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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.

Non-border cities like Denver should make migrant aid routine priority, advocates say

By: - January 12, 2023

While Denver is winding down its emergency operations to support an influx of migrants over the last month, immigration nonprofits in other cities have made supporting newly transplanted migrants part of their everyday operations. Immigration experts in cities like New York and Washington, D.C., say other non-border cities like Denver should be prepared to support […]

Jared Polis sworn in for second term as Colorado governor

By: - January 10, 2023

Gov. Jared Polis has officially started his second term at Colorado’s helm after he and Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera took the oath of office outside the Colorado Capitol Tuesday morning.  In his inaugural address, Polis thanked Colorado voters for affirming that democracy is worth voting for by reelecting him to a second term in office. […]

Buck says McCarthy should consider alternative speaker candidate

By: - January 4, 2023

Republican representatives from Colorado are thinking about other options for speaker of the U.S. House as Rep. Kevin McCarthy continuously fails to win the 218 votes he needs to be elected.  Rep. Ken Buck of Windsor said Wednesday McCarthy needs to earn enough votes to become speaker or step aside to give someone else a […]

Boebert emerges as leading opponent of McCarthy for House speaker

By: - January 4, 2023

As the U.S. House of Representatives proved unable to elect a speaker Tuesday after three votes, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado emerged as one of the Republicans leading the charge against Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy.  Boebert, the only Colorado Republican in the House who did not support McCarthy, voted for Republican Rep. Jim Jordan […]

Colorado’s newest members of Congress cite affordability as a top concern

By: - January 3, 2023

Colorado sent two first-time members of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve in the 118th Congress, and they stepped foot into their offices for the first time Tuesday.  Democratic U.S. Reps.-elect Brittany Pettersen of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District and Yadira Caraveo of Colorado’s brand new 8th Congressional District held a joint news conference Tuesday […]

Low staffing at prisons in Colorado leads to unsustainable working conditions

By: - January 3, 2023

High job vacancy rates have plagued many industries since the onset of the pandemic almost three years ago, but for those working in corrections, being understaffed can quickly lead to being overworked in a stressful and potentially dangerous environment.  At both federal and state prisons in Colorado, recruiting and retaining staff across the board has […]

Colorado AG Weiser forms task force to combat organized retail theft

By: - December 28, 2022

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday announced the formation of a new statewide task force targeting organized retail theft and the reselling of stolen goods online. Law enforcement officials from across the state will convene to develop a shared set of resources for cross-jurisdictional investigations aimed at preventing the sale of stolen goods through […]

Denver still supporting thousands of migrants, asylum seekers with emergency shelter

By: - December 27, 2022

Denver is continuing its efforts to shelter incoming migrants and asylum seekers to the city, serving about 2,380 people since the start of December. City officials said in an update Tuesday that 140 additional migrants arrived in Denver overnight. Mayor Michael Hancock issued an emergency declaration on Dec. 15 in response to a surge in […]

Lawmakers urge insurance companies to extend coverage for Marshall Fire victims

By: - December 23, 2022

Three of Colorado’s federal lawmakers wrote to over 65 insurance companies asking them to extend additional living expenses coverage for Marshall Fire survivors for another year. The coverage is set to expire after the one-year anniversary of the fire.  U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper as well as Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette asked […]

Excessive force against Black man claimed in lawsuit filed against Colorado Springs police

By: - December 22, 2022

Dalvin Gadson and his attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against three members of the Colorado Springs Police Department who are accused of using excessive force against Gadson during a traffic stop in October.  At a news conference in front of the Colorado Springs Police Department Wednesday morning, civil rights attorney Harry Daniels said the […]

Arctic cold front to bring dangerously low temperatures to Denver

By: - December 20, 2022

With an arctic cold front set to arrive in Denver Wednesday night, the city will open a 24-hour warming center at the Denver Coliseum to support anyone in need of a warm place to stay.  All of Denver’s open recreation centers and libraries will also be available during regular business hours as warming centers. The […]

Colorado had fifth-highest midterm election voter turnout in U.S.

By: - December 19, 2022

Colorado’s voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections was better than the national average, according to Colorado’s secretary of state office, with a majority of voters participating with mail ballots. In Colorado’s Bipartisan Election Advisory Commission meeting Monday morning, Election Director Judd Choate took commissioners through the state’s most recent election data, comparing turnout and […]