Capitol Conversation http://krcc.org en Capitol Conversation: Dems Scuttle Abortion Rights Bill http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-dems-scuttle-abortion-rights-bill <p>Democrats at the state capitol scuttled an abortion rights bill just before the senate was about to debate it on the floor. It was broadly written and would have banned Colorado from "enacting any policy that denies or interferes with and individual’s reproductive healthcare decisions.” As part of our Capitol Conversation series,&nbsp;Bente Birkeland analyzes the political motivations behind the measure and why Democrats reversed course so quickly.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:34:18 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17996 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Dems Scuttle Abortion Rights Bill Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-pending-measures <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;">Lawmakers at the state capitol have some big-ticket items to iron out before the session wraps up in May.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:55:58 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17700 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Pending Measures Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-state-budget-enters-final-stages <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">The state’s 23 billion dollar budget has cleared both legislative chambers. Now it’s up to lawmakers on the joint budget committee to iron out any differences. In this week’s capitol conversation Bente Birkeland sits down with statehouse reporters to discuss the major highlights in this year’s budget.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:43 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17359 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: State Budget Enters Final Stages Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-upcoming-budget-debate <p>Lawmakers in the statehouse are gearing up to debate the budget in the coming days. As part of our weekly capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what to expect and what makes this year's dynamic different.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:51:49 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16711 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: The Upcoming Budget Debate Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-health-bills-budget <p>A number of controversial healthcare bills are up for debate at the statehouse this legislative session.&nbsp; For this week’s Capitol Conversation, statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland&nbsp;talks to reporters about some of them, and also talks about one of the biggest budget fights going forward.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:05:06 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16423 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Health Bills & the Budget Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-senate-race-shakeup <p>News last week that Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is entering the U.S. Senate race to try and unseat Democrat Mark Udall sent shock waves through Colorado’s political landscape.&nbsp; The move has caused some Republicans to drop out of the race.&nbsp; As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the change.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15769 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Senate Race Shakeup Capitol Conversation: Education http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-education <p>Lawmakers are rolling out a new bi-partisan funding plan for K through 12 schools, but many in the education community are not board with it. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the education agenda this session, and some unusual alliances it's creating.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 15495 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Education Capitol Conversation: Branding Colorado http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-branding-colorado <p>Last summer Colorado officials rolled out a new state brand and logo. It’s popular among some groups but received mixed support at the state capitol. A Republican bill to send the branding question to a vote of the people failed at the statehouse. As part of capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the back story and where the branding issue goes from here.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:48:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14937 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Branding Colorado Capitol Conversation: Measures Start Moving through Statehouse http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-measures-start-moving-through-statehouse <p>Some of the meatier bills of the legislative session are beginning to move through the statehouse. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to political reporters about what's on the horizon.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:01:11 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14634 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Measures Start Moving through Statehouse 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 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 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 Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-election-results-and-impacts-education <p></p><p>Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. In this special election edition of Capitol Conversation, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland analyzes the long- term impacts of the election results with political reporters.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:50:27 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11041 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Election Results and Impacts on Education Capitol Conversation: Reporter Roundtable on Recall Elections http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-reporter-roundtable-recall-elections <p></p><p>Two Colorado state lawmakers are facing recall votes over their support for stricter gun laws. The recalls have cast a national spotlight on Colorado and are drawing big out of state donations. Bente Birkeland sat down with reporters who are covering the recall campaigns to discuss what’s at stake.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 8215 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Reporter Roundtable on Recall Elections