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.

Colorado immigrant rights activists begin march to Greeley in 60-mile ‘pilgrimage’

By: - December 1, 2023

Activists from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition on Friday kicked off a march that will take them 60 miles from the state Capitol to Greeley to urge leaders to support the creation of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants through an updated registry law.  Organizers say the goal of the pilgrimage is to get […]

Jefferson Parkway future uncertain after dismissal of lawsuit that followed plutonium concerns

By: - December 1, 2023

The future of a proposed Jefferson County highway that’s a piece in the completion of a metro Denver beltway is uncertain after a district judge last month dismissed a lawsuit between the local governments leading the project. In 2008, Jefferson County, Arvada and Broomfield joined to form the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority with the […]

Colorado Supreme Court schedules hearing in Trump 14th Amendment case

By: - November 24, 2023

The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to consider appeals in a case over whether former President Donald Trump should be barred from the state’s 2024 primary ballot. The Denver-based court Tuesday scheduled oral argument for Dec. 6. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by six Colorado voters who argue that Trump is disqualified from office […]

Neguse, Lamborn urge National Guard to pay unpaid bonuses promised to service members

By: - November 20, 2023

Two members of Congress from Colorado are urging the National Guard Bureau to disburse unpaid bonuses promised to almost 13,000 current and former service members for their service.  In a letter penned by Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette and Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs, the legislators urge Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief […]

Gov. Polis calls special legislative session on property tax spike after Prop HH failure

By: - November 9, 2023

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday called for a special session of the Colorado Legislature to bring property tax relief to homeowners for the 2023 tax year.  After voters rejected Proposition HH, Polis announced that lawmakers will be back at the Colorado Capitol on Nov. 17 with the task of providing short-term property tax relief, […]

Early results show conservative candidates for Douglas County school board slightly behind

By: - November 7, 2023

Early Election Day results show the conservative majority on the Douglas County School District Board of Education may soon have additional opponents.  Four conservative members elected as a slate in 2021 took over leadership of the board. They fired former superintendent Cory Wise, resulting in a $830,000 settlement as well as an open records lawsuit. […]

Challengers neck and neck with incumbents in Woodland Park school board race’s early results

By: - November 7, 2023

The challengers looking to oust some of the Woodland Park School District school board members responsible for the district’s new social studies standards are within one percentage point of the board’s incumbents seeking reelection, according to early election results.  All three challengers looking to undo the actions of the current board were in the lead […]

Initial Denver school board results favor three new members

By: - November 7, 2023

Early Election Day results indicate Denver Public Schools may have three brand new members of its school board who are all backed by local charter school advocates.  In the race to replace at-large board member Auont’ai Anderson, former Denver East High School principal John Youngquist has a strong lead with about 62% of the vote, […]

Housing policy reform prospects improve with committee changes in Colorado Senate

By: - November 7, 2023

Colorado Senate Democrats made changes to committee assignments that could mean a better shot for progressive housing legislation next session.  Committee updates followed the freshly reworked leadership and membership of Senate Democrats, a press release from Senate Democrats said. Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver was selected as the new majority leader in September. “Our caucus […]

Colorado election officials encourage turnout on Election Day 2023

By: - November 7, 2023

Colorado’s highest ranking election official joined a group of Denver metro area county clerks to talk about the progress made by voters so far in the 2023 election. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold held an Election Day press conference Tuesday morning at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Aurora, the site of Colorado’s […]

Colorado sees antisemitic, Islamophobic incidents rise since Israel-Hamas war

By: - November 6, 2023

Colorado has seen increased incidents of hate against both Jewish and Palestinian communities over the last month since the escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict.  Scott Levin, direction of the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain Region, which includes Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, said in an email that the organization has seen a 400% increase in contacts to […]

Secretary Haaland announces additional $10M for Colorado mine reclamation efforts

By: - October 31, 2023

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced Tuesday another $10 million coming to Colorado from the Biden administration for work to reclaim abandoned mine lands across the state.  At a press conference near an abandoned coal mine site in Lakewood Tuesday, Haaland said Colorado has been “an incredible partner” when it comes to ensuring […]