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    BOISE (AP) — While Idaho’s governor was out of the state, his second-in-command issued an executive order “fixing” his instruction on COVID-19 mandates and also attempted to send Idaho National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Gov. Brad Little, still in Texas, issued his own order Wednesday repealing the lieutenant governor’s action. Under the state’s longstanding practice, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin became acting governor as soon as Little left the state. Both Little and McGeachin are Republicans, but she is much further to the right — and she has announced she will seek the governor’s job in next year’s election. On Tuesday, McGeachin issued an order declaring that all state agencies, including public K-12 schools and universities, would be prohibited from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or testing. She said it would “fix” the state’s rules banning vaccine proof. Little’s original order, in April, was similar but did not include K-12 schools and did not ban mandatory testing. Little’s statement Wednesday said a prohibition of mandatory testing would harm the state’s ability to curb the spread of the disease....
    Republican Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order Tuesday extending the ban on vaccine mandates while Republican Gov. Brad Little was out of town, prompting Little to clarify he would reverse McGeachin’s order upon return. Little signed an order in April banning vaccine passports, ordering that no government entity could ask for proof of vaccination in order for citizens to use facilities or receive public services. McGeachin then announced Tuesday she “fixed” the original order to include K-12 schools and universities. “Today, as Acting Governor, I fixed Gov. Little’s Executive Order on ‘vaccine passports’ to make sure that K-12 schools and universities cannot require vaccinations OR require mandatory testing. I will continue to fight for your individual liberty!” Today, as Acting Governor, I fixed Gov. Little’s Executive Order on “vaccine passports” to make sure that K-12 schools and universities cannot require vaccinations OR require mandatory testing. I will continue to fight for your individual Liberty! #idpol pic.twitter.com/Jz87jfZaWc — Janice McGeachin (@JaniceMcGeachin) October 5, 2021 Little responded almost immediately, saying he would be “rescinding and reversing any actions”...
    What else? McGeachin wasn't finished there, however. She also sought to deploy Idaho National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border this week in Little's absence. In a letter to Maj. Gen. Michael J. Garshak obtained by the AP, McGeachin wrote, "As of Wednesday, my constitutional authority as Governor affords me the power of activating the Idaho National Guard. As the Adjutant General, I am requesting information from you on the steps needed for the Governor to activate the National Guard." The lieutenant governor's request was ultimately rebuffed, but Little took notice of the attempt and used it to slam his opponent. "Attempting to deploy our National Guard for political grandstanding is an affront to the Idaho constitution and insults the men and women who have dedicated their life to serving our state and the country," Little said in a statement.Anything else?In May, while Little was in Nashville, Tennessee, attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, McGeachin issued an executive order barring local governments from implementing mask mandates. Little, who had never implemented a statewide mask mandate in Idaho, called...
    Idaho Gov. Brad Little turned his back for a second to head out of state Tuesday, and far-right Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin jumped into his shoes to issue a rogue executive order to ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Hours after Little went to Texas to meet other GOP governors and talk over their concerns about how President Joe Biden is handling the Mexico border, his second-in-command posted that she’d “fixed” Little’s order on vaccine passports to ban schools from requiring the shots. “I will continue to fight for your individual Liberty!” she wrote. However, less than ten minutes later, Little hit back at McGeachin, saying that he never gave her the authority to start signing rogue orders in his absence, and that he will immediately seek to rescind her supposed fixes. Little had to take the same action back in May when McGeachin imposed a state-wide mask ban when he was out of state on a separate trip. “I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected Governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor...
    Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Tuesday issued an executive order banning vaccine mandates and required coronavirus testing in schools and colleges in the state, prompting Gov. Brad Little to say he had not authorized her to act on his behalf while he was at the U.S-Mexico border.  Little said he would "rescind" any executive orders McGeachin issues while he is away and she is acting governor, including her attempt this week to send National Guard troops to the border.  "I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected Governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor to act on my behalf," Little said in a statement on Tuesday. "I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return." He is expected back in the state on Wednesday.  In Idaho, the governor and lieutenant governor don’t run on the same ticket and McGeachin and Little have previously butted heads. She is also running for governor in 2022.  UTAH INDEPENDENT EVAN MCMULLIN LAUNCHES 2022 SENATE BID In May when Little...
