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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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.

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Just about every one of Colorado’s lawmakers seemed to find something to like in Governor John Hickenlooper’s second state of the state address. This year’s speech gave more of a framework for lawmakers as they meet over the next four months during the annual legislative session.

Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. KUNC’s State Capitol report Bente Birkeland examines how things will likely play out with fellow state house reporters.

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The state's legislative session is winding down and lawmakers are in a race against the clock to wrap things up before this Wednesday's deadline.

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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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The state budget has now cleared both legislative chambers with bi-partisan support. As part of our capitol conversation series KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland takes a deeper look at the process and how this year’s budget fight compares to previous debates.

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Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor John Hickenlooper have reached what’s been called an historic agreement on how to balance the state’s budget. All sides say they had to make some sacrifices.

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A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive.

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