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Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Latest AARP Telephone Town Hall Regarding COVID-19 Scheduled for Tuesday, April 13

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(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, April 9, 2021)

On Tuesday, April 13, Governor Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding COVID-19 in Idaho.  The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. MT.  Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/. 

 

Chubbuck Mayor’s Blog Posted, April 9, 2021

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(City of Chubbuck Video Release, April 9, 2021)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England has released his Mayor’s Blog video for April 9, 2021.

As noted on the video description, “Update Includes: Town Hall Meetings, Idaho Legislature, Bannock Development Corporation (BDC), and CommUNITY Thoughts.”

To watch the video, click on the image, below:

 

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

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(Idaho Lt. Governor’s Office Press Release, April 9, 2021; Photo Credit:  Lt. Gov. FB Page)

Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin (Official Photo)

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.

Online Tickets Now Available for Un-Masquerade Ball in Pocatello

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April 9, 2021

Online tickets for the Un-Masquerade Ball, hosted by RECONNECT Southeast Idaho, are now available.

The event, to be held at the Leavitt Center, 1030 E. Sublette Street, includes an hour of ballroom dance lessons by professional ballroom dance instructor Chantelle Holman beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.  This will be followed, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., by dancing, dessert, and the chance to participate in a silent auction.

Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!  The cost to attend is $30 per couple.

To obtain tickets, go to:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/un-masquerade-ball-tickets-148867744431

 

Mountain Valley Baptist Church Building Dedication Set for May 16, Public Invited

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April 8, 2021

Mountain Valley Baptist Church will celebrate their 3rd anniversary in conjunction with the dedication of their newly purchased church building on Sunday, May 16, and the public is invited to attend.

The celebration begins at 11:00 a.m. with special music and a message from Pastor Don Whitecar during the regular Sunday service.  Following the approximately 1-hour service, the church will be providing a meal for all in attendance.  Tours of the 21,000 square foot building may also be arranged.

Mountain Valley Baptist Church is located at 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello.

To learn more about Mountain Valley Baptist Church, visit their website, Mountain Valley Baptist Church, or their Facebook page, Mountain Valley Baptist Church, FB.

 

Idaho Senator Jim Risch on Biden Executive Actions to Limit Second Amendment Rights

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(U.S. Senate Press Release, April 8, 2021)

BOISE, Idaho – Upon President Biden’s announcement of six new executive actions to restrict the Second Amendment, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today issued the following statement:

“Federal mandates that undermine Americans’ Second Amendment rights and circumvent their elected representatives in Congress erode the constitutional freedoms that make our country exceptional,” said Risch.  “I will continue to oppose actions and legislation that infringe on law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.”

 

Biden Press Conference: Actions on Gun Control Announced

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April 8, 2021

President Joe Biden (Photo Credit: Joe Biden Facebook Page)

Today, President Joe Biden announced several actions he wants to see taken on gun control.

Biden announced that he is seeking the following:

Treatment of “ghost guns” as firearms under the Gun Control Act

Have the Justice Department issue a new annual report on firearms trafficking

Make pistols with stabilizing braces subject to the National Firearms Act

Implementation of a National, “Red Flag Law,” and incentives for States to implement red flag laws.

In addition, Biden said, “I believe the Senate should immediately pass three House-passed bills to close loopholes that allow gun purchases — purchasers to bypass the background checks.”  He went on to state, “We should also ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country.”

Biden then called on the elimination of immunity for gun manufacturers.  He said, “And we should also eliminate gun manufacturers from the immunity they received from the Congress.”

With respect to Constitutional issues related to his program, Biden said, “Everything that’s being proposed today is totally consistent with the Second Amendment.”

In concluding his remarks, Biden said, “So, folks, this is just the start.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

You can watch the press conference at which these announcements were made, here:

 

City of Pocatello Chief Information Officer Featured by Toggle Magazine

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, April 8, 2021)

Pocatello Chief Information Officer Chris Sorensen (Photo Credit: City of Pocatello)

The City of Pocatello’s Chief Information Officer, Chris Sorensen, is the subject of a new case study by Toggle Magazine.

The article highlights the work he and the Information Technology (IT) department have undertaken in “modernizing Pocatello’s IT infrastructure,” cybersecurity, and the changes they had to make because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The article also details some of Sorensen’s previous service in the U.S. Air Force.

“I was excited and honored when Toggle reached out to me to feature not only me but the IT Department at the City of Pocatello,” said Sorensen, “While this article highlights me, it really is the IT team that has done all the great work that is highlighted in the article.”

“Toggle is a quarterly business-to-business trade journal highlighting the vital role that technology plays in a variety of companies and organizations,” according to the magazine.

To read the case study, visit togglemag.com/case-studies/j-chris-sorensen-city-of-pocatello/.

For more information on the City of Pocatello IT Department, visit pocatello.us/it.

 

Breaking: Idaho Legislature Resoundingly Rejects Higher Ed Budget After Multiple Legislators Deride Social Justice Agenda

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April 7, 2021

Minutes ago, after a lengthy debate in which several legislators spoke at length against social justice indoctrination at Idaho’s public colleges and universities, the Idaho House overwhelmingly rejected the budget for Idaho higher education.  58 legislators voted to reject the budget, with only 12 voting in favor.

The rejection of the budget was an impressive victory for conservative legislators who have been calling out social justice indoctrination in Idaho higher education for months.  In addition, it was a victory for the Idaho Freedom Foundation, the conservative think tank that has been key to exposing the extent of social justice indoctrination in the state.

To watch the debate on the bill, S 1179, visit the Idaho Freedom Foundation Facebook page, here:  https://www.facebook.com/idahofreedom/

 

John Birch Society Coordinator Tom Munds Interviewed on News Radio 1310 KLIX

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April 7, 2021

John Birch Society Coordinator Tom Munds (Photo Credit: Tom Munds FB Page)

You may have heard of the John Birch Society (JBS).  The group has been around now for 63 years.  Yet, most people probably don’t know who they are, or what they stand for.

According to the JBS website, the JBS stands for Constitutional freedoms.  They say, “For over 60 years, The John Birch Society has been the force that protects and restores American liberty and independence.  Our local grassroots activism is like no other.  Standing at the forefront of the battle to restore Constitutional freedoms, we can secure a future with less government and more responsibility.

If you cherish your hard-earned freedom, now is the time for your voice to be heard.  Whether it’s educating yourself on our action projects, contacting your elected officials, or leading a group of activists, we have the experience and determination to bring you the best possible resources to accomplish it all.”

JBS is organizing in Idaho.  This morning, host Bill Colley interviewed John Birch Society Coordinator Tom Munds on News Radio 1310 KLIX.  You can hear the approximately 45-minute interview by clicking on the video image, below: