politics http://krcc.org en Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez http://krcc.org/post/q-gop-gubernatorial-nominee-bob-beauprez <p>In one of his first interviews since winning the GOP nod to challenge Governor John Hickenlooper, Bob Beauprez sat down with Bente Birkeland to discuss some of the key issues in the campaign. The Catholic former congressman explains his support for the death penalty, and why he decided to run for Governor after losing his gubernatorial race in 2006 by double digits.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21058 at http://krcc.org Q & A with GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Bob Beauprez Two GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate http://krcc.org/post/two-gop-gubernatorial-candidates-debate <p>Four Republicans are vying to be the lone candidate to run against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall. But with the primary election coming up on June 24th, only two of the candidates participated in a taped debate hosted by CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:47:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20173 at http://krcc.org Two GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate On Film and a Politics of Compromise: An Interview with Brian Price http://krcc.org/post/film-and-politics-compromise-interview-brian-price-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:24:36 +0000 Gracie Ramsdell 18356 at http://krcc.org On Film and a Politics of Compromise: An Interview with Brian Price Colorado Launches Bid for RNC http://krcc.org/post/colorado-launches-bid-rnc <p>Colorado has formally launched its campaign to put in a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Republican leaders announced members of the host committee late last week. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:37:03 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14221 at http://krcc.org Colorado Launches Bid for RNC Capitol Conversation: The Session Begins http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-begins <p>It didn’t take long before tempers flared during the first full week of Colorado’s legislative session. In the state senate, party leaders had an intense back and forth about a Republican bill to repeal universal background checks for gun purchases. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland analyzes the dynamic as part of our capitol conversation series.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:26:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14062 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: The Session Begins Recall Effort Leader to Run for Clerk & Recorder in Pueblo http://krcc.org/post/recall-effort-leader-run-clerk-recorder-pueblo <p>The president of the group that led efforts to recall a state senator in Pueblo is running for clerk and recorder. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><div><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:17:58 +0000 Eliza Densmore & AP 13878 at http://krcc.org Recall Effort Leader to Run for Clerk & Recorder in Pueblo Capitol Conversation: State of the State, Session Begins http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-state-state-session-begins <p>State lawmakers are back to work under the gold dome for the annual legislative session. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to political reporters about the first few days, and the Governor’s state of the state address.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:24:17 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13786 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: State of the State, Session Begins Governor Delivers State of the State Address http://krcc.org/post/governor-delivers-state-state-address <p>Governor John Hickenlooper says Colorado has weathered a tough year but showed the world what it means to come together and be strong. The Governor gave what could be his final state of the state address on Thursday – before facing reelection in the fall.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Governor’s speech began on a somber note as he remembered the tests Colorado faced in 2013. The head of the State’s Department of Corrections was gunned down. Natural disasters plagued the summer and fall – and then there was December’s shooting at Arapahoe High School…</p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:11:08 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13695 at http://krcc.org Governor Delivers State of the State Address Capitol Conversation: Previewing Legislative Priorities http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-previewing-legislative-priorities <p>Last legislative session state lawmakers tackled a host of controversial issues from changing how Colorado funds K through 12 schools, to new renewable energy standards for rural utilities. Democrats who control both chambers and the Governor’s office also passed stricter gun laws. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:27:50 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13556 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Previewing Legislative Priorities Capitol Conversation: Session Preview http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-preview <p></p><p><br />State lawmakers return to the capitol on Wednesday and they face a tough political climate. Several members are running for higher office. The makeup in the senate has also changed since last session: two Democrats were recalled for supporting stricter gun laws, and another Democrat resigned rather than face a potential recall election. Bente Birkeland discusses how politics will shape the legislature as part of our ongoing Capitol Conversation series.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:31:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13511 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Session Preview Mixed Results for Governor in New Poll http://krcc.org/post/mixed-results-governor-new-poll <p>Less than a year away from the 2014 election, <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/colorado/release-detail?ReleaseID=1977" target="_blank">a new poll from Quinnipiac University</a> shows Governor John Hickenlooper edging out his Republican challengers, but as Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, reaction is also mixed to some of his policies.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:24:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11645 at http://krcc.org Mixed Results for Governor in New Poll Colorado GOP Seeks National Convention http://krcc.org/post/colorado-gop-seeks-national-convention <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Colorado Republicans say they’re putting in a bid for the state to host the next Republican National Convention in 2016. As Bente Birkeland reports, planning is still in the early stages and already several western cities are also competing for the chance to host.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:42:33 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11447 at http://krcc.org Colorado GOP Seeks National Convention Poll Shows Mediocre Support for Gov. Hickenlooper http://krcc.org/post/poll-shows-mediocre-support-gov-hickenlooper <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">A new poll shows mediocre approval ratings for Democratic Governor John </span>Hickenlooper<span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; "> as he begins his bid for reelection. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:52:45 +0000 Bente Birkeland 7617 at http://krcc.org Poll Shows Mediocre Support for Gov. Hickenlooper Recall Elections Take Shape http://krcc.org/post/recall-elections-take-shape <p></p><p></p><p>It’s a low time of year in Colorado politics. No general election, no Governor’s race. The state capitol is quiet, and the hustle and bustle of the legislative session is long gone. But for senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, this off election year is shaping up to be the busiest of his life. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:44:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 6415 at http://krcc.org Recall Elections Take Shape