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Bente Birkeland
Position: Staff reporter

Trump eligibility case has brought new pressures and threats to Colorado’s election workers

As the U.S. Supreme prepares to consider the Colorado case that could disqualify former President Donald Trump from holding office again, the state’s elections officials are watching especia...

Colorado Democrats change House rules, making it harder to stall bill debates

Colorado House Democrats are changing legislative rules to try to tamp down on a delay tactic the minority party uses to slow down the work of the chamber. They want to ensure that when a la...

If artificial intelligence is going to get involved in elections, Colorado lawmakers want voters to know

Colorado could be the next state to set guardrails on how artificial intelligence is used in political campaigns and election communications, as the world adapts to new technologies that can...

As lawmakers return to work, cost of living, challenges of governing are top of mind

The Colorado Capitol will be bustling today for the start of the state’s annual legislative session. Lawmakers convene under the backdrop of high national political tensions, international c...

Funeral home scandals prompt new calls for regulation in Colorado

‘It is clear that the public is harmed by the general lack of regulation’

Colorado counties take steps to safeguard elections processes in the face of misinformation and threats

Under pressure from the forces of election misinformation and increased intimidation of election workers, clerks in Colorado’s two largest counties – Denver and El Paso – are rethinking how ...

Gun rights advocates have lost Colorado’s elections – but they may win the legal war

Just a decade ago, gun control debates at the state Capitol have come with high drama – long days of passionate testimony and loud protests. But this year, as the statehouse's majority Democ...

Colorado GOP files lawsuit to close its primary elections

Lawsuit also seeks to ease opt-out procedures that require three-fifths majority

‘Red Room of Doom’ put brakes on some progressive priorities in Colorado Legislature

Democrats controlled the House and Senate, but they don’t claim to have a ‘super majority’

Disability rights activists have ambitious goals for Colorado, from outdoor recreation to the halls of government

Supporters say it’s the most ambitious slate of proposals in recent history

Colorado clerks hope they’ve turned a corner on election disinformation

At their annual conference, election officials vow to win over doubters

A diverse slate of Colorado GOP candidates hopes to prove the party is more than ‘old white men’

Republicans focused on recruiting more people of color to run in state legislative races