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.

Hickenlooper joins SAG rally for entertainment workers in Denver, urges fair AI use

By: - August 28, 2023

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper joined entertainment workers on the picket lines Friday as the Colorado chapter of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists held a solidarity rally in Denver amid the continued national strike. Hollywood productions have ground to a halt this summer after SAG-AFTRA joined the Writers Guild […]

Biden issues disaster declaration in Colorado for recovery from June storms

By: - August 25, 2023

President Joe Biden on Friday issued a disaster declaration for Colorado in the wake of the severe storms, flooding and tornados that came through the state in June, opening up opportunities for federal support. The declaration orders assistance from the federal government and allocates funding for state, tribal and local governments to use for emergency […]

Pettersen, Jeffries call for continued support of food resource organizations amid increasing need

By: - August 23, 2023

U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen on Tuesday accompanied House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries during a visit to a family resource center in Broomfield, where they saw how the demand that charitable food organizations need to meet continues to grow.  Broomfield FISH — originally named Fellowship in Serving Humanity 60 years ago — distributes food to low-income […]

‘Fierce urgency’ needed to prevent gun violence, House minority leader tells Boulder audience

By: - August 22, 2023

U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries joined U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse and local stakeholders for a conversation on gun violence prevention Monday in Boulder.  Representatives from various gun violence prevention organizations as well as leaders in education answered questions about what leads to incidents of gun violence and what should happen to properly address its […]

Governor urges HOA reform. One Colorado lawmaker wonders what took him so long.

By: - August 18, 2023

A Colorado lawmaker who has long advocated reform is skeptical about Gov. Jared Polis’ support of new homeowners associations solutions based on how previous HOA legislation has gone over with him. State Rep. Brianna Titone told Newsline she is surprised to see the Democratic governor sounding the alarm on issues with HOAs four years after […]

Fentanyl overdose crisis discussed by Rep. Lamborn and El Paso County educators

By: - August 15, 2023

Leaders from local school districts joined U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn and other advocates for a conversation Tuesday on how to prevent fentanyl overdoses among students across El Paso County. The roundtable focused on how fentanyl has become a leading cause of death and what schools and elected officials must do to prevent additional overdoses. According […]

State investigating Buena Vista prison staff discrimination claims

By: - August 15, 2023

Colorado prison officials are investigating discrimination claims made by workers in Buena Vista and implementing changes to improve an on-site housing option available to staff. The Office of the Inspector General within the state Department of Corrections is investigating claims of discrimination toward Puerto Rican workers at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex. CDOC spokesperson Annie […]

Inflation in Denver area among highest in nation, federal data shows

By: - August 11, 2023

Inflation in the Denver metro area remains one of the highest in the nation, according to the latest consumer price index report, released Thursday, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  While the national inflation rate has slowly improved, certain metropolitan areas highlighted in the July CPI report remain above national averages. Colorado’s biggest metropolitan […]

‘Unlocking pathways’: Education secretary pitches career training at Aurora summit

By: - August 10, 2023

Some of Colorado’s top Democrats joined U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona for a summit focusing on alternative pathways to successful careers for students, particularly within the energy sector.  Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Rep. Jason Crow spoke at the Unlocking Pathways Summit at the Community College of Aurora along […]

Some gender-affirming care barriers eliminated in Colorado Medicaid policy

By: - August 4, 2023

People receiving gender-affirming care through Colorado’s Medicaid program will face reduced barriers to care when changes in the state’s coverage policy take effect at the end of August.  Colorado’s Office of Health Care Policy and Financing updated policy language in the state’s Medicaid program, known as Health First Colorado, around gender-affirming care to bring it […]

Amendment floated to allow expanded legal action for child sex abuse survivors in Colorado

By: - August 3, 2023

Colorado legislators are pursuing a new way to give survivors of child sex abuse the opportunity to take legal action beyond current statute of limitations requirements.  The Colorado Legislature approved a bill in 2021 that would have given victims of child sex abuse a three-year window to file a lawsuit relating to abuse that occurred […]

White House: U.S. Space Command to remain in Colorado, spurning Alabama

By: and - July 31, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced on Monday it will headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado, a decision that rejects efforts made during the last administration to move the U.S. military facility to Alabama. The decision comes as Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville continues to block hundreds of senior military promotions from moving forward in the […]