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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Colorado Supreme Court
3:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

William Hood Will Be Colorado’s Next Supreme Court Justice

William Hood and his wife look on as Gov. Hickenlooper announces his appointment, Oct. 25.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 10:23 am

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of William Hood to the bench Friday afternoon. Hood is filling the place of retiring chief justice John Bender.

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Flooding in Northern Colorado
5:25 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet

Flooded areas are seen from a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Boulder County, Colo., Sept. 18, 2013.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jecca Geffre/Released

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 3:03 pm

A bipartisan committee of 12 Colorado lawmakers will soon meet to examine the state’s response to September’s devastating Front Range floods.

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Proposition AA
4:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Voters To Weigh In On Colorado Marijuana Taxes

Marijuana indvidually bagged and ready for use in this photo dated April 20, 2013.
charenton Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:43 pm

Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.

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Colorado Politics
1:39 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Colorado Voters To Decide 2 Lawmakers' Fates In Recall Elections

State Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, both Democrats, face recall elections Tuesday. The battle in Colorado has attracted major players from across the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 12:01 pm

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 session. Among the most controversial measures passed were universal background checks and limiting high-capacity magazines to 15 rounds.

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Marijuana
10:57 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Colorado Voters to Decide on How to Tax Recreational Pot

Colorado voters this Fall will decide how to tax recreational marijuana.
Credit Marci Krivonen

This fall voters across Colorado will decide how recreational marijuana should be taxed. The state legislature referred a special sales tax and an excise tax to the ballot. As Bente Birkeland reports, while the initiative has broad support, there are some who worry it goes too far.

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