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.

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 […]

Colorado recruits dozens from Puerto Rico to staff prison, where many live in cubicles

By: - July 27, 2023

Colorado prison officials, facing staff shortages, since late 2021 have been recruiting correctional officers out of Puerto Rico, mostly to work at the state prison in Buena Vista. Puerto Rican staff now account for almost a fifth of all employees at the Buena Vista Correctional Complex. Their presence has helped the Colorado Department of Corrections […]

Recording shows Denver school board discussions that led to temporary return of police

By: - July 24, 2023

A recording of a private March meeting of school board members shows the high-tension conversations that led Denver Public Schools to temporarily reinstate armed officers in school buildings a day after a student shot and injured two deans.   Discussions between board members, Superintendent Alex Marrero and district staff behind closed doors exposed frustration over where the […]

Denver Public Schools board votes to release recording of secret meeting

By: - July 21, 2023

The Denver Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to release a recording of its March meeting where members privately discussed changes to district safety policies, excluding any discussions of confidential student information.  A coalition of local media outlets, including Newsline, filed a lawsuit in April seeking the release of the recording of the meeting, […]

Cost of living and housing are Coloradans’ biggest concerns, poll finds

By: - July 19, 2023

A poll from the Colorado Health Foundation found that the costs of living and housing are the biggest concerns Coloradans have this year.  The Pulse Poll, in which a bipartisan team of researchers surveyed 2,639 Coloradans over a month, found that “persistently high living costs and housing affordability are presenting a ripple effect across multiple […]

Boebert book-ban amendment one factor in split defense-bill vote among Colorado representatives

By: - July 14, 2023

Six of Colorado’s eight representatives in the U.S. House voted against the annual defense authorization bill that far-right Republicans loaded with policies restricting access to abortion and gender-affirming health care.  The National Defense Authorization Act is typically a bipartisan project in Congress and is necessary to keep the military running. But amendments added by several […]

Kirkmeyer won’t seek rematch against Caraveo in Colorado congressional race

By: - July 12, 2023

State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer announced Wednesday she won’t seek a rematch against U.S. Rep. Yadira Caraveo in the race to represent Colorado’s competitive 8th Congressional District.  Kirkmeyer, a Weld County Republican, instead will seek a second four-year term in the Colorado Senate, which she described as “the best way” for her to serve the state.  […]

Return of land use reform at Colorado Capitol signaled during gathering with Rep. Pettersen

By: - July 11, 2023

Housing reform advocates gathered for an event Monday night to tout efforts from Colorado lawmakers at the state and federal level to increase affordable housing access.  U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen, a Lakewood Democrat, state Rep. Iman Jodeh, an Aurora Democrat, as well as representatives from YIMBY Denver and Denver New Liberals came together at the […]

Denver Public Schools seeks another delay on court order to release private meeting recording

By: - July 11, 2023

Denver Public Schools again requested that a judge delay the release of a recording of a school board meeting where Board of Education members privately discussed changes to district safety policies. In a lawsuit against DPS from a coalition of media outlets seeking access to the recording, a Denver District Court judge ruled that the […]

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Opioid overdose deaths in rural areas could be reduced under federal naloxone bill

By: - July 10, 2023

Two of Colorado’s Democrats in Congress introduced a bill that would create a federal grant program to provide rural law enforcement agencies with naloxone, a medicine to reduce opioid overdose deaths.  U.S. Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood led the introduction of the bipartisan bill alongside Washington Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, with Colorado’s Joe Neguse also […]