The Starboard Group totally lived up to its name when it decorated its wooden U for the UChooseCO campaign, opting for rope, sand, an anchor and that beautiful blue.
Starboard is the side of a ship or aircraft that is on the right when one is facing forward. “At the Starboard Group, we aim to put our clients on the right course,” the firm says on its website.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out the wooden 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 remind 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.
And the story is proof that Colorado history repeats itself. Trimpa has worked on ballot measures involving cigarette taxes and oil-and-gas development, which are issues again this year.
But Trimpa had to miss his own party because of a medical emergency so he is receiving the award this Saturday at One Colorado’s annual gala, which honors allies for the cause.
In addition to Trimpa, One Colorado is honoring GOP fundraiser juggernaut Kristin Strohm of The Starboard Group. Among her clients: Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
She was a founding member and served on the board of Coloradans for Freedom, the group that successfully organized conservatives to advocate for the passage of civil unions at the state legislature. She is credited with guiding another client, Congressman Mike Coffman, into changing his views on gay rights.
Also receiving awards from One Colorado are Nita and Rudy Gonzales and the Gonzales family and Matthew Huron.
The former speaker of the state House, the state director for Americans for Prosperity and a political couple with a number of campaigns under their belts are among the latest Colorado politicos welcoming babies.
Clark Albert Dunstone was due in late January but showed up on Dec. 28, 2015. He weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces despite the early arrival date.
“Clark told me he came 4 weeks early so that he could witness Michigan State defeat Alabama in person instead of just hearing muffled shouting from inside the womb! LET’S GO GREEN!!!!” proud dad Adam Dunstone wrote on Facebook Dec. 31.
(Perhaps Clark sensed the Crimson Tide would smoke the Spartans 38-0 so he showed up ahead of schedule to distract and console his father.)
“All I know is that Spartan Nation is always happy to gain another maniac rooting for the Green and White!” Dunstone said, when asked about the defeat. “And we are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado.”
Dang it, Matt Gray, hours after I had finally written a blog about the latest political babies his son decided to make his debut.
Theodore James Gray, known as Theo, was born at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
When I lamented to Gray about his timing, he fired back with one of his perfect responses: “I asked Kaiser if we could induce early for that reason but they said no.”
Gray, an attorney, is the former chair of the Broomfield County Democratic Party, and a candidate for state House in 2016. He is running for the seat now held by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield.
He also was one of three pro bono copy editors when I wrote for The Denver Post’s political blog, The Spot. Either he, or state Sen. Chris Holbert (the son of a newspaper man) or Jack Wylie, a former state Senate spokesman turned legislative director for a state agency, would regularly send me e-mails. You’re missing a word. You have an extra word. I think you meant this or that. The tips came at all hours of the day and night and I will forever be grateful for their help.
About Theo. He was born at Good Samaritan in Lafayette. Vital stats: 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches.
“Good Samaritan is also where his 2-year-old sister Ellie was born and is across the street from the Gatehouse, where Katie and I got married in 2006,” Gray said, in an e-mail.
“When Ellie came to the hospital to visit after the birth, I hadn’t seen her in almost 24 hours but as soon as she saw me in the hallway instead of saying ‘hello’ or wanting a hug, the first thing she said was ‘Where’s Theo?'”
Also welcoming babies this month are former state Sen. Josh Penry and his wife, Kristin Strohm, a political consultant. They’re hoping to bring their twin daughters home by Christmas.
Irony:Jack Wylie e-mailed me to say I had misspelled his name in the blog.