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IDGOP Announces Ryan Binkley Has Filed His Candidacy for the Republican Presidential Caucus


(Idaho Republican Party Press Release, December 1, 2023)

Boise, ID — The Idaho Republican Party is pleased to announce the sixth filing of a declaration of candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Caucus.

Today, Ryan Binkley has officially filed his declaration of candidacy and filing fee with the Idaho Republican Party, signaling his intent to participate in the Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus. This significant announcement adds another dimension to the race and underscores the importance of Idaho’s role in shaping the national political landscape.

Upon receiving Mr. Binkley’s official filing, Dorothy Moon, Chairwoman of the Idaho Republican Party, expressed her enthusiasm for the growing field of candidates and the critical role Idaho plays in the upcoming presidential race. “We are excited to welcome Ryan Binkley as our sixth candidate filing for the Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus. Idaho’s influence on the national stage is more relevant than ever, and we look forward to a vibrant and successful Presidential Caucus on March 2nd. We invite Mr. Binkley to visit our great state and connect directly with the people of Idaho. This presents an excellent chance for Idahoans to hear from the candidates and make informed decisions about the future of our nation.”

As we approach the Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus on March 2nd, the Idaho Republican Party reaffirms its commitment to hosting a fair and transparent process. The caucus serves as a crucial platform for Republicans in Idaho to voice their preferences and contribute to the national conversation on the presidential race.

Bannock County Board of Commissioners Meetings, December 4-8, 2023


(Bannock County Press Release, December 1, 2023; Cover photo credit: Bannock County)

Monday, December 4, 2023:
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
Tuesday, December 5, 2023:
  • 10:00 AM: Executive Session under Idaho Code §74-206(1)(f)to communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated. The mere presence of legal counsel at an executive session does not satisfy this requirement with potential action following adjournment of Executive Session (action item)
  • 10:30 AM: Executive Session under Idaho Code §74-206(1)(a) regarding personnel with potential action following adjournment of Executive Session (action item)
Wednesday, December 6, 2023:
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
Thursday, December 7, 2023:
  • 9:00 AM Claims Meeting (action item)
  • 9:15 AM Work Session (potential action items) The agenda for this meeting will be updated on Monday, December 4, 2023.
  • 10:30 AM Public Hearing for Vacation of a portion of Two and a Half Mile Road (action item)
  • 10:45 AM Public Hearing for Vacation of a portion of West Street, Paris Lane, Burton Drive, and Aubrey Drive Rights-of-Way (action item)
  • 11:00 AM Meeting to discuss life insurance matter (potential action item)
Friday, December 8, 2023:
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

More about BOCC Meetings

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is comprised of the three elected County Commissioners: Ernie Moser (District 1, Chair), Jeff Hough (District 2), and John Crowder (District 3).

The BOCC generally meets twice a week: regular business meetings are on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and work sessions are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are generally held in the Commissioner’s Chambers at 624 E Center, Room 212, Pocatello, Idaho, unless otherwise noted. Times subject to change within 15 minutes of stated time.

During these meetings, the BOCC may: approve contracts, expend funds, hear testimony, make decisions on land use cases and take