Jerry Kopel

KOPEL: HANDFUL OF VOTERS IN CASINO TOWNS WOULD RULE

Amendment 50 would cripple casino oversight

Are you ready to read this headline next March? “Black Hawk votes 51 to 49 to raise casino bets to $100.”

That’s not 51 percent. That’s 51 voters.

KOPEL: WHO WILL REALLY BENEFIT? GUESS!

Casino operators want voters to think Amendment 50 will be boon to education

Casino operators are going to spend whatever is necessary to cram their Amendment 50 down the throats of Colorado voters.

Why? It will allow casino gambling 24 hours every day with bets 20 times greater than now permitted.

KOPEL: UNINCORPORATED LAND COVERED, TOWNS AREN'T

Noxious Weed Law or not, Chinese Clematis growing unchecked

Because of a claimed large loophole, the state’s Noxious Weed Act may become an obnoxious waste of time, at least if Clear Creek County’s towns are any model for what is happening in other counties across the state.

Eighteen years ago the act, carried by Rep. Lewis Entz, R-Hooper, passed as House Bill 1175. The bill was a needed answer to damaging weed proliferation across Colorado. I voted for and co-sponsored the bill.

King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech echoes in Obama’s words during DNC

The acceptance speech by Barack Obama was like closing a circle that began with the “I Have A Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both were magnificent speeches, and the Obama speech was built upon the words of Dr. King.

KOPEL: HOLLY, CRESSINGHAM, KLOCK

Colorado women first to reach statehouse

When Sen. Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention delegates and viewers around the world on Aug. 26, you can rest assured she will mention the 88th anniversary of suffrage for female citizens of the United States.

KOPEL: CLEANING UP THE ALCOHOL STATUTES

Referendum N would replace outdated laws

There will be a constitutional amendment on the 2008 ballot dealing with intoxicating liquors, and this one has nothing to do with liquor sales at grocery stores.

House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 1008, which passed through the Legislature with only one negative vote, is now called Referendum N.

KOPEL: PRESENT SYSTEM EMASCULATES CONSTITUTIONAL DISGRACE

Ref. O would revise petition requirements

What will happen to your vote and the credibility of your signature in future elections if Referendum O becomes part of the state constitution?

Here’s a brief analysis by the Legislative Council staff, supplemented with additional information in parenthesis.

KOPEL: NO UNIFORMITY ON MINIMUM AGES

State standards for legislators a patchwork

How old should you be to serve in the Colorado Legislature? The voters will decide in November.

Referendum L on the November ballot would drop the age qualification for members of Colorado’s House and Senate from 25 to 21.

KOPEL: WHO NEEDS TERM LIMITS?

No need for term limits - Colorado legislators have always known when to call it quits

Term limit supporters claim it’s necessary to limit terms so legislators don’t overstay. But a little research casts doubt on the idea that overstaying was ever a problem. It would seem the whole reason for term limits is based on a myth of political junky careerist state legislators.

KOPEL: HB 1227 A BIT WEAK, BUT IT'S A START

Review of Public Utilities Commission leads to looser leash on cab competition

Consumers in Denver and nearby counties should soon see whether passage of House Bill 1227 actually results in more choice when they call for taxicabs. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, and Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, grants another decade of life to the Public Utilities Commission under its scheduled Sunset review.