Double the fun for Penry, Strohm; Colorado’s political babies keep arriving

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Josh Penry holding his daughter Caroline, who has a twin sister, Sophie.
Kristin Strohm feeding Caroline.
Kristin Strohm feeding her daughter Caroline. The twins were born Dec. 9 and are still in the hospital.

The list of Colorado politicos turning out babies continues to grow, and Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm are over the moon with their twin girls.

Chase Penry, 13, holds the twins, Sophie and Caroline.
Chase Penry, 13, holds the twins, Sophie and Caroline.

Sophie Valentine and Caroline Quinn were born Dec. 9. Sophie weighed just over 5 pounds, Caroline just under 5 pounds.

Penry is the former Senate minority leader who works for the mega-connected EIS Solutions firm. Strohm is a partner in the Starboard Group, a rising GOP political consulting firm.

“Our doctor told Kristin she was the most beautiful pregnant women since Demi Moore,” Penry said.

However, there are no Vanity Fair style covers of Strohm (unless the Colorado Statesman is planning something I don’t know about.)

It’s been quite the year for babies.

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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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Secretary of State Wayne Williams outlines agency’s goals, achievements at SMART act hearing

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, second from left, tells lawmakers from the House and Senate State Affairs committees about the agency's operation. With him are Tim Griesmer, Chief of Staff Gary Zimmerman and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, second from left, tells lawmakers from the House and Senate State Affairs committees about the agency’s operation. With him are legislative director Tim Griesmer, Chief of Staff Gary Zimmerman and Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams told lawmakers Tuesday that when he took office in January he inherited a cutting-edge operation that other states are looking to emulate.

He credited previous secretaries of state — Williams is the sixth person in 10 years to hold the office — for the staffers they hired and the programs they instituted for creating an operation that has won several prestigious awards.

The awards are nice, Williams said, but said “the real goal is serving the people of Colorado.”

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Israeli official tells Colorado lawmakers “We’re always on the front lines”

Senate President Bill Cadman, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and David Siegel, the consul general of Israel, at the state Capitol today.
Senate President Bill Cadman, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and David Siegel, the consul general of Israel, at the state Capitol today.

David Siegel, consul general of Israel, stressed his country’s relationship with the United States during a talk Thursday at the state Capitol.

“Our hope is that Israel not be a partisan issue in this country,” he said, as he was flanked by the Senate president, Republican Bill Cadman, and the House speaker, Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst.

Among those in attendance were Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his chief of staff, Gary Zimmerman, along with Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, the assistant minority leader, and Rep. Brian Del Grosso, R-Loveland, the minority leader. Other lawmakers included Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Douglas County.

Siegel noted that Western governors who visit Israel regularly talk about drought, a problem that has not plagued his country despite it’s location. He credited “constant innovation” for making Israel a “water surplus country.”

He also spoke about terrorism, ISIS and coping with enemies.

“Boy, is the Middle East a messy place,” Siegel said. “We’re always on the front lines.”

 

 

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “Sweet Second Term” (Bom, bom, bom)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones perform at the Denver Press Club's annual Gridiron Show. From left to right, Hickenlooper, Left to right:
Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Hick-tones perform at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show. From left to right, Hickenlooper, Sabrina D’Agosta, Sarah Moss, Tom Scharf, Bob Rebholtz and Tom Clark. (Photo courtesy of the Hick-tones.)

Gov. John Hickenlooper admits he doesn’t have much of a voice, but he and the Hick-Tones, the group that backs him up every year at the Denver Press Club’s annual Gridiron Show, once again put together a heck of a performance, this year to the tune of “Sweet Caroline.”

It all began/Back at my little brewpub/Playin’ pool and slingin’ beer

Entrepreneur/Mayor and then the guv’na/I can’t sing but I’m still here

Hands/Shaking hands/Creatin’ jobs … for you and me/

Sweet state of mine (bom, bom, bom)/Colorado you’re so good/

Broncos front line (bom, bom, bom) Just ain’t working like it should/

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