Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s Task Force on Education Indoctrination meets at 1 pm Thursday at the Idaho Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium, but members of the public may not have known until today. The meeting notice and agenda weren’t posted on the lieutenant governor’s website until mid-afternoon Wednesday, less than 24 hoursContinue reading “Late task force agenda may not violate open government laws”

Idaho to begin testing all positive test samples for variants

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Currently, Idaho tests only a small number of positive COVID samples for variants. But as the so-called Delta variant spreads, and vaccination rates remain low in Idaho’s rural areas, that’s going to change. During a Tuesday media briefing hosted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, state epidemiologist Dr.Continue reading “Idaho to begin testing all positive test samples for variants”

Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As of Friday, 49.9 percent of Idahoans ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 45.8 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data published by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The vaccination rate varies by age group; Three fourths of Idahoans agesContinue reading “Half of Idaho adults have now received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine”

Where to find Idaho Reports content over the summer

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Reports’ broadcast schedule is temporarily on hiatus, but the IR team is still working hard over the summer to report on how decisions made in Boise affect you, no matter where in Idaho you live.  Starting June 16, Idaho Reports will release new podcast episodes every Wednesday afternoon,Continue reading “Where to find Idaho Reports content over the summer”

Little reverses McGeachin’s executive order on masks

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has reversed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s executive order, calling it an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.” Little’s new executive order repeals McGeachin’s, and allows local government entities to issue mask mandates once again. Read the full order here. McGeachin, who is challenging Little in the 2022 Republican primaryContinue reading “Little reverses McGeachin’s executive order on masks”

The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, in her capacity as acting governor, issued an executive order banning mask mandates from all state entities, including school districts and cities. In addition to causing confusion for school districts, who were not notified of the coming change, the order also surprised Gov. BradContinue reading “The “surprise factor” sets McGeachin apart from 1987’s Lt. Gov. Otter”

McGeachin, as acting governor, bans mask mandates in schools, other entities

By Melissa Davlin and Ruth Brown, Idaho Public Television On Thursday morning, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin posted on Twitter that, as acting governor, she had issued an executive order banning mask mandates in government entities, including public schools. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed that it had received the order from McGeachin on Thursday morning.Continue reading “McGeachin, as acting governor, bans mask mandates in schools, other entities”

Giddings running for lieutenant governor

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Rep. Priscilla Giddings announced Friday she is running for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Giddings, who was first elected to the Idaho House in 2014, cited her service in the US Air Force and her 100 percent rating from the Idaho Freedom Foundation in her announcement. She also referencedContinue reading “Giddings running for lieutenant governor”

Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho Reports has received additional security camera footage showing a confrontation between Jane Doe and three women who filmed her after her April 28th testimony in front of the House Ethics Committee. After Doe’s testimony, during which the 19-year-old intern told the committee former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger raped her,Continue reading “Additional security footage shows group filming distraught Doe after testimony”

Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Most of the security camera footage depicts a normal morning at the Idaho Capitol: A reporter walks to a press room, security guards chat, a group of school-aged children looks at photos in the wall and wanders toward the rotunda. But at 11:18 am, something catches the eye of theContinue reading “Partial security footage shows small group following Jane Doe after ethics hearing”