Keep Idaho Free https://keepidahofree.org The Last Hope for a Free World Sun, 24 May 2020 23:21:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://keepidahofree.org/wp-content/uploads/cropped-KeepIdahoFree-logo-04-white-600-32x32.png Keep Idaho Free https://keepidahofree.org 32 32 Scott Brock’s (R-Dist. 11) Campaign Finance Numbers Don’t Add Up https://keepidahofree.org/scott-brocks-r-dist-11-campaign-finance-numbers-dont-add-up/ https://keepidahofree.org/scott-brocks-r-dist-11-campaign-finance-numbers-dont-add-up/#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 23:21:09 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1450 Every candidate running for state legislature must file campaign finance reports.

So far, it appears as though most candidates have filed their reports.

However, one candidate appears to be misleading voters on his reports. It is unclear whether this is accidental or deliberate.

Scott Brock, running for State Senate in District 11 as a Republican, has filed several campaign finance reports but the numbers don’t add up.

Brock, who once famously said he doesn’t read legislation because they make him angry, has filed reports claiming to only have spent $19.30 on his campaign.

Now, it’s entirely possible for a candidate to only spend that much if they weren’t actually doing anything.

However, Brock has spent money on at least two mailers, numerous campaign signs, and hundreds of dollars on Facebook ads.

Here is the April 2020 report for Scott Brock:

At least one of Brock’s mailers was sent out in the month of March and should have shown on this report. 

Here is a picture of Brock’s mailer that went out that month.

Nowhere on his March or April report does Brock have this flyer listed as an expenditure.

Campaign mailers are very expensive.

Even if Brock only sent out 500 mailers to voters in District 11, it would have cost hundreds of dollars.

Additionally, nowhere on his report does it show the expenditures for his campaign signs for which there are several dozen at least. Campaign signs are not cheap.

Finally, you can see in the image below that Brock has also been spending money on Facebook ads.

The ad library shows that these ads cost somewhere in the range of $350.

It is unclear whether or not Brock is intentionally leaving these items off his report off or if it was a simple mistake.

Either way, the numbers for his reports do not match what he is obviously spending. Brock will have to explain the disparity to voters.

If Brock is going to claim that someone else did those mailers, signs, and Facebook ads for him at no cost to him, then that must also be disclosed as an “in-kind” donation.

It is widely believed that Brock is simply playing “spoiler” in the three-way race between Sen. Patti Anne Lodge and Zach Brooks.

Brooks has challenged Lodge twice and came very close both times to unseating her.

It was anticipated that Brooks was going to beat Lodge this time around. Then Brock jumped into the race out of nowhere.

Brock is clearly not spending enough money to win the race and his campaign efforts are measly at best. A serious candidate for office would do much more to try and win.

Will Brock hand Lodge another two years with his campaign?

Better yet, will Brock answer to his voters for not filing his reports properly?

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Obama donor Frank VanderSloot—not what he pretends to be https://keepidahofree.org/obama-donor-frank-vandersloot-not-what-he-pretends-to-be/ https://keepidahofree.org/obama-donor-frank-vandersloot-not-what-he-pretends-to-be/#comments Thu, 14 May 2020 16:34:17 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1434 Recently, Frank VanderSloot wrote an opinion piece taking aim at the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Frank, who’s been referred to as “Idaho’s multilevel marketing baron,” said, “I consider myself an avid conservative. I believe that conservative solutions have proved to be far more successful than the solutions usually touted by the ‘liberal left.’” This has become typical of Frank who often prefaces statements critical of conservatives with, “I’m a conservative.” The problem for Frank is his actions speak louder than his empty words. So, what does Frank do?

Frank endorses Democrats. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve got some Democrat friends. I like them, and they like me. Yet, we don’t like each other’s policies. For me, no real conservative endorses Democrats because their policies run counter to conservative solutions—you know, the ones Frank claims have proved far more successful than those of the “liberal left.” Yet, Frank has a long history of endorsing Democrats.

In 1994, Frank endorsed Democrat Larry EchoHawk for governor. In 2006, Frank endorsed Democrat Jackie Groves Twilegar for controller. Most recently, in 2018, Frank endorsed Democrat Cindy Wilson, for state school superintendent. Cindy Wilson touted her membership in the teacher’s union, the Idaho Education Association, a state affiliate of the extremely liberal National Education Association (NEA). The NEA vigorously opposes educational choice, openly supports the “fundamental right to abortion,” and aggressively promotes special rights for transgendered students.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking Frank’s left leaning endorsements and support are some kind of historical mistake. Nope. In 2009, Frank contributed to the campaign of Democrat Evan Bayh, a senator from Indiana. Evan was pro-choice, and he supported same-sex marriage and Obamacare. But the self-described “avid conservative” outdid himself when in 2008 Frank L. VanderSloot contributed to the presidential campaign of Barrack Hussein Obama. So much for Frank’s claiming to be an “avid conservative.” Frank can say whatever he wants, but his endorsing and supporting Democrats undermines his claim and all credibility.

Frank also repeatedly has endorsed and supported self-proclaimed conservative Mitt Romney. Nobody views Mitt as a conservative except himself, most often when he’s running for office. Mitt is the guy who joined Democrats and voted to convict his fellow Republican and President, Donald J. Trump, of high crimes and misdemeanors. In fact, Mitt is the only Republican to join with Democrats and vote to impeach President Trump. Yet, Mitt has had Frank’s unwavering support for years.

Frank, the self-described “avid conservative,” was the inventor and cheerleader for the liberal Idaho Patient Act. What, you don’t believe that the Idaho Patient Act is a piece of liberal legislation? Consider the evidence. In reference to the Idaho Patient Act, the Idaho Statesman published an article entitled, “How to get a ‘liberal’ bill passed in the Idaho Legislature: Ask VanderSloot for help.” This is actually quite a statement from the Idaho Statesman, a liberal newspaper expertly qualified at recognizing all things liberal.

This article points out the obvious that if any Democrat legislator had brought this bill, Republicans would have given it a fast death. But because billionaire and sometimes Republican donor Frank supported the legislation, these same Republicans couldn’t have been more accommodating. The Statesman article closes with these words, “So the Democrats now have a clear new political strategy. Just stay close to VanderSloot.” This is exactly what happened when every single Democrat in the Idaho house and senate had their dreams come true and voted for Frank’s bill while 21 House Republicans voted against it. With a friend like Frank, Democrats don’t need to control the Idaho legislature to get what they want.

