PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Lt. Governor’s Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Moves Forward, Begins Soliciting Public Feedback and Experiences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor’s Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Moves Forward, Begins Soliciting Public Feedback and Experiences

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin’s Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education continues to take shape. Interviews are ongoing and the full task force member roster should be available within the next two weeks.

“We are assembling a comprehensive task force that provides a broad representation of the community,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said. “We have already received an outpouring of interest in the task force regarding its mission and many people have expressed a willingness to participate.”

Even as the task force is being assembled, the Lt. Governor is moving forward by soliciting public feedback and experiences regarding Idaho education. A new page has been added to the Lt. Governor’s website for the Education Task Force that includes a link where Idahoans can provide feedback regarding their experiences and concerns. The link for this page is lgo.idaho.gov/education-task-force

“One of our primary goals with this task force is to give concerned citizens a voice regarding education in Idaho,” said Lt. Gov. McGeachin. “If you, your child, or someone close to you has information regarding problematic teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communism, or Marxism, please provide us with as much information as you are comfortable sharing.”

The form allows those providing feedback to include their names and contact information, but feedback can also be submitted anonymously. “We want to make sure all Idahoans — especially those employed in education — can provide us with unbiased feedback without fear of blowback or retaliation,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

Rep. Priscilla Giddings has graciously agreed to serve as the co-chair of the task force.

“The overwhelming interest affirms the need for this task force. I am eager to start collaborating with Idahoans to develop recommendations for the education community on ways to root out critical race theory and bolster America’s core values,” Rep. Giddings said.

The initial schedule for the task force includes four meetings taking place in May, June, July, and August. Meetings will be held at the Idaho State Capitol in the Lincoln Auditorium. “We intend for these meetings to be physically open to the public and livestreamed,” said Lt. Gov. McGeachin. “This format worked very well for the Capitol Clarity events we held throughout the first three months of the Legislative Session, and I look forward to providing similar access to the people when our task force meets.”

More information regarding the task force will be made available in the coming weeks.

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PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Lt. Governor Assembling Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Based on Critical Race Theory, Socialism, Communism, and Marxism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor Assembling Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education Based on Critical Race Theory, Socialism, Communism, and Marxism

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin is working on putting together a task force to examine indoctrination in Idaho education and to protect our young people from the scourge of critical race theory, socialism, communism, and Marxism.

“As I have traveled around the state and spoken with constituents and parents, it has become clear to me that this is one of the most significant threats facing our society today. We must find where these insidious theories and philosophies are lurking and excise them from our education system,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said. “Idahoans are increasingly frustrated by the apparent lack of awareness and leadership coming from the state on these issues.”

Other states are taking action.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently said, “There’s no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”

DeSantis pledged that Florida’s curriculum will “expressly exclude” the teaching.

North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson has created a bi-partisan task force to address indoctrination in public schools.

In Arkansas, a bill is being considered that would prohibit any Arkansas public school from offering “a course, class, event, or activity within its program of instruction that … promotes division between, resentment of, or social justice for Race; Gender; Political affiliation; Social class; or Particular class of people.”

“Where is Idaho in this fight?” asked Lt. Gov. McGeachin. “We need to look at what Florida, Arkansas, and North Carolina are doing to combat these poisonous theories.”

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, who was asked by Lt. Gov. McGeachin to participate on the task force, offered her support for the endeavor.

“I appreciate the Lt. Governor taking the initiative to push back against the flawed concept that white people are inherently racist and that our young people should be made to feel guilty for actions they have never committed and biases they have never displayed. This is the kind of proactive leadership Idaho so desperately needs right now.”

More information regarding the task force will be made available in the coming weeks.

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Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
Office: 208.334.2200

PRESS RELEASE: Idaho Lt. Governor, Idaho State Legislators, and Other States’ Legislators File Amicus Brief Supporting Texas Lawsuit to Ensure Election Integrity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 10, 2020

Idaho Lt. Governor, Idaho State Legislators, and Other States’ Legislators File Amicus Brief Supporting Texas Lawsuit to Ensure Election Integrity

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin and State Legislators from Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona have filed an amicus brief supporting the state of Texas in its lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin at the United States Supreme Court.

The Texas lawsuit highlights numerous election irregularities and alleges that the four states named in the suit exploited “the COVID-19 pandemic to justify ignoring federal and state election laws and unlawfully enacting last-minute changes, thus skewing the results of the 2020 General Election.”

“I greatly appreciate the hard work of Idaho Rep. Heather Scott in spearheading this effort and the diligent efforts undertaken by Richard Seamon, The MacPherson Group, and Boyles Law to make this amicus brief possible,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

The amicus brief supports and adopts the allegations asserted and arguments made in the filings submitted by the State of Texas while expanding on them by addressing the application of The Guarantee Clause to the facts before the Court, an issue not raised by the State of Texas in its filings.

As the facts alleged by the State of Texas demonstrate, the 2020 elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin represent the antithesis of a republican form of government. An elite group of sitting Democrat officers in each of the Defendant States coordinated with the Democrat party to illegally change the rules established by the Legislatures in the Defendant States, thereby depriving the people of their states a free and fair election—the very basis of a republican form of government.

Lt. Gov. McGeachin said, “I am pleased to join with numerous State Legislators from Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona who support doing everything we can to discover and remedy the irregularities in the 2020 Presidential election. There is no duty more fundamental to being an elected official than protecting and defending our republican form of government.”

The amicus brief explains, “No other arm of the United States government, the entity that has made the guarantee of a republican form of government to each state, can act. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is uniquely positioned to resolve the issue. The foundation of our nation – free and fair elections reflecting the will of the governed – is at stake.”

Rep. Heather Scott said, “As Idaho legislators, we stand unified in sending a strong message across the country that we believe it’s critical to stand up and protect our republic and its electoral system and to ensure that short sighted corruption is not allowed to determine long term consequences aimed at destroying our United States.”

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Contact: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
Office: 208.334.2200

PRESS RELEASE: Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2019

Integrated Waste Treatment Unit Completes Critical Test

BOISE, Idaho — Fluor Idaho crews recently finished a 50-day test of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit in which they successfully treated more than 63,000 gallons of liquid designed to mimic the radioactive waste that is awaiting treatment at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

This is the longest test so far and its successful completion should allow the process of treating the 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste that now resides in three stainless steel 300,000-gallon storage tanks to commence.

This progress is encouraging for several reasons, one of which is that Idaho has been waiting for years for the Department of Energy (DOE) to make good on the promises it made as part of the 1995 Settlement Agreement between Idaho and DOE. Holding the federal government accountable with regard to the safe processing of this waste is necessary to protect Idahoans and Idaho resources.

I am personally delighted to hear about the successful completion of this critical test. INL is an important resource for Idaho and for the nation, and Fluor Idaho’s innovation is helping to keep it moving forward and making progress.

While it often goes largely unnoticed, vital research is being performed at INL each day and Idahoans have much of which to be proud. I expect that we will see even more innovative research and development in the near future.

I am thankful to the many Idahoans who had a role in this process and I am especially thankful to the many conscientious individuals at INL and at Fluor Idaho who are diligently serving Southeast Idaho.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan Watters, Chief of Staff
(208) 565-6710

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019

Governor Little’s executive order seeks to improve regional government services across Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed his latest Executive Order into law today, creating a working group chaired by Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin to identify where Idaho can gain efficiencies and improve customer service at state agency regional offices across the state.

“It’s important for citizens across Idaho to access state government services close to home,” Governor Little said. “My executive order seeks to improve customer service at regional state agency offices by identifying any inefficiencies so that government uses taxpayer dollars as responsibly and effectively as possible.”

The working group will include 12 individuals – seven citizens representing different regions of the state; one member each of the Idaho House of Representatives and Idaho Senate; representatives of the Governor’s Office, Division of Financial Management, and Department of Administration; and one at-large member.

“The natural propensity of government is to grow and become increasingly inefficient. Unlike in the private sector where competition and market forces work together to increase efficiency and improve customer service, there is no ‘invisible hand’ that guides the state. This is why we are taking action to investigate and implement the improvements that will not occur spontaneously,” Lt. Governor McGeachin said.

The working group will spend the next 18 months on the project and make recommendations to the Governor on its findings.

“Idahoans deserve state agencies that are dedicated to helping them and their business endeavors, not to erecting roadblocks and manufacturing obstacles to success. We will invest our time and energy into making sure that state agencies exist to serve the people of Idaho and to improve their lives,” Lt. Governor McGeachin added.

The full text of Executive Order 2019-03, “Regional Government Efficiency Working Group,” is available here.

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary
208-943-1686 or Marissa.Morrison@gov.idaho.gov