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Michigan's Foremost Political Pundit Sets the Stage

Date & time

Sep 15, 2010, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT


Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Annenberg Auditorium
735 S. State Street 1120 Weill Hall Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

Bill Ballenger - Editor and Publisher, Inside Michigan Politics

ill Ballenger is editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics. INSIDE MICHIGAN POLITICS analyzes political and policy trends for several thousand readers, including corporations, trade associations, labor unions, government agencies, the White House and several foreign governments. Founded in 1987, IMP has been cited in The New York Times, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Roll Call, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, HOTLINE and the Associated Press.

Born in Flint, Michigan, on 28 March 1941, Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

Ballenger holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held the Robert P. & Marjorie Griffin Endowed Professorship in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan / Flint; Michigan State University; & Western Michigan University.

Much has been said about Ballenger over the years. He has been dubbed by the Detroit News as 'Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits.' In addition to editing and publishing the 'Inside Michigan Politics' newsletter, he appears frequently on radio and television nationally & throughout Michigan. He also gives speeches & quotes to a variety of newspapers & various interest groups.

Organized by: Chuck Wilbur

Sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); the Ford School of Public Policy; and the Association for Public Policy About Learning and Education (APPLE)