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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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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8:26am

Sun May 22, 2011
State Capitol

Lawsuits Filed over Legislatures Failure to Redraw Congressional Lines

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Now that the state legislature has failed to redraw new congressional lines, it’ll be up to a judge to pick a congressional map for Colorado to help determine future members of Congress. Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits in Denver District Court and expect the process to move fairly quickly.

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5:41pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Politics

Colorado Legislative Redistricting Begins Amid Bi-Partisan Promises

The state legislature may have failed to redraw Colorado's U.S. Congressional districts. But a separate commission now taking its shot at redrawing state legislative house and senate districts says its ground rules are different and thus partisan fights could be minimized. 

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9:59am

Sun May 15, 2011
State Capitol

Governor Reflects on First Legislative Session

Kirk Siegler

While legislative leaders in both parties spent the final days of the state’s legislative session trading barbs back and forth, one person remained largely unscathed. Governor John Hickenlooper managed to stay above the fray and win high marks from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for his management style. Still the Governor acknowledges he didn’t accomplish everything on his agenda.

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5:37am

Fri May 13, 2011
State Capitol

Lawmakers Weigh in on Completed Session

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Now that the state's annual 120 day legislative session is finished, legislative leaders and the Governor took time on Thursday to reflect on how things went. And while all agree on the major accomplishments and disappointments, they don't always agree on who should get the credit or blame.

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