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.

Sen. Hickenlooper joins push to protect access to medication abortion

By: - February 9, 2023

U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper of Colorado joined a group of fellow Democratic senators to introduce a bill intended to protect access to medication abortion in states where abortion remains legal.  The Protecting Access to Medication Abortion Act would protect the current Food and Drug Administration guidelines that allow access to the medication abortion drug mifepristone […]

Intimate medical procedures on sedated patients would require informed consent under bill

By: - February 8, 2023

Colorado legislators are looking to make Colorado the next state to pass an informed consent law, prohibiting the performance of intimate medical procedures on sedated patients without their explicit consent.  House Bill 23-1077, which unanimously passed through the Legislature’s Health & Insurance Committee, would require doctors, residents, medical students and any other health care professional […]

Club Q hero Richard Fierro has watched many State of the Unions. Now he’s going.

By: - February 7, 2023

Today, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow will bring Richard Fierro, the Army veteran who tackled the Club Q shooter, as his guest to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.  In a virtual press conference ahead of the address, Crow, a Centennial Democrat, applauded Fierro for his actions to protect others on the day of […]

Bennet, Buck push to block TikTok from U.S. devices, app stores

By: - February 2, 2023

Two members of Colorado’s federal delegation are taking action in an attempt to block TikTok from U.S. devices due to security threats the app poses.  Last week, Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck proposed a bill that would prohibit TikTok from being downloaded on U.S. devices, while today Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet sent a letter […]

Delayed medication delivery, unpredictable hours typify mail service woes in mountain communities

By: - February 1, 2023

U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse and Brittany Pettersen of Colorado have both written to U.S. Postal Service leaders asking for a solution to mail delivery problems in rural Colorado communities as the service continues to struggle with staffing.  Neguse wrote to the USPS manager for the Colorado-Wyoming District, Jason McMahill, asking for alternative methods to pick […]

DeGette among Democrats who push for support of national assault weapons ban

By: - February 1, 2023

At a press conference Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, pushed for congressional support of her bill aiming to ban high-capacity magazines along with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline’s Assault Weapons Ban Act, which the Rhode Island Democrat reintroduced today. The Assault Weapons Ban Act passed in the Democratic-controlled House last year, but failed […]

District attorney drops charges against Black man who accuses Colorado Springs police of excessive force

By: - February 1, 2023

Colorado’s 4th Judicial District attorney’s office dropped charges against Dalvin Gadson, a Black man who was beaten by Colorado Springs police at a traffic stop, after he entered a guilty plea for not having properly displayed license plates.  Charges of assault on a police officer and DUI against Gadson had already been  dropped, but now […]

DeGette among Democrats who propose bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines nationwide

By: - January 31, 2023

In light of a rising number of mass shootings the country has seen in recent weeks, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, and two Democratic colleagues put forward another push to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines nationwide. The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of holding […]

Colorado advocates praise FDA decision allowing abortion medication in pharmacies

By: - January 31, 2023

Reproductive rights advocates in Colorado were feeling optimistic following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand access to the abortion pill mifepristone in early January — but a federal lawsuit filed just 10 days after the decision, which completely challenges the FDA’s approval of the drug in 2000, has made the future of medication […]

‘Catastrophe’ would befall economy with national default, warn Colorado Democrats

By: - January 25, 2023

While talks over raising the United State’s debt limit continue in Congress after the country hit the limit last week, Colorado’s federal representatives have expressed differing views on how the government should respond. The U.S. Treasury Department is already using extraordinary measures to keep the government operational, but a divided Congress will need to come […]

No-strings-attached cash assistance goes to hundreds of Denver residents

By: - January 24, 2023

For a few hundred members of Denver’s unhoused population, the Denver Basic Income Project has provided an opportunity for stability they haven’t been able to secure on their own. Mark Donovan, founder of the Denver Basic Income Project, said the project intends to explore the impact direct cash assistance can have on encouraging “a healthier […]

More than 17K families look to apply for universal preschool in new Colorado program’s first enrollment week

By: - January 23, 2023

With enrollment for Colorado’s new universal preschool program open for just about a week now, thousands of families from every corner of the state are ready to participate. Kicking off with the 2023-24 school year, children in the year before they enter kindergarten will all be eligible for half-day preschool, or 15 hours a week. […]