John Salazar to visit Steamboat on Saturday

Congressman to speak at Democrats’ fundraiser days after health care passage

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U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa

If you go

What: Routt County Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson Potluck Dinner and Fundraiser

When: Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center

Cost: Attendees are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for college students and free for those younger than 18. Cash bar. U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., is the keynote speaker.

Online: Visit www.routtdems.org for more information.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar will visit Steamboat Springs less than a week after voting for the federal health care overhaul, but the nature of his scheduled appearance means it’ll cost $25 to bend his ear on the controversial legislation.

Salazar, a Democrat from the San Luis Valley and a third­-term congressman, is the keynote speaker at the Routt Coun­ty Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Pot­luck Dinner and Fund­raiser. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Steamboat Springs Com­munity Center. Admission costs $25 per adult.

The dinner and auction is one of three Democratic-leaning events coming up in Steamboat. On Sunday, Denver Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will meet with the public from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat. The event is billed as a fundraising reception, but organizer Jack Dysart said all are welcome. There is no admission charge.

The third event is Monday, when Off the Beaten Path Book­store and Bakery Café hosts a community forum, “The Fin­ancial Crisis,” with guest speaker Lee Sachs, a former counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The forum is at 5 p.m. at the bookstore on Ninth Street.

The trio of events cap a tumultuous political week for Democrats and Republicans, after Sunday’s passage of sweeping health care legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. President Barack Obama signed the primary health care bill into law Tuesday. A companion bill is pending review and passage by the U.S. Senate.

The GOP has responded to the legislation with talk of repeal and legal challenges. Fourteen state attorneys general — including Colorado’s John Suthers — have joined in a lawsuit against the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor that calls the health care legislation an unconstitutional expansion of congressional power.

Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., accused Senate Republicans of using arcane rules to block hearings in Senate committees. A committee hearing on a bark beetle mitigation bill Udall is sponsoring was canceled Tuesday. U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican who is co-sponsoring the bill, told The Associated Press that “as far as delay tactics go, it’s difficult to believe that the party in control of everything in Con­gress can blame the party that’s not.”

The health care debate likely will account for much of Salazar’s address at Steamboat’s community center Saturday night. Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the county Demo­cratic Party, said Salazar would travel to Steamboat from Foun­­tain, south of Colorado Springs, where he’ll participate in the dedication of a veterans’ cemetery earlier Saturday.

“He’s been a champion for veterans and particularly veterans’ health care,” Carson said about Salazar.

Republicans including Steam­boat’s Bob McConnell, state Rep. Scott Tipton, of Cortez, and Garfield County District Attorney Martin Beeson are vying to challenge Salazar in the November election.

The Jefferson-Jackson dinner also includes remarks from county candidates and a live auction with Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger as auctioneer. Auction items include a framed Rod Hanna print; a necklace made by Cate Potyen; a plane ride over the Zirkel Wilderness Area with Dysart; and a Broncos football package that includes tickets to a September game, dinner and a night at the Oxford Hotel.

Additional material from The Associated Press.

If you go

What: Fundraising reception and public appearance with John Hickenlooper, Denver mayor and candidate for governor of Colorado

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat

RSVP: All are welcome. RSVP to John Cropper at JohnC@hickenloope... or 303-831-4425.

If you go

What: Community forum, “The Financial Crisis,” with guest speaker Lee Sachs, former counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

When: 5 p.m. Monday

Where: Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Coffeehouse and Bakery Café

Cost: Free

For more: Call 970-879-6830 for more information, or visit www.steamboatbooks.com.

Contact John Salazar

Have a thought or question about the health care overhaul? Contact U.S. Rep. John Salazar’s Grand Junction office at 970-245-7107, call his Washington office at 202-225-4761, or visit his Congressional Web site at www.house.gov/salazar, and follow the “Contact” link.

Comments

Alan Geye 4 years, 8 months ago

I sure wish Representative Salazar had taken some time to come see us before his vote on the health care reform proposal. Interesting too that though I wrote him, I never received any response from his office which specifically addressed my concerns.

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justice4all 4 years, 8 months ago

OL JOHN needs to know that he is entering enemy territory in coming to Steamboat, after voting for that major expense called a health care bill. He probably will not stand so tall after this stupid mistake costs him re-election. It has already cost him a lot of respect from the public and the 3 votes that came from our house to elect him. Beancounter, are you surprised that you received no response from him? After all, it is not election year from him.

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stillinsteamboat 4 years, 8 months ago

I contacted him too, I got no response either. It's not personal. He asked for input, he didn't promise to personally contact the thousands of people who responded. It's not a conspiracy against you Beanie.

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