If you go
What: Meeting of the 1773 Club, supporting conservative principles including smaller government, less federal spending and lower taxes
When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. today
Where: Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant, 912 Lincoln Ave.
For more: Visit www.steamboatinst... for details and more information
Steamboat Springs Michael Reagan, conservative talk radio host and son of the late President Ronald Reagan, will speak in Steamboat Springs at an August conference.
The Steamboat Institute has confirmed Reagan as a headlining speaker for its inaugural Freedom Conference, slated for Aug. 28 and 29 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The Steamboat Institute and its affiliated 1773 Club espouse principles including limited government, decreased federal spending and strong national defense. The club has hosted two "tea party" rallies in Steamboat Springs, most recently after the Fourth of July Parade, to raise local interest in its ideals.
Institute chairwoman Jennifer Schubert-Akin said Reagan fits in well with the institute and club's message.
"I like his values. I like the fact that he focuses on the principles this country was founded on. He's a lower taxes, limited government kind of guy," she said. "His philosophies are similar to his father's."
On his Web site, www.reagan.com, Reagan says his nationally syndicated "The Michael Reagan Show" reaches more than 5 million listeners daily and can be heard on www.radioamerica.com. His most recent book, "Twice Adopted," is his second autobiography. Ronald Reagan is his adoptive father.
Schubert-Akin is a former chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee. She said the appeal of the 1773 Club is that the group is nonpartisan, and she acknowledged that she has some disagreements with the Republican Party today.
"I'm still a registered Republican, and I don't plan to change that, but if I see a Republican who's not taking a hard-line stance on lower taxes and limited government ... if I see a Republican vote for the stimulus plan again : I would actively campaign against them," she said last week.
The 1773 Club meets tonight at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant. Other confirmed speakers for the Freedom Conference include Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform; Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board; Dan Mitchell, who examines fiscal policy for the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute; and Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy research group.
More information about August's conference can be found on the Web at www.steamboatinstitute.org. The cost of registration is $250. Schubert-Akin said lower rates exist for individual sessions and professionals younger than 30.
Schubert-Akin said interest in the club and the institute is building.
"We've had tremendous grassroots support to get this going," she said about the Freedom Conference. "This is an all-volunteer army that's putting this on."