State lawmakers have introduced a bill to overhaul and revise the Colorado’s telecommunications law. The measure is scheduled for its first hearing at the capitol today. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the background and why there’s powerful opposition.

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The state’s legislative session is half over, and leaders in both parties are taking stock of where things stand. Not surprisingly Republicans and Democrats have very different takes on how well the session is progressing. Bente Birkeland discusses it as part of our capitol conversation series.

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The state’s annual legislative session is never dull, and this year several unexpected topics have dominated the news cycle. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the top stories so far.

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State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase the daily expense rate for legislators who live outside Denver. Every non-metro area lawmaker could get nearly 4 thousand additional dollars each year. Legislative leaders from both parties back the plan. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse [...]

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A federal judge is weighing whether a lawsuit against the Tax Payers Bill of Rights should move forward. Plaintiffs are suing the state, and say TABOR violates the U.S. Constitution because it strips the state legislature of its power to tax. But Colorado is defending TABOR and filed a motion asking the judge to [...]

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Rick Santorum upended Colorado’s political establishment by winning the Republican caucus, beating frontrunner Mitt Romney. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland examines what it says about Republican politics and the mood of voters.

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The drama surrounding Republican representative Laura Bradford’s suspected drunk driving incident has dominated life under the state capitol’s gold dome for about a week. Bradford is now threatening to leave the Republican Party, which would put the GOP’s control of the statehouse in the balance. As part of our capitol conversation series Bente Birkeland [...]

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President Barack Obama recently made his third trip to the Centennial State in the last four months. Colorado is expected to be a key swing state in the general election. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland sat down with reporters to talk about the event and Colorado’s role in the presidential [...]

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State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several members of the state legislature are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier, and substantial bills are starting to get scheduled for their first hearings. Bente [...]

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Every lawmaker seemed to find something to like in Governor John Hickenlooper’s second State of the State address. The speech will help provide a framework as lawmakers meet over the next four months during the legislative session. Bente Birkeland kicks off this year’s Capitol Conversation series by sitting down with fellow statehouse reporters to [...]

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Colorado’s legislative leaders talked about job growth and cutting government red tape in their annual forum previewing the upcoming session at the statehouse. Lawmakers also pledged to put the partisan rancor of congressional and statehouse redistricting behind them. Bente Birkeland sat down with fellow statehouse reporters to examine how things will likely play out [...]

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Colorado is in the middle of a partisan fight over state house and congressional district boundaries. By law, the state must redraw the boundaries once a decade to account for population shifts. The new maps will impact the political landscape for years to come, but still need approval from the state supreme court. Bente [...]

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Now that the state’s 120-day legislative session has wrapped up, capitol reporters take a closer look at the unique dynamics that shaped the mood inside the building and impacted what legislation was ultimately passed. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland examines the personalities that were the driving forces behind it all.

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The state’s legislative session is winding down and lawmakers are in a race against the clock to wrap things up and pass bills before the final day. Bente Birkeland talks about the remaining bills on the calendar as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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Lawmakers have about a week left in the legislative session and a lot of work still left to do. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks about what will and won’t get done, and what’s hanging things up.

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A bi-partisan committee charged with redrawing the state’s congressional districts has reached an impasse amidst partisan fighting. It’s not clear what will happen next. Bente Birkeland analyzes the committee’s prospects of success as part of our capitol conversation series.

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The state budget has now cleared both legislative chambers with bi-partisan support. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a deeper look at the process and how this year’s budget fight compares to previous debates.

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Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor John Hickenlooper have reached what’s been called an historic agreement on how to balance the state’s budget. All sides say they had to make some sacrifices. Bente Birkeland takes a look behind the scenes as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she’ll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange, saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market [...]

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Lawmakers on the joint budget committee have reached a gridlock and on writing the budget for next fiscal year. This has forced the senate to delay the budget debate by a week. Bente Birkeland takes a look at what’s happening behind the scenes as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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For the third year in a row, the legislature will grapple with the debate over who can sell full strength beer. Two lawmakers have introduced bills to expand the sale of full strength beer to grocery and convenience stores. Similar bills have failed in the past. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente [...]

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Lawmakers wrap up statewide hearings on redistricting this week. A bi-partisan committee has traveled across Colorado to get input from voters on drawing new congressional lines. The legislature is charged with writing the map for congressional districts after this latest census. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland explores the history and [...]

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A bill to allow civil unions in the state gets its first hearing in the senate later today. The measure would give same sex couples the equivalent legal protections as heterosexual couples. It touches on issues such as division of assets, hospital visitation, and end of life decision making. Bente Birkeland examines its chances [...]

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News

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there’s no money for injured players.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · A U.N. spokesman said Israeli tank shells hit the school Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90. The agency is housing scores of people displaced by the fighting in schools across Gaza.
 

July 30, 2014 | NWNews · Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.
 

Arts & Life

July 30, 2014 | NPR · Amy Bloom’s new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
 

ABC
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it’s about sex.
 

Music

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Azekel, Beach Day, Strand of Oaks, The Wytches, Christian Gregory, KING, Jonah Tolchin and The Acid.
 

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July 29, 2014 | WXPN · For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician’s melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

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