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Hickenlooper signs healthcare exchange bill

June 2, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper signed a healthcare exchange bill into law Wednesday. It aims to drive down healthcare costs and insure more people. And as KDNK's Bente Birkeland explains, the measure was one of the most high profile healthcare bills to pass the state legislature during the session.
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Pace to challenge Tipton in 3rd congressional district

June 1, 2011
Democratic state house minority leader Sal Pace is running for congress in Colorado's 3rd congressional district. Pace announced his candidacy Tuesday, and will challenge Republican Scott Tipton. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Lawsuit alleges that TABOR is unconstitutional

May 25, 2011
A lawsuit that says Colorado's taxpayers bill of rights violates the U.S. Constitution is drawing stark divisions about the founding of this country, and what it means to have a representative form of government.
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Hickenlooper reflects on his first legislative session

May 24, 2011
While legislative leaders in both parties spent the final days of the state's legislative session trading barbs back and forth, one person remained largely unscathed. Governor John Hickenlooper managed to stay above the fray and win high marks from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for his management style. Still as KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports, the Governor acknowledges he didn't accomplish everything on his agenda.
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Redistricting dispute in the hands of the courts

May 20, 2011
Now that the state legislature has failed to redraw new congressional lines, it'll be up to a judge to pick a congressional map for Colorado to help determine future members of Congress. Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits in Denver District Court and expect the process to move fairly quickly. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Legislative leaders reflect on this year's session

Legislative leaders reflect on this year's session May 13, 2011
Now that the state's annual 120-day legislative session is finished, legislative leaders and the Governor took time on Thursday to reflect on how things went. And while all agree on the major accomplishments and disappointments, they don't always agree on who should get the credit or blame. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Republican lawmaker wants energy office to promote oil and gas

May 3, 2011
A Republican lawmaker wants to revamp the Governor's Energy office and change its mission to include promoting traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas alongside with wind and solar. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland explains, former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter expanded the office to advance renewable and clean energy technologies.
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House Republican leader under fire for supporting heath care exchanges

May 3, 2011
The state's second ranking house Republican is defending herself today from critics on the right for her support of healthcare exchanges. Representative Amy Stephens says her bill to create a Colorado exchange will help small businesses, but others in the GOP call it a legislative money grab. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports it's got its first hearing in the house this afternoon
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Capitol Conversation: What's holding up the legislature?

May 2, 2011
Lawmakers have a little over a week left in the legislative session and a lot of work still left to do. KDNK's Bente Birkeland talks about what will and won't get done as part of our weekly capitol conversation series, and what's hanging things up
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Some goals still out of reach for Hick after first hundred days

April 22, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper marked his first 100 days in office yesterday, praising his cabinet and staff for making the transition smooth. Hickenlooper wins high marks from lawmakers, but some of his top priorities for the legislative session are still up in the air. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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