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John Elway's TV ads begin on three Colorado ballot initiatives

October 23, 2016 Updated: October 24, 2016 at 9:57 am
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photo - Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, John Elway, watches his players prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, John Elway, watches his players prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

John Elway is taking snaps on three Colorado ballot initiatives with two TV ads that will begin appearing across the state Sunday.

Elway supports Amendment 71, which would make it harder to amend the Colorado Constitution via future ballot initiatives. He opposes Amendment 69 to create a single-payer health care system, called ColoradoCare, and Amendment 70 to raise the state's minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $12 per hour by 2020.

"Even if you agree with these ideas, they don't belong in the constitution," the legendary Denver Broncos quarterback and current executive vice president and general manager says in a 30-second spot.

In a 60-second ad, he says, "A lot of people know me as a football guy, but I'm a Coloradan first. I love this state and I'm worried about the games being played with our constitution."

The ad was paid for by Protecting Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence, an issues group funded with millions from the oil and gas industry.

The group would not disclose how much it is spending to air the ad. The organization's most recent TV advertising purchases are not yet available in a public records database.

Ballot initiatives to provide mandatory setbacks and more local control on fracking failed to get enough signatures to get on the ballot this November.

Amendment 71, called "Raise the Bar," would require future initiatives to get the petition signatures from 2 percent of the approximately 143,700 residents in each of the state's 35 Senate districts to get on the ballot, then 55 percent approval in the election instead of the current simple majority.

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