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.

More money for Colorado police available as grant applications open

By: - August 29, 2022

New public safety grants that came from this year’s session of the Colorado Legislature are now available for law enforcement agencies to bolster their workforce and community-based organizations aiming to make their community feel safer. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 22-145 — Resources to Increase Community Safety — into law earlier this year […]

County clerks in Colorado field uptick in 2020 election records requests

By: - August 26, 2022

County clerks offices across Colorado saw an influx of Colorado Open Records Act requests for cast vote records from the 2020 election after Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, hosted the “Moment of Truth Summit” in Springfield, Missouri, last weekend.  In a call to action at the summit, which was livestreamed, Lindell said “every single person […]

Colorado leaders ask Biden to protect lands outlined in CORE Act amid Senate deadlock

By: - August 26, 2022

Multiple Colorado leaders penned a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to take action to protect lands legislators originally hoped to protect under the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act. Now the leaders are asking Biden to protect the lands through the Antiquities Act and other presidential authorities. Gov. Jared Polis, U.S. Rep. Joe […]

Jason Crow

Abortion providers make plea for more resources and protections as Colorado sees influx of patients

By: - August 25, 2022

Sitting in a room with a group of abortion providers and advocates Wednesday at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow took diligent notes as the subject experts told him what they need to improve abortion access in Colorado.  As the state has seen an influx of new patients […]

State regulation of ambulance service advances with naming of Colorado task force members

By: - August 24, 2022

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment named 20 members to its newly-formed Emergency Medical Services system sustainability task force, as mandated following the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 22-225 — the Ambulance Service Sustainability and State Licensing law.  The task force, according to a CDPHE news release, will evaluate medical systems and services […]

Colorado has highest pay gap for educators in the U.S.

By: - August 23, 2022

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute called out Colorado as having the highest pay gap for teachers compared to the rest of the country.  The report says teachers are paid less than other non-teacher college graduates and that this gap is worse in Colorado than anywhere else. Colorado teachers’ weekly pay “penalty” compared […]

Sens. Winter and Priola

Colorado Sen. Priola jumps aisle to Democratic Party amid Republican election denial, climate inaction

By: - August 22, 2022

Colorado State Sen. Kevin Priola announced his switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party Monday, though he said the way he votes on legislation will remain unchanged.  In a letter announcing his move, Priola explained that he joined the Republican Party in 1990 and has been proud to serve four terms with the […]

Colorado Judicial Center

Judicial discipline proceedings would be public in Colorado under proposal

By: - August 19, 2022

As Colorado’s Judicial Branch has continued to face heat over the past year and a half for alleged misconduct, the Legislative Interim Committee on Judicial Discipline proposed three pieces of legislation intended to improve the state’s judicial discipline processes.  At the committee’s meeting Wednesday, state legislators from the House and Senate discussed three ideas for […]

History Colorado to investigate abuses at federal Indian boarding school

By: - August 18, 2022

History Colorado will spend the next year investigating student abuses and other experiences at the former federal Indian boarding school in Hesperus, as directed by state law. Colorado House Bill 22-1327 establishes a History Colorado research program intended to improve Coloradans’ understanding of abuses at the former boarding school at Fort Lewis, as well as others […]

Denver disperses first round of Fair Election Fund dollars to 15 candidates

By: - August 15, 2022

Denver released its first ever round of Fair Elections Fund dollars to candidates in the city’s 2023 municipal election, spreading just under $1 million across 15 campaigns.  Denver voters passed the Fair Elections Fund Act in the November 2018 general election with the goal of empowering small dollar donors while limiting the influence of large […]