Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Unaffiliated voters give Colorado Republicans turnout edge ahead of primary election

By: - June 27, 2022

With a handful of closely contested primary races on Colorado’s June 28 primary ballot, unaffiliated voters are poised to give Republicans their first statewide turnout advantage since 2016, data released by state elections officials shows. As of Friday, 273,555 Coloradans had voted in the GOP primary election through their mail-in ballot or in-person voting, according […]

Labor groups protest Senate candidate O’Dea’s business over discrimination suit, safety violations

By: - June 22, 2022

A coalition of labor groups took aim at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea’s construction company on Tuesday, protesting Denver-based Concrete Express Inc. over allegations made in a discrimination lawsuit that was settled last year, as well as a history of safety violations. Flanked by members of SEIU Local 105, LiUNA Local 720 and a […]

Hanks, O’Dea make final pitches to Denver Republicans ahead of U.S. Senate primary

By: - June 22, 2022

With just a week remaining before votes are counted in Colorado’s 2022 primary election, Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls Joe O’Dea and state Rep. Ron Hanks made their closing arguments to potential voters in Denver on Tuesday. The two candidates spoke separately to a small gathering hosted by the Denver GOP at St. John’s Church in […]

Billionaire donors, self-funders and meddling super PACs shape Colorado primaries

By: - June 20, 2022

With little more than a week to go before ballots are counted in Colorado’s 2022 primary elections, newly filed federal disclosure reports show a tangled web of dark money groups and deep-pocketed donors spending heavily to influence key congressional races. Those groups include a brand new super PAC, Democratic Colorado, that has spent more than […]

Gov. Polis appoints two new Colorado oil and gas commissioners

By: - June 17, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday announced the appointments of two new members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Brett Ackerman of Colorado Springs and Mike Cross of Arvada were appointed to serve four-year terms on the COGCC, which oversees permitting and regulation of oil and gas drilling in Colorado, beginning on July […]

Senate candidate Joe O’Dea settled age, disability discrimination lawsuit with ex-employee in 2021

By: - June 14, 2022

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea’s construction company last year settled a lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged a pattern of age and disability discrimination, federal court records show. Barbara Johnson of Loveland, who worked as a human resources manager for O’Dea’s Concrete Express Inc. for five years beginning in 2011, sued the […]

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Conservative feedback reshapes draft Colorado social studies standards

By: - June 10, 2022

Colorado’s State Board of Education will consider further amendments to a new set of standards for K-12 history and civics curricula in the coming months, following an extended public comment period and multiple major revisions made at the request of conservative board members and outside groups. The co-chairs of the state’s 35-member Social Studies Standards […]

Gov. Polis vetoes bill that required EV charging in new apartments, large buildings

By: - June 8, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday vetoed legislation championed by environmental groups and local governments aimed at expanding the number of electric vehicle charging stations in new apartments and large commercial buildings. House Bill 22-1218, passed by Democrats in the General Assembly last month, would have required certain percentages of parking spaces at new or renovated […]

Far-right Senate candidate Ron Hanks’ profile raised with Democratic group’s $1.5 million ad buy

By: - June 8, 2022

Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks, the far-right Penrose lawmaker vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, has lagged far behind his rivals in fundraising throughout his campaign. But with weeks to go before votes are counted in the June 28 primary, he may get a boost from an unlikely source — a brand-new Democratic-backed […]

GOP governor candidates take aim at Polis at conspiracy-fueled Western Conservative Summit

By: - June 6, 2022

With just days remaining before voters start casting their primary ballots, the two candidates in a head-to-head battle for the Republican nomination for Colorado governor didn’t so much as acknowledge each other in separate appearances onstage at a conservative conference in Aurora on Saturday. Instead, Greg Lopez and University of Colorado Regent-at-Large Heidi Ganahl reserved […]

Viral Boebert challenger Alex Walker has family political connections, few district ties

By: - June 3, 2022

Alex Walker, a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Rep. Lauren Boebert, launched his campaign with a scatological splash in February, announcing his bid with a video featuring simulated fecal matter raining from the sky. Walker’s spoof of the “bulls***” spewed by the far-right Colorado congresswoman set the tone for his […]

Little growth likely in Colorado, U.S. oil production in 2022, report finds

By: - June 2, 2022

Oil and gas drilling activity has inched upwards in Colorado since the Russian invasion of Ukraine sent prices soaring earlier this year, but investor demands and supply constraints — not state or federal policy — will likely limit production growth through at least the end of the year, a new Colorado School of Mines analysis […]