which is over half-way to achieving the requisite number of signatures to require a response from the government.
Texas has reached that threshold.
I wonder what the response will be?