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Local Politics Discuss Idaho governor repeals "irresponsible" mask mandate ban issued while he was out of to at the Political Forums; this was also in the Statesman https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mask-mandate-idaho-repeal/ Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, a Boise Republican, spoke out ... During ...

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Default This Idaho group is ‘huge threat’ to democracy, GOP Senate leader says at Boise forum

this was also in the Statesman https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mask-mandate-idaho-repeal/
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Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder, a Boise Republican, spoke out ...


During a virtual forum for legislative leaders held by the City Club of Boise, four lawmakers addressed the recent session, which was tumultuous and included a break brought on by a COVID-19 outbreak. When asked about the biggest disappointment of the session, Winder took aim at a number of lawmakers in his own party.

“I think my greatest disappointment is how many legislators are willing to follow the direction of the Idaho Freedom Foundation,” Winder said. “To me that’s one of the biggest threats we have to our democracy in our state is — we’ve got a small group of people that are very vocal, that are very aggressive towards anyone that doesn’t agree with them.”

Winder said more groups in Idaho need to form to counter the constant messaging that legislators receive and to stop the trend toward the “extreme right.”
Winder, House Speaker Scott Bedke, House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett debated issues that included tax cuts, higher education, the initiative process and executive emergency powers at the forum, but Winder’s unexpected remarks garnered attention.

Throughout the session, IFF attacked higher education institutions and public schools. A bill to simply accept $6 million in federal funding for early childhood education failed to make it out of the House — a bill the IFF claimed would give Democratic President Joe Biden “direct control over the education of babies and toddlers.” Negotiations with IFF-aligned legislators prompted a $2.5 million cut to higher education budgets and a House bill condemning aspects of “critical race theory,” an evolving, hard-to-define idea that historical racism continues to affect people of color today.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation recently attacked Winder for his leadership in the Republican-dominated Idaho Senate, which the IFF actually has called “left-leaning.” Republicans hold a supermajority in both legislative chambers.
This is what is happening in our state. This is what radicalization looks like to me.
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“In fact, if you’ll listen to some of the rhetoric going on out there now, everyone in the Senate’s bad. They gotta get rid of the entire Senate before they can get their ideas advanced,” Winder said. “So I think that’s a huge threat to just the democracy in our state, the republican form of government.”

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, a gubernatorial candidate who has paid an IFF analyst for contract work in her office, began a task force over “indoctrination” in public schools that began meeting last week. The other co-chair, Rep. Priscilla Giddings, a White Bird Republican, is running for lieutenant governor.

IFF President Wayne Hoffman, McGeachin and Giddings didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
Lt Gov. McGeachin is going to run for governor against Brad Little.
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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."

Lieutenant governors can stand in as acting governor when the governor is unable to serve, including when they are out of the state.
Idaho governor repeals "irresponsible" mask mandate ban issued while he was out of town
Little was away meeting with other Republican governors at the time and McGeachin did not brief him on the order ahead of time, according to CBS affiliate Idaho News.
She didn't inform jurisdictions or consult with legislators either.
btw Governor Little has always opposed statewide mask mandates.
But this is the kind of crap that came from, not Republicans or Democrats, but some very influential people who want us under their thumb after they offer us the disappearing candy.
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