Capitol Conversation: End of Session

Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their annual legislative session Wednesday. Even though the time was marked by sexual harassment allegations, lawmakers and the governor said it was one of the most successful sessions in history. Bente Birkeland spoke with fellow statehouse […]

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Civil Rights Commission Passes

In a last-minute compromise, state lawmakers re-authorized the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. As Bente Birkeland reports, the deal came together just hours before the legislature adjourned.   The seven-member commission hears civil rights cases in the state. Lawmakers agreed to […]

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Transportation Bill Headed to Governor

The Republicans top priority bill of the session is now headed to the Governor. As Bente Birkeland reports, the measure involved intense negotiations between both parties.   Senate Bill 1 adds nearly 500 million dollars for transportation in the next […]

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Red Flag Gun Bill Fails

As anticipated the state senate has defeated a measure that would have allowed law enforcement to get a court order to temporarily remove guns from a mentally ill person who poses a danger. Bente Birkeland has more… Supporters of the so-called ‘red […]

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Sexual Harassment Six Months Later

After a dramatic and tearful day in early March, lawmakers voted out one of their own. Democratic Rep. Steve Lebsock was the first lawmaker expelled in 103 years after allegations of sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation from five women, were […]

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Denver Post Resignations

In recent four top people at the Denver Post have resigned over censorship concerns and deep budget and staff cuts by the New York based hedge fund owner Alden Global Capital. Bente Birkeland has more.   The news staff now […]

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Red Flag Bill Clears House

The state senate will now take up a bill that lets law enforcement get a court order to temporarily remove guns from mentally ill people who pose a danger. As Bente Birkeland reports, it already passed the House.   The […]

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Senate Punishment For Sen. Baumgardner Stirs Frustration, New Resignation Calls

A punishment for Sen. Randy Baumgardner, amid allegations of sexual harassment that investigators found credible, has spurred a series of reactions at Colorado’s Capitol, and some critics described the discipline as a slap on the wrist. Senate Democrats have renewed their calls for Baumgardner’s resignation or expulsion and Gov. John Hickenlooper declined to say whether he thinks Baumgardner should step down.

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