Bente Birkeland

Rocky Mountain News Radio

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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.


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.


A Divided Region Of A Swing State: The Political Landscape Of Pueblo, Colo.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The city of Pueblo, Colo. went for Donald Trump in 2016, but a diverse population and an activated base of working-class voters could flip it in 2020.


Voters In Colorado, A Key Swing State, React To Impeachment Proceedings

Thursday, January 30, 2020

How are voters in Colorado, where a major Senate race is underway, reacting to President Trump's impeachment trial?


What Voters Think Of The Impeachment Inquiry So Far

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

As the House's public impeachment hearings start Wednesday, voters' reactions are all over the map. Some say the hearings are vital, others see a social media-driven partisan quest.


Impeachment Proceedings Are Tricky Business For Republican Senators Facing Reelection

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has to be more careful than most Republicans talking about impeachment, as he's seeking reelection in a very purple state. GOP voters are split on Gardner's position.


Democrats Divided In Colorado Senate Race

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Colorado is expected to have one of the most closely watched 2020 Senate races. The entry of former governor John Hickenlooper into a crowded Senate primary field is dividing the party in the state.


As Politics Become More Divided, State Recall Efforts Gain Popularity

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Nineteen states allow voters to try to recall elected state officials for a number of reasons, and those efforts have increased exponentially. Including in Colorado where there were six in 2019.


Colorado's 'Red Flag' Gun Measure Raises Concerns

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the bill this week, allowing guns to be temporarily taken from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others.


Colorado Legislators Are In The Middle Of Lengthy Political Fight

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

There's a political fight brewing in the Colorado legislature. Republicans are pulling out all the stops to slow down Democrats who are pushing forward with their ambitious progressive agenda.


For Some Colorado Lawmakers, The Death Penalty Debate Is Personal

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bills to abolish the death penalty are being debated in state legislatures across the country. In Colorado, a couple of lawmakers have a very personal connection to this political lightning rod.


Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Joins The 2020 Democratic Presidential Fray

Monday, March 04, 2019

The 67-year-old former geologist, beer brewer and mayor of Denver points to accomplishments such as Medicaid expansion and increased spending on infrastructure and public education.


A First: Women Take The Majority In Nevada Legislature And Colorado House

Monday, February 04, 2019

Monday, Nevada's Legislature becomes the first in U.S. history to have a majority of female lawmakers. In Colorado, also a first, women hold the majority in the House of Representatives.


How Women Came To Dominate Colorado's Legislature

Sunday, February 03, 2019

This year, two legislative chambers across the country have a majority of women, but in Colorado that's been in the making long before 2018.


Many In Colorado Are Wondering If #MeToo Has Changed The State's Political World

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sexual misconduct allegations dominated the Colorado statehouse session this year. Now, many are asking whether the state's #MeToo movement actually changed Colorado's political environment.


How One Group Is Galvanizing Dissatisfied Voters

Sunday, October 21, 2018

In Colorado, a group is exploiting voter dissatisfaction with the two major political parties in an effort to elect unaffiliated candidates.


With Voters Sour On Major Parties, Group Recruits 'None Of The Above' Candidates

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nearly 70 percent of voters say Republicans and Democrats fail to adequately represent the American people. One group is trying to help elect more unaffiliated candidates.


Colorado Has A History Of Women In Politics — And A Harassment Problem

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nearly 40 percent of Colorado lawmakers are women, and the state has a history of women in powerful jobs. KUNC's Bente Birkeland asked about sexual harassment in the statehouse — and found a problem.


Denver Failed To Land Boeing. Now It's Using Lifestyle To Woo Amazon

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Boeing picked Chicago instead when it was looking for a new headquarters in 2001. This time around, Denver is pitching its quality of life to draw Amazon to build a new headquarters there.


When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

Friday, February 17, 2017

If the Colorado newspaper files a lawsuit, legal experts say it would be the first of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.