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Mike Gravel talks about Palin, his new TV show, pot and more on The Young Turks

On April 30, Mike Gravel – who was a contender for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2008 – took part in an interview on the online news show The Young Turks.  Much of the interview focused on a television show Gravel is working to produce called “I Like Mike.”  According to Gravel, it will be a satire with the premise that he has been elected president and the direct democracy which he advocates for has been implemented.… Read more ...

Mike Gravel: Please help fund a direct democracy documentary

Today Mike Gravel posted a video to Youtube promoting a November 10th money bomb to fund a documentary about The National Initiative for Democracy, a plan for national ballot initiatives.  A few days ago, a kind of teaser trailer was also posted on Mike Gravel’s Youtube channel.  Both are below, along with a transcript from the one featuring Senator Gravel.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader voices support for national ballot initiatives

Evan Ravitz, an advocate for direct democracy, recently posted a video of Ralph Nader endorsing the idea of national ballot initiatives in the United States.  He does not explicitly say that he supports former Senator Mike Gravel’s National Initiative for Democracy plan, but he does say that he supports a “binding national referendum.”

Other third party endorsers of the National Initiative include Neil Kiernan Stephenson (a Libertarian candidate for Congress), John Murphy (an independent candidate for Congress), Matt Reichel (a Green candidate for Congress), Thomas L.… Read more ...

Mike Gravel interviewed in South Korea on “Let’s Talk Pusan”

Former Democratic Senator and Libertarian presidential candidate Mike Gravel is on a trip to South Korea, trying to bring about a national ballot initiative system there.  He was interviewed recently on the show “Let’s Talk Pusan.”  You can listen here – the interview itself is in English, just click play on the player underneath the number one.… Read more ...

Former presidential candidate Mike Gravel running for office – in Korea

As the few stragglers left on Mike Gravel’s website have noticed, he has taken a strange interest in South Korea lately.  For those of you who don’t know, he ran as both a Democrat and Libertarian for president in 2008, and was a Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981.  Gravel apparently believes that it is going through some political events right now which may be a perfect opportunity to implement a national ballot initiative system there. … Read more ...

Mike Gravel endorses Green Matt Reichel in congressional race; Reichel endorses national ballot initiative amendment

In Illinois’ fifth congressional district there is currently a special election underway to fill Rahm Emanuel’s vacant seat, since he is now the White House Chief of Staff.  Matt Reichel is the Green Party candidate, running against a heavily favored Democrat and a Republican, after winning the primary.

The Matt Reichel campaign recently announced that former US Senator and 2008 presidential candidate – of both the Libertarian and Democratic parties – has endorsed Reichel. … Read more ...

Book Review: Rejected by Michael L. Soha

Michael L. Soha’s thesis that “fringe” candidates do not get treated fairly in the media will not come as a surprise to many readers here. In fact, much of the book Rejected: How the Media Excluded Alternative Candidates in the 2008 Primary will not be a surprise to our regular readers, especially the ardent Ron Paul supporters.… Read more ...

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

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

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Oklahomans for Initiative Rights (http://ok4ir.org/) 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.… Read more ...

Splice Today interviews former Libertarian candidate Mike Gravel

Splice Today, an online magazine with about the same readership as Independent Political Report, recently interviewed former Democratic Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and Libertarian presidential candidate Mike Gravel about his failed bid for the presidency and other pressing matters (such as Sarah Palin porn and the video “Rock“). Gravel talked about his national initiative proposal, a potential Obama presidency, and his opinion of fellow Alaskan Sarah Palin.… Read more ...

Mike Gravel on CSpan, Google Video

On Sunday, October 19th, at 4 AM EST, former Libertarian presidential candidate and Democratic Senator Mike Gravel will be appearing on CSpan 2. He will be on the show Book TV discussing his book The Kingmakers, and will appear with his co-author David Eisenbach. This will most likely appear on CSpan in the future as well.… Read more ...

New website launched for Mike Gravel’s National Initiative

The new website for the National Initiative for Democracy can be viewed here, at www.ni4d.us. The National Initiative for Democracy, aka the Ni4D, was the central focus of Mike Gravel‘s presidential campaign in both the Democratic and Libertarian parties. The new website includes new features like a forum, a list of endorsers, a list of related literature, and a new Drupal layout.… Read more ...