FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2022
Idaho Lt. Governor Responds to Misinformation Regarding Her Budget
BOISE, Idaho — The media continues to manufacture controversy where none exists. The Lt. Governor’s office budget is balanced. Our office had some unanticipated legal expenses due to the Idaho Press Club suing us because of our efforts to prevent conservative Idahoans and their children from being doxed by the media.
Our office has made the necessary cuts and adjustments to cover those costs, and Idaho taxpayers will not need to provide any additional funding for this office.
In previous years, our office has actually returned a portion of its budget to the taxpayers due to the increased efficiencies we have implemented.
“In a year when Gov. Little approved a budget increasing state spending by more than 20%, I remain a committed advocate of reducing the size and scope of government, consistent with our shared conservative values,” McGeachin said.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2021
President Trump addresses elected officials and citizens in support of Lt. Gov. McGeachin’s 1776 Pledge Event
BOISE, Idaho — On Tuesday, November 30th, Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin, gathered together over 125 statewide candidates, lawmakers, city officials, school board members, and patriot citizens to the Powderhause Brewery in Garden City, Idaho.
Powderhause Brewery is a family-owned business that suffered under the pandemic lockdowns of the Little administration. A Veteran of the United States Air Force and the Idaho Air Guard, the Schmidt patriarch was anxious to give back to the Lieutenant Governor for her unwavering support of small business. Lieutenant Governor McGeachin has been outspoken in opposing lockdowns and mandatory vaccines. A special thank you also to Garden City Mayor, John Evans, for his support to small business during this time.
The overwhelmingly successful event was held to sign the 1776 Pledge, which supports the Trump Presidential 1776 Advisory Report in education. With over 50 signed pledges from across the state, President Trump made a surprise video appearance to personally thank everyone for being advocates of education in Idaho.
Lieutenant Governor McGeachin is grateful for the tremendous support from the community and across the state. She would like to thank everyone for their participation in the evening’s event. The proceeds will benefit the Boise Toys for Tots program, with $1300 donated to them from the Lt. Governor’s event.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2021
Gov. Little Leaves State Without Properly Notifying Lt. Governor
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Idaho Lt. Governor’s office has confirmed that the Governor left the state without properly notifying the Lt. Governor of his absence.
According to the Idaho Constitution Article IV, Section 12, and Idaho Code, Section 67-805A(2), the Lt. Governor is to serve as “acting governor” during the governor’s “absence from the state” and to serve in that position “until the governor returns to the state.”
Leaving the state without providing proper notice to the Lt. Governor’s office was a lawless act, calculated to deny the people of Idaho a governor present in the state as definitively required by the state’s laws and constitution.
“Did the governor fail to notify my office because he didn’t want me to use my position as acting governor to once again give the power and decision making back to the people of Idaho?” Lt. Governor McGeachin asked. “Regardless of his reasons, he left the state of Idaho without a Governor for multiple days in direct violation of the law.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2021
Idaho Lt. Governor to Host Press Conference in Ammon, Idaho
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin will host a joint press conference with Art Macomber on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 3:00 pm at Ammon Elementary School, 2900 Central Ave, Ammon, Idaho.
The purpose of the press conference is to set the record straight regarding the litigation in which the Lt. Governor’s office has recently been engaged.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 2021
Idaho Lt. Governor Calls for 50-State Election Audit
BOISE, Idaho — I have long believed that the most fundamental right of Americans is our right to vote. Voting is critical to the strength of our republic and its people. If we lose faith in our elections, our republic will not survive. Last week, Arizona concluded its months-long audit of Maricopa County. The results were startling.
Here are just a few of the issues found in the audit:
- 23,344 mail-in ballots from persons no longer living at their mailing address.
- 17,322 duplicate ballots.
- 2,382 voters who voted in person but no longer lived in Maricopa County.
- 2,081 ballots cast by voters who moved out of state during a 29-day period preceding the election.
According to the official tally, Joe Biden won Arizona by roughly 10,451 votes. The errors in Maricopa County alone make up this margin many times over. It is worth asking that if there are this many discrepancies in one county, what would we find if we audited every county in America? In our electoral system, fraud that happens in one state defrauds all states.
The citizens of this great country deserve to have confidence in their elections, and to believe without a shadow of a doubt that there is one person, one vote.
