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Redistricting deadline likely to be pushed back

April 21, 2011
A bi-partisan committee charged with redrawing Colorado's congressional districts held a tense meeting this week. The state legislature is required to draw new maps to coincide with the latest census figures. But so far Republicans and Democrats have come up vastly different proposals. The committee expects to push back its deadline to try to find common ground. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
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Capitol tense as redistricting hearings begin

April 20, 2011
The senate president is firing back at Republicans who say hears behind efforts to redraw congressional maps to favor his own political ambitions. A bipartisan committee charged with helping create new congressional maps blew up last week when the two parties came up with drastically different proposals. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has the story
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In-state tuition bill moves forward in the state senate

April 19, 2011
Lawmakers in the state senate are set to take a final vote on whether illegal immigrants can receive in state college tuition. The measure failed in the Democratic controlled senate two years ago, but it appears poised to pass the chamber this time around. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Capitol Conversation: Negotiating the new budget

April 18, 2011
The state budget has now cleared both legislative chambers with bi-partisan support. As part of our capitol conversation series KDNK's Bente Birkeland takes a deeper look at the process and how this year's budget fight compares to previous debates.
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Capitol Conversation: Behind the scenes on the budget

April 11, 2011
Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor John Hickenlooper have reached what's been called an historic agreement on how to balance the state's budget. All sides say they had to make some sacrifices. KDNK's Bente Birkeland takes a look behind the scenes as part of our Capitol Conversation series.
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Voting bill moves forward

April 8, 2011
The state house of representatives initially passed a bill on Thursday that aims to track down non-citizens who vote and remove them from the voter rolls. Republicans call it a common sense measure, while Democrats argue it will have a chilling effect on voting. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
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Lawmakers compromise on new state budget

April 6, 2011
Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature have reached a compromise on the state budget, after weeks of negotiations that were nearly derailed. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Lawmakers to host open house

April 6, 2011
The Colorado House of Representative is hosting an open house next Wednesday in an effort to show the public what it's really like working under the gold dome. Lawmakers say the goal is to attract newcomers to the building and shed light on the legislative process. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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State legislators still can't settle on budget

April 5, 2011
Legislative leaders have reached an impasse on budget negotiations while the state's six person Joint Budget Committee met in an undisclosed location on Monday to try and hammer out a budget agreement. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports now the Democratic senate president is threatening to introduce a separate budget.
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Capitol Conversation: Health care exchanges in jeopardy

April 4, 2011
A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland explores in capitol conversation, this abrupt change of course is becoming increasingly common from Republican leadership.
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