Bente Birkeland

Capitol Coverage Reporter for Rocky Mountain Community Radio

Bente Birkeland has covered Colorado politics and government since spring of 2006. She loves the variety and challenge of the state capitol beat and talking to people from all walks of life. Bente's work has aired on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, American Public Media'sMarketplace, and she was a contributor for WNYC's The Next Big Thing. She has won numerous local and national awards, including best beat reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Bente grew up in Minnesota and England, and loves skiing, hiking, and is an aspiring cello player. She lives in Lakewood with her husband.

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The presidential race has taken so much attention it can be easy to forget about the local races that will determine which political party controls the Colorado Statehouse.

Mail ballots from this year’s election are starting to be returned.


About 50 people recently weighed in on ColoradoCare at an event hosted by KUNC and the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Opponents for a measure that would allow terminally ill patients to take medication to end their lives launched statewide television ads Wednesday.

The first wave of ballots will be mailed to Colorado voters on Monday. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.

Colorado’s major party candidates held their only televised debate of the election Tuesday.

The main party candidates in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race will meet Tuesday evening on 9 News for their only televised debate of this election.

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 Presidential hopeful Donald Trump brought his campaign message to Colorado Monday with stops in Pueblo and in Loveland.

Colorado could be the next state to let terminally ill patients take medication to end their lives. 

Two election related questions will appear on the November ballot in Colorado. Proposition 108 would open local and statewide primaries up to unaffiliated voters. 

Should it be more difficult to change Colorado’s constitution?

Several dead voters are casting ballots in Colorado, according to a recent report from CBS 4 in Denver.

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 Not surprisingly, reaction to the first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton largely depends on party affiliation.

Colorado is among a handful of states where voters will decide if the minimum wage should be increased. If approved, Colorado’s wage would go up each year until it reaches $12 an hour by 2020.

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Despite moderate growth in Colorado, non-partisan state legislative economists say the risk of a recession is rising here and across the nation. 


For the nearly half million people in Colorado who buy health insurance on the individual market, prices are increasing drastically this next year. 

 Supporters of a ballot question that would make it harder to change Colorado’s constitution have raised close to $3 million.

Colorado has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country, and state and federal officials are asking Congress for more money to try to expand public awareness and hire more healthcare workers. 


This election cycle has been anything but typical and now Colorado voters will have their say in how the next election is handled.

 U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Colorado on Wednesday to campaign for a ballot measure increasing the state’s minimum wage.