To protect the sanctity of our republic, I am calling on all 50 states to audit their elections. To protect Idahoans’ electoral rights, we must guarantee through an audit that not only Idaho’s elections are secure but the other 49 states are conducting their elections fairly as well.
I am specifically calling on all Idaho state legislators to join this effort. I know of at least one, Idaho State Rep. Chad Christensen, who has openly expressed support for an audit in all 50 states and for decertification where necessary.
Please don’t delay. The time is now!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug 26, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Lt. Governor Responds to Court Decision on Public Records
BOISE, Idaho — After months of fighting to protect your data, the court has ruled that our office must release personal information on thousands of Idahoans to the media, where it has the potential to be misused to harass Idahoans who speak out on controversial issues.
Our office has always worked to act consistently with the law as written, including receiving advice and counsel from the Attorney General’s office regarding the available exemptions to shield Idahoans’ personal information from misuse.
Despite this initial collaboration, the AG’s office disavowed its earlier legal recommendations without explanation and washed its hands of the issue, apparently willing to abandon Idahoans to harassment and threats.
In response to this dereliction of duty by the AG’s office, I had no choice but to seek outside counsel to represent my office. It is the responsibility of the AG’s office to provide sound legal advice — not to misdirect state officials and then to abandon their efforts. At minimum, such behavior gives the appearance of political maneuvering rather than a conscientious performance of duty. How can any duly elected official rely on the AG’s office under these conditions?
While we disagree with the court’s interpretation, the fact remains that, based on this ruling, Idahoans are now at risk. It is necessary for the legislature to act in order to definitively establish and clarify the right of Idahoans to communicate with their elected officials without having their personal information turned over to the media for misuse.
History shows that the media today often acts as a chilling force to intimidate and silence those who think and speak outside of the approved borders of public opinion. It is for this reason that Idaho must take legislative action to shield the personal data of Idahoans when they are communicating with their elected officials.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2021
Acting Governor McGeachin Works to Uncover Underlying Incentives for Healthcare Providers who are imposing Vaccine Mandates on Staff
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Acting Governor Janice McGeachin has sent a formal inquiry to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen, requesting additional information on what incentives may exist for Idaho healthcare providers to impose vaccine mandates on their employees. This request follows McGeachin’s discussion with Gov. Little last week, in which she asked the governor directly what factors might be driving these mandate impositions. The governor replied that it is “not a state issue.”
In a press conference held by McGeachin last week on vaccine mandates, she posed the question publicly, asking what drove the sudden move from all three of Idaho’s major healthcare providers to mandate these vaccines concurrently. “Their policies seem to be written in conjunction,” McGeachin said. “All three are not only forcing their employees to be vaccinated but also imposing such mandates on all of their contractors and vendors.”
A proposed 721-page federal rule from the Biden administration, published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2021, calls for adopting “the COVID–19 Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel measure beginning with the FY 2023 program year,” and calls for publicly reporting the vaccination rates of healthcare providers.
Of the proposed rule McGeachin said, “Could this new federal policy be the underlying incentive driving Idaho’s healthcare providers to mandate vaccines and intrude upon the personal health choices of their employees, contractors, and vendors?”
Of additional concern is how the Biden administration would track the vaccination rates of healthcare personnel as called for in the proposed federal rule.
Idaho is operating under an Executive Order that says, “No department, agency, board, commission, or other executive branch entity or official of the State of Idaho shall … Provide information of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccine status to any person, company, or government entity for inclusion in a COVID-19 vaccine passport program.”
“I am very concerned that the Biden administration is encouraging employers who violate the self-determination of their employees,” said McGeachin. “I am also troubled that the administration is tracking or intends to track the vaccination status of Idahoans. We must take steps to protect our personal privacy and state sovereignty from such intrusion.”
Today’s actions follow McGeachin’s press conference on vaccine mandates held on July 15 as well as large anti-mandate rallies held both that day and Monday July 19, each attended by hundreds of participants including many healthcare workers.
Once again, McGeachin is calling on Saint Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Medical Group to suspend their soon-to-be-implemented vaccine mandates and encouraging them to sit down at the table with stakeholders to discuss the matter.
“Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I am reiterating my call for Idaho healthcare providers to suspend their vaccine mandates, come to the table, and have a good-faith discussion with stakeholders including their own employees and the executive and legislative branches of Idaho government,” McGeachin said. “While some have encouraged me to take more direct action today, I am providing time for the healthcare providers to reconsider their mandates and accept my invitation. I encourage them to use this time wisely.”
