Sometimes there is a story so epic that you drop everything to get it out there. This one qualifies.
The Republican Governors Association conference was held last week, and naturally, Idaho governor Brad Little was one of the attendees. Left behind to look after the shop was Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who under Idaho law takes on the powers of the governor whenever he is out of state.
Without the governor’s permission, and without his knowledge, McGeachin grabbed the proverbial bull by the horns, taking advantage of the executive’s absence to sign an order banning government entities (including schools) from requiring masks on public property.
Although Idaho has no statewide mask mandate, many towns and institutions had put in place such requirements. This occurred despite the fact that masks have been proven to be ineffective, and the public was even told in March of 2020 not to wear them, because improper use (such as using contaminated hands to adjust a mask) risks spreading Covid further.
Of course, every story needs context, and it should be noted that McGeachin is challenging the governor for his office in the 2022 election. However, her order is consistent with her public stance on COVID measures, which has, from the very beginning, been strongly against shutdowns and other restrictive measures as ameans to fight the disease. McGeachin is also known for taking a tough line on conservative-backed issues in general.