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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9:29am

Sun March 13, 2011
State Politics

Legislative Session Half Over, Budget Work Now a Top Priority

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Lawmakers are midway through the state’s legislative session and depending on who you ask, it’s either been a bi-partisan session, or partisan.

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1:13pm

Fri March 11, 2011
Politics

Capitol Conversation

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Lawmakers wrap up statewide hearings on congressional redistricting on March 19th. A bi-partisan committee has traveled across Colorado to get input from voters on drawing new congressional lines. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland explores the history and complications of having politicians write the map.

3:49pm

Tue March 8, 2011
Budget

Governor Wants to Consolidate Departments to Save Money, Parks

Governor John Hickenlooper
Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper wants to consolidate the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation into a new division. He says doing so will more than just streamline government within the Department of Natural Resources.

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8:35am

Tue March 8, 2011
Politics

Civil Unions Bill Passes First Hurdle at State Capitol

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A bill that would create civil unions cleared its first hurdle in the state house on Monday. Supporters say it's a major step forward to create equal rights under the law for same sex couples. But opponents worry it would undermine the traditional family unit.

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6:30am

Mon March 7, 2011

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