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.

 

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12:44pm

Mon October 3, 2011
Politics

Proposal for New State House Maps Submitted

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The state Supreme Court will have the ultimate say on whether new statehouse legislative maps are fair, balanced and follow the Colorado constitution. A bi-partisan committee spent several months redrawing the maps. If adopted, the new districts would be in place for the November 2012 election. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

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7:16pm

Tue September 27, 2011
Politics

President Pushes Jobs Package in Denver

Kirk Siegler

Denver was the last stop on President Barack Obama’s western tour to raise money for his re-election campaign and promote his new jobs plan. The President spoke to several thousand people at a largely Hispanic high school in southwest Denver on Tuesday. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

5:00am

Mon June 20, 2011
Health Care

New St. Anthony Hospital Opens Without Obstetrics Program

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The long anticipated St. Anthony hospital held its grand opening in Lakewood on Monday. It’s taken seven years to plan and build the 450 million dollar facility, which includes everything from level one trauma care, oncology, orthopedics, and an expanded emergency room. But there’s one major service that won’t be offered – labor and delivery.

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8:27am

Wed June 1, 2011
State Capitol

Governor Vetoes First Bill

Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper has vetoed his first bill. The measure would have required monthly premiums for certain families enrolled in a healthcare program for low income children. But Republicans are criticizing the Governor for failing to rein in the entitlement program.

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8:36am

Tue May 31, 2011
State Capitol

Time Running Out for Governor to Sign Legislation

Governor John Hickenlooper has signed more than 240 bills into law since taking office in January. Many were done during the legislative session when the bills first reached his desk, but the deadline for the rest is ticking. The Governor has until June 10th to either sign, veto or let bills become law without his signature.

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