    The USC football team had a scare after its plane landed in Idaho Friday night ahead of its game against Washington State. After the Trojans landed in Lewiston, Idaho and arrived on the tarmac, their plane tipped backward, according to ESPN. A photo posted to social media showed the nose of the United Airlines’ aircraft pointing upward. The team landed in Lewiston to travel to Pullman, Wash., about 32 miles north. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM A USC spokesperson told ESPN players had already exited the plane but coaches and staff members were still on board when the aircraft shifted. No one was injured. Once the plane was leveled, remaining passengers were led off.  RIDDER HELPS NO. 8 BEARCATS RALLY FOR 38-24 WIN AT INDIANA "United Flight 2509 flying from Los Angeles, California to Lewiston, Idaho landed without incident," the airline said in a written statement it released to to KHQ-TV. "Due to a shift in weight and balance during the offloading process, the tail of the aircraft tipped backward. No injuries were reported among our customers, crew...
    Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Monday defended her decision to impose a ban on mask mandates while Gov. Brad Little was traveling out of state, arguing the surprise move was necessary to protect individual freedoms from government overreach. Little, also a Republican, accused McGeachin of attempting a "self-serving political stunt" in a scathing statement last week announcing his reversal of her executive action. McGeachin, who has been critical of Little’s leadership throughout the pandemic, said the ban on mask mandates was "absolutely not" a bid to garner publicity for her recently announced 2022 gubernatorial run.  "My action was to uphold my sworn oath to uphold and protect the rights of our citizens in Idaho, as guaranteed to us in our US constitution, our Idaho constitution and the rule of law in Idaho," McGeachin said in an interview with Fox News. "That is what I did." While Idaho never implemented a statewide mask mandate during the pandemic, state law allows local governments to dictate their own public health policies. McGeachin enacted an executive order banning local mandates while Little traveled...
    (CNN)Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday repealed an executive order banning mask mandates by state entities that Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin had issued a day before while he was out of state, marking another scorching volley in the coronavirus response-fueled feud between the two Republicans."The action that took place while I was traveling this week is not gubernatorial," Little said in a statement. "The action that took place was an irresponsible, self-serving political stunt. Taking the earliest opportunity to act solitarily on a highly politicized, polarizing issue without conferring with local jurisdictions, legislators, and the sitting Governor is, simply put, an abuse of power."Little continued, "This kind of over-the-top executive action amounts to tyranny -- something we all oppose. How ironic that the action comes from a person who has groused about tyranny, executive overreach, and balance of power for months." McGeachin announced her gubernatorial run last week and has repeatedly and publicly clashed with Little over the state's response to the pandemic. She had signed the order on Thursday barring state officials and entities, including schools, from requiring mask...
    Nathan Howard/Getty Images Politics in Idaho took a strange turn on Thursday when Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin signed an executive banning mask mandates in public facilities. The only reason she was able to issue the order was because Gov. Brad Little was out state attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Nashville. McGeachin signed the order in her brief stint as acting governor. The New York Times called the move “the government equivalent of throwing a party while your parents are out of town.” As awkward as that sounds, McGeachin has announced she will run for governor in 2022 despite the fact Little is eligible to run again. He has not yet said if he will run for a second term, though he is expected to. The Idaho Statesman reported that the two hadn’t spoken in three weeks. Little returned soon after McGeachin signed the executive order, and on Friday issued one of his own which gave control back local public entities to impose mask mandates should they so choose. “The action that took place was an...
    Idaho Governor Brad Little repealed an executive order that prohibits the enforcement of mask mandates in the state, calling it "an irresponsible, self-serving political stunt," according to a statement the Republican released Friday. The face mask ban was signed by Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, also a Republican, while Little was out of town.  "An executive order that was issued while I was out of state this week runs contrary to a basic conservative principle – the government closest to the people governs best," said Little said in his statement. "I do not like petty politics. I do not like political stunts over the rule of law."  In McGeachin's order, political subdivisions like public schools would be prohibited in Idaho from mandating face masks. It followed a similar executive order in Texas which has barred most government entities from requiring face masks. "I firmly believe that you have the right to make your own decisions about masks, vaccines, and how to raise your children," she wrote on her website Thursday. "You don't need the government to tell you what to do." Today,...
