Monday, February 22, 2010

Wyoming Democrats celebrate diversity Feb. 27 at Nellie Tayloe Ross banquet

This comes from Bill Luckett, WyoDems E.D.:

Nearly 200 Democrats from across the state will gather in Cheyenne on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the 2010 Nellie Tayloe Ross Banquet, the state party’s annual celebration of Diversity in Politics and Government.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Colorado State House Speaker Terrance Carroll, a dynamic speaker who is both an ordained minister and an attorney from Denver. He is the first African-American to hold the position of Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.

Among the other event highlights will be the announcement of the Nellie Tayloe Ross Award for outstanding contributions to the state and the Democratic Party.

The dinner follows a 1 p.m. meeting of the Wyoming Democratic Party Central Committee at the Plains Hotel at the corner of Lincolnway and Central Avenue. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m., also at the Plains.

Tickets are still available for the dinner. They are $75 per person. People can reserve tickets by calling 800-729-3367, or by visiting A very limited number will also be available at the door.

The annual event honors Nellie Tayloe Ross, who was elected to fill her husband's unexpired term as governor following his death in 1924. Campaigning in a "dignified and honest manner," Ross' straightforward approach helped her win against the Republican nominee, who was caught up in a special interest scandal. The state party's dinner honors that example and our shared Democratic values. In her first speech as governor, Ross reflected those values calling for "government assistance for poor farmers, banking reform, and laws protecting children, women workers, and

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