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
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.