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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 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

Billionaire Phil Anschutz and his wife are suing Colorado for a tax refund. How much they want is a secret.

Anschutz and his wife, Nancy, claim that changes in the federal tax code made through the CARES Act entitle them to lower taxes in previous years

Politics and Government

Colorado plans to dramatically expand COVID-19 testing in schools next year, even as restrictions go away

The state is looking for companies to operate a massive testing program backed by $173M in federal funding


First draft of Colorado’s new state Senate, House district maps could pit 20 incumbents against each other

Redistricting staff released preliminary maps for how state legislative districts should be drawn

Politics and Government

Supporters of Colorado’s pay-transparency law eye protections for workers “blackballed” by national employers

Some big companies are refusing to hire remote workers in Colorado because of the 2019 Equal Pay Act. A Wall Street Journal article last week put a spotlight on the issue.

Politics and Government

Two southern Colorado Democrats are running to unseat Lauren Boebert. But they may no longer live in her district.

A preliminary congressional map released Wednesday by nonpartisan legislative staff draw Pueblo and the San Luis Valley out of the 3rd Congressional District and into the 4th District.

Politics and Government

Here’s where a preliminary map places Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District

Nonpartisan staffers unveiled an early map proposal Wednesday to the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission. It’s based on 2019 population data.

Politics and Government