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10/9/2014 No on Amendment 67; No on Amendment 68

No on Amendment 67
Another skewed petition effort to change the Colorado constitution by defining the terms “person” and “child” as a roundabout way to eliminate all abortions and methods of contraception. Similar ballot attempts in Colorado in the past have failed.

We certainly understand that many Coloradans are pro-life. But in today’s society, it must be up to a woman and her health care providers to make the difficult decisions surrounding the issue. Additionally, were it to be approved, the matter would likely be forced into extremely lengthy and costly legal battles, and the measure would more than likely be thrown out by higher courts.

Attempting to regulate morality via the ballot box rarely works, and this particular proposal is both ambiguous and unnecessary. Vote no on Amendment 67.
No on Amendment 68
On the surface, this one sounds like a sweepstakes winner, by allowing casino gambling at horse racetracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties, and distributing the resulting gaming revenues to Colorado’s public schools.

But wait: there’s only one existing racetrack in Colorado, in Arapahoe County. Two new racetracks would be established in Mesa and Pueblo counties, whether or not the residents there are hot to trot on the proposal.

On top of that, there’s no guarantee that the anticipated $114 million in additional tax revenues would be realized. And, the horse tracks would almost certainly undermine gaming revenues realized in Colorado’s three gambling communities of Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City, where gaming revenues help fund historical preservation, community colleges and other state and local services.

Gaming operations in Cripple Creek, Black Hawk and Central City opened in 1991 after Colorado voters approved the notion. Soon thereafter, a ballot measure failed that would have allowed the expansion of gaming to several other communities, including Silver Cliff.

Coloradans who want to lose a few bucks on the slots or poker tables can already do so in those three historic mining towns as well as some Native American casinos in the four-corners area. Giving east coast investors a green light to operate more gambling operations doesn’t suit Colorado’s sensibilities. Vote no on 68.