Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin

McGeachin’s education task force discusses calls to disband State Board of Education

BY: - July 29, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force held its third meeting of the summer Thursday at the Idaho Statehouse but still has yet to allow any public testimony.  But task force members did receive their first challenge and some pushback for surrounding themselves with people they agree with.  Nafees Alam, a professor of social […]

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin presides over the Idaho Senate.

McGeachin’s inbox: What she’s hearing on critical race theory and indoctrination

BY: - July 28, 2021

Originally posted on on July 28, 2021 The bulk of emails to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin voice support for her task force targeting indoctrination in schools. Some emailers — from across Idaho and from beyond state lines — say the effort is an overdue and gutsy attempt to curb leftist teachings. Lt. Gov. Janice […]

Crowd gathers at the Idaho Statehouse

Hundreds attend Idaho Statehouse rally opposing vaccine mandates by businesses

BY: - July 15, 2021

Hundreds of people attended a rally on the Idaho Statehouse steps in opposition to vaccine requirements on Thursday morning, moments after Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin repeated her call for the Legislature to reconvene.  McGeachin, a Republican who is running for governor in 2022, requested Friday that House Speaker Scott Bedke reconvene the Idaho Legislature after […]

Bedke: ‘We’re going to be deliberate’ on lt. gov.’s request to look at vaccine rules

BY: and - July 9, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a letter to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Friday calling on him to reconvene the Legislature to address the issue of health care providers mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. Bedke told the Idaho Capital Sun on Friday afternoon that he and Senate leadership plan to do more research […]

Analysis: How critical race theory turned into a political ‘bogeyman’

BY: - July 1, 2021

Originally posted on on July 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s task force on school indoctrination meets at the Statehouse on June 24. Nik Streng/Idaho Education News As education culture wars consumed the Statehouse this spring, the running joke was that Idaho educators were scrambling to Google to figure out what “critical race theory” […]

Branden Durst speaks at the task force meeting at the Statehouse

Conservative speakers and candidates dominate second education task force meeting

BY: - June 24, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force met for the second time Thursday at the Statehouse, with the agenda again dominated by a series of conservative speakers who agreed with the task force’s mission. McGeachin formed the task force herself — it wasn’t created by the Legislature or statute — “to examine indoctrination in […]

Extremism expert: Idaho critical race theory debate is ‘cynical’ effort to rally voters

BY: - June 11, 2021

A national expert on race and extremism said a recent spate of attacks on “critical race theory” in Idaho are part of a growing effort by conservative Republicans to exploit anxiety and engage voters in upcoming elections. Meanwhile, the Idaho Freedom Foundation, in a letter to donors last month, took credit for a “never-before-seen” reckoning […]

A portion of the redacted public records from Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's office

McGeachin’s office refuses to release public comments on ‘indoctrination’ task force

BY: - June 4, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s office on Thursday sent the Idaho Capital Sun 238 pages of public records from Idahoans, sought by her to inform her education task force. But most of it was covered in black boxes with the word “REDACTED.” The delivery followed six weeks of back-and-forth with the lieutenant governor’s chief of staff. […]

Gov. Brad Little

‘Brad, I’ve got an executive order here.’ Little talks mask mandates, gubernatorial authority

BY: - June 2, 2021

Gov. Brad Little knew something was up as soon as he walked off the stage Thursday at the Republican Governors Association spring policy conference in Nashville. His phone was vibrating. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney was on the other end. And he wasn’t just calling to shoot the breeze. “He says, “Brad, I’ve got an […]

McGeachin’s order was likely unconstitutional, Idaho Attorney General’s opinion says

BY: - May 28, 2021

A legal opinion from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office says Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin likely went beyond her legal authority by ordering a statewide ban on mask mandates. McGeachin’s order also likely encroached on the legislative branch’s powers, it says. In her capacity as acting governor while Idaho Gov. Brad Little was out of state […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

One day after it was signed, Little repeals McGeachin’s order banning mask mandates

BY: - May 28, 2021

Saying she disrespected the rule of law and threatened the state’s ability to protect children, first responders and seniors, Gov. Brad Little repealed the executive order Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued Thursday banning mask mandates  McGeachin issued the original order Thursday while Little was out of state and McGeachin was acting governor.  “The action that […]

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues order terminating public agency mask mandates

BY: , and - May 27, 2021

While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. The order is effective as of […]