GOP stresses return to core principles

Lincoln Day Dinner boasts impressive Republican guest list


If you go

What: Routt County Republican Central Committee's annual Lincoln Day Dinner

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students, free for those 5 years old and younger

Dinner: Attendees are asked to take a potluck side dish; meat and bread will be provided by the party

— This year's Lincoln Day Dinner will be a time for getting back to GOP basics, local Republican Party chairman and retired state Sen. Jack Taylor said.

Taylor said Wednesday he expects a lineup of speakers, including the state party chairman and potential gubernatorial hopefuls, to advocate a return to traditional party principles such as small government, low taxes and a trust in the free enterprise system.

"I think the main thing is going to be what the Republican Party stands for," Taylor said. "They've worked in the past, and we need to get back to those basic principles. : We believe that the people believe a free enterprise system can run things better than the government running everything."

Taylor said such principles stand in stark contrast to the current direction of the Obama administration and majority Democrats in Congress.

"We ought to be decreasing debt rather than increasing debt," Taylor said. "You can't spend your way out of a recession. : It's scaring people. : I think (the speakers) will be talking about the opportunity we have" as a party.

State Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams is the Lincoln Day Dinner's keynote speaker.

"I'm just going to talk about the importance of the 2010 election year, particularly for governor and senator," Wadhams said Wednesday. "We need to put forth strong candidates. : I think we've got to draw a very clear contrast with the record of the two incumbents."

Other special guests expected to attend and possibly speak briefly at the Routt County Republican Central Committee's annual fundraiser are state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden; state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction; state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs; 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham; Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak; Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland; Routt County Treasurer Jeanne Whiddon; Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg and former Colorado Congressman Scott McInnis.

"I don't know what McInnis is going to say, but from what I understand, he's seriously considering running for governor," Taylor said.

Wadhams said Penry is another strong potential candidate for the governor's office.

White said he plans to provide attendees with an overview of the recently concluded state legislative session and explain major legislation that passed and what it will mean for Routt County.

The local Republican Party also has invited Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, the former Colorado secretary of state who was elected to national office in November, and state Attorney General John Suthers. The two have not confirmed whether they will attend.

"Unfortunately, we don't have a Republican congressman in this neck of the woods," Taylor said, "so we decided if (Coffman) could come, let's have him come and explain what's going on over there in Washington."

Friday's dinner will include a social hour with a cash bar, live and silent auctions, a special presentation by Simone Potter and dinner. Attendees are asked to take a potluck side dish; the party will provide meat and bread.


beentheredonethat 7 years, 11 months ago

"We ought to be decreasing debt rather than increasing debt," Taylor said.

Old man Taylor must have been absent during the reagan and bush years, when exactly the opposite took place.


housepoor 7 years, 11 months ago

Taylor, who was involved in Senate modifications on Romanoff's bill after it was approved in the House, said the plan was "solidly negotiated." He expects the plan to win final approval in the next 10 days.

Taylor said the simplest way to explain the complex deal is to describe it as a "debrucing of TABOR for six years to get the state back on line financially." He thinks the support of the business community will be key to the plan's success in November.

It is estimated that keeping taxpayer refunds will give the state an additional $3.1 billion during the next five years. Taylor said those refunds would amount to an average of $60 per person each year


JLM 7 years, 11 months ago

The Republicans will first have to explain how and why they completely abandoned their "principles" --- in particular their supposed conservative financial principles --- during the Bush administration.

This is like going to an AA meeting. First, you have to admit your wrong doing and then you can get on the road to recovery. The Republicans have to make a case for why we should believe they have reformed. Don't see it taking shape just yet.

The Republicans will have to actually nominate candidates who espouse Republican policies rather than guys like John McCain. He was a terrible candidate and was a Republican in name only.

The Republican candidate not only lost the Presidential race, he handed the House and Senate to the Democrats. It is one thing to lose a close election, it is another to get shut out and skunked.

The Republican Party has a lot of work to do and just changing cologne is not going to get the job done this time around.


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