All about U — and Starboard

The Starboard Group with its wooden U. From left to right, Kate Mandel, Kerrianne Savery, founder and president Kristin Strohm, Katlynn Crine,  who is holding the U, and Quinn Evans.

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.

When your name is The Starboard Group, it’s pretty easy to think of a theme for decorating a wooden U.

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.

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.

One Colorado honors Ted Trimpa (again!), Kristin Strohm and others

Attorney and lobbyist Ted Trimpa will finally receive his sward from One Colorado. (Photo by CyrusMcCrimmon/The Denver Post /Provided to SOS)
Attorney and lobbyist Ted Trimpa will finally receive his sward from One Colorado. (Photo by CyrusMcCrimmon/The Denver Post /Provided to SOS)

One of my last stories for The Denver Post was a front-page piece on gay activist Ted Trimpa and how he changed Colorado and a nation.

Trimpa was going to be honored a year ago with a lifetime achievement award by One Colorado, the state’s largest advocacy organization for gay and transgender rights.

The more Trimpa and I talked in 2015 for the story the more I realized his life is a best-selling book. I still feel that way. I mean, a Kansas farm kid ends up helping President Obama develop his policy toward Cuba?

Kristin Strohm with The Starboard Group. (Starboard photo)
Kristin Strohm with The Starboard Group. (Starboard photo)

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.

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More babies! Colorado politicos celebrate!

Adam Dunstone and his wife, Jennie Peek-Dunstone, with their son Clark Albert, who was born four weeks early. "We are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado," Adam Dunstone said.
Adam Dunstone and his wife, Jennie Peek-Dunstone, with their son Clark Albert, who was born four weeks early. “We are excited to add another Democrat to the rolls in Colorado,” Adam Dunstone said.
Former House Speaker Frank McNulty and his son, Weston Patrick.
Former House Speaker Frank McNulty and his son, Weston Patrick.

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.”

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Welcome to Broomfield and the world, Theodore James Gray

Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.
Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.

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.

Theo Gray.
Theo Gray.

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.

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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