Bente Birkeland appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Since Colorado legalized marijuana use, some schools in the state are starting to change how they teach students about the drug in health class. Educators worry students are receiving mixed messages.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Two prominent Democratic state senators could lose their jobs after lawmakers passed sweeping gun control laws following the theater shooting in Auro, Colo., and the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut. Gun rights activists collected enough signatures to force the historic recall elections.
The recalls follow a combative and bitter legislative ...
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
In 2008, the Obama wave swept across the country, bringing Democrats to districts that had been Republican strongholds for decades. Democrats acquired a 75 vote majority in the House of Representatives; they currently hold the majority of Representatives' seats in 33 states, compared to Republicans' 16 states.
This year, the electoral tide is shifting and all signs point to Republicans taking back the House during today's election. The first districts likely to go Republican will be those former stronghold "swing seats," such as Ohio's 6th and 18th Districts and Colorado's 3rd, 4th, and 7th Districts.
Monday, July 26, 2010
It may seem like a distant memory, but back in 2008, the story of the Democratic presidential primary was the rise of a relative newcomer to Washington taking on the party establishment with grassroots organizing. It was a winning strategy for then-candidate Barack Obama in Colorado, where he earned more than two-thirds of the primary votes and defeated Hillary Clinton.
In Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary this year, there’s another candidate campaigning as an outsider, but the establishment narrative is flipped. This time, the political newcomer is the incumbent, and the challenger is a mainstay of Colorado politics.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Colorado has long been a solid red state, but like some other former Republican strongholds, it looks to be leaning Obama's way. Almost half of Colorado's registered voters have alrea...