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Bente Birkeland
Position: Staff reporter

New GOP group thinks moderate rebranding is key to beat back Colorado’s blue wave

Still reeling from historic losses that put Democrats in charge of Colorado’s government, a group of current and former Republican state lawmakers say it’s time for a different strategy. The...

After years of simmering tug-of-war, Colorado Democrats eye action on oil and gas

Colorado’s new Democratic majority has vowed to make big changes to how companies drill for oil and gas. Tension between drillers and residents have bubbled for years and culminated in a fai...

Colorado comprehensive sex ed bill advances after combative, explicit testimony

Rep. Don Coram is main sponsor in Senate

‘Kill committees’ aren’t expected to be their usual graveyards under new Democratic majority in Colorado Legislature

With Colorado Democrats in solid control of the House and the Senate, it’s on party leaders to manage all of the different bills coming through their chambers – both from Republicans and the...

Colorado’s history of women in politics marks another milestone: A House majority

Colorado’s House of Representatives is in an exclusive club. It’s one of only two legislative chambers in the country where female lawmakers hold a majority. Overall, women make up nearly ha...

Gun control quarrel illustrates how Hickenlooper might fare in partisan presidential age

Five years ago, he enacted laws that upset many, but ultimately, he created a bridge

Sen. Michael Bennet ‘seriously thinking’ about a 2020 run for president

Colorado’s Democratic senator could be competing against former boss

What’s on Democrats’ agenda for state Legislature? Red flag laws and more

A resurrected contentious red flag gun bill that failed last legislative session is among a number of bills Democrats hope to revive now that they hold both a statehouse majority and governo...

Secretary of state will pursue campaign complaint against Unite Colorado

Durango voter filed one complaint about House District 59 candidate Paul Jones

Gov. Hickenlooper dips a political toe in Iowa

Colorado governor has yet to announce presidential run in 2020

Unaffiliated candidates angling to appeal to unsatisfied voters

Unaffiliated voters outnumber Dems and GOP in Colorado

Capitol committee inches toward compromise on how to handle harassment complaints

Both sides at odds over makeup of disciplinary panel