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10/17/11 – Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco

A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future – Co-authors Jennifer Granholm & Dan Mulhern

Mon, 10/17/2011 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, SF

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm inherited a financial crisis that put not just her state, but the entire American auto industry at risk. Her response to this crisis makes for a gripping account of grit and optimism, as her pragmatism collides with political gamesmanship and ideology. Through innovations that include private-public partnerships with clean energy businesses and auto companies, and a restructured workforce training program, Granholm’s efforts spurred more than $57 billion in private investment. In 2010, jobs grew at the fastest rate of any other state, and by the year 2020, new companies are expected to create nearly 90,000 jobs.


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Jennifer M. Granholm was elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, grew up in California, and is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley, where she now teaches in the law and public policy schools, and Harvard Law School. She is a senior advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts bipartisan Clean Energy Campaign, is a contributor to Meet the Press, and is a regular guest on other national news programs.

Dan Mulhern is an honors graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, teaches at the business and law schools at the University of California at Berkeley, and is an advisor to the Families and Work Institute. He is an author, talk show host, public speaker, and expert in leadership development and the changing roles of men and women. He is married to Jennifer Granholm.

10/28/11: Schuler Books and Music in Okemos

A Governor’s Story Book Signing with Governor Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern

Schuler Books and Music, Okemos

10/28/2011 10:30 am
10/28/2011 12:00 pm



Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened to put all America’s major car companies into bankruptcy. The immediate and knock-on effects were catastrophic. Granholm’s grand plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were blitzed by a perfect economic storm.

Granholm was a determined and undefeated governor, who enjoyed close access to the White House at critical moments (Granholm stood in for Sarah Palin during Joe Biden’s debate preparation), and her account offers a front row seat on the effects of the crisis. Ultimately, her story is a model of hope. She hauls Michigan towards unprecedented private-public partnerships, forged in the chaos of financial freefall, built on new technologies that promise to revolutionize not only the century-old auto industry but Michigan’s entire manufacturing base. They offer the potential for a remarkable recovery not just for her state, but for American industry nationwide.

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Morning Joe – Gov. Granholm, Dan Mulhern: Active, not passive, gov’t. creates jobs

Sept. 20: Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., and writer Dan Mulhern join Morning Joe to discuss her experiences as governor, her new book “A Governor’s Story,” the president’s debt plan, and U.S. job creation.

9/20/11: MSNBC’s Hardball

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., debate whether President Barack Obama’s new tone is key to a victory in 2012.

Detroit Free Press Book review: The saga of Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern

9/18/11- Book review: The saga of Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern

BRIAN DICKERSON and LAURA BERMAN, who just marked their third wedding anniversary, are longtime columnists for the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, respectively. Both have written frequently about the Granholm administration and its travails. Today they share their thoughts about the new memoir by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern.

BRIAN DICKERSON: Let’s get straight to the weirdest thing about this book: The cover lists two authors, but the title suggests that it’s one person’s story — the governor’s — and it’s told entirely in the first-person singular (I, not we). Except for the introduction, in which an unidentified, third person narrator explains that “Dan insisted that the book be written in Jennifer’s voice, and she insisted that he be listed as coauthor.”

What are readers supposed to make of all this? Are Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern the same person, like Clark Kent and Superman?

LAURA BERMAN: Actually, I think they’re two people, working hard at partnership.

BRIAN: One of the things readers might expect to learn from this book is how influential Mulhern really was. Plenty of people — jealous insiders as well as political adversaries — have portrayed him as playing Rasputin to Granholm’s Empress Alexandra, invisibly manipulating affairs of state from somewhere offstage. In her telling, he comes off more like a Yoda to her Luke Skywalker.

LAURA: “Listen to the Force!” He’s the spiritual one, handing her self-help books and doses of wisdom. What’s clear is that he has sacrificed more than he bargained for, helping her to have the career he once wished for himself. But he’s wonderfully graceful — in her voice, of course — about having made that sacrifice, and honest about some of the discomfort he feels. He comes off, in the end, as more soccer mom than Svengali. They share star billing on the cover, but she’s the action hero.

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The New York Times – Cautionary Lessons From Michigan

By Published: September 17, 2011

CHICAGO — In the search for models to navigate the nation’s unemployment misery and the states’ budget woes, Michigan is rarely mentioned.

After all, years before the rest of the country fell into recession, Michigan, so vested in the automobile industry, was wrestling with a single state downturn — and one that just kept going until the rest of the country unhappily caught up. And years before the rest of the states found themselves trying to patch state budget holes because of falling tax revenues, Michigan was staring at gaps to fill.

And yet, Jennifer M. Granholm, the former Democratic governor of the state, who led it through much of its rocky last decade, says she sees a key lesson from Michigan — a warning, perhaps, more than a model — for the rest of the nation as it tries to create jobs and emerge from an economic funk.

“Everything that is hitting the country hit Michigan first,” Ms. Granholm said in an interview, reflecting on eight years in office in which the state’s economic crisis overshadowed all else. Her response to the crisis, she said, was to cut spending, cut government jobs, cut taxes — the very approach now being promoted elsewhere, particularly after Republican victories in statehouses around the

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