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Redistricting Hearing Comes to a Close

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Closing arguments in Colorado’s congressional redistricting trial are scheduled for today. It’ll then be up to a judge to determine new congressional lines that will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Every ten years the state must draw new districts to account for population shifts. But this year the state legislature couldn’t agree on a map, tossing it to the courts. KUNC’s State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to political reporters who’ve been covering the trial and analyzes what’s at stake.

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.