    More On: republicans Senate Republicans block bill to create ‘9/11-style’ commission for Capitol riot McCarthy: Biden budget proposal ‘sounds like Venezuela or Cuba’ Gaetz: Second Amendment about waging ‘armed rebellion’ if necessary Seeing red: GOP govs say liberal-state lockdowns have Americans on the move When the cat’s away… Idaho’s politically-ambitious lieutenant governor pushed through an executive order banning mask requirements while Gov. Brad Little was out of the state, according to a report. Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin — who announced last week she’s vying for Little’s seat — went behind the lawmaker’s back to enact the legislation while he was attending a Republican conference in Nashville, Tennessee Thursday,  according to KTVB. “The Lt. Governor did not make Governor Little aware of her executive order ahead of time,” the governor’s office told the local station. McGeachin said she banned face covering requirements in state-run buildings — including schools, libraries and hospitals — because the mandate threatens  the “freedoms” of residents. “I’ve been listening to people all across the state with the concern about, especially, why are little kids being forced to...
    With the governor out of the state, Idaho’s lieutenant governor issued an executive order Thursday banning mask mandates in schools and public buildings, saying the face-covering directives threatened people’s freedom. Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is acting governor while Gov. Brad Little is at the Republican Governors Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. He was expected to return Thursday evening. Last week, McGeachin announced her run for governor, challenging the first-term incumbent Little. McGeachin is on the far right of the political spectrum in the conservative state, and her order could bolster her support as a candidate for governor. IDAHO LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR LAUNCHES GOP CHALLEGE TO GOV. BRAD LITTLE IN 2022 Little’s office said McGeachin did not make him aware that she planned to issue the executive order. The office didn’t say what Little would do when he returned, but it did say residents value local control. "Throughout the pandemic, Governor Little has been committed to protecting the health and safety of the people of Idaho and has emphasized the importance of Idahoans choosing to protect our neighbors and loved ones...
    Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order Thursday banning mask mandates among state political entities while Gov. Brad Little was away at a GOP-related conference. The state never issued a mask mandate following the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic but some counties, cities, and schools have imposed such measures, according to a local NBC affiliate. "Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I signed an Executive Order to protect the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses by prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions — including public schools — from imposing mask mandates in our state," McGeachin wrote in a statement. Many localities that have imposed pandemic-related mask mandates have begun lifting the rules as the number of residents in the state who have received COVID-19 vaccines rises. RURAL OREGON COUNTIES VOTE TO EXPLORE SECEDING TO IDAHO Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I signed an Executive Order to protect the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses by prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions — including public schools — from...
    (CNN)Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order on Thursday banning mask mandates while Gov. Brad Little was unaware and out of town."The lieutenant governor did not make Gov. Little aware of her executive order ahead of time," Marissa Morrison Hyer, Little's press secretary, told CNN. Morrison Hyer said Little is out of state this week "collaborating with Republican governors at the (Republican Governors Association) convention in Nashville." When asked whether Little supported the order and would let it stand, she pointed to a statement from the office noting that "the Governor's Office is reviewing the Lt. Governor's executive order. Governor Little has never put in place a statewide mask mandate." In this March 6, 2021, file photo, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin speaks at a mask-burning event at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise.The Idaho Statesman previously reported that McGeachin had signed the order unbeknownst to Little, both of whom are Republicans.McGeachin tweeted Thursday that she had barred state entities and officials from requiring mask wearing.Read More"Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I signed an Executive...
    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Police say a Pocatello man was hit and killed while he was trying to flag down help on Interstate 15 late Sunday night. The Idaho State Police says 24-year-old Andrew Delacruz was involved in a rollover crash on the Old Malad Highway on Saturday. After the crash, he climbed up a hill to Interstate 15 where he tried to flag down help. The state police agency says Delacruz was in the middle of the lanes when he was struck by a 2009 Ford Flex driven by 33-year-old Chad Miller of Salt Lake City. Neither Miller nor his two passengers were seriously hurt, according to the Idaho State Police, but Delacruz succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The collision remains under investigation. ___ This story has been updated to show the collision happened Sunday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Idaho
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