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Jennifer Granholm is the former governor of Michigan and a senior research fellow at The UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI). She served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011 and as Michigan’s Attorney General before that, from 1998-2002. After leaving office, she served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. Jennifer also hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored with her husband, Dan Mulhern, “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” She is co-chair of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is supporting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

Granholm is one of the nation’s leading authorities on clean energy policy. During her tenure, she pioneered clean energy policies, working with business, labor, Republicans and Democrats, to create new economic opportunities in Michigan. In 2005, the Granholm economic development team put together an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America by developing entire supply chains in Michigan, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives that made Michigan the place to locate. Granholm’s plan included specific clustering strategies targeted at battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar, and wind power.

Under her leadership, Michigan had the second highest rate of child health care coverage in the nation, despite the economic challenges. She received praise for her commitment to the cultivating new jobs in Michigan. During her tenure as governor, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation brought in almost 4,000 companies or expansions projected to create 653,000 jobs. While serving as governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation. According to the Gallup Job Creation Index, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions between 2009 and 2010.

Granholm is an honors graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.

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Restoring America's Standing

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:04 PM

In the introduction to her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton writes about the challenges she faced as secretary of state -- starting with "the problems we inherited, including two wars and a global financial crisis."

Indeed, any objective assessment of those early days would agree that the problems facing...

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Bring on the Prosperity!

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:56 PM

In his weekly radio address tomorrow, President Obama will discuss the new rules to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. One might be tempted to think this is just a boring old regulatory matter ("Who cares what EPA rule 111(d) says?!"). But the ramifications are huge, and not just for...

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Gun Safety, Fiscal Cliff: Where Are the Courageous Leaders?

(190) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:33 PM

In June 1944, around 150,000 brave men were asked to storm the beaches of Normandy. At risk to themselves, they accepted the challenge on behalf of their nation and the world. They were heroes. They were leaders.

Imagine if we had leaders today with as much courage as each...

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Michigan: Workers, Women, What's Next?

(87) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Back in March of 1984, the owner of the Baltimore Colts moved Baltimore's beloved football team to Indianapolis. He said he wouldn't do it, but, in the middle of the night, 12 Mayflower moving trucks were hired to tear out the region's heart and soul under cover of darkness. It...

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Electric Vehicle Naysayers: Get Over It, Support American Jobs

(696) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:00 PM

When I was governor of Michigan, we worked with private companies and the legislature to apply for federal government stimulus grants to be the place where the electric car, and its guts, the battery, would be built. Amazingly, we received 12 grants worth $1.35 billion -- more than half of...

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Thank You, Nancy Pelosi

(264) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:38 AM

Nancy Pelosi will continue to serve as House minority leader, in part, she said, to do more promotion of women and minorities in Congress.

She made her announcement at a press conference today, surrounded by female members of Congress. There were two very telling moments at today's...

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Fellow Warriors: Get Them to the Polls!

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:34 PM

You know how I feel about Mitt Romney. I don't want to waste any more breath on it. I want to talk about you.

Tomorrow morning, I want you to wake up and tell those undecided and apathetic voters that their country needs them.

They have one civic duty as...

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Ohioans Won't Be Fooled By 'Car Guy's' Desperate Car Lies

(1021) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 11:00 PM

Apart from the storm news, there has been some political news that I cannot let go of.

Mitt Romney must realize that he has lost the industrial Midwest because he's completely lost a grip on reality. He's decided to throw a Hail Mary pass that will cause his already-struggling...

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The Change We Don't Need

(107) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:49 PM

In his FiveThirtyEight blog, New York Times electoral math guru Nate Silver predicts that President Obama has a 74.4 percent chance of being re-elected. Seems curious, right? I mean, if this race is so close, why does Nate Silver give the president such a high chance of winning?...

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Reality Check, Gov. Romney, Detroit Doesn't Forget

(910) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 10:52 PM

In this week's final presidential debate, Governor Romney and President Obama had another heated exchange about the auto bailout. In response to Romney's attempt to claim credit for the rescue of the automotive industry, President Obama said, "Governor, the people in Detroit don't forget."

The President's right. We...

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Campaign Volunteers: You're an Inspiration

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 9:24 PM

I want to report to you what I saw this weekend on the ground in the swing state of Virginia. I went there to thank and rally the campaign volunteers and what I saw was incredible.

I canvassed door to door with volunteers and was on the "Gotta Vote"...

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Mr. President: Next Debate, Make Moral Choice Clear

(1239) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 9:00 PM

I was speaking with the brilliant linguist and author of Don't Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff this weekend and he got me thinking.

Every one of the president's most moving speeches -- the speeches where he inspired and lifted our country up...

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Debunking the Myth: Obama's Two-Year Supermajority

(1044) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:14 PM

Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes.

In this video he's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President Obama should have gotten more done during his first two years in office because he had a supermajority in the Senate.


A supermajority is a filibuster-proof 60 or more Senate seats, allowing one party to pass legislation without votes from the other,

Don't forget: the president needed a supermajority because of the Republicans' unprecedented use of the filibuster as an obstruction tactic -- they've used it more than 400 times.

But here's the deal -- the real deal -- there actually wasn't a two year supermajority.

This timeline shows the facts.

President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009 with just 58 Senators to support his agenda.

He should have had 59, but Republicans contested Al Franken's election in Minnesota and he didn't get seated for seven months.

The President's cause was helped in April when Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Arlen Specter switched parties.

That gave the President 59 votes -- still a vote shy of the super majority.

But one month later, Democratic Senator Byrd of West Virginia was hospitalized and was basically out of commission.

So while the President's number on paper was 59 Senators -- he was really working with just 58 Senators.

Then in July, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was finally sworn in, giving President Obama the magic 60 -- but only in theory, because Senator Byrd was still out.

In August, Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died and the number went back down to 59 again until Paul Kirk temporarily filled Kennedy's seat in September.

Any pretense of a supermajority ended on February 4, 2010 when Republican Scott Brown was sworn into the seat Senator Kennedy once held.Do you see a two-year supermajority?

I didn't think so.

Originally aired on The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. The War Room airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EST on Current TV. Follow Jennifer Granholm on Facebook and Twitter, and The War Room on Facebook and

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Debunking the Myth: Obama's Two-Year Super-Majority

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Mitt Romney's at it again -- shading the truth on CBS News' 60 Minutes.

In this video he's perpetuating the false Republican narrative that President Obama should have gotten more done during his first two years in office because he had a super-majority in the Senate.


A super-majority is a filibuster-proof 60 or more Senate seats, allowing one party to pass legislation without votes from the other,

Don't forget: the president needed a super-majority because of the Republicans' unprecedented use of the filibuster as an obstruction tactic -- they've used it more than 400 times.

But here's the deal - the real deal - there actually wasn't a two year super-majority.

This timeline shows the facts.

President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009 with just 58 Senators to support hisagenda.

He should have had 59, but Republicans contested Al Franken's election in Minnesota and he didn't get seated for seven months.

The President's cause was helped in April when Pennsylvania's Republican Senator Arlen Specter switched parties.

That gave the President 59 votes - still a vote shy of the super majority.

But one month later, Democratic Senator Byrd of West Virginia was hospitalized and was basically out of commission.

So while the President's number on paper was 59 Senators - he was really working with just 58 Senators.

Then in July, Minnesota Senator Al Franken was finally sworn in, giving President Obama the magic 60 - but only in theory because, Senator Byrd was still out.

In August, Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts died and the number went back down to 59 again until Paul Kirk temporarily filled Kennedy's seat in September.

Any pretense of a super-majority ended on February 4, 2010 when Republican Scott Brown was sworn into the seat Senator Kennedy once held.Do you see a two-year super-majority?

I didn't think so.

Originally aired on The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. The War Room airs weeknights at 10 p.m. EST on Current TV. Follow Jennifer Granholm on Facebook and Twitter, and The War Room on Facebook and

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Romney's Barreling out of the Barn Leadership

(97) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 9:36 PM

President Obama's basketball game makes me feel good about his foreign policy. What does basketball have to do with anything? Stay with me here.

The Middle East is a complex jumble of competing interests and conflicting emotions. The so-called experts haven't been able to figure it out, so the...

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What Romney's 'Trust Me' Campaign Doesn't Want You to See

(48) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 10:38 PM

Blind trust. It's what Mitt Romney has for his money. And it's what he wants from us. He wants us to trust him to be president without ever seeing who he really is.

"Trust me," he says. "My investments are totally legitimate and irrelevant. You don't need to...

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Mr. Romney, Have You Seen the 47 Percent?

(1013) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 11:55 PM

Just as Mitt Romney was scrambling to get his message back on track yesterday, yet another shoe dropped. Mother Jones released this video which was secretly recorded at a Romney closed-door event. In the video, Romney tells donors, "... and so my job is not to worry about...

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On November 6th, Send Republican Obstructionists Home for Good

(595) Comments | Posted September 15, 2012 | 12:25 AM

I am so angry with Congress I want to spit.

Unemployment is over eight percent, and President Obama has proposed a jobs bill with pro-growth policies that Republicans used to support, back when they were a sane party.

Today's Republicans? They refuse to act.

And now, after a solid few weeks of doing nothing, they're adjourning Congress until after the election!

Why exactly did we put them there in the first place?

Our executive branch has offered a grand bargain on cuts, reforms and revenues -- the type of ambitious, bold agenda our country desperately needs.

But our legislative branch won't even consider it. The tea partiers won't consider giving up a dime -- not one dime! -- in tax revenue, even in exchange for billions in cuts and reforms.

They won't consider the American Jobs Act. The Violence Against Women Act. Tax cuts for working families. The farm bill. The list goes on and on.

Congress has a 12 percent approval rating right now -- and it seems like they're aiming for a lot less. The Republicans refuse to consider that maybe, just maybe, Americans want to see action and compromise and progress rather than this political doublespeak and nonsense.

Yes, Democrats are not perfect. But this proud-obstruction-at-all costs is all on the Republican Party. If Mitt Romney loses in a landslide, I can just hear it now -- the Republican Party will blame him alone.

You ever think that your policies might be the problem?

Policies like tax breaks for millionaires?

Tearing a struggling country's safety net to shreds?

Obstructing a jobs bill because you don't want the president to get a win, even though the real victors of that legislation would be your constituents?

Your problem, Republicans, is not Mitt Romney. And it's not Ben Bernanke.

Your problem is that your policies hurt people.

So, go ahead and obstruct, and then go home for two months.

We progressives know what we have to do: On November 6, we have to make sure that these obstructionists will stay home for...

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Mr. President: My Plea For the DNC

(506) Comments | Posted September 1, 2012 | 10:36 AM

My mom used to tell me to watch out for guys with an "I" problem -- as in me, myself and I. The ones who were selfish. Those guys, she warned, were "bad dates." I feel like I've just been on a weeklong bad date with the Republican Party.

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Republicans: What About Children Outside the Womb?

(2102) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 11:32 PM

The Republican Party platform includes support for the "Human Life Amendment," also known as HR 212. It gives a fertilized egg inside the womb the same rights as a person outside the womb. It's designed to ban all abortions.

Now, we all know how deeply the issue of abortion hits...

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