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”

A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  A full auditorium witnessed a tense ethics hearing on Wednesday, as attorneys and lawmakers questioned witnesses and Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger on accusations he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old staffer.  While lawmakers on the committee stressed the seriousness of the proceedings, some members of the audience laughed when committee chairman Rep.Continue reading “A tense start to the House Ethics committee hearing”

House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s ethics hearing nears, questions remain over upcoming proceedings, and if the potential consequences would be tangible.  Von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old legislative staffer in March, as well as making other statehouse employees uncomfortable, according to reports by the IdahoContinue reading “House ethics hearings: What to expect Wednesday”

COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly COVID-19 media briefing, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials offered more information on so-called breakthrough cases of COVID-19 — confirmed infections in people who had been fully vaccinated and were at least two weeks past their final dose of the vaccine. Dr. Kathryn Turner, deputy stateContinue reading “COVID breakthrough cases remain rare in Idaho, but disproportionately affect women”

Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has signed Senate Bill 1110 into law, prompting praise from House Republican leadership, outrage from House Democrats, and the promise of a lawsuit from Reclaim Idaho. Senate Bill 1110 requires those gathering signatures for ballot initiatives to get sign-on from at least 6 percent of registered votersContinue reading “Reactions pour in as Gov. Little signs voter initiative bill into law”