Bente Birkeland is a reporter for Rocky Mountain News Radio.
Bente Birkeland appears in the following:
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
One controversial provision would ban anyone overseeing elections from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about the process. That's raised First Amendment concerns.
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
The indictment of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and her deputy on a laundry list of felony and misdemeanor charges is related to an election security breach in her office last year.
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
State Rep. David Ortiz was paralyzed from the waist down while serving in Afghanistan. To give him access to the House podium, legislative staff say they have built the first lift of its kind.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The Colorado Caroling Company shares the joy of performing holiday favorites for appreciative audiences.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Election officials are trying to win over voter trust that ballots are handled and counted securely. In Colorado, a clerk went so far as to invite one skeptic to work at his office to see for herself.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
More states have adopted redistricting commissions as an antidote to gerrymandering over the past decade. Depending on the state, commissions look and function very differently. Are they working?
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, who in 2018 became the first openly gay man ever elected governor in the U.S., wed his longtime partner on Wednesday.
Friday, September 03, 2021
A county clerk in Colorado is under investigation after sensitive information about the county's voting machines appeared on conspiracy websites.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Colorado officials are pointing the finger at the Mesa County clerk, who's currently attending a conference promoting claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Independent redistricting commissions are more popular than ever, but some states in which Democrats have political control — like Colorado — are starting to regret giving up map-making power.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Republicans in more than 30 states have introduced bills to criminalize or limit the rights of protesters. Simultaneously, some Democratic-led states are working to better protect protesters.
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Reports of psychosis associated with new cannabis concentrates have half a dozen states proposing new regulations They're also proposing more taxes to fund research about the unknowns in concentrates.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Voting machine engineer Eric Coomer was falsely accused of rigging the election against former President Donald Trump by the conservative cable network. He faced death threats and has been in hiding.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Weeks after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colo., the push for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons is losing steam, even among prominent Democrats who say it is the wrong strategy.
Friday, April 09, 2021
Immediately following the shooting in Boulder that killed 10 people, some Colorado Democrats said they would push for a statewide ban on assault-style weapons. Now support for a ban is waning.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Some see these legal fights as another way to take on viral misinformation, one that's already starting to show some results.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
After 10 people were killed at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., state Democrats say they're considering joining seven other states and D.C. by banning "assault-style" weapons.
Friday, March 19, 2021
No governor expects they'll have to lead their state through a global pandemic when they take office, but the last year has thrust them all into the spotlight, including Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Voting technology companies are using lawsuits to take on false claims that they were involved in stealing the 2020 election. They say the flood of election disinformation has hurt their bottom line.
Friday, February 05, 2021
As the GOP split reverberates across the U.S., the head of one Colorado county Republican Party insinuates that COVID-19 is a hoax, calls on militia group for security and faces calls to resign.