All about U — and Loveland

The decorated wooden U by state Rep. Hugh McKean, a Loveland Republican who loves where he lives.

What do you mean you were “incredibly uncreative” when you decorated your U, Rep. Hugh McKean? It’s so, well, U! And it’s great.

The Loveland Republican is an unabashed homer who created the hashtag #LoveWhereILive. He hands out bookmarks, stickers and other items with the slogan, so it came as no surprise that he plastered his wooden U with them.

Rep. Hugh McKean and his wooden U.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that for the first time they could participate in Colorado’s primary election.  The campaign also reminded unaffiliated voters who got both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail to only vote one. If they voted both, neither counted.

Clerks continue to process ballots, although the election ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Check out the incredible U’s decorated by McKean’s colleagues at the state Capitol. Senate President Kevin Grantham capitalized on his noteworthy mustache, while Sen. Kerry Donovan used her ranch experience — and that’s no bull.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter and this blog.

All about U — That’s some bull!

Sen. Kerry Donovan, who manages her family’s ranch outside Edwards, used one of her cows as a model for her wooden U.

When Sen. Kerry Donovan said she wanted to decorate one of the Secretary of State office’s wooden U to look like a cow, she wasn’t kidding. The photo of her finished U in front of the real thing is a rib tickler.

The Vail Democrat covered the wood with hair from the bull she modeled her U after. She added nails for the horns, washers for the eyes and locking nuts for the nostrils.

“I laughed the whole time I was making it,” she said.

Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail. (Donovan campaign)

Choosing a bovine motif was a natural Donovan, who runs her family ranch near Edwards. According to her bio, the Donovans have owned Copper Bar Ranch since the early 1980s, although the land’s history extends back to the Homestead Act.

Colorado Secretary of State Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the office’s UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the mail for the June 26 primary but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

All about U and your mustache

Senate President Kevin Grantham holds up his decorated wooden U.

When you’ve got a distinctive mustache, why not go for it? That’s what I told Senate President Kevin Grantham when the Cañon City Republican was looking at ways to decorate his wooden U.

Colorado Secretary of State Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the office’s UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive for the June 26 primary. They have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

U recipients were told to decorate the U’s with their values or to just have fun.  I had been trolling the crafts stores to get items for my own U and I saw a bunch of mustaches. I also suggested Graham get a miniature replica of the Royal Gorge Bridge and put on top of  the U. Hey, it’s better than another Cañon City feature — “Old Sparky” at the state pen.

Grantham’s executive assistant, Emily Cordes, decorated her boss’ U.

On Saturday, the SOS will highlight the U from Graham’s colleague, Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail. (Lawmakers, if you want to decorate a U e-mail me at Lynn.Bartels@SOS.state.co.us.)

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

R.I.P. Lewis — you were loved at the Colorado Capitol and at home

Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and her beloved dog, Lewis, who died last week. (Donovan picture)
Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and her beloved dog, Lewis, who died last week. (Donovan picture)

It’s hard to imagine the 2016 legislative session without Lewis, the beloved dog who loved to race down the hall and into the press room to see if someone was there to give him treats.

He ran so fast he would skid on the marble floor when trying to make the turn.

“The dog is going to make somebody fall,” I was admonished over and over again by the Senate sergeants.

Yet, I continued to buy bags of dog treats for the little guy, who won over my heart  on the campaign trail in 2014 when I met him at the Gunnison County Democratic picnic.

Lewis died last week of an enlarged heart. He died on his 8th birthday.

Donovan on Sunday sent a letter to her “Capitol friends” informing them of Lewis’ death. Condolences poured in.

“I am so sad to hear of little Lewis’ passing,” lobbyist Benjamin Waters wrote on his Facebook page. “Sen. Kerry Donovan from Vail kept this wonderful little pup in her office and whenever the days became contentious and long during the 2015 legislative session, this little guy made everyone feel better. RIP Lewis.”

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