Yes -- the brandishing bills were fine accomplishments. Wish I could say they were our idea.
They were brought to us by Brandon Dillion, now state chair of the Michigan Democratic Party -- then Democratic State Rep from Grand Rapids. Dillion and we agreed the bills would have a better chance to become law if they had a Republican face on them in a Republican controlled legislature. A good Republican friend of ours, Rep Joel Johnson from Clare agreed to help and he was a great sponsor! We couldn't do it without Joel and his legislative director, now Mayor and the next State Rep from Owasso: Ben Frederick!
When you tell this story, don't forget the Democrat that gave birth to the idea and the Republicans who helped us see it to fruition!