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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 prosecutors boost transparency with data dashboards in national first

By: - September 9, 2022

A bipartisan team of Colorado district attorneys and researchers launched a set of public statewide prosecutorial data dashboards Thursday, making Colorado the first state to do so. The feature is an attempt to increase transparency and public trust of the judicial system.  Eight district attorneys’ offices piloted the Colorado Prosecutorial Dashboards project and since September […]

Colorado prison and jail populations reaching pre-COVID levels or higher

By: - September 6, 2022

After the height of the pandemic led to state prisons and some county jails making policy changes to lower their inmate populations, some are back to average daily populations higher than those they saw before COVID-19.  At the state level, Colorado Department of Corrections spokesperson Annie Skinner said while inmate population counts are still down […]

Call to ban PrideFest in Douglas County faces legal, political hurdles

By: - September 2, 2022

A Douglas County commissioner is looking to ban all future Douglas County PrideFest events on Douglas County Fairgrounds after an accidental “costume malfunction” revealed a fake nipple on a performer’s silicone breastplate, but other commissioners aren’t necessarily on board.  Douglas County Commissioner George Teal, a Castle Rock Republican, said in a Facebook post that he […]

Speaker Pelosi during Boulder visit discusses ‘moral responsibility’ of climate action

By: - September 1, 2022

Not long after reading a handwritten note from the daughter of Boulder County sustainability official Susie Strife, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emphasized that saving the planet is about protecting the nation’s children and their futures.  Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Lafayette joined a roundtable of scientists and climate experts at the National […]

Hispanic voters in Colorado prioritize economic issues, survey shows

By: - August 31, 2022

Based on a new survey, Colorado’s Hispanic voters prioritize improving the economy as well as crime and gun violence but place a new emphasis on abortion rights among other issues when they head to the polls.  A national survey conducted by Unidos, Mi Familia Vota and BSP Research interviewed about 300 registered Hispanic voters in […]

Colorado governor appoints district attorney in San Luis Valley, where previous DA resigned

By: - August 29, 2022

Gov. Jared Polis appointed Anne E. Kelly to the role of district attorney in Colorado’s 12th Judicial District Monday. Kelly will serve San Luis Valley after the former DA resigned earlier this summer amid violations of the state Victim Rights Act.  Kelly has nearly 20 years of legal experience working in the private sector and […]

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 […]

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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 […]