Debate to center on gambling, water issues |

Debate to center on gambling, water issues

Colorado Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone will square off in a debate about Referendum A and Amendment 33. Despite their political affiliations, the two are on opposite sides of the two issues.

“This is the debate of the political season,” said Heather Lemon of the High Country Republican Women, which is sponsoring tonight’s event. “People need to be informed on what these are about. All they see are television ads in which people call each other liars.”

Lemon said people can bring specific questions to ask and also talk to the debaters afterward.

Amendment 33 would allow video slot machines at Colorado’s four dog racing tracks and one horse racing track. It would limit the slot machines to those five locations, where gambling is already going on.

Taylor is sponsoring Amendment 33. He said the program will return 61 percent of the money it raises to the state, to support tourism promotion and state parks. The measure is opposed by, among others, a consortium of Colorado casino owners.

Referendum A asks Colorado voters to allow the state to issue bonds to pay for $2 billion in water storage projects. Stone and Gov. Bill Owens support the program, saying it helps protect Colorado water. Opponents say it’s a blank check, and that it contains no environmental protections.

“In both these issues, the hype paints it to be different than the facts,” said Lemon. “This is to inform the voters what this is all about. People need the facts so they can vote intelligently.”


State Sen. Jack Taylor and Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone debate Referendum A and Amendment 33, both statewide ballot issues. The debate is sponsored by the High Country Republican Women.

When: 5:30 p.m., tonight

Where: Berry Creek Middle School

Cost: Free.

There will be a question and answer period after the debate.

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