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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8:33pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Politics

Hickenlooper Calls For A Special Session [Updated]

Screencap of Governor Hickenlooper's speech today calling for a special session
CBS4 denver.cbslocal.com

Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions. The decision comes the day after Republican leaders in the house filibustered the measure even though it had enough GOP votes to pass that chamber.

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5:43am

Wed May 9, 2012
Politics

The Dramatic Death of Colorado's Civil Unions Bill

KUNC

A bill that would have allowed civil unions in Colorado failed in the Republican controlled house late Tuesday night despite having enough GOP votes to pass. It happened after a dramatic fallout on the chamber floor, when Republicans recessed the House for several hours as Democrats were trying to call up the bill.

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6:49pm

Mon May 7, 2012

5:32am

Mon May 7, 2012
Politics

Capitol Conversation: Colorado Civil Unions

KUNC

A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado is poised for a showdown in the Republican controlled house in the final days of the state’s legislative session. The measure narrowly cleared two Republican house committees by one vote, last week, and still faces one more committee hearing before it can head to the full floor for debate.

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11:46am

Fri May 4, 2012
Politics

Committee Says No to Being “High” on Colorado Highways

After a lengthy hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high.

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