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The “ugly” three anti-tax measures (amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101) were soundly defeated yesterday, leaving government officials almost everywhere across the state feeling a sense of relief. As Boulder city manager Jane Brautigam tells the Daily Camera, “Every local government and state government would have been reeling from the passage of those [measures]….It really would have been devastating to our community.”
The same fate befell the so-called “personhood” proposal, Amendment 62, mirroring results in 2008, when the idea was defeated by a 3-1 margin, notes The Associated Press.
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And although it would have cost them no money, Denver voters decided against creating an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission, meant to “ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents” should there be any contact “with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles.” Though Initiative 300 was shot down decisively, ET chaser Jeff Peckman remains positive, telling the Denver Daily News the “real importance is that we were able to reach a lot of people,” adding, “It’s not the end of the story.” The measure was failing with 84 percent of voters opposed early on in the counting, reports 9News.