Bente Birkeland

Rocky Mountain News Radio

Bente Birkeland appears in the following:

Behind The Scenes Of Pandemic Governing: Colorado's Polis On Tests Of Leadership

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.

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Voting Firms Turn To Defamation Lawsuits To Counter False Claims

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.

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GOP Divide Not Just A D.C. Drama: Post-Trump Reckoning Splits Colorado County

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.

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Giuliani Faces Massive Defamation Suit Over His Baseless Claims About 2020 Election

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Colorado voting machine company is suing Rudy Giuliani, one of former President Donald Trump's lawyers, for his baseless claims related to the election and the company's equipment.

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Dominion Voting Systems Suing Giuliani For Defamation

Monday, January 25, 2021

The company is seeking $1.3 billion from President Trump's attorney who has targeted Dominion with false claims after Trump's election loss in November. Additional lawsuits are possible.

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The Toll Of Conspiracy Theories: A Voting Security Expert Lives In Hiding

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The head of security for a voting equipment vendor speaks out from an undisclosed location where he's living after threats or harassment were directed to him and his family — even ex-girlfriends.

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Dominion Voting Systems Employee Sues Trump Campaign And Allies, Alleging Defamation

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell are among those named in the suit by Eric Coomer, Dominion's product security director, who is in hiding over threats stemming from conspiracy theories about his work.

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Despite COVID, Thousands Of Lawmakers Plan To Gather In State Capitols Next Month

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Delaying session or meeting remotely aren't options that have necessarily appealed to Republican state lawmakers who, for the most part, aren't shy about gathering in large numbers in 2021.

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Colorado Tests Ability To Deliver Vaccine To A Remote Hospital

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

A Colorado state team has picked up a mock vaccine at Denver's airport to deliver to a remote mountain hospital to test the ability to maintain the vaccine's required temperature.

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Colorado Voters Elect The State's 1st Lawmaker Who Uses A Wheelchair

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

The 130-year-old Capitol building where Rep.-elect David Ortiz will work isn't totally accessible. We examine what his victory means for disability rights, and what changes have to be made.

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He's For Trump, She's For Biden: How A Married Couple Navigate Political Differences

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

NPR visits one politically divided married couple in Pueblo, Colo., as they debate politics ahead of the 2020 election.

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What Colorado Voters Are Prioritizing Ahead Of November's Election

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Supreme Court vacancy is not at the top of the minds of the Colorado voters we spoke to this week, while health care and the pandemic are.

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Colorado Says It Needs More Federal Aid To Survive Financial Effects Of COVID-19

Monday, August 03, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, states have struggled with staggering revenue losses and budget shortfalls. Here's what is happening in Colorado.

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1 Of Democrats' Top Senate Recruits Stumbles Amid Protests

Sunday, June 28, 2020

While former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is still seen as having an edge in his state's Senate primary, recent and past comments about race have dampened enthusiasm for him among some voters.

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Colorado Voters Could Decide Which Party Will Control The U.S. Senate

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Next week, Colorado voters will pick the Democrat to challenge GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper was the party's first choice for the nomination, but his campaign has hit snags.

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Drained By Pandemic, States Are Asking For Federal Aid

Thursday, April 23, 2020

State coffers have been wiped out by a loss of income and sales tax revenue and the cost of fighting the coronavirus. States are begging the federal government to help with massive budget shortfalls.

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How Government Agencies Determine The Dollar Value Of Human Life

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Reopening the economy requires contemplating the trade-off between lives and money. Government agencies are already used to putting dollar values on human life when considering safety regulations.

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In Unprecedented Times, Governors Have Unprecedented Power

Friday, March 27, 2020

The coronavirus is forcing governors to ask how to balance public safety with the financial welfare of their states. We spent the day with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis as the pandemic tested his mettle.

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Unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic Tests Governors' Mettle

Friday, March 27, 2020

Governors are questioning how to balance public safety with states' financial welfare during the coronavirus outbreak. We spent the day with Gov. Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado.

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State Legislatures Shut Down Due To Coronavirus, Leaving Legislation On The Table

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Several state legislatures have called off their 2020 sessions due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving necessary lawmaking in question.

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