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Voter Registration Initiative

September 4, 2012
Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is spearheading what he says is the largest voter registration effort in state history, ahead of the October 9th deadline to register to vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Ballot Initiative Awaits Decision

August 31, 2012
The Colorado Secretary of State's office is still determining whether a ballot question on campaign finance reform will go before voters this November. But time is running out. The ballot must be certified on September 5th. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.
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Capitol Coverage: Ballot Analysis

August 28, 2012
The November ballot is on the verge of approval. Non-partisan legislative staff held a meeting Monday to determine if there were any loose ends. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Colorado's New State Supreme Court Justice

November 24, 2011
Colorado has a new state supreme court Justice. Brian Boatright is starting his role this week. He previously served as a trial court judge in Jefferson county for more than a decade. He's the fifth member of the seven member court appointed by a Democratic Governor, but Boatright is a Republican. KDNK's Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk about his some of his toughest cases and what he hopes to bring to the job. One of his first big cases will be the redistricting lawsuit in early December.
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Bruce appears in court, disputes tax-evasion charges

July 12, 2011
Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce appeared in Denver District Court Monday for arraignment in his tax-evasion case. Bruce continues to dispute the charges, and as KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, the entire validity of the case.
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Udall wants Forest Service to help beleaguered mills

July 11, 2011
Senator Mark Udall is requesting immediate action from the US Forest Service to help three Colorado sawmills that are struggling financially.  As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, the mills are stuck with agency contracts that they can't complete.
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New law to help regulate solitary confinement

July 6, 2011
Over the last few days we've been profiling several of the new laws that went into effect in Colorado last week. One is intended to reduce the use of solitary confinement for the mentally ill in the state's prison system. KDNK's Daniel Costello reports.
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Many more hurdles for gay marriage in Colorado

June 30, 2011
Last week, New York passed a bill that legalized gay marriage. It's the biggest state to do so, and the first Republican-controlled state senate to okay such a bill. That's energized gay-rights activists across the country, but Colorado has some significant challenges to get through before it will allow gay marriage. To find out how one gay-rights group is planning on tackling those challenges, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Brad Clark, executive director of OneColorado.
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Colorado's revenue forecast is up

June 21, 2011
State Lawmakers received the latest revenue forecast Monday, and income was up more than expected. As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, that means more money will go back to schools
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Governor on tour to finalize bills

June 7, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper is taking a road trip across Colorado to sign several bills into law this week, before a mandated Friday deadline. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
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