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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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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Lawmakers on the joint budget committee have reached a gridlock and on writing the budget for next fiscal year. This has forced the Colorado senate to delay the budget debate by a week.

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For the third year in a row, state lawmakers will grapple with the debate over who can sell full strength beer. Two lawmakers have introduced bills to expand the sale of full strength beer to grocery and convenience stores. Similar bills have failed in the past.

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