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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5:22am

Tue May 3, 2011
State Capitol

Bill Seeks to Change Mission of Governor’s Energy Office

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A Republican lawmaker wants to revamp the Governor’s Energy office and change its mission to promote traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas alongside wind and solar.

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5:34pm

Fri April 29, 2011
State Capitol

Capitol Conversation: What's Left and What Won't Get Done

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Colorado lawmakers have a little over a week left in the 120 day legislative session and a lot of work still needs to be finished.

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4:18pm

Wed April 27, 2011
State Capitol

Healthcare Exchange Bill Clears Senate

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The fate of a bill to create a healthcare exchange in Colorado now rests in the hands of the Republican controlled house. The state senate passed the measure on Wednesday on a party line vote. Many Republicans oppose the bill saying it's too closely tied to the federal healthcare overhaul.

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10:00am

Fri April 22, 2011
State Capitol

Capitol Conversation: Redistricting Impasse

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A bi-partisan committee charged with redrawing the state’s congressional districts has reached an impasse amidst partisan fighting. It’s not clear what will happen next. KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland analyzes the committee's prospects of success as part of our capitol conversation series.

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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