Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff is a senior reporter for Colorado Newsline. His beats include the environment, money in politics, and the economy.

Testimony from election deniers begins Trump’s defense in Colorado 14th Amendment trial

By: - November 2, 2023

A series of tense exchanges between plaintiffs’ attorneys and witnesses called by former President Donald Trump’s legal team characterized the opening stages of Trump’s defense in a Colorado trial to determine whether he is ineligible to seek office under the Constitution’s “insurrection” clause. Several of the witnesses called by Trump’s attorneys are close allies of […]

Colorado elections administrator testifies in Trump 14th Amendment trial

By: - November 1, 2023

A top Colorado elections administrator was called to the witness stand Wednesday in a trial that could determine whether former President Donald Trump will be disqualified from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot under a Civil War-era insurrection clause. A group of six Republican and unaffiliated Colorado voters have sued Secretary of State Jena Griswold in […]

‘Insurrection’ clause’s Civil War-era history scrutinized in third day of Colorado Trump trial

By: - November 1, 2023

When Gerard Magliocca, an Indiana University law professor, submitted a draft law review article on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for publication in December 2020, few in the world of constitutional law could have anticipated just how relevant it would become a short time later. At the time, Magliocca said in testimony in Denver […]

Extremism expert testifies on Trump’s ‘violent’ rhetoric in Colorado 14th Amendment trial

By: - October 31, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s history of violent rhetoric and statements about extremist groups were the subject of continued testimony on Tuesday in a trial seeking to bar him from the 2024 Colorado ballot under a Civil War-era constitutional provision. It’s a pattern that the plaintiffs in the case and an expert witness say is crucial […]

Trump 14th Amendment trial in Colorado opens with focus on events of Jan. 6

By: - October 30, 2023

A weeklong trial in a challenge to former President Donald Trump’s constitutional eligibility to seek office again began in a Denver courtroom on Monday with a focus on the events of Jan. 6, 2021, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the certification of election results. Six Colorado voters have alleged in […]

Trial in case seeking to bar Trump from Colorado ballot begins in Denver

By: - October 30, 2023

A Denver courtroom on Monday will hear opening arguments in a legal challenge to former President Donald Trump’s constitutional eligibility to seek that office again, in a landmark case widely expected to ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court. In a lawsuit filed last month on behalf of six Colorado voters, the watchdog group Citizens for […]

$35M in green infrastructure funding awarded to Colorado state, local governments

By: - October 26, 2023

More than $35 million in funding from the 2021 federal infrastructure law has been awarded to Colorado for programs focused on forestry, recycling and energy efficiency, in what state leaders are touting as a win for a new initiative to help local governments navigate competitive grant processes. The grants were awarded recently by federal agencies, […]

Jenna Ellis, former Trump attorney, pleads guilty in Georgia election interference case

By: - October 24, 2023

Jenna Ellis, an attorney with strong ties to Colorado and onetime lawyer for former President Donald Trump, appeared in a Georgia courtroom Tuesday to plead guilty on a felony charge relating to an alleged pro-Trump conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Ellis, who pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting […]

Colorado election 2023

By: , , and - October 22, 2023

Election Day is Nov. 7. This section contains information about how to vote, statewide issues, selected local races, and updates as ballots are returned and counted. Colorado voters this year will decide two statewide ballot measures, Proposition HH and Proposition II. Depending on where they live, voters will also be asked to weigh in on […]

Colorado targets 82% EV sales by 2032 but delays decision on full gas-powered car phaseout

By: - October 20, 2023

More than 4 in 5 new cars sold in Colorado in 2032 will be required to be electric vehicles, but the state — at least for now — won’t follow California’s lead in effectively banning sales of traditional gas-powered vehicles by 2035, under a rule approved Friday by state air quality officials. In a unanimous […]

3 Colorado lawmakers reject Israel-Gaza de-escalation as ‘victory for the terrorists’

By: - October 17, 2023

Ten days after terror attacks by the militant group Hamas provoked a wave of airstrikes and the “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip by Israel, none of Colorado’s members of Congress have joined a small number of their colleagues to call for de-escalation or a ceasefire. Three even denounced such calls in harsh terms in […]

Fatal train derailment in Pueblo leads Colorado lawmakers to call for more safety measures

By: - October 16, 2023

A group of Democratic Colorado lawmakers said Sunday night that they were “disappointed but not surprised” to learn of a major train derailment that left one person dead and shut down Interstate 25 north of Pueblo. The derailment occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday as a southbound BNSF coal train crossed a bridge a mile […]