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 — and being bedazzling

The wooden U from BluePrint Strategies.

Wow. That’s a sparkly U!

BluePrint Strategies, a public affairs firm, went all out when it decorated a wooden U as part of the Colorado Secretary of State’s @UChooseCO campaign. Even the box the U came in is decorated.

Cinamon Watson, always bedazzling.

“Who doesn’t love a little bedazzling?” asked Cinamon Watson, one of the three founders of BluePrint.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot.

If they turn in both the Republican and Democratic ballot neither will count. The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

County clerks, lawmakers, a university, the airport and a kid who wants to be Colorado’s first kid governor have decorated the U’s. Check them out on this blog, 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.

Eat, drink and make merry with the Colorado Restaurant Association

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, and Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby at the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Blue Ribbon Reception Wednesday night. (SOS photo)

When I covered the legislature for the Rocky Mountain News the editors loved it that the Colorado Restaurant Association’s reception occurred on opening day, meaning I actually made deadline so I could dash over to the event that night.

My first Blue Ribbon reception was in 2000 and one of the first lawmakers I talked to was Rep. Marcy Morrison, a Republican from Manitou Springs. Where’s that? I asked. She explained it was west of Colorado Springs and I remember thinking, “El Paso County! She must be really conservative!” Talk of an example of why stereotypes don’t work.

These days I don’t have to worry about deadlines, but I still can’t wait for the legislature’s opening day and the best legislative reception of the year. My tweet from last night’s Blue Ribbon reception:

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Secretary Williams mingles with lawmakers on opening day

Secretary of State Williams, who lives in Colorado Springs, posed with ROTC students from Mitchell High School in the Springs. The students presented the colors in the House on the opening day of the 2018 legislature. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams greeted lawmakers and other dignitaries today as the 2018 legislative session got underway.

“Opening day is a great Colorado tradition, and I enjoy talking to the lawmakers,” Williams said. “It’s always good to discuss how we can work together for Colorado and its citizens.”

Colorado Secretary of State and three House Democrats, Pete Lee of Colorado Springs, newly selected Dylan Roberts of Vail and Mike Weissmann of Aurora before the start of the session today. (SOS photo)

Williams made stops in the legislative leaders’ offices before heading to the House floor to mingle with Republicans and Democrats, meet new friends and greet old ones, including Tom Kennedy, the father of Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood. Tom Kennedy and Williams practiced law at the same time in Colorado Springs.

Speaking of lawyering, at one point Williams and Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, were engaged in a lengthy conversation on the House floor.

“I never knew before, but Wayne used to practice at the law firm where I practice now,” Gray said. “We talked about how he used to practice with some of the people I still work with today.

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