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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.

Gov. Polis asks criminal justice commission to analyze sentencing reforms

By: - September 16, 2022

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday penned a letter to the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice calling for increased criminal penalties for people convicted of auto theft, as the commission continues crafting reforms around sentencing amid a spike in certain types of crime in Colorado. “We must continue to ensure that our justice […]

New Era Colorado releases policy platform highlighting demands of young voters

By: - September 15, 2022

New Era Colorado, a nonprofit that encourages young people to engage in the political process, released a new policy platform Thursday highlighting young people’s priorities entering the 2022 election. Key priorities in the group’s Youth Agenda Policy Platform include racial justice, climate justice, reproductive rights, higher education and student debt, economic justice and democracy reform. […]

New law expands threshold for providing multilingual ballot services in Colorado

By: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy. In the November 2022 election, 20 Colorado counties will be required to provide Spanish language voting materials thanks to a new state law lowering the population thresholds to support multilingual voters — […]

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Lawsuit seeks to stop recall election of state Sen. Priola following party switch

By: - September 12, 2022

A political committee filed a lawsuit against the secretary of state’s office rebuking the decision to hold state Sen. Kevin Priola’s recall election in his newly-drawn, Republican-leaning district.  Priola announced he would switch his affiliation from Republican to Democrat in August, which has since led to a Republican-led effort to launch a recall election. State […]

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 […]