Upstart conservative advocacy group Ready Colorado didn’t exactly tiptoe into the state’s Great Education Debate a few years ago; it hit the ground running.
As we noted last fall in a Q&A profiling Ready President, Luke Ragland, the formidably funded, politically attuned organization aimed to be much more than another voice at the table. It entered the fray with aggressive marching orders to doggedly champion education-reform policies at the Capitol when the legislature is in session as well as to back state and local candidates who sync with that agenda come election time.
Underscoring its ambitions, Ready hired seasoned political strategist Craig Hulse as its vice president earlier this year – luring him away from ride-sharing juggernaut Uber Technologies. Though a newcomer to Colorado’s political scene, Hulse has a lot of experience elsewhere in political and policy circles, in both public and private-sector posts.
He even served as chief of staff to the speaker of the Nevada Assembly – helping usher in groundbreaking education reforms in that state – before becoming Uber’s public affairs manager. At Uber, he led legislative efforts for western states and for autonomous vehicles nationwide.
How does that skill set fit into Ready Colorado’s ground game – and what’s next in its playbook? Hulse elaborates in today’s Q&A.
Read all about it in the Gazette: