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Daniel Ducassi

Daniel Ducassi is a veteran political writer from Florida, where he worked for three years in POLITICO’s Tallahassee bureau. There he covered three legislative sessions and a special session, as well as the 2016 election. 

He previously worked as an intern at his hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald. He is a 2014 graduate of New College of Florida.

In April 2021, he was named a finalist in the Esserman-Knight journalism awards for his coverage of the state of Florida’s pandemic-related contracts. 

Colorado is still struggling to attract kids to its school COVID testing program

As the number of students tested under the state program (slowly) grows, so does the number of kids testing positive for the virus

Education

Trump allies converge on Denver as key defendant defies judge in Eric Coomer’s defamation lawsuit

Lawyers for Dominion Voting System’s Eric Coomer called Joe Oltmann’s claims that Coomer said he would rig the election “a calculated falsehood”

Politics and Government

Proposition 119: Colorado voters will decide whether to raise marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning

Supporters say it will help close the achievement gap while opponents see it as a slippery slope toward privatizing education

Politics and Government

Amendment 78: Colorado voters will decide if lawmakers should have more oversight of state spending

Supporters say the measure will increase transparency while opponents call it a partisan ploy to disrupt government

Politics and Government

Not enough kids are using Colorado’s school COVID testing program for it to work, governor says

Fewer than 5,000 kids — less than 1% of Colorado’s K-12 student population — are signed up for the state’s weekly testing program launched earlier this month

Coronavirus

Rudy Giuliani shed light on Trump campaign chaos as part of a Denver-based defamation lawsuit

Giuliani said that when he started working on litigation related to Donald Trump’s unfounded voting fraud claims, campaign staff actively worked to undercut him

Politics and Government

The latest draft of Colorado’s congressional map could become the final version. Here’s where the districts would be.

A supermajority of commissioners must agree on a final map by Sept. 28, or the draft released Thursday will be one step closer to being final

Politics and Government

Colorado’s economic recovery remains strong, but delta variant and supply chain issues are holding it back

Consumer spending is propping up the state’s economic growth as Colorado restaurant and hotel revenues exceed pre-pandemic levels

Politics and Government

Investigators couldn’t back up sexual assault claims against Tay Anderson, but found he flirted with underage student

Denver Public Schools Board of Education will meet Friday to consider a censure of Anderson, who was at the center of a six-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault.

Education

Democrats poised to keep control of Colorado legislature under latest draft redistricting maps

The maps released Monday are the first plans drawn by nonpartisan redistricting staff based on a decade of demographic changes captured in 2020 census data

Politics and Government

$100M lawsuit over smelly Weld County fertilizer plant can go ahead after high court declines to hear appeal

The Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about a biogas plant that generated complaints about the smell from neighbors

Politics and Government

Dick Lamm, Colorado’s former governor, is remembered for his policy, passion and prescience

Colorado political figures honored Lamm’s contributions to the state at a memorial service in Denver

Politics and Government

Billionaire Phil Anschutz appeals dismissal of his lawsuit seeking $8 million Colorado tax refund

Phil and Nancy Anschutz argue that changes to federal tax law made through the CARES Act entitle them to claim a refund on their 2018 state income tax bill

Politics and Government

Colorado unveils plan to distribute $400 million in opioid settlement money

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and a number of local officials announced a framework that would split the dollars between state and local governments

Health

Many Colorado students are back in class, but the state’s expanded school COVID testing program won’t start for weeks

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is behind schedule to sign contracts for a weekly COVID-19 rapid testing program available to schools statewide

Education

Judge rejects billionaire Phil Anschutz’s tax lawsuit, reveals how much money he wanted

The court rejected the argument that changes in tax law from the pandemic response entitled Anschutz and his wife to a refund

Politics and Government

Some Colorado Republicans want to forgo their party’s 2022 primaries. Others think that’s “insane.”

Under the proposal, to be voted on by the Colorado Republican Party’s central committee in September, GOP general election candidates would be picked through the caucus and assembly process

Politics and Government

Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

Colorado’s health department argues it can’t be sued in whistleblower lawsuit tied to botched HIV program

Colorado’s former head of disease control, fired last summer amid the pandemic, alleges state health officials retaliated against him after he blew the whistle on financial mismanagement

Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert’s campaign leads the pack as Colorado congressional candidates raised $4.8M last quarter

Boebert, a Garfield County Republican, gathered nearly $1 million in April, May and June. Gov. Jared Polis gave his reelection campaign $250,000.

Politics and Government
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