Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.




Fri January 13, 2012

On The State Of The State

The Governor delivering his State of the State address, January 12th, 2012.
Office of the Governor via

Governor John Hickenlooper urged state lawmakers and Coloradans to be creative entrepreneurs in his second state of the state address yesterday at the Capitol.

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Thu January 12, 2012

Lawmakers Open 2012 Legislative Session

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State lawmakers filled the Colorado capitol on Wednesday for the first day of the annual 120 day legislative session. As in previous years, lawmakers from both political parties pledged to work together to tackle the state’s toughest challenges. But partisan battle lines are already being drawn. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.


Mon January 9, 2012

Legislative Leadership Series: John Hickenlooper

Courtesy of the State of Colorado

Colorado’s 2012 legislative session gets under way this Wednesday. On Thursday Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will outline his priorities and expectations for the session during his second State of the State speech before a joint session of the House and Senate. 

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Thu January 5, 2012

Legislative Leadership Series: Mark Ferrandino

Courtesy of Colorado House Democrats

This week we’ve been hearing from key legislative leaders in the Senate and House as a preview of the upcoming 2012 session that begins next Wednesday, January 11th. Yesterday we heard from House Speaker and Republican Frank McNulty. Today we’ll hear from House Minority Leader and Democrat Mark Ferrandino…

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Wed January 4, 2012

Legislative Leadership Series: Frank McNulty

Randolph M Hildreth Creative Commons

In advance of the 2012 legislative session – KUNC’s state capitol reporter is talking to key leaders in the state House and Senate about their expectations and priorities. On Monday and Tuesday we heard from members of the Senate. Today we move to the House and hear from Speaker and Republican Frank McNulty…

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