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Susan J. Demas: How Michigan became the progressive powerhouse of the Midwest

By Susan J. Demas

For years, Michigan was a national laughingstock, as bad news stalked the state like the villain in a bad ‘80s horror film.

There was the one-state recession of the early aughts, thanks to the bruised auto industry that almost collapsed during the Great Recession that followed, and two partial state government shutdowns. 

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