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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2:39pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Politics

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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5:00am

Mon April 9, 2012
Digital Politics

#COleg: Twitter Use Explodes At The Capitol

Twitter

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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8:50am

Fri April 6, 2012
Politics

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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6:00am

Wed April 4, 2012
Education

What’s In a Name? Plenty If You’re A College

Colorado’s four-year public colleges will soon be a rarity. That’s because most colleges don’t want to be colleges any more, and are asking the legislature to change their names. 

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7:22am

Fri March 30, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Overcome Budget Stumbling Block

KUNC

After a heated debate over proposed cuts to state agencies, lawmakers on the joint budget reached a compromise on Thursday. 

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