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.




Mon April 16, 2012


Fri April 13, 2012

Governor Hickenlooper Weighs in on Budget

Governor John Hickenlooper
State of Colorado

As the proposed $19-billion state budget for next year moves through the legislature, KUNC’s State Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland speaks with Governor John Hickenlooper about the plan and some of the other bills still alive at the capitol.


Mon April 9, 2012

Senate Passes Immigrant Tuition Bill With No Debate

The state senate passed a bill on Monday allowing illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay lower tuition rates. The measure passed on a party line vote, and Governor Hickenlooper recently weighed in with his support.

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Mon April 9, 2012
Digital Politics

#COleg: Twitter Use Explodes At The Capitol


The use of Twitter and its short 140 character messages has spread fast and furiously inside the Capitol. Virtually every lawmaker has an account, as do the capitol watchers, think tanks, lobbyists, and reporters.

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Fri April 6, 2012

Capitol Conversation: Criminal Justice Bills Spark Heated Debate

Creative Commons

There have been a host of bills during the legislative session focusing on criminal justice. Many of these measures have been controversial and sparked heated debate amongst lawmakers.

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