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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5:41am

Mon March 26, 2012
Politics

Colorado and the Federal Healthcare Challenge

KUNC

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will be in the front row Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the constitutionality of the federal healthcare law. Colorado is one of 26 states challenging the law.

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4:32pm

Tue March 20, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Debate Third Grade Literacy Bill

A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read initially cleared the State House of Representatives on Tuesday. It’s a divisive measure for Democrats, with some arguing it won’t help children succeed academically.

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6:31am

Tue March 20, 2012
Politics

March Revenue Forecast Equals More Money for State Budget

KUNC

Colorado’s latest revenue forecast shows signs of growth and a slight uptick in the economy. The better than expected quarterly forecast means lawmakers will have nearly 150 million additional dollars to work with in next year’s budget.

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5:00am

Mon March 19, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Want to Revise the State’s Telecommunications Law

Rocky Mountain Community Radio

State lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at overhauling the state’s telecommunications law. The measure is scheduled for its first hearing at the capitol later today.

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5:33am

Tue March 13, 2012
Politics

Colorado Legislature Examines Child Literacy Laws

KUNC

A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read, passed a house committee on Monday on a vote of 10 to 3.

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