“This issue isn’t going away and the people of Idaho need their leaders to act quickly on the matter,” said McGeachin. “In as little as six weeks, we could see hundreds or even thousands of Idaho healthcare workers lose their jobs at a time when we are already facing a shortage of these critical frontline workers.”
McGeachin said she is willing to work with stakeholders and assist in facilitating productive dialog. “First, the mandates need to be suspended,” she said. “We can’t have meaningful discourse as long as these employers are threatening to terminate employees for their personal, private medical decisions.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2021
Idaho Lt. Governor will Address Vaccine Mandate Issues in Press Conference Thursday Morning
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin will hold a press conference Thursday, July 15, at 9:00 AM in the Lincoln Auditorium of the Idaho Capitol. McGeachin and her guests will discuss the recent announcement that some Idaho employers intend to terminate the employment of their employees who make certain personal health decisions.
“Last week, I called on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene and take action to protect Idahoans from medical tyranny,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said. “If you want the vaccine, it is readily available. Anyone who wants it can get it. Those who choose to get the vaccine are not facing discrimination or termination. Those who have made the personal medical choice NOT to take this vaccine deserve to have their decisions respected as well. No one should be forced to choose between keeping their job and taking a vaccine authorized for emergency use, when doing so violates their conscience.”
Members of the media are invited to attend the press conference and learn more about these important issues.
“Thousands of Idahoans are about to have their jobs and paychecks used as leverage to coerce them into making a medical decision that violates their conscience,” said McGeachin. “This idea of discriminating against and firing employees based on private and personal health decisions flies in the face of the principles of liberty and justice.”
The Idaho legislature had several bills introduced last session related to vaccine mandates, but none became law. Some states have taken action on these issues recently while others have had such laws on the books for years. In Oregon, for example, some employees such as health care providers, health care facility employees, clinical lab workers, firefighters and law enforcement officers are protected by a 1989 state law that says, “A worker shall not be required as a condition of work to be immunized” unless it’s otherwise required by federal or state law.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2021
Idaho Lt. Governor Appoints Pete Coulson to Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin has appointed Pete Coulson to fill a recent vacancy on the task force to examine indoctrination in Idaho education.
“Pete’s experience and wisdom will be a welcome addition to our task force. I look forward to working with him and hearing his input on these critically important matters,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.
Pete Coulson has worked in school administration, social work, and numerous activities involving young people. His experience has given him valuable insight and the ability to connect with and inspire children and adults from various backgrounds and cultures.
“I am honored to be part of the Education Task Force, it is my hope to provide a perspective from my life experience to impact our students to develop critical thinking as they learn to think for themselves and build healthy relationships,” said Pete Coulson.
The second meeting of the task force will take place in the Idaho State Capitol building’s Lincoln Auditorium on June 24 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the public and will be available as a livestream as well.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2021
Idaho Lt. Governor and Northwest Career Colleges Idaho Will Hold Press Conference Tuesday Relating to Developments in the Reporting of Career and Skills-Based Training Opportunities for Idaho Citizens
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin and Northwest Career Colleges Idaho will hold a press conference at 1:00 PM (MT) on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in the second-floor rotunda of the State Capitol to discuss developments in the reporting of career and skills-based training opportunities for Idaho citizens.
“Thousands of Idahoans have found success by obtaining education through private career colleges such as the ten institutions represented by Northwest Career Colleges Idaho,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.
The member schools of Northwest Career Colleges Idaho offer a broad array of training opportunities that prepare Idahoans for successful completion of skill specific training, certifications, professional licensure, associate and bachelor degrees. Some of the careers for which students are trained include electrical and telecommunications lineworker, respiratory therapy, technology, cosmetology, esthetics, nail tech, barbering, and massage therapy.
Barb DeHaan, Idaho Director for Northwest Career Colleges Idaho, said, “The Northwest Career Colleges Idaho, whose member schools represent many of the private postsecondary career schools in Idaho, is excited and appreciative that the Lieutenant Governor is taking time to highlight the accomplishments of our schools, students, and graduates. Even though most of our graduates complete their education in less than one year, they still Go On to rewarding, well-paying careers that contribute to Idaho’s economy.”
“I am excited to hear from current students and graduates from private career colleges who have gone on to find successful careers in Idaho,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.
More information will be provided at the press conference on Tuesday.
Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff