Political Editor Bill Ballenger to Present His Expert Insight
Who will come out on top and what will be the victory margin? Will the Romney/Ryan ticket offer long 'coattails'? What about the courts?
These questions and more are sure to be answered by political commentator Bill Ballenger during the Eastside Republican Club Forum at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 16, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
“We invite anyone interested in current events to hear Bill Ballenger's expert political insight on the November 6 General Election,” said Jenny Nolan, Eastside Republican Club chairman.
Nolan explained, “The 'coattail effect' is what can happen at the polls when one popular candidate draws other members of his party or ticket with him to victory.”
She added, “The Forum is open to the public at no charge, so we invite anyone to attend who is interested in learning more about state government. The doors open at 7 p.m. for coffee and networking.
Involved in Michigan political circles for over three decades, Ballenger is a recognized authority on Michigan government and politics. Launched in 1987, his Inside Michigan Politics newsletter is considered must-read material for Michigan's business and political leaders, and he is a regular commentator and political analyst for broadcast outlets in Detroit and Lansing.
As a commentator, Ballenger is a prolific writer and analyst of the Michigan political landscape. Yet over the years, Ballenger, himself, has been the subject of stories. In one such story, the Detroit News dubbed him "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits."
Born in Flint, Michigan, Ballenger is a former state representative, state senator, state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of Pres. 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.
For more information about the Eastside Republican Club and its meetings, contact chairman Jenny Nolan at 530-0041 or check the web site eastside-republican-club.org.