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Instate tuition measure to face final vote Friday

March 6, 2013
A measure to give undocumented Colorado high school graduates in-state college tuition is nearing the end of its long and often tumultuous legislative journey. The full house initially approved the bill on Tuesday. It's already cleared the senate and still needs a final house vote. And as Bente Birkeland reports, despite bi-partisan support the debate was still heated.
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Marijuana Task Force

November 29, 2012
A state task force is forming to iron out the challenges of new marijuana regulations. The group will meet before lawmakers convene in January for the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Democrats Take Back Control of State Legislature

November 7, 2012
Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.

Full results from this year's elections are available on the Secretary of State's Website.
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Denver Presidential Debate Analysis

October 4, 2012
Coloradans across the state turned out for watch parties last night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver. Statehouse reporter Bente attended a watch party in downtown Denver. She talked to fellow reporters and voters about the debate's impact and whether it lived up to expectations.
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Debate Preview

October 3, 2012
On October 3rd, the University of Denver will make history by becoming the first Colorado school to host a presidential debate. The face off between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is expected to attract a massive television audience. DU officials say the excitement on campus is palpable, even if few students will actually get to see the debate in person. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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The Role of Civil Unions in November

September 13, 2012
A statewide gay rights advocacy group is trying to use the failure of a civil unions measure last legislative session to flip control at the Colorado statehouse. Republican house leaders blocked the bill from receiving a vote on the house floor, which forced a special session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Fire Adapted Communities

September 13, 2012
A new statewide coalition is trying to make Colorado homeowners and communities better prepared for wildfires. The group is hosting three trainings for people who are rebuilding and repairing damaged homes. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Marijuana Lawsuit

September 11, 2012
The campaign to legalize Marijuana is suing to prevent the state from printing the blue book as it's currently written. The blue book is designed to give voters unbiased arguments for and against each ballot initiative, but last week lawmakers stripped some of the key arguments in favor of legalizing marijuana. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Ballot Finalized

September 5, 2012
State lawmakers have finalized the language for the November ballot. Most of the discussion centered on amendment 64, which would legalize small amounts of marijuana for people over the age of 21. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Convention Coverage

September 4, 2012
Democrats are convening in Charlotte North Carolina this week for their party's convention. Governor John Hickenlooper will be among a half dozen Coloradans speaking. Durango Herald Reporter Joe Hanel is there and also covered the Republican National Convention last week. Bente Birkeland caught up with him to get his take on both conventions.
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