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Daniel Ducassi

Daniel Ducassi is a former Colorado Sun staff writer.

Colorado doesn’t have a statewide fire-resistant construction requirement. In the Marshall fire’s wake, critics say it’s time.

Instead of relying on a statewide building code to govern new home construction, as in some other fire-prone states, Colorado leaves it to communities to craft their own policies.

Marshall Fire

State probe of Douglas County clerk finds no threat to election system

“My office is satisfied that there is no current threat to the county’s election system,” Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said

Politics and Government

Steve Fenberg selected as next president of the Colorado Senate

Sen. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat who sits on the legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee, was selected as the chamber’s new majority leader

Politics and Government

Colorado’s pension system missed out on millions after lawmakers parked cash in low-interest account

“Our money isn’t making money,” said one state senator of PERA savings account

Politics and Government

Colorado’s top election official demands answers from third GOP county clerk on alleged election server copying

Douglas County Clerk Merlin Klotz is the third Republican county clerk under investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office after allegedly copying their election system hard drives

Politics and Government

Colorado is planning a shift to an “endemic response” to COVID-19, possibly as soon as summer

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment wants private companies to help it figure out what to do

Coronavirus

District Attorney John Kellner, a Republican, is running to unseat Colorado’s attorney general

The prosecutor is the first Republican candidate to enter the race to challenge Democrat Phil Weiser in November

Politics and Government

Colorado lawmakers want to tweak how at-risk students are counted amid broader school-funding overhaul

Lawmakers are looking to move away from identifying at-risk students by those signed up for free or reduced-price lunch, a metric they say has become inaccurate during the pandemic

Politics and Government

“You’re under threat”: Voting rights resolutions at Colorado statehouse become election-year pitch from Democrats

Republicans called the measures a partisan distraction aimed at drawing voters’ attention away from rising inflation and crime on Democrats’ watch

Politics and Government

The 7 biggest lines from Gov. Jared Polis’ 2022 State of the State address — and why they’re so notable

Colorado’s governor invoked Taylor Swift and Star Trek as he discussed his focus on saving people money and reducing crime

Politics and Government

“A fighting tone”: Colorado Republicans are heading into the 2022 legislative session on the offensive

Over the past three years the GOP’s main strategy at the Capitol has been to try to slow down the Democratic machine through delay tactics like long speeches in protest of legislation

Politics and Government

Colorado’s teacher shortage highlights need for more school funding, union boss says

The push to boost school funding and teacher pay comes as lawmakers are gearing up to debate just how much state money to give school districts next year

Politics and Government

A 401(k) for homeownership? Colorado housing leaders offer up solutions to affordability problem.

Giving employers a tax break to help workers buy homes could help ease the state’s housing crisis, a group convened by Colorado’s U.S. senators says

Housing

What will be debated at the Colorado Capitol when the legislature returns next week

Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers joined The Colorado Sun for an event ahead of the 2022 legislative session

Politics and Government

Colorado’s taxable home values could skyrocket in 2023

A state economic forecast predicts a statewide increase of up to 20%, but what that means for homeowners is complicated

Politics and Government

Contractors walked out, used foul language as Colorado’s school COVID testing struggled, emails reveal

The Colorado Sun obtained, through a request under the Colorado Open Records Act, more than 200 pages of email records from CDPHE related to COVID-19 testing in schools

Education

Colorado’s fiscal outlook keeps getting better, with even larger TABOR refunds on the horizon

The improved outlook ultimately means little for how much state lawmakers will have to spend in next year’s budget.

Politics and Government

Is Colorado’s government headed toward a fiscal cliff? Democrats say yes, Republicans say no.

Gov. Jared Polis wants to set aside nearly $2 billion for future state spending to avoid TABOR constraints down the road

Politics and Government

Colorado health chief’s testimony in whistleblower lawsuit against CDPHE wasn’t credible, judge says

Judge Shelley Gilman issued a ruling last week denying the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former CDPHE employee

Health

Colorado state workers to get pay raises for the next three years

The new contract between Colorado and state employees sets a minimum wage of $15 per hour

Politics and Government
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