Jennifer Granholm & Duf Sundheim on midterms

It’ll be my honor to moderate the Commonwealth Club of California’s “Midterm Election Forecast: Politics in 2014” next Monday, May 12, featuring former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former California Republican Party chairman Duf Sundheim.

Check-in starts at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 program at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.; tickets costs $15 for club members, $25 for non-members or $10 for students with valid ID, and are available online.

“Join our political pundits as they make predictions for this fall and discuss the key questions regarding this year’s race,” the club’s promo says. “Who are the major political players to watch? What does the political landscape look like just six months from Election Day? Will the Republicans win back the Senate? How might the rest of President Obama’s presidency look following this November?”

The participants and I have been swapping ideas on what to cover, and I can tell you confidently that it’ll be a lively program. Hope to see you there.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Brainy Blonde Granholm is in exile from Michigan. Nobody I know who lives there (now reduced to about 25 people) wants her back.

  • JohnW

    25? Is that your estimate of the remaining population, or the number of people you know there?

    She’s not in the same league as such past governors as Democrat Soapy Williams, Republican George Romney or the incredibly popular Republican Bill Milliken. But, being from Michigan (the more conservative northwestern part of the lower peninsula), I don’t think her standing is as low as you think. Michigan is a purple state that swings back and forth in the statewide offices. The long-running exodus from Southeastern Michigan has given the more conservative out-state areas more clout.

    I loved her speech at the 2012 Democratic convention.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Well, either way you take it works for me. Yes, she is a good speaker.