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Expulsion of State Rep. Lebsock is Latest in Drama at Colorado's Capitol

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The environment at the Colorado State Capitol has been turbulent over the past few months as sexual harassment allegations have surfaced against several legislators. On Friday, Democratic representative Steve Lebsock was expelled from the Colorado state House after a day-long hearing. It was the first time a legislator had been expelled in over 100 years. KSJD's statehouse reporter, Bente Birkeland, joined Austin Cope for an update on events that have happened over the past week. Click below to listen.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.
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