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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5:14pm

Thu April 21, 2011
State Capitol

Governor Marks First 100 Days in Office

Governor John Hickenlooper
Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper marked his first 100 days in office Thursday praising his cabinet and staff for making the transition smooth. And while Hickenlooper wins high marks from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for taking a collaborative approach to the job, some of his top priorities for the legislative session are still up in the air.

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9:32am

Thu April 21, 2011
State Capitol

Redistricting Committee Reaches Impasse

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Colorado’s committee charged with redrawing congressional districts will miss its deadline for creating a bi-partisan map. The committee spent hours arguing and reached an impasse Wednesday evening. The group is now asking legislative leaders for more time to try and reach a compromise.

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10:15am

Wed April 20, 2011
State Capitol

Emotions Flare During Redistricting Hearing

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The state legislature is required to draw up new congressional maps to coincide with the latest census figures. But so far Republicans and Democrats on a bi-partisan committee have come up vastly different proposals.

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6:56am

Tue April 19, 2011
Legislation

Bear Hunting Proposal Sparks Debate

Division of Wildlife

A bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season ignited a passionate debate from agriculture producers and animal rights groups on Monday.  Proponents say it’ll help curb the growing bear population, but opponents worry the measure could harm female bears and orphan cubs. 

2:44pm

Mon April 18, 2011
State Capitol

Tuition Bill for Illegal Immigrant Students Passes in Senate

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Democrats in the state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition. It faces a tougher challenge in the Republican controlled House.

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