Idaho Governor Brad Little

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Four of Idaho’s top elected officials have sent a letter to President Biden, outlining their concerns about his federal vaccine mandate.

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Idaho’s governor is no fan of President Biden’s order that many federal employees and contractors be vaccinated for the coronavirus. 

Brad Little is looking into suing the government.

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Idaho state officials say they want to move quickly on projects that reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Phosphorus promotes the growth of plants that can be toxic to humans and animals.

An advisory committee appointed by the governor to vet and choose proposals began its work Thursday in Coeur d’Alene.

Governors Inslee, Little Say Idaho And Washington Nearing COVID-19 Goals

Jun 10, 2021

More than two-thirds of Washington residents 16 and older have had at least their first COVID shots. That puts the state just four percentage points away from 70%, the goal Governor Jay Inslee established to reopen the state before June 30.

Idaho Economy Continues To Improve, Says Governor

Jun 9, 2021
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Idaho Governor Brad Little says his state’s economy is booming as it continues to move past the Covid pandemic. 

Little’s office on Wednesday released new figures that show the Gem State collected nearly $600 million more in tax revenue than expected in May.

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Students at Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City High School got a one-day reprieve from wearing masks Friday. But they’ll have to put them back on when they return Tuesday.

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Masks are back in Idaho, at least for the local governments that want them.

In the latest tiff between them, Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates while Governor Little was out of town. As soon as he returned, he rescinded it.
The incident is an escalation of tensions as the 2022 race for governor heats up.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little spent much of his time with reporters Friday in Post Falls talking about how well the Gem State economy has weathered the Covid storm.

But he also identified two big challenges that threaten the state’s rosy scenario. One is the cost of housing.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little says he’s not surprised that people in eastern and central Oregon counties are interested in joining their neighbor to the east, but he doubts it would happen soon.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little came to Post Falls today [Friday] to celebrate his and the legislature’s accomplishments during the session that recently concluded.

“Education, tax relief, infrastructure, those three things. Some of it was a little painful, but that’s part of the process, the process in a constitutional three-branch government, bicameral legislature that exists," he said.

Idaho's Lt. Governor Announces She'll Challenge Governor

May 19, 2021
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Idaho’s number two elected official says she’s going after number one.

Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin announced on Wednesday that she’ll challenge a fellow Republican, Governor Brad Little, in his quest for a second term.

She joins a crowded field of people looking to boot the incumbent from the governor’s mansion.

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The Idaho House has passed a trio of bills that chip away at the governor’s powers during an emergency.

Since Governor Brad Little declared the current Covid emergency back in March, 2020, legislative leaders have chafed at how widely he has used his executive powers.

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The Idaho House voted Wednesday to override a veto by Governor Brad Little of a bill that would limit the governor’s powers during an emergency.

The 48-19 vote is a rebuff to the governor’s argument that the bill limits his ability to quickly act.

Idaho Governor Signs Initiative Signature Gathering Bill

Apr 17, 2021
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Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law a bill that changes the signature requirements for citizen ballot initiatives.

The bill requires signatures from six-percent of registered voters in all 35 legislative districts in order to quality a measure for the ballot, an increase from the current 18 districts.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little today [Friday] vetoed two bills aimed at curbing his authority during emergency situations.

Legislative leaders say the governor has kept Idaho in a formal state of emergency for too long.

Idaho's Governor Says No Vaccine Passports In His State

Apr 7, 2021
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Idaho Governor Brad Little is not a fan of the concept of a vaccine passport.

“Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports violate individuals’ freedom to choose the vaccine," Little said.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little says the Gem State will soon drop most of the restrictions related to the Covid vaccine.

“I am glad to announce today that starting Monday, April 5, all Idahoans, regardless of their age, medical condition or occupation will be able to make an appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Also, starting Monday, March 29, any Idahoan with at least one medical condition will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccine," the governor said.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little is not a big fan of the federal Covid aid package. He says it’s too expensive and rewards governments and businesses that have irresponsibly spent money during the pandemic. Nevertheless, he said on Thursday the Gem State will accept its share.

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The Washington and Idaho legislatures are different in many ways. Democrats control both chambers in Olympia. Republicans are in charge in Boise.

But the pandemic has united legislators in the two states in one specific way. They’re each working to increase their authority during emergencies by calling themselves into special sessions. 

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Opponents of a bill to make it more difficult to put citizen initiatives on an Idaho state ballot are appealing directly to the governor.

On Friday, a state Senate committee approved a proposal by Kootenai County Republican Senator Steve Vick. His bill would require initiative sponsors to collect signatures from at least six percent of registered voters in all 35 legislative districts.

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The Idaho House took a step Tuesday toward limiting the governor’s authority and extending the legislature’s in managing emergencies, such as Covid.

The body voted 49-to-20 for a bill that requires the governor to terminate a disaster declaration as soon as he or she determines the immediate danger has passed.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little says his state will move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 in its coronavirus reopening protocol.

Little announced Tuesday that groups of up to 50 may now gather, as long as they take precautions with masks and physical distancing.

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The Covid vaccination window for Idaho senior citizens opens on Monday. And with it comes a move by Governor Brad Little to build trust in the state’s health care providers who are administering those vaccines.

“There are questions about whether vaccines are being administered quickly enough after it arrives in communities across Idaho. Quite frankly, we need a clearer picture," he said.

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UPDATED: Friday, 3 pm with response from Idaho House Republicans. 

Idaho’s governor today [Friday] blasted legislative leaders who are pressuring him to end the state’s 10-month-old emergency declaration because of the coronavirus.

Those leaders believe the governor has overstepped his power. They’re proposing a variety of bills aimed at moving some of his emergency authority to the legislature.

Idaho Clarifies Who Will Get The Covid Vaccine Next

Jan 12, 2021
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Idaho state officials have announced which groups of people are next in line for coronavirus vaccines.

Governor Brad Little made the announcement on Tuesday.

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A new Idaho legislative session has begun with a tradition done in a different way.

In normal times, Governor Brad Little would appear before a joint session of the legislature on opening day and deliver his State of the State address. But in this pandemic, he gave his 30-minute speech in a television studio with no interruptions for applause.

Idaho's Governor Moves His State Back To Covid Phase 2

Nov 13, 2020
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Idaho Governor Brad Little has moved his state back to stage two of the state’s Idaho Rebounds protocol. Little cited increasing numbers of cases in many of the state’s hospitals and the growing fatigue among health care workers.

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The surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Idaho has doctors speaking up about the strain they and their colleagues are experiencing.

At the governor’s news conference on Monday, Dr. Andy Wilper brought some ominous news from his hospital, the Boise V-A.

Idaho Drops Back To Covid Phase Three

Oct 26, 2020
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Idaho’s governor has announced the Gem State is taking a step back to phase three of its coronavirus protocol.

State Epidemiologist Christine Hahn says the main factor is the surge in the number of hospital cases.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little says, despite the pandemic, his state’s economy is strong and outpacing nearly every state economy in the nation.

Little called reporters together Friday to crow about a variety of economic indicators. He says Idaho has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. Its economists recently issued a strong state revenue report. And, he says, Idaho is on track to have a $530 million surplus during the next legislative session.