This year there are four measures on the statewide ballot and an important measure to expand preschool on the ballot in Denver County. The Bell has produced a handy ballot guide that includes a short summary of each of these measures, the arguments for and against, and our positions on them.
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By John Daley Colorado Public Radio
Denver resident Mary Brandell, 93, is part of a wave of Colorado seniors that has health officials busily preparing the state's care system to meet them. Brandell is healthy and she proudly notes that she's still driving.
It took about 15 whole seconds for the board members to stand up. Now, that's a bit of a cheap shot, but it illustrates a broader point about influence in the Colorado Legislature.
One group you've probably never heard of, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, commonly referred to as CUT, holds significant sway in Denver, according to numerous legislators on both sides of the aisle. Specifically, their policies directly affect Republican action, even striking fear into Republicans who vote against CUT positions.
As voters, we are being asked to add to the Colorado Constitution a plan to allow casino gambling at a horse track in suburban Denver.
The world is full of bad ideas and ballots are full of bad proposals. Amendment 68 is one.
The proposal would allow slot machines and table games at Arapahoe Park in Aurora. It sets the tax paid by the proposed casino at double the rate for other casinos in the state and earmarks the money – projected at $114 million a year – for K-12 public education in Colorado.