Capitol Coverage

KUNC is a member of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.

Capitol Coverage stories are edited at KUNC. 

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Next year's proposed state budget cleared the Colorado House with near unanimous support. The Senate is schedule to take up the budget bill this week.

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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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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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The state’s legislative session is half over, and leaders in both parties are taking stock of where things stand and what’s left. Not surprisingly Republicans and Democrats have very different takes on how well the session is progressing.


State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase the daily expense rate for legislators who live outside of Denver. Every non-metro area lawmaker could get nearly 4 thousand additional dollars each year.

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A federal judge is weighing whether a lawsuit against the Tax Payers Bill of Rights should move forward. Plaintiffs are suing the state, saying TABOR violates the U.S. constitution because it strips the state legislature of its power to tax. But Colorado is defending TABOR and filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum upended Colorado’s political establishment by winning last week’s Republican caucus, beating front-runner Mitt Romney. It was a move that most never saw coming.

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The drama surrounding Republican representative Laura Bradford’s suspected drunken driving incident has dominated life under the state capitol’s gold dome for about a week. Bradford is now threatening to leave the Republican Party, which would put the GOP's control of the statehouse in the balance.

President Barack Obama recently made his third trip to Colorado in the last four months. Colorado is expected to be a key swing state in the general election. As part of our capitol conversation series, KUNC’s State Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with fellow state house reporters to talk about Colorado’s role in the 2012 presidential race.

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State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several lawmakers are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland breaks things down with her fellow state house reporters.