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Politicians talk about core values

Tamera Manzanares

Limited government, personal responsibility and freedom: Core Republican values rang strong at the Routt County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday.

“We are the party of ‘individuals can achieve’ rather than ‘government can provide,'” said Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, the keynote speaker at the event. “Government is not a substitute for personal responsibility, and that’s the reason I’m a Republican.”

Norton rallied the crowd of 125 with her emphasis on retaining the delicate balance in state government by making sure Colorado’s governor’s seat stays in Republican hands in the 2006 election.

In bill after bill, the Dem–ocratic majority in the last legislative session introduced “job-crushing” mandates and proposals limiting business, she said.

“Without a Republican governor, the Democrats would’ve had free rein, so we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Norton said, stressing that Republicans need to stay true to their principles and continue grass-roots support of their party.

“The fight starts here, and it starts now,” she said. “We’re going to come back strong, and we’re going to win in 2006.”

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The annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held by Republicans in counties across the state, helps raise funds for political campaigns, candidates and Republican-sponsored activities.

Attendees, including local elected officials, state Sen. Jack Taylor and state Rep. Al White, purchased tickets for the event and also participated in live and silent auctions.

Judging by the energy at the dinner, Taylor said there was a lot of optimism in the local Republican party.

“I think it’s riding high,” he said. “These are great get-togethers.”

Local businesses and individuals donated items for the auctions, and former state Sen. Ken Chlouber of Leadville provided an animated performance as auctioneer, even auctioning the patriotic shirt off his back.

The live auction raised more than $4,300. Some of those funds may go toward the Routt County Republicans scholarship fund for exemplary seniors graduating from Routt County high schools.

The Republicans announced the first recipients of the new scholarship Saturday night during the dinner: Allie Fete and Chris Frentress.

Fete, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, received $1,000 for her education at the University of Wyoming. She started a Young Republicans Club as her senior project. Club members were present at the dinner.

Frentress, a Hayden High School senior who will attend Colorado State University, received a $500 scholarship.

Also during the dinner, Steamboat Springs police Officer Dwight Murphy talked about his experience in Iraq training Iraqi police officers and helping with other law enforcement and investigative activities.

During his time there, many Iraqis expressed their gratitude to him for the work of U.S. soldiers and citizens in Iraq. They also showed a surprising interest in the U.S. election last November, he said.

“Iraqis elected a president with voting numbers that shamed the U.S.,” Murphy said, noting the Iraqis passion for their freedom and willingness to sacrifice their lives for their freedoms.

— To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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