The bottom line is the Idaho Freedom Foundation is just too conservative for someone like Frank who supports Democrats and is not what he pretends to be.

Bryan Smith is a board member of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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Nampa Bar Threatened by ISP with Alcohol License Revocation https://keepidahofree.org/nampa-bar-threatened-by-isp-with-alcohol-license-revocation/ https://keepidahofree.org/nampa-bar-threatened-by-isp-with-alcohol-license-revocation/#comments Sun, 10 May 2020 03:53:57 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1400 It would appear that Gov. Little is not messing around when it comes to threatening businesses that hold state licenses.

So far, a number of bars across the state are opening up early so they can try and survive.

However, bars are not supposed to be open until June 13th. That’s still another month away!

Gov. Little already sent the ISP to Hardware Brewing Company in Kendrick, Idaho to threaten their license.

Now, Slicks Bar in Nampa is getting the same threat from the state.

Despite the threat, Slicks Bar owner, Shelia Sartorius, says they will not back down.

KTVB reports:

Sartorius says everything was business as usual until Wednesday when Idaho State Police called the bar, then paid them a visit.

“What they told us is that our local mayor did not have the authority to open up our business,” Sartorius said. “What they said is she has the ability to make the laws stricter, she doesn’t have the ability to loosen them.”

The troopers gave Sartorius a copy of the reopening guidelines and had her sign an ‘on-premises’ inspection report.

Sartorius says she believes ISP wasn’t trying to shut her down, though they do have authority over the state’s liquor licenses.

“The verbiage that they used is that we may lose our liquor license,” she said. “Not that we will, it is ‘may,’ if they choose to pursue it.”

So she contacted the mayor’s office for clarification.

“I got an email back from the lieutenant of the police department, basically reiterating, restating what they had already said that when she allowed us to open,” Sartorius said. “She said she wasn’t guaranteeing our state license.

What do you think of the threats against these establishments trying to survive?
Do you think they should have their licenses revoked? We don’t believe they should.
It’s time to re-open Idaho and get people back to work.

 

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Gov. Little Sends State Police to Threaten Restaurant Owner that Opened Early https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-sends-state-police-to-threaten-bar-owner-that-opened-early/ https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-sends-state-police-to-threaten-bar-owner-that-opened-early/#comments Fri, 08 May 2020 22:10:45 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1360 Well, things seem to have escalated quickly.

While Gov. Little can’t do much to enforce his order against most businesses, he can against some.

For instance, any business where the state controls your business license can be bullied by the governor. Salons and bars, for example, must have a license from the state to operate.

Hardware Brewing Company recently opened its doors and even had Republican State Party Chairman Raul Labrador and Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin in attendance.

Sadly, Gov. Little sent the Idaho State Patrol to threaten the owners with revocation of their alcohol beverage license and possible jail time.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation has posted images of the letter itself.

Is that what Idahoans want from their government? This business, which is technically a restaurant, is simply trying to survive and feed their families.

A number of bars and salons across the state are trying to follow the guidelines for “social distancing” but are opening earlier than Gov. Little’s plan.

They are desperate for income to feed their families. They can’t just go get new jobs.

There are no new jobs because Americans are unemployed right now.

For many business owners, this is their only source of income and they have already been without it for over a month and a half. Bars have been told not to open until June 13th!

Do you agree with Governor Little sending the police to do his dirty work?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Gov. Little Threatens Bar and Salon Owners with License Revocation https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-threatens-bar-and-salon-owners-with-license-revocation/ https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-threatens-bar-and-salon-owners-with-license-revocation/#comments Fri, 08 May 2020 02:19:49 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1353 Gov. Little is apparently going to take out his frustrations with disobedient businesses on salons and bars.

While Gov. Little can’t do much to most businesses, he can to those who require a state license to operate.

From Boise State Public Radio:

Idaho is five days into the state’s phased re-opening. More retail businesses are opening up, and houses of worship are allowed to open. But some business owners are choosing to violate the state’s plan by reopening early. Speaking on Idaho Matters Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little (R) says these violations are “incredibly disrespectful” to the majority of businesses that are following the rules.

Little says the state will consider revoking a professional, or other Idaho-issued licenses should a business not follow his phased in reopening plan.

“If it’s a cosmetologist or somebody that has a liquor license, they are putting their license at risk,” he says.

That threat is enough to keep many bars from even attempting to open.

For instance, Evan Pruett from Pocatello, Idaho owns Hooligans Pub and Deli.

He and his wife want to open their facility like a restaurant on May 16th but aren’t sure what Gov. Little will do. They don’t know if he’ll say they aren’t a restaurant and shut them down despite the fact that they sell food.

See their story here: https://gregpruett.com/watch-pocatello-business-shows-how-they-will-try-to-survive/

What do you think of Gov. Little’s threat to revoke licenses for bars and salons who try to open early to save their families?

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Otter and Simpson Ride for Their Own Brand, Endorse Moderates https://keepidahofree.org/otter-simpson-ride-own-endorse-moderates/ https://keepidahofree.org/otter-simpson-ride-own-endorse-moderates/#comments Wed, 06 May 2020 19:20:19 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1343 Campaign season always brings out the most interesting endorsements.

In Idaho, the primary election season is everything. Idaho doesn’t have very many “swing” districts, so the primary winner usually goes on to win the general election. 

 That’s why major endorsements and most political resources are spent during the primary.

 Recently, two big establishment names are throwing their weight behind any challenger to a liberty candidate.

Former Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and current Congressman Mike Simpson are trying to endorse every single weak-kneed, moderate candidate they can find.

These endorsements are telling because they go against the narrative that has been pushed in the GOP for many years.

 If you go against an establishment candidate, the party elite will tell you they can’t support the opponent because the incumbent is the person they get behind. That’s how it was for years.

 In fact, Butch Otter had a mantra often referred to as “riding the brand.”

Otter meant that “good Republicans” supported GOP incumbents no matter what. 

Otter himself tossed that out the door in 2018 when Otter decided not to support primary winner Chad Christensen. Instead, he supported primary loser Tom Loertscher, who ran a write-in campaign in a desperate attempt to keep his House seat.

 Ride the brand? Not anymore.

At the time he endorsed Loertscher’s write-in campaign, Otter was still the governor of Idaho!

Fast forward to 2020 and the establishment is going all-in against incumbent “liberty candidates.”

For instance, Otter just endorsed Rep. Tammy Nichols’ moderate challenger. Nichols’ challenger, who won’t be named here, supports the local option sales tax, which local governments would use to raise taxes on Idaho families. 

How conservative is that? 

Simpson has endorsed Christensen’s 2020 primary challenger and so has Butch Otter. 

Gun rights champion Christy Zito, looking to win the District 23 Senate seat, finds herself in the crosshairs of moderate state senators, representatives, Otter, and Simpson.

Simpson has endorsed Rep. Dorothy Moon’s opponent and the moderate who is challenging Rep. Bryan Zollinger.

This façade that you must “ride for the brand” and support the incumbent is officially done.

Neither Otter nor Simpson is a conservative and calling them “moderates” would be generous at this best.

Otter was responsible for bringing Obamacare into Idaho, often referred to as Ottercare. He also brought in the failed Common Core standards, huge state spending increases, and hundreds, if not thousands, of new regulations that make it hard for small business owners to make a living. 

Otter also opposed Constitutional Carry, but intense pressure from gun owners eventually persuaded the moderate governor to sign the bill.  

And remember that the last time Idaho voters saw Otter endorsing something in the media, he was speaking in favor of Idaho’s Medicaid expansion, a policy that put tens of thousands of able-bodied Idahoans on taxpayer-funded government healthcare. 

Simpson is also a notorious gun control advocate.

He supports Universal Background Checks, which would prohibit Idahoans from selling their firearms to those they know without government permission.

 He also supported the “Fix NICS” gun control bill, which dumped thousands of innocent gun owners’ names into a government database. The NICS system has been responsible for tens of thousands of innocent gun owners being denied firearms at the point of purchase.

If you are an Idaho voter and you see Simpson or Otter’s name endorsing someone, vote for the other candidate.

Finally, “riding the brand” was obviously nothing but hot air from the former Governor, and Simpson clearly has put the idea out to pasture as well.

The only “brand” that voters need to concern themselves with are limited-government candidates who will actually uphold the Constitution.

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Police Visit Kendrick, Idaho Pub That Opened Early https://keepidahofree.org/police-visit-kendrick-idaho-pub-that-opened-early/ https://keepidahofree.org/police-visit-kendrick-idaho-pub-that-opened-early/#comments Sat, 02 May 2020 16:01:36 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1310 A Latah County Sheriff’s Deputy and an Idaho State Patrol detective both visited Hardware Brewing Company in Kendrick Idaho.

Desperate for money to take care of their family, they had no choice but to open earlier than Gov. Little’s recommended opening date.

Lewiston Morning Tribune has the full story:

With financial pressure and frustration with Idaho Gov. Brad Little mounting, Hardware Brewing Co. defied the Republican governor’s Stay Healthy Order and opened its doors Friday afternoon in downtown Kendrick.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls; state Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston; state Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston; and Idaho GOP chairman and former U.S. Congressman for Idaho’s First District Raul Labrador were among the roughly 30 people who gathered in the first hour at the business to express their support and perhaps indulge in a brew or burger.

Law enforcement visited the business twice as of 5 p.m. Friday.
Christine Lohman, who owns Hardware Brewing Co. with her husband, Doug, said a Latah County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped by prior to the business opening at 4 p.m. asking if the owners understood the governor’s order. She said she told the deputy they did and he left.

Idaho State Police Detective Jake Schwecke had a somewhat lengthy discussion with the owners around 4:30 p.m. Political officials stood nearby and some appeared to engage in the conversation as well.

Schwecke told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that he told the owners they were in violation of the governor’s order and that he was not going to interfere physically with them.

“At the end of it, the consequences for him (Doug Lohman) are his choice,” Schwecke said. “The lieutenant governor’s here. What are you going to do?”

Christine Lohman said her business, which serves craft beer, local wine and food, served takeout for weeks leading up to Friday.

But her business is a “destination place,” she said, relying on customers driving from as far away as Moscow, Lewiston and Grangeville to enjoy the business’ atmosphere — not wait in their cars at the curb for a hamburger.

“They come here to enjoy the ambience, see the brewery, play some shuffleboard, enjoy the music and, you know, commune with family and friends,” she said.

Lohman said her business has earned one-sixteenth what it does when it is fully open. She said booking events at the brewery is a huge part of her earnings, but those events have been canceled.

Lohman said she is not going to police her customers, but law enforcement can.

“I’m not the Gestapo,” she said. “They’re all intelligent, critical-thinking adults. If they want to wear a mask, they’re welcome to.”

Lohman said she is behind on all of her bills and she and her husband have yet to receive unemployment assistance.

“We are going broke,” she said. “The mortgages are mounting, everything’s mounting. I can’t pay Avista. … We had to open.”

Under Little’s four-stage approach, Lohman’s business would be able to open either May 16 (Stage 2) or June 13 (Stage 4) at the earliest. Lohman said she did not know which date because it depends on if her business is classified as a restaurant or bar.

Under Stage 2, restaurant dining rooms can open once their plans have been submitted for approval by local public health districts. In Stage 4, bars and nightclubs can operate with diminished standing-room occupancy, where applicable and appropriate.

Lohman said all businesses should be allowed to open now.

“We need to be allowed to work and survive,” she said.

Lohman said elderly people and those with compromised immune systems should protect themselves because they are most at risk for death from the virus, but the rest of the population should be able to work and make their own decisions.

“These people are healthy,” she said. “They’re adults. There’s something called liberty and they should have the right to make their own personal choices.”

McGeachin said she traveled to Kendrick from Boise after the Lohman’s invited her to their opening.

“I wanted to show them my support for their effort.”

She said the state should provide guidelines — not mandates — for people to follow during the pandemic.

“People can manage themselves and we know how to take care of our customers, our employees, our business,” McGeachin said. “We don’t need the government to mandate things.”

She said she is thankful Little lifted the stay-at-home order, but she is deeply opposed to the government deciding which businesses are essential and nonessential.

“It’s been frustrating because I have tried to convey as best as I can (to Little) the frustration and the anxiety that I sense from people all over the state and to convey how important it is that we try to do something to help the average person who’s been suddenly unemployed,” McGeachin said.

Since mid-March, Idaho has seen 117,811 people file for unemployment as of Thursday.

That’s twice the total number of initial claims filed in all of 2019, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

McGeachin said contrary to what Little said in his news conference Thursday, people are not receiving their unemployment checks.

She said she owns a pub in Idaho Falls and of the 22 employees she laid off, 15 have filed for unemployment and one has received a check.

“They want to just get back to work and help provide for their families,” McGeachin said. “It’s that simple.”

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin made a Facebook post about the story as well.

You can see a screenshot of her post here.

Would you open your business early if it meant not losing it?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Power Grab: Mountain Home Mayor Appoints Himself to Library Board https://keepidahofree.org/power-grab-mountain-home-mayor-appoints-himself-to-library-board/ https://keepidahofree.org/power-grab-mountain-home-mayor-appoints-himself-to-library-board/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:26:11 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1287 New information is starting to come to light about Mountain Home Mayor Rich Sykes.

Recently, the mayor went on a tirade about shutting “his” town down for people violating the “stay-at-home” order.

After severe backlash from his community, the mayor backtracked.

Additionally, the mayor was caught using a taxpayer-funded gym during the stay-at-home order. It seems as though Sykes believes the rules only apply to his peasant citizens.

Earlier this year, Mayor Sykes appointed himself to the library board in a major conflict of interest.

Allegedly, the mayor has a long-standing feud with the library board and has been working to oust people he doesn’t like.

So, in an effort to get what he wants, he appointed himself to the library board in January of this year.

In August of 2019, Jackie Harper resigned from the Mountain Home Library Board. Her term doesn’t expire until February of 2022.

Yet, no immediate appointment was made to fill the vacancy.

Generally, when a library board position opens up, an appointment is made as quickly as possible.

However, Mayor Sykes left the position open until after his re-election in 2019 and then appointed himself to the library board!

The position sat “open” for four months.

You can see his self-appointment on the city council agenda meeting in the image below.

This isn’t the first time the mayor has tried to insert himself onto the library board.

Apparently, in 2017 he wanted to do it but was advised against doing so by the State Library Commission.

Sadly, Mayor Sykes didn’t seem to care about keeping himself out of it. He wanted more power for himself.

Thankfully, a number of citizens and the Library Board Director spoke out against what the mayor was trying to do. Check out this video from the same city council meeting where he appointed himself.

The person testifying in the video is William Lamb. He is the current Library Board Director in Mountain Home.

He criticizes the decision of Sykes’s self-appointment as out of line with how library boards were intended to operate.

The library boards are different entities and usually citizens who use the library run to serve on those boards. No opportunity was allegedly ever given to the public to serve on the board for the vacated seat.

It appears Sykes wanted it for himself and kept everyone in the dark on the appointment.

The control of the library board is in the hands of the board of trustees, not the mayor. Therefore, Sykes felt it was necessary for him to take power for himself by appointing himself to the board.

When the vote came, the city council vote was a tie. This means that the mayor had the tie-breaking vote and Sykes voted for his own appointment according to Mountain Home news.

Interestingly, a candidate for legislative office this year in District 23, Matthew Bundy, made the motion during the meeting to appoint Sykes to the library board and then voted in favor of it!

While we would like to pretend that we are surprised by Mayor Sykes’s power grab, his recent actions during the Coronavirus leave us unbewildered. 

And that’s not all folks!

With Sykes using the taxpayer-funded gym, more information is coming to light about how the gym was approved. Additionally, there are rumors that SYkes is targeting firefighters who challenge his authority.

We have been told in no uncertain terms that city employees are afraid to speak out against Sykes because of his vindictive nature.

Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we have been told is going on in Mountain Home, Idaho. Finally, a movement is growing in the city to recall the mayor who was just re-elected.

If you have any additional evidence of Mayor Sykes’s power-hungry reign in Mountain Home, be sure to contact us right away.

We will keep your name anonymous because we know that if you are a city employee wanting to speak out, you are likely fearing for your job.

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Watch: Did Boise Mayor Encourage People to Turn Each Other In? https://keepidahofree.org/watch-did-boise-mayor-encourage-people-to-turn-each-other-in/ https://keepidahofree.org/watch-did-boise-mayor-encourage-people-to-turn-each-other-in/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2020 05:57:44 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1275 It seems each new day we hear of more people across the country being cited, fined, or handcuffed for violating a “stay-at-home” order.

Even here in Idaho, we have had our share of government entities pushing Nazi-style outing of friends and neighbors.

Last week, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare came under heavy scrutiny for a form on their website. The form encouraged citizens to report individuals or businesses for violations.

Then, the Attorney General’s website said to do the same.

Thankfully, both the AG and Health & Welfare Department took their suggestions down.

Now, new radical left Mayor Lauren McLean is encouraging citizens to turn one another in!

McLean, a major supporter of abortion and gun control, has been live on Facebook numerous times telling people how to live their lives.

Recently, McLean posted a video showing people how they should walk when they are outside.

At the beginning of the video, McLean and her daughter show how far apart people should be while social distancing. Then she explains in the video what you must do should you pass someone while walking.

So, the Mayor explaining the proper way to social distance is all well and good.

However, the final part of the video McLean decides to tell people that if they are going to rat on each other, to use the non-emergency number.

First, take a look at the post itself.

Below we have clipped the very end of the video.

In the last part of it, she explains what people should do if they observe violations.

We are hearing from the McLean supporters that she was taken out of context. Listen for yourself and decide.

Now, based on our observation of her words, she clearly meant to tell people to report violations.

If they chose to turn someone in, they need to use the police’s non-emergency dispatch.

Sadly, this wasn’t the only thing Mayor McLean did. She also posted an image with the Ada County Dispatch’s phone number.

The image, like her video, encouraged people to call the number to report violations.

 

After a number of citizens spoke out against the post, it was removed from her Mayoral Facebook page.

What is it with government officials that they believe we should act in this manner?

Unfortunately, this is likely not going to be the last we hear of people in power in Idaho encouraging the betrayal of your neighbors.

Do you think Mayor McLean encouraged people to turn on one another? Let us know in the comments below.

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Idaho Attorney General: Call Police on Neighbors Not Staying Home https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-attorney-general-call-police-on-neighbors-not-staying-home/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-attorney-general-call-police-on-neighbors-not-staying-home/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:51:54 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1235 Everyone in the country is on edge these days.

Isolation tends to have a negative impact on people’s emotions.

Humans will only take the burden of being forced into isolation for so long.

Sadly, when the government encourages people to rat on each other, it only makes things worse.

Many Idahoans were furious about an Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (H&W) form that encouraged us to do just that.

Thankfully, a number of Idaho’s Representatives reached out to the Department to demand answers. We want to thanks Rep. Nichols, Kingsley, Dixon, Christensen, Scott, and others who stood against Nazi-style tattle-telling programs in Idaho.

This was the form the H&W Department posted:

Unfortunately, it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. It was very real.

Of course, Idahoans wasted no time in posting bogus claims in the form. Most of them turned in the H&W Department for being in violation of the constitution.

However, you have to wonder why they felt it was okay to post the form in the first place.

Our hope is that Governor Little will find out who decided to put this form online.

Perhaps, the form was created based on the Idaho Attorney General’s Office recommendations?

Soon after the H&W’s form started circulating, a number of people posted a link to the AG’s “Frequently Asked Questions” guidelines about the Governor’s “stay-at-home” order.

You can see the guidelines here: https://www.ag.idaho.gov/content/uploads/2020/03/FAQs-Idahos-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

The specific paragraph you’ll want to look at is item #3.

So, not only is the AG’s office simply telling people their office doesn’t have the authority to enforce the order, they are encouraging citizens to turn on one another for violations.

Are the AG’s guidelines here where the H&W department got the idea to rat on each other in the first place?

Since when did Idaho become a place where we turn on one another?

If the police are going to patrol neighborhoods to enforce the stay-at-home order, that is what they will do. However, why are we going to encourage people to turn their neithbors in and make it worse?

This is a recipe for abuse and most certainly a recipe for disaster.

We are already seeing civil unrest in countries because citizens are growing weary of government lockdowns.

Now, we are going to “Red Flag” each other for alleged violations?

Most Idahoans are strongly opposed to Red Flag laws. We have warned people that such laws are ripe for abuse, not to mention the constitutional violations.

While the AG’s suggestion is not a “Red Flag” law where your firearms will be confiscated, it does mirror the abuse that will take place.

Under a Red Flag law, someone who knows you turns you in for allegedly being a danger to yourself or others.

It is their word against yours.

Under these guidelines, the police will get anonymous tips from your angry neighbor that you have made some violation of the stay-at-home order.

No evidence will be required other than their complaint.

This will create more tension in our neighborhoods and communities. This tension will push people into desperate situations.

While the AG’s office is certainly correct that they don’t have any legal authority to enforce the order themselves, that’s where they should have left their statement.

By encouraging people to tell on each other, they are going to make the situation worse.

If you wish to contact the Attorney General’s office and voice your opposition to their guidelines, the phone number is 208-334-2400.

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Idaho Heath & Welfare: Turn in Your Neighbors https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-heath-welfare-turn-in-your-neighbors/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-heath-welfare-turn-in-your-neighbors/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:43:32 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1223 UPDATE: The form has now been removed! We want to thank Rep. Mike Kingsley and others for taking action on this issue. A huge thank you to Idahoans for trolling the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as well. You can see a screenshot of what the form looked like at the end of the article.

The entire country is on edge right now with the Chinese Coronavirus.

Isolation and being unable to interact with each other is causing many people anxiety, anger, and frustration.

Sadly, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is going to make this much worse.

Today, they released a form where Idahoans can turn on their neighbors for violating Gov. Little’s “stay-at-home” order.

Want to know what it’s like living in a state with Red Flag laws? Sadly, this is what it turns into.

Your neighbor, friend, or maybe bitter family member decides you are in violation of the law and they turn you in.

The government then takes action against you without any proof that you have committed any sort of crime. It is unclear from the form the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare released what they intend to do with the information.

You can see the form yourself in the link here: https://publicforms.dhw.idaho.gov/Forms/stay-home-compliance

The form appears to be geared towards Idahoans turning in businesses who are not “essential” and are not complying with the order to close.

Unfortunately, we have turned from treating each other humanely to becoming narcs.

Who’s to say if the person turning another in isn’t doing so nefariously? Sadly, the form may become nothing more than a way to attack someone you disagree with.

This is not the Idaho way.

We do not rat other people out for trying to survive during these difficult times.

The question is, will Idahoans use the form to turn on each other?

Nevermind that the government has forced businesses to close. Nevermind that thousands of Idahoans are out of work.

Now, with some businesses doing their best to social distance and stay afloat, Idaho’s government is going to have Idahoans stab each other in the back.

How long before people turn in their neighbors for walking their dog, playing at the park, or visiting a family member?

So, how can we combat this absurd form?

Contact your State Representatives and ask them to stop this madness.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare’s form.

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How to Spot Campaign Conservatives https://keepidahofree.org/how-to-spot-campaign-conservatives/ https://keepidahofree.org/how-to-spot-campaign-conservatives/#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:18:27 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1218 Through the next few weeks, Republicans across the state will pound their chests and boasts of their commitment to limited government. 

You, the unlucky recipient of campaign literature and Facebook ads, will see and hear messages like this: 

I’m pro-gun.

I believe in limiting government.

I’m pro-life. 

I’m pro-family.

I’m a fifth-generation Idahoan who loves this state. 

Just you watch: Those phrases will become nearly ubiquitous in the coming months. 

But, you might ask yourself, if all of our lawmakers are so darn conservative, why does Idaho still have Medicaid expansion? Why did it take 10 years to extricate Common Core from our government schools? Why didn’t we get any tax relief in the 2020 session?

The answer to all those questions: Campaign conservatives. 

Campaign conservatives are a special breed of political critter here in Idaho. They don their American flag pins, profess fealty to Republican ideals, and then quietly vote like Democrats when the gavel drops. 

There is a way to spot these fakers, though. 

The Idaho Freedom Foundation released today its 2020 Idaho Freedom Index report, a comprehensive scorecard that details how lawmakers vote. (Click here to download the final 2020 Idaho Freedom Index report)

IFF analysts use 12 metrics or questions to score bills. (See the metric here) After IFF analysts score a bill, lawmakers vote and earn or lose points. If a lawmaker votes for a +7 bill, she earns 7 points. If he votes for a -7, he loses 7 points. And so on. 

This year’s Freedom Index reveals that many Republican, particularly a few in Eastern Idaho, fall in the Campaign Conservative category. 

Here are a few of the worst: 

Sen. Abby Lee, 46%

Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, 46%

Rep. Jerald Raymond, 52%

Rep. Jarom Wagoner, 53%

Sen. C. Scott Grow, 53%

Sen Van Burtenshaw, 55%

Remember, a 55% means that the lawmaker voted for limited government only 55% of the time in the Idaho Capitol. 

Many lawmakers detest the Freedom Index. They think it’s unfair or biased or whatever.

But the truth is more sinister: These lawmakers don’t appreciate accountability for their votes. 

Consider that the 2019 Idaho Freedom Index scores aligned nicely with the 2019 American Conservative Union Scores. Thus, IFF’s scorecard isn’t an outlier. 

And keep in mind that whatever you think of the Freedom Index, lawmakers usually land in the final tally where you might guess they should. Hard left-wingers fall to the bottom every year, moderate Republicans and Democrats constitute the middle, and those committed to liberty rise to the top. Every. Single. Year. 

If you want fair, aggressive property tax relief, fewer regulations, and conservative governance, it’s time to dispense with the Campaign Conservatives. 

Visit the Idaho Freedom Index main page to research your lawmakers’ votes and read IFF’s bill analyses. 

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Gov. Little: “Arrest Those Outside During the Earthquake!” https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-arrest-those-outside-during-the-earthquake/ https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-arrest-those-outside-during-the-earthquake/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:00:05 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1204 The Coronavirus used to be all the talk of Idaho.

Now, Idaho has a new biblical problem to deal with.

Yesterday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Idaho.

The quake was the largest in recent memory in the Gem State and could be felt as far away as Canada.

While the quake’s epicenter took place nearly Stanley, citizens in seven other states said they felt the quake’s effects.

Generally speaking, when you feel an earthquake your first instinct is to go outside to prevent being crushed by something in your home.

Sadly, Gov. Little was in no mood for Idahoans to disobey his “stay-at-home” order. He demanded that police arrest citizens who were outside during the quake or after the tremors had stopped.

Speaking from a bunker inside his Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Little said, “The coronavirus is still a very real threat to Idahoans. An earthquake is no excuse to go outside unless you are visiting an ‘essential’ state-run liquor store.”

When asked what should happen to those who were outside during the earthquake, Gov. Little responded, “Throw their butts in jail! I don’t’ care if you have to drag them out of a crack in the earth.”

Recent estimates are that police across the state have arrested 30,000 Idahoans and placed them in solitary confinement.

Meridian Police Cheif Jeff Lavey said his jails are full.

“The Governor told us to act to prevent Idahoans from dying from the coronavirus and that’s what we are going to do,” Lavey said.

Coeur d’Alene Police Chief said about people going outside, “We don’t care if it’s an earthquake, tornado, or gas leak. Stay in your homes!”

With Idahoans still shaken up after the Stanley earthquake, the arrests come as a surprise to Idahoans.

“Everything was falling inside my home,” said Stanley resident Napoleon Dynamite.  “Next thing you know, I’m being thrown in the back of a gosh-darn cop car for violating the Governor’s stay-at-home order.

“When I called my friend Pedro to bail me out of jail I told him, ‘Gosh, this is the worst day of my life!'”

It is unclear at this time how Idaho’s prosecuting attorneys intend to charge so many Idahoans.

One thing is clear though, Governor Little will not accept any excuse for going outside while the Coronavirus is still a threat.

“I don’t care if Jesus is coming back. Stay in your homes,” he said.

Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!

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Democrats Scheme to Destroy Idaho from Within https://keepidahofree.org/democrats-scheme-to-destroy-idaho-from-within/ https://keepidahofree.org/democrats-scheme-to-destroy-idaho-from-within/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:06:46 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1177 Progressive Democrats in Idaho are mobilizing in rapid fashion to turn Idaho “blue.”

Many of our larger cities have already turned blue or are in the process.

Sadly, this is the same result in many other states. The leftists move to the urban areas and it is those urban areas that end up controlling a state.

However, we do know that Democrats also take over smaller towns because most states don’t have laws requiring party disclosure in city elections.

In “deep-red” states like Idaho, Democrats don’t have a chance at winning many state legislative races. There are a number of districts they control but stand little chance outside of their strongholds.

As a result, many of them resort to running for local offices like city council, mayor, or school board.

Idaho requires transparency from candidates on party affiliation for state legislative races, county commissioners, assessors, and even the coroner. That’s right, the person whose sole job is to say whether someone is deceased or not, has to declare their party affiliation.

Unfortunately, city elected officials are exempt from this transparency.

Progressive Democrats are exploiting this loophole. This is something that needs to be remedied before it’s too late.

Democrats in Idaho have admitted that they like our elections because we don’t require party disclosure. 

Former House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding told one news outlet, “In nonpartisan races, when we’re not saddled with the ‘D,’ when we are able to run on our values, we have tremendous success in elections.”

And he isn’t the only one with that mindset.

You may remember Evangeline Beechler, the Democrat State Party Chairman, who was caught on video saying they like local elections because they can “hide” their identity.

Beechler even tried to run for city office her self in Caldwell. She was crushed in that race after Caldwell voters found out who she really was.

However, we can’t sit back and hope that is the result in every election.

In speaking to one legislator during the 2020 Idaho legislative session, I heard one particularly disturbing story.

The legislator said that one of their towns was run by an admitted communist!

The individual apparently is the mayor of a small town in Idaho with just over 1,000 people. Because we have not verified this information independently, we don’t want to post the name of the individual.

Sadly, this wasn’t the only legislator to tell us they have very liberal people running their town.

Another legislator in a different part of the state said one of their city council members was liberal. That town only was also small.

The solution to this problem is to require party disclosure in city elections.

This issue is really about candidate transparency. Voters have a right to know who they are electing.

Therefore, during the legislative session, we worked with Rep. Christy Zito (R-Hammett) to draft a bill to require disclosure in city elections.

Several legislators had asked that the threshold for town size be set around 1,000 people. Apparently, there are enough towns in Idaho with 30 people and party disclosure may make it more difficult.

So, during the 2020 Idaho legislative session, we worked to draft legislation that would require party affiliation disclosure in city elections with towns/cities of 1,000 people or more.

Below you will see an image of the draft legislation that we had completed.

Now, we are working with legislators to gauge their interest in making this legislation become law in Idaho.

Additionally, we polled Idahoans on our Facebook page about this issue. We asked them if they felt knowing the party affiliation of city candidates would be useful information.

Over 94% said it would be useful!

The bill is likely going to face strong opposition from the Idaho Democrat Party for obvious reasons. It takes away their ability to “hide” in local elections.

Finally, the Idaho Association of Cities is likely to oppose the bill.

Some people are going to claim how you run a city doesn’t matter based on party affiliation.

Does anyone really believe the city of Seattle is the same as the city of Emmett?

Or, what about the city of Sandpoint which is run by a radical leftist mayor? Their city council spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on 54 trashcans!

In conclusion, Idahoans need to have this information transparent for our elections.

What do you think?

Do you support requiring party affiliation disclosure in city elections? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gov. Little Signs All Three Controversial Bills! https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-signs-all-three-controversial-bills/ https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-signs-all-three-controversial-bills/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:46:02 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1166 Well, Gov. Little has had quite the limelight with the Chinese Coronavirus.

Shockingly, his decisions on the “stay-at-home” order are not going to be the biggest news in Idaho.

Now, Gov. Little is in the national spotlight with the signage of three “controversial” bills he signed into law today.

First, he signed HB 500 which bans biological boys from participating in girl’s sports.

HB 500, sponsored by Representative Barbara Ehardt (Republican – District 33) was panned by critics as unnecessary in the state of Idaho.

Idaho is the first state in the country to enact such legislation.

In recent years, other states have been dealing with lawsuits from biological girls who are losing championships and scholarships to biological boys. For instance, a number of girls in the state of Connecticut, not exactly a conservative bastion, have filed a lawsuit against their school district for biological boys being allowed to compete in girl’s sports.

Thankfully, Rep. Ehardt didn’t want to wait until it became an issue in Idaho.

Boys are biologically stronger and faster than women in a number of sports.

Specifically, men would hold all speed and weight records for sports like track and field and weightlifting if allowed to compete. 

On a world level, there isn’t one record held by women.

So, why should biological men be allowed to compete in these sports even with hormone blockers?

We have already seen in other countries and states the devastating impact men taking over women’s sports has had.

Where are the feminists who are standing up for girls on this issue?

The 2nd bill Gov. Little signed was HB 509 which prohibits certain changes to birth certificates.

HB 509 is sponsored by Representative Julianne Young (Republican – District 31).

The bill requires that birth certificates in Idaho keep their material facts as recorded at birth.

At present, birth certificate alterations are occurring in Idaho. Individuals are allowed to compel the state registrar of vital statistics to alter a certificate of live birth based on their opinion about their “gender identity.”

An individual’s sex is not determined by their opinions or mental state. It is a matter of genetic and biological characteristics, which cannot be altered by an individual’s desires.

A law that requires the state registrar to act as if this were not the case is to create an official document based on preferences, not facts.

Allowing such alterations undercuts the fundamental purpose of maintaining records of vital statistics by allowing one of the most vital of these records to be dishonestly altered, in direct violation of scientifically verifiable reality.

An individual’s sex is one of the most essential and relevant medical data points, and distorting this point will undermine public health and other data-driven analytical efforts.

For instance, the height, weight, and sex of a child are considered “material facts” and would not be allowed to be changed.

Both HB 509 and HB 500 are expected to face legal challenges.

Finally, Gov. Little also signed HB 440 which prohibits state agencies from using “Affirmative Action” style hiring policies. 

HB 440 was sponsored by Rep. Heather Scott (Republican – Dist. 1).

Affirmative Action has long been opposed by conservatives.

Sadly, leftists believe that discrimination is a requirement to counter previous discrimination issues.

However, conservatives made it clear to Gov. Little that they didn’t want taxpayer dollars being used to discriminate in state agency hiring practices.

It was unclear if Gov. Little was going to sign the bills because today was the deadline. Additionally, he was receiving tremendous pressure from outside forces and leftists to veto the bills.

Recently, Gov. Little made some remarks at a press conference which seemed to indicate possible hesitation in signing some of these bills.

We want to thank Gov. Little for helping beat back the progressive agenda in Idaho.

If we want to keep Idaho free, it’s going to take Idaho’s legislature staying ahead of the progressive agenda.

Be sure to go to https://keepidahofree.org/#join and sign up for our newsletter today.

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Idaho Primary Election Done by Absentee Ballot Only This Year https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-primary-election-done-by-absentee-ballot-only-this-year/ https://keepidahofree.org/idaho-primary-election-done-by-absentee-ballot-only-this-year/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:03:24 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1169 From KTVB, a stunning development in the Idaho Primary election process.

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s primary election will still be held on Tuesday, May 19 but now all voting will be done by mail, the state announced on Monday afternoon.

Officials said the change for mail-in voting was done out of concerns of the growing coronavirus pandemic. They made the decision after it was obvious that the state could not get polling places and poll workers for the election.

“We are trying to eliminate the physical gathering of people,” Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said.

Gov. Brad Little and the Secretary of State Lawrence Denney will work with every county to streamline the absentee voting process.

Doing the election by all absentee will more than likely delay when results will be available.

“We’re looking at that delayed anywhere from one to two weeks at this point,” Houck said. “Because of the way we’re going to have to process this election.”

The state will more than likely change when the ballot needs to be the respective county clerk’s office. Normally, a ballot must be in by 8:00 p.m. local time or when the polls close. However, since no polls will be opening that day, there will be no polls closing deadline. ”

See more here.

If you want to vote this is going to be your only way. Be sure to get an absentee ballot here: https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/

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Are Gun Stores Closed Under Little’s “Stay At Home” Order? https://keepidahofree.org/are-gun-stores-closed-under-littles-stay-at-home-order/ https://keepidahofree.org/are-gun-stores-closed-under-littles-stay-at-home-order/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 23:16:54 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1131 Are gun stores considered “essential” under Gov. Little’s “stay at home” order?

That is a question many gun owners had after Little’s order earlier today.

So, what is the truth about whether they are essential or not?

After a call to Gov. Little’s office, they confirmed that gun stores are considered “essential.”

Within minutes of Gov. Little’s order to close all “non-essential” businesses, gun owners started asking about gun stores.

Of course, the leftists in the state are sure to mock gun owners for insisting that gun shops remain open.

To them, your safety and protection from criminals isn’t a necessity and they rather enjoy mocking gun owners for having a gun for protection.

In Idaho though, many consider the ability to carry a firearm and protect their family as the most essential right we have.

Thankfully, Gov. Little’s Policy Advisor on 2nd Amendment issues, Louis Hougard, confirmed that gun stores would be essential.

This will come as welcome news to Idaho’s gun owners.

I had fielded numerous messages and comments about the issue.

Additionally, I have spoken with a number of gun stores who also wondered about the order.

Mr. Hougard told me more information will be available soon. The official Idaho coronavirus website will have a document that will specify that gun stores were essential.

Idaho Code 46-1008 specifically prohibits such restrictions under an “emergency” clause.

For gun store owners, my recommendation would be to wait until you have that document in hand before making official decisions.

UPDATE: Below is a screenshot of the guideline listing “Firearms Businesses” as essential.


You can view the full document here.

 

Greg Pruett
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance
President

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Gov. Little Announces Statewide State at Home Order, Activates National Guard https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-announces-statewide-state-at-home-order-activates-national-guard/ https://keepidahofree.org/gov-little-announces-statewide-state-at-home-order-activates-national-guard/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2020 20:01:42 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1122 On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Little posted a teaser about an announcement from Gowen Field to take place on Wednesday.

Speculation ran wild about what Gov. Little intended to announce.

Gown Field is where the state emergency broadcast system is and where the Idaho Army National Guard is headquartered.

Idahoans waited anxiously to see what he intended to announce. Then the announcement came.

Gov. Little has announced a statewide “stay-at-home” order for Idaho for 21 days.

Sadly, Gov. Little decided he is going to force the closure of “non-essential” businesses.

He also intends to use the Idaho Army National Guard in some fashion although details were not made clear.

Little was also asked if the threat of force would be used to enforce compliance. His answer was vague and he told the press it wasn’t his “goal” to arrest people.

Additionally, Little was asked about concerns of small businesses and those living paycheck to paycheck.

Little had no comforting answer to the concern.

He even admitted that there are likely businesses that will close permanently because of the order.

Now, the poor in the state and those businesses who are already struggling have no idea what their future holds.

Do gun stores count as “essential” businesses?

We know this will be a major question gun owners have with this new order. However, this issue was not discussed at the press conference.

With President Trump discussing ways to re-open the economy, Gov. Little has decided that it was time to shut Idaho’s economy down.

Little also denied that his order had anything to do with national media influence.

Recently, radical leftist Rachel Maddow attacked Gov. Little for his response to the Chinese Coronavirus. However, Little denied that he was influenced by anything other than the experts he talks to on the issue.

It remains to be seen how Idahoans will react to being forced to stay at home by their government.

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Reclaim Idaho Throws in The Towel on Ballot Initiative to Raise Taxes! https://keepidahofree.org/reclaim-idaho-throws-in-the-towel-on-ballot-initiative-to-raise-taxes/ https://keepidahofree.org/reclaim-idaho-throws-in-the-towel-on-ballot-initiative-to-raise-taxes/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:45:53 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1108 The coronavirus has changed a lot in our country.

In particular, with campaign season in full force, candidates for public office are changing their strategies.

“Social distancing” is requiring candidates to reconsider a door-to-door strategy and meet and greets.

Additionally, for one political organization, the virus became too much.

Reclaim Idaho, a progressive group dedicated to turning Idaho into the next California has thrown in the towel on their latest ballot initiative.

The newest ballot initiative effort by Reclaim was going to raise taxes on Idaho businesses and those they deemed “wealthy.” Remember, this is the same group that pushed costly Medicaid Expansion on Idahoans.

Now, the coronavirus has decimated its strategy.

Because people are distancing themselves from each other, gathering signatures became difficult.

As time went on, and public events shut down, Reclaim’s ability to gather large amounts of signatures in a short amount of time became obsolete.

Their ability to gather signatures at libraries, schools, and other public locations is gone. Door-to-door campaigning is also not feasible.

So, after months of gathering signatures for their initiative, they had to call it quits.

If there is a “silver lining” from the coronavirus, this would be it.

Idaho doesn’t need more radical progressive ballot initiatives. Sadly, this is not the last we will see of Reclaim Idaho.

We anticipate they will be back again next year.

Idahoans better wake up soon and demand a repeal of the ballot initiative process or it will do to us what it has done to California.

California, Oregon, and other western states have been decimated by the initiative process. Truthfully, progressives have found it the best tool for transforming Idaho into a socialist state.

Now, they have turned their sites on Idaho.

The question is, how much longer do we have? Do we have five years, ten years, twenty years or something time in between?

For now, Idahoans have been spared another massive tax hike. However, Reclaim Idaho is not going to give up.

They will be regrouping and strategizing for the best path to enact their failed socialist policies in Idaho. In the political arena, victory belongs to those that show up.

Will you help keep Idaho free?

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Media Silent on Idaho Democrat Wishing Death on GOP https://keepidahofree.org/media-silent-on-idaho-democrat-wishing-death-on-gop/ https://keepidahofree.org/media-silent-on-idaho-democrat-wishing-death-on-gop/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:51:09 +0000 https://keepidahofree.org/?p=1097 You can’t turn on the radio or watch the news without coronavirus being mentioned.

There are calls for unity from across the world as we face uncertain times.

Even Gov. Cuomo and President Trump appear to be working together.

However, in Idaho, that sense of unity seems to be rather elusive.

In a now-deleted Tweet, Rep. John McCrostie (Democrat – Boise) joked about the death of Idaho GOP legislators.

 

McCrostie, who once stole campaign material from one of his opponents, was responding to guidelines that people shouldn’t gather in groups of more than 50. The GOP caucus is made up of 56 Representatives.

Additionally, many of the Idaho GOP caucus members are 60-years-old and older. The age at which the coronavirus is more deadly is anyone over 60-years-old.

In other words, McCrostie knew that the age of many of the Idaho GOP caucus members is 60 or older and that there were more than 50 of them.

While some jokes about coronavirus may be funny, this one is not.

However, the real frustration from this insensitive joke is the lack of response from the far-left media.

Of course, conservatives are used to the biased media ignoring idiocy from the left.

Imagine if President Trump or even one of Idaho’s GOP Representatives had made this joke!

It would have been nationwide or statewide news.

The leftist media never lets a good crisis go to waste. They jump at every opportunity to attack a GOP Representative.

But a Democrat lawmaker joking about the GOP caucus dying from coronavirus?

Sadly, not a blip from Idaho’s leftist media.

Since Idaho’s media won’t cover the issue, we’ll do it for them.

 

 

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