Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful”

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a political uproar on Tuesday, former Gov. Butch Otter weighed in on Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s inquiries about sending the Idaho National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. While Gov. Brad Little left the state to visit the border and McGeachin was serving as acting governor, she issued an executiveContinue reading “Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful””

Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho

By Ruth Brown, Logan Finney, and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports When Idaho Gov. Brad Little left the state, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin wasted no time using her authority as acting executive — though Little made it clear whatever actions she takes will be short lived. On Tuesday, as Little traveled to Texas to visit theContinue reading “Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho”

Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced he and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are exploring legal options to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. On Thursday, Biden announced he is taking steps to mandate vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid,Continue reading “Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates”

State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports President Joe Biden announced Thursday afternoon that he will impose new stringent vaccine and testing requirements for federal workers and for all employers with more than 100 employees.  The announcement comes as coronavirus continues to rip through Idaho, filling hospitals to maximum capacity. Northern Idaho hospitals have already reached crisisContinue reading “State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers”

As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a last-ditch effort to avoid crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday he is mobilizing Idaho National Guard members to support health care facilities across the state.  In a press release Tuesday morning, Little said they have not yet implemented crisis standards of care, but statewide, hospitalsContinue reading “As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again”

Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”

Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a Thursday press conference calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene and address employer vaccine policies, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin mentioned, to applause from supporters in the audience, she would be serving as acting governor “at some point today.” She was quick to add she wasn’t sure how longContinue reading “Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.”

Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While the Idaho National Guard was recently activated to assist with emergency wildfires in the state, the Guard has spent the past eight months helping health care providers in the pandemic. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management reported that most of the Guard’s missions were “personnel support” where Guard membersContinue reading “Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions”

Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting due to lightning strikes. The Dixie-JumboContinue reading “Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season”

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”