77 Series: Hughes County
Hughes County is named after an Oklahoma lawyer who was a
member of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. An interesting fact is that
at one point, it was debated whether Oklahoma would be two states; the
territory was called “Twin Territories”. What was unique about this is that one
half of the state was for Indians and the other half for non-native settlement.
Having done economic research on
I believe, based on my research in the state of Oklahoma, that we should consider a second constitutional convention. Given the pressures that existed during statehood and today’s advancement, there needs to be a new document drawn out that appropriately legislates Oklahoma for the world of 2020. Back in the late 1800’s and into statehood, the area had displaced tribes moving in with current residents; the Native Americans already in Oklahoma. On top of that the area was hit hard by the Civil War and then the dust bowl and Great Depression. We were not in the best circumstances for drafting lifelong rules for Oklahoma. I believe that by holding a second constitutional convention, we can make the changes we are searching for now, delete everything repealed, and draft an impermeable document. It took the United States a few constitutional conventions to get it right and Oklahoma should not be discouraged that their first draft did not hold up.
New Oklahoma legislation will be helpful for places like Hughes County. Since its conception, the Oklahoma Constitution was made before there were real legislators: “… articles display the drafters’ distrust of legislatures and a concern for problems occurring during territorial days.” (okhistory.org) We could draft a much better document should it go through the legislative process.
The first sentence of the document renders the whole thing void. It says “The State of Oklahoma is an inseparable part of the Federal Union, and the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.” It never said but, or except. It also never said that the candidacy for U.S. Senators could be adjusted freely. It costs $2,000 to run for United States Senate in Oklahoma and you must acquire signatures from 2% of the registered voters. In the United States Constitution, it says that the states are only able to handle elections, not the candidates. It also says on the Oklahoma Statement of Candidacy form that by signing, we are willfully accepting Oklahoma to be our provider of “constructive service”. If I do not need constructive service, I just need my name printed on the federal ballot, then I get confused.
I must take directly from the 17th Amendment here:
“The Senate of the United States
shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people
thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in
each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most
numerous branch of the State legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution”
I believe it is unconstitutional for Oklahoma to place requirements for a United
States congressional candidate; their terms cannot be altered either. The amendment
took affect in 1918, our state constitution was written in 1906, and we never
made the appropriate change. We did pass legislation in the 1990's that limited the term to 12 years, but that was unconstitutional. The United States Constitution would have to amend that, the state cannot supersede the constitution, it even says so in the beginning of the Oklahoma Constitution. Electors are voters and all it says is that the qualifications
for voters of the most numerous branch of legislature, our Oklahoma House of
Representatives, must be the state qualifications to vote for U.S. Senators. I
should not have to file for candidacy with the United States Government and the
state government. It is not a position in the state, it is a position for the
country. I am looking into the court of appeals to see what can be done. Perhaps
I have overlooked something.
Nonetheless, my name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com. I have been designing an economic endeavor to increase the health and life expectancy of our people in Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I named this Project D2 and I will have a project for all five congressional districts.
As I conclude this essay on Hughes County, I wish to say that the economy is going to making a change for the best. We will be expanding our industry in the state and Holdenville is going to continue to thrive. I like that they have had some plastics manufacturing; we are going to need a lot of those skills. We are going to have a lot of manufacturing to do. I hope to have your support in the Primary Election so that we can bring about the changes necessary for economic prosperity and respect among our trading partners. I really like to see that your land is ideal for cultivation of orchards, cotton, and most anything; keep it up.