Ford to build new Mustang in Michigan

FLAT ROCK, Mich., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm drove a red convertible 2005 Mustang concept onto the floor of AutoAlliance plant Monday. Ford said production of the all-new pony car would create 1,400 jobs at the Flat Rock, Mich. plant jointly owned by Ford and Mazda.

Budget issues top midwest state agendas

From Ohio to Kansas and north to the Dakotas, budget shortfalls and how to deal with them top heartland legislative agendas for 2003.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Romney takes reigns in Mass.

BOSTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney, a rising star in Republican national circles, was inaugurated Thursday as governor of Massachusetts with a vow to meet the state's fiscal crisis "head on." New Mexico and Michigan inaugurated new governors on New Year's Day, while 20 other st

Budget woes color statehouse debates

DENVER, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- State lawmakers nationwide will have their work cut out for them when they return to work come January facing the daunting task of tackling budget deficits that total more than $17 billion. Solving the spate of budget crises topped the list of 10 legislat

Analysis: Dems 2002 -- Southern disaster

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The conventional wisdom about the 2002 midterm election was that it went badly for the Democrats who boldly predicted -- along with this writer-- that they woul

UPI's Capital Comment for Nov. 12, 2002

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors, and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press
By United Press International

Democrats pick up governorships

CHICAGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Democrats won governor's races in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Wyoming in Tuesday's midterm elections, but despite upsets in Georgia and South Carolina, there was no miracle in Florida, a Republican victor in Maryland and there may be n

Analysis: Governors' races focus early

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Patrick Reddy, a consultant to California Democrats, gives his predictions for Tuesday's elections.

Analysis: What to watch in Nov. 5 election

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The mid-term elections were dominated by the crisis with Iraq in the Middle East. Republicans hoped President Bush's high ratings on foreign policy would outran

Analysis: Fraud and American elections

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Events in Florida on Election Day 2000 have led President Bush Tuesday to sign the new bi-partisan Help America Vote Act into law. The intent of the new law is to provide assistance to states in their efforts to modernize voting systems. It is hoped the r
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

UPI Political Roundup

Florida's Bush gains with star power ... Bush campaign blitz ... late polls ... a digest of national election and political news from United Press International.
AL SWANSON, United Press International

UPI Political Roundup

Elections 2002: Sorting out the governor's races
AL SWANSON, United Press International

Analysis: Races tight as election nears

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Rarely has there been a year where campaigns made so little difference. Virtually the only news affecting this election has come from outside the normal political arena.

Analysis: Gov. races heat up at close

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- As Election 2002 comes down to the wire, a surprising number of gubernatorial races around the country are heating up.
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

UPI Political Roundup

President Bush on the hustings ... campaign ad controversies ... Ted Nugent for governor ... a digest of national election and campaign news from United Press International.
AL SWANSON, United Press International
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Jennifer Granholm
Michigian Gov. Jennifer Granholm has made good on the friendly World Series wager made with Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, in Lansing, Michigan on November 10, 2006. Since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series, Gov. Granholm was forced to wear an Albert Pujols jersey, enjoy a Missouri branded Angus steak and a bottle of Missouri wine while reading from Cards manager Tony LaRussa's book, "Three Nights in August." Granholm did all this while being interviewed on a St. Louis radio station. (UPI Photo/Handout)

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, former Attorney General of Michigan, and was the 47th Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan. A member of the Democratic Party, Granholm became Michigan's first female governor on January 1, 2003, when she succeeded Governor John Engler. Granholm was re-elected on November 7, 2006, and was sworn in for her second and, due to term limits, final term on January 1, 2007. She has been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court justice for President Barack Obama. She was a member of the transition team for the presidency of President Obama before he assumed office on January 20, 2009.

Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Shirley Alfreda Dowden and Victor Ivar Granholm. Granholm's paternal grandfather, who immigrated to Canada in the 1930s, came from Robertsfors, Sweden, where his father was mayor. The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson, lives in Robertsfors, and when the two met in Sweden, it was revealed that Olofsson's husband is a relative of Granholm's.

Granholm's grandmother was an emigrant from Norway. Granholm's family moved to California when she was four. She grew up in Anaheim, San Jose and San Carlos. Granholm graduated from San Carlos High School in 1977. She won the Miss San Carlos beauty pageant. As a young adult she attempted to launch a Hollywood acting career but was unsuccessful and she abandoned her efforts at the age of 21. She held jobs as a tour guide at Universal Studios, within customer service for the Los Angeles Times and was the first female tour guide at Marine World Africa USA in Redwood City, piloting boats with 25 tourists aboard. In 1980, she became a United States citizen and worked for John Anderson's independent run for President of the United States, and enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1984 Phi Beta Kappa with two BA degrees, one in political science, the other in French. Granholm then earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, also with honors. She clerked for U.S. Judge Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1986 she married Daniel Mulhern, a Michigan native, and took his surname as her middle name. They have three children: Kathryn, Cecelia, and Jack. In 1990 she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel.

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