November 09, 2022

20 things that happened the last time Michigan Democrats had full control of the state government

Following Tuesday's election, Michigan Democrats now control the governor's office, the state House, and the state Senate. The last time this trifecta happened was in 1983, which lasted until the following year.

Here's a list of things that happened the last time the Dems had that much political strength in the Great Lakes State (inspired by this tweet from MLive's Jordyn Hermani).
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James J. Blanchard was Governor.
The attorney and former U.S. Rep. was the first Democratic governor of Michigan elected in 20 years, leading to what Newsweek called "one of the most dramatic economic turnabouts in the recent history of state government."
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James J. Blanchard was Governor.

The attorney and former U.S. Rep. was the first Democratic governor of Michigan elected in 20 years, leading to what Newsweek called "one of the most dramatic economic turnabouts in the recent history of state government."
Martha Wright Griffiths was Lt. Governor.
The attorney and former U.S. Rep. was the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. (Republican Matilda Dodge Wilson was appointed the first female Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 1939.)
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Martha Wright Griffiths was Lt. Governor.

The attorney and former U.S. Rep. was the first woman elected Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. (Republican Matilda Dodge Wilson was appointed the first female Lieutenant Governor of Michigan in 1939.)
Michigan turned its economy around.
Before Blanchard took office, Michigan's 14.6% unemployment rate was among the nation's highest, and the state faced a $1.7 billion deficit. Under the Blanchard administration, both figures were reversed in what The Washington Post called "a remarkable economic turnaround."
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Michigan turned its economy around.

Before Blanchard took office, Michigan's 14.6% unemployment rate was among the nation's highest, and the state faced a $1.7 billion deficit. Under the Blanchard administration, both figures were reversed in what The Washington Post called "a remarkable economic turnaround."
The Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series.
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The Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial lost Best Picture at the 55th Academy Awards to Ghandi.
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial lost Best Picture at the 55th Academy Awards to Ghandi.

Michael Jackson performed the Moonwalk for the first time.

The King of Pop performed his signature move during the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special celebrating the record label's 25th anniversary.
Mario Bros. made its arcade debut.
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Mario Bros. made its arcade debut.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC Central championship. 
The Lions moved on to the playoffs and lost by one point to the San Francisco 49ers.
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The Detroit Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC Central championship.

The Lions moved on to the playoffs and lost by one point to the San Francisco 49ers.

Marvin Gaye made his performance debut at the 25th Grammy Awards, performing "Sexual Healing" and taking home an award for Best R&B Vocal - Male for the song that night.

Scarface made its debut.
"Say hello to my little friend!" The '80s cult film favorite wound up grossing $4.5 million opening weekend, coming in second to Sudden Impact.
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Scarface made its debut.

"Say hello to my little friend!" The '80s cult film favorite wound up grossing $4.5 million opening weekend, coming in second to Sudden Impact.