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Lindsey Toomer

Lindsey Toomer

Lindsey Toomer covers politics, social justice and other stories for Newsline. She formerly reported on city government at the Denver Gazette and on Colorado mountain town government, education and environment at the Summit Daily News. Toomer graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as managing editor of The Daily Collegian, with degrees in journalism and global studies.

Colorado legislators reflect on red flag laws after Club Q shooting

By: - November 25, 2022

Following Saturday’s deadly Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs, reports of the suspected shooter’s past history with law enforcement prompted questions about Colorado’s red flag laws and whether their application could have prevented the tragedy. Red flag laws allow authorities to temporarily seize firearms from, and block the sale of firearms to, individuals judged by […]

Here are the next steps for Colorado’s psychedelic mushroom law

By: - November 21, 2022

Now that Colorado voters passed the Natural Medicine Health Act, the state has several steps to get through before Colorado will actually see a regulated industry for psychedelic mushrooms.  The measure allows for licensed “healing centers” to provide access to psilocybin and psilocyn, the psychoactive compounds found in many species of fungi, for therapeutic purposes. […]

Voter turnout decreased in 2022 Colorado midterms

By: - November 17, 2022

While more than 2.5 million Coloradans voted in the 2022 midterm elections, this year saw a lower rate of voter turnout than in the last midterm election in 2018.  With 66.6% of Colorado’s active voters participating in the election, turnout naturally is less than in the 2020 presidential election, but it also fell short of […]

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tests positive for COVID

By: - November 17, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning, according to a news release from his office. Polis is asymptomatic and will continue his work as governor remotely from home until he is no longer contagious after five days if he continues to see no symptoms. The news release said the governor, who is […]

Colorado Legislature poised to be second in country with women in majority

By: - November 16, 2022

Colorado’s state Legislature is poised to have more women than men in 2023 for the first time in the state’s history, with 51% of Colorado’s state legislators being women following the 2022 midterm elections.  Assuming several remaining close races are all called as expected, Colorado will have 39 women in the state House and 12 […]

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Colorado to receive more than $40 million in settlement with Walmart over opioid crisis

By: - November 15, 2022

Colorado will receive more than $40 million from a $3.1 billion national settlement with Walmart for its role in the opioid crisis.  A news release from Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office said the settlement will require “significant improvements” in Walmart pharmacies’ handling of opioids, as a lack of proper oversight worsened the opioid crisis. Weiser […]

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Outgoing Colorado House speaker to serve as Gov. Polis’ new chief of staff

By: - November 14, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will have a new chief of staff in 2023 for the first time since he was elected into office. Lisa Kaufmann has worked with Polis since his first bid for Congress in 2007 — longer than any other staff member — and will step down from her role as chief of […]

Latino electorate provides key votes for Democrats in Colorado midterms

By: - November 14, 2022

Colorado’s Latino voters showed a strong preference for Democrats in the 2022 midterms, according to a new exit poll that says the Latino electorate was mobilized to vote based on the issues they care about.  The Colorado Latino Exit Poll, released for the first time this year, was organized by the Colorado Organization for Latina […]

Here’s how Denver’s ballot measures went over with voters

By: - November 9, 2022

Denver voters had the chance to approve a variety of ballot initiatives relating to evictions, the library, sidewalks and recycling, with all but one question being approved.  Ballots included four referred questions — which come to the ballot directly from Denver’s city government — and three initiated ordinances — which make it onto the ballot […]

Incumbents reelected to U.S. House in 5 of 8 Colorado districts

By: - November 9, 2022

Five of Colorado’s U.S. Representatives were easily reelected to serve another term in the U.S. House, according to unofficial results.  Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of the 1st Congressional District, Joe Neguse of the 2nd Congressional District and Jason Crow of the 6th Congressional District held onto their seats. So did Republican Reps. Ken Buck of […]

Democrats on their way to maintain control of Colorado Senate according to Wednesday results

By: - November 8, 2022

Colorado Republicans failed to take back control of the Colorado Senate in the midterm elections, with Democrats holding onto the chamber with a 23-12 majority, according to early unofficial election results Tuesday. The Republican Party saw the Colorado Senate as the most likely chance for the party to have a greater say in the state’s […]

Colorado election 2022

By: , , , and - November 8, 2022

Colorado Newsline journalists are following the latest news and results from the Colorado midterm elections on Nov. 8. On the ballot this year are races for U.S. Senate, governor, U.S. House, state Senate and House, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, 11 statewide ballot measures and other races and local issues. Newsline’s Voter Guide covers […]