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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.

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Federal funding coming to Colorado to support student mental health

By: - October 4, 2022

Colorado will see more than $9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to help create safer and healthier learning environments for school students.  The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act designates nearly $1 billion to states in the Southwest and West to support student mental health and reduce gun violence. The states receiving funding […]

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Judicial discipline committee advances two reform bills to full Colorado Legislature

By: - October 1, 2022

In its final meeting, Colorado’s Legislative Interim Committee on Judicial Discipline on Friday advanced two pieces of legislation to next year’s full General Assembly, but it held a third piece for additional work and review.  The two measures that the committee unanimously approved after amendments will originate in the state House, with committee chair Rep. […]

Book ban efforts in Colorado see little success amid national uptick

By: - September 30, 2022

While efforts to ban books in certain genres have increased across the country as of late, Colorado has also seen a few book-ban efforts — but not nearly as many as the rest of the U.S.  Nicolle Davies, assistant commissioner of the Colorado State Library, noted that Colorado is a local-control state, so the state […]

Gov. Polis urges Holocaust remembrance at Babi Yar Massacre commemoration

By: - September 29, 2022

Dozens of spectators gathered under unexpected sunshine at Babi Yar Park in Denver Thursday afternoon as the Mizel Museum hosted its annual commemoration to honor the 81st anniversary of the massacre at Babi Yar Ravine. Museum founder Larry Mizel welcomed Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, who gave the keynote remarks, as well as Colorado Gov. […]

Una ley nueva expande el umbral para proporcionar servicios de boletas multilingües en Colorado

By: - September 27, 2022

Este artículo es parte de un proyecto que se llama Democracy Day (Día de la Democracia), en el cual salas de prensa de todo el país señalan posibles amenazas para la democracia.  Por Lindsey Toomer, traducido por Emma Athena En las elecciones de noviembre de 2022, veinte condados en Colorado serán obligados a proporcionar materiales […]

Lamborn, Neguse introduce bill that would increase fentanyl education in schools

By: - September 26, 2022

Two members of Congress from Colorado introduced bipartisan legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow unused COVID-19 funding to be used for fentanyl education and prevention efforts in schools.  The bill, called the Protecting Kids from Fentanyl Act, allows Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding passed in COVID-19 relief packages to […]

Contribution limits for Colorado school board candidates implemented

By: - September 23, 2022

The Colorado secretary of state’s office Friday adopted new rule revisions changing contribution limits for school board candidates.  The changes come following two bills passed by the Legislature this year relating to school board candidate contributions and public official reporting requirements.  School board candidates can now only accept contributions of up to $2,500 from individuals […]

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Former San Luis Valley district attorney disbarred following misconduct

By: - September 23, 2022

A Colorado judge signed off this week on the disbarment of the former San Luis Valley district attorney, who resigned in July after the state found Victim Rights Act violations in his office. The decision from the state’s presiding disciplinary judge said former 12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne failed to diligently supervise his employees […]

Senators seek urgency from Defense Department on PFAS chemical exposure

By: - September 22, 2022

A bipartisan group of 40 U.S. senators including Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado wrote to the Department of Defense asking officials to address toxic chemical exposure at military installations.  Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS substances, are synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam, among other products. The chemicals are notoriously persistent […]

Permanent solutions to drought on Colorado River sought in Bennet-led letter to Bureau of Reclamation

By: - September 21, 2022

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado led a group of fellow legislators from Colorado and New Mexico in writing a letter asking the Bureau of Reclamation to seek permanent solutions to the Western drought crisis with its funding from the recent Inflation Reduction Act.  The letter, addressed to Bureau Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton, asks her […]

White House estimates almost 700K Coloradans will benefit from student loan forgiveness

By: - September 20, 2022

Almost 700,000 student loan borrowers in Colorado are expected to benefit from President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan.  The White House released state-by-state data today showing that over 40 million borrowers are eligible across the country for debt relief. In Colorado, an estimated total of 698,100 borrowers will be eligible, while about 419,000 of […]

Rep. Crow proposes legislation to protect military members’ access to abortion

By: - September 20, 2022

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow proposed a bill today that would protect U.S. service members’ right to abortion care across the military, regardless of what state they are posted in and that state’s abortion policies. The Access to Reproductive Care for Servicemembers Act, sponsored by Crow and Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, would codify into […]