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Freedom Conference kicks off Friday

Freedom Conference schedule

■ Friday

All events at The Steamboat Grand unless otherwise noted

10 a.m. Registration

11:45 a.m. to noon. Welcome and opening remarks by Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairwoman of The Steamboat Institute

Noon to 1 p.m. Kickoff luncheon speaker: James K. Glassman, head of George W. Bush Institute, host of “Ideas in Action,” will deliver “The Power of Freedom: Unleashing Human Potential.”

1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Attorney general panel, Alan Wilson, of South Carolina, John Suthers, of Colorado, and Greg Zoeller, of Indiana, will discuss the effects of the new health care system and right-to-work issues on the states.

3 to 4 p.m. Kate Obenshain, vice president of Young America’s Foundation, will deliver “Troublesome Young Men and Women: The Courage of Today’s Young Conservatives.”

4 to 5 p.m. “The Oppressed View,” featuring Amy Oliver and Jason Mattera.

5 to 5:15 p.m. Moderator Tony Blankley wrap-up

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. VIP reception at Thunderhead Lodge’s outdoor deck overlooking the Yampa Valley. All guests will ride the gondola to the reception, followed by dinner. The reception will include photo opportunity with keynote speaker Jonah Goldberg

7:30 to 10 p.m. Dinner in Thunderhead Lodge with keynote speaker Jonah Goldberg, who will deliver “Cheer Up, for the Worst is Yet to Come!”

■ Saturday

8 to 9 a.m. “Fresh from the Debt Ceiling Debate” breakfast with freshmen Congressmen Todd Rokita, of Indiana, and Joe Walsh, of Illinois.

9:10 to 10:30 a.m. “Fixing Medicare and Strengthening America: A Health Care Reform Toolkit” with Robert M. Goldberg, Ph.D., Grace-Marie Turner and Hal Scherz, M.D.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Energy and Free Markets: How Free Markets in Energy are Vital to Our Standard of Living” with Bob Beauprez, John Harpole and former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell, author of “We Got him — The Hunt for Saddam Hussein.”

12:30 to 2 p.m. Closing luncheon with Steve Moore, senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal.

5:30 p.m. Margarita party and barbecue fundraiser for Rocky Mountain USO, featuring special guests Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs at The Heritage Foundation, and Lt. Col. Joe Aldaz, director of Rocky Mountain USO.

For more

■ Tickets are available through today. The cost is $250, or $175 for young professionals or students younger than 30, for the entire conference. Special rate of $95 is available for Friday’s and Saturday’s speaker sessions only. Both days’ speaker sessions are $25 for young professionals or students. Dinner-only Friday tickets are $100. There also are sponsorship rates. Go to to buy tickets.

■ For more information about the third annual Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference, visit