Libertarian Mike Gravel to speak at initiative conference in Oklahoma on Nov. 15th


National Experts, Oklahoma Initiative Leaders Discuss Ways to Reform State’s Initiative Process

With No Initiatives on ’08 Ballot and Legal Battles, Reform Needed

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Oklahomans for Initiative Rights ( is hosting a half-day conference this Saturday, November 15, from 8:30 am until 1:00 pm at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in downtown to discuss problems with Oklahoma’s initiative process and solutions to those problems.

“Oklahoma’s initiative process is in serious need of reform,” said Norma Sapp, executive director of Oklahomans for Initiative Rights. “We have the toughest requirements in the country and have not had any initiative qualify for the ballot in recent years.”

The conference, entitled “Reforming the Reform Process,” will feature a number of national experts on initiative and referendum as well as Oklahoma leaders.

Speakers at the event will include: Mike Gravel, an author, 2008 [Democratic and Libertarian] presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator (D-Alaska); Mark Tapscott, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner; Bob Sullivan, Republican candidate for governor and the proponent of the 65% Solution initiative; Paul Grant, of the landmark Supreme Court case, Meyer v. Grant; Frederick J. Boehmke, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa; State Senator Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso); Patrick McGuigan, managing editor of The City Sentinel; Andrew Spiropolous, Oklahoma City University Law Professor; Brandon Dutcher, Vice President for Policy at the Oklahoma Council for Policy Analysis; and others.

“This conference will address the obvious problems and, more importantly, help suggest some much needed solutions,” added Sapp.

The event will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel, located at 10 North Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City beginning at 8:30 and ending at 1:00 pm.

SOURCE Oklahomans for Initiative Rights

4 thoughts on “Libertarian Mike Gravel to speak at initiative conference in Oklahoma on Nov. 15th

  1. Catholic Trotskyist

    I have heard that Gravel is ill and is canceling his upcoming appearances, including this one and the one in Walnut Creek. Does anyone know if this is true?

  2. Ross Levin Post author

    I don’t know, I’ll try to find out.

    Glad you feel that way, Joseph (even if Gravel has done more for libertarian causes than almost any member of the LP).

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