Capitol Coverage http://krcc.org en Judge Rules Against Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban http://krcc.org/post/judge-rules-against-colorados-gay-marriage-ban <p>A federal judge in Colorado struck down the state’s gay marriage ban Wednesday. The judge put a temporary hold on the decision so the state can appeal it to a higher court. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:41:51 +0000 Bente Birkeland & AP 22387 at http://krcc.org Judge Rules Against Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot http://krcc.org/post/stumping-beauprez-christie-stands-firm-colorado-pot While campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to back down from his <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/chris-christie-marijuana-colorado-pot-105888.html" target="_blank">comments made earlier in 2014</a>, criticizing Colorado’s quality of life after legalizing recreational marijuana.<p>“We’ve got to stop in public life worrying about making everybody happy and faking it, like we’re going to agree all the time,” said Christie.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:02 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22382 at http://krcc.org Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts http://krcc.org/post/reporter-roundtable-same-sex-marriage-colorados-courts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge in Denver said Colorado’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and three county clerks have been issuing marriage licenses in the state. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks to statehouse reporters about the changes and what it means politically.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:27:21 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22158 at http://krcc.org Reporter Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado's Courts Gov. Pulls the Plug on Special Legislative Session for Oil & Gas Rules http://krcc.org/post/gov-pulls-plug-special-legislative-session-oil-gas-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor John </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. </span>Hickenlooper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said there weren’t enough stakeholders on board for a bi-partisan solution.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We continue to believe that the right way to solve complex issues like these is through the legislative process and through transparent rule making.”</span></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:10:04 +0000 Bente Birkeland 22070 at http://krcc.org Gov. Pulls the Plug on Special Legislative Session for Oil & Gas Rules With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband http://krcc.org/post/more-tech-farm-rural-colorado-left-waiting-wanting-broadband People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:25:54 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21393 at http://krcc.org With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-after-primaries <p>After last week’s primary elections in Colorado, Bente&nbsp;Birkeland&nbsp;sat down with other statehouse reporters to talk about the Governor’s race and to analyze the upcoming political season.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:00:39 +0000 Bente Birkeland 21251 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: After the Primaries 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 Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race http://krcc.org/post/beauprez-gets-gop-nod-will-face-hickenlooper-governors-race The race to be Colorado’s next Governor is officially underway. Former Congressman Bob Beauprez will challenge Governor John Hickenlooper in November after winning a four way GOP primary race. Beauprez captured a four-point lead over his closest challenger, Tom Tancredo.<p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:03:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20989 at http://krcc.org Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race 4th Congressional District & Gubernatorial Races: Analyzing the Primaries http://krcc.org/post/4th-congressional-district-gubernatorial-races-analyzing-primaries <p>Colorado’s primary election is on Tuesday, and in many ways it marks the beginning of the political season that will culminate in November. Two GOP primary races are being closely watched.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:15:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20903 at http://krcc.org 4th Congressional District & Gubernatorial Races: Analyzing the Primaries Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session http://krcc.org/post/hickenlooper-trying-rally-support-oil-and-gas-compromise-special-session Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.<p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:37:47 +0000 Bente Birkeland 20450 at http://krcc.org Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session 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 Brand Colorado Slowly Gaining Steam http://krcc.org/post/brand-colorado-slowly-gaining-steam More and more companies are starting to use the new Colorado logo and slogan - “it’s our nature” - to promote their products, helping the state's efforts to strengthen its brand and global competitiveness. The branding effort though has been somewhat controversial and it will take some time to determine its success.<p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:36:49 +0000 Bente Birkeland 19684 at http://krcc.org Brand Colorado Slowly Gaining Steam Governor Hickenlooper Signs Stricter Pot Regulations http://krcc.org/post/governor-hickenlooper-signs-stricter-pot-regulations Governor John Hickenlooper signed two measures into law Wednesday, both aimed at tightening rules around marijuana edibles and concentrates. One goal is to make sure young children don’t accidentally ingest the drug.<p> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:04:01 +0000 Bente Birkeland 19419 at http://krcc.org Governor Hickenlooper Signs Stricter Pot Regulations A Look Back At The Wrapped Colorado Legislative Session http://krcc.org/post/look-back-wrapped-colorado-legislative-session Colorado’s legislative session wrapped up on a muted tone Wednesday with most major bills already tied up before the closing gavel fell. This session was relatively calm compared to the previous, when Democrats pushed through historic and controversial proposals.<p> Fri, 09 May 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18866 at http://krcc.org A Look Back At The Wrapped Colorado Legislative Session Final Day of Legislative Session Sees Passage of Disaster Tax Relief Bill http://krcc.org/post/final-day-legislative-session-sees-passage-disaster-tax-relief-bill <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’s legislative session wrapped up with a quiet final day, as lawmakers put the finishing touches on several bills and gave tributes to outgoing members. And as Bente Birkeland reports, one of the least controversial measures passed after last minute negotiations.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18775 at http://krcc.org Final Day of Legislative Session Sees Passage of Disaster Tax Relief Bill Marijuana Edible Proposal Watered Down http://krcc.org/post/marijuana-edible-proposal-watered-down <p>A bill to require stricter labels for edible marijuana products faced a setback on Thursday. Members of the Senate Health and Human Services committee voted to study the issue rather than move forward with new labels. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:08:15 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18508 at http://krcc.org Marijuana Edible Proposal Watered Down Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-prevention-proposal-likely-fail <p>One of the key wildfire prevention measures of this year’s legislative session is in jeopardy of failing. The proposal has cleared the house, but as Bente Birkeland reports it faces new opposition in the senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18509 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail Electronic Data Search Warrants in Colorado http://krcc.org/post/electronic-data-search-warrants-colorado <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado voters are likely to decide whether law enforcement agencies need a warrant to search electronic records, such as data stored on cell phones. Lawmakers are trying to refer a measure to the November ballot. The U.S. Supreme Court heard hearing two cases on the issue yesterday. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:45:32 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18460 at http://krcc.org Electronic Data Search Warrants in Colorado Capitol Conversation: Session Nears its End http://krcc.org/post/capitol-conversation-session-nears-its-end <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's annual legislative session is close to wrapping up for the year. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks with statehouse reporters about upcoming measures that will soon be decided.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18324 at http://krcc.org Capitol Conversation: Session Nears its End Vaccine Bill Stripped Down http://krcc.org/post/vaccine-bill-stripped-down <p>The state senate significantly watered down a vaccine education proposal on Wednesday. Many parents came to the state capitol to testify that the original bill was a government overreach.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 1288 requires schools and day care centers to collect data on the number of children immunized and the rate of exemptions. But the bill originally required parents to take an online education class or get a letter from a doctor or public health official before opting their children out of vaccines.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:52:57 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18137 at http://krcc.org Vaccine Bill Stripped Down 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 Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates http://krcc.org/post/republicans-whittle-down-gop-candidates <p>Republicans gathered in Boulder for their state assembly on Saturday and narrowed down the list of candidates for Governor. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, the party also nominated people for other statewide races and for the U.S. Senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:37 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17701 at http://krcc.org Republicans Whittle Down GOP Candidates 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 Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill http://krcc.org/post/sponsor-pulls-cyber-bullying-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">A bill aimed at creating new penalties for cyber bullying failed in the senate judiciary committee on Wednesday. The sponsor reluctantly asked lawmakers to postpone the bill, saying it needs more study. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:07:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17539 at http://krcc.org Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote http://krcc.org/post/student-success-act-passes-house-initial-vote <p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:20:16 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17501 at http://krcc.org 'Student Success Act' Passes House on Initial Vote 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 State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-passes-bi-partisan-budget <p>The state senate has passed the annual budget – and it cleared the chamber with more Republican support than in previous years. As Bente Birkeland reports, a conference committee will now meet to iron out differences between the versions the two chambers passed.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:46:23 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17269 at http://krcc.org State Senate Passes Bi-Partisan Budget State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-adds-money-aerial-firefighting-fleet <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’s $23 million budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey after floor debate in the senate Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the senate made one noteworthy change to the house’s version.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:45:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17224 at http://krcc.org State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17157 at http://krcc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet Telecom Proposals Move Forward http://krcc.org/post/telecom-proposals-move-forward <p><br />Even in 2014, many parts of the Colorado are still not connected to the Internet – and if they are it’s not at high speeds. A package of bills to reform and update the state’s telecommunications industry cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Tuesday.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:00:54 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16847 at http://krcc.org Telecom Proposals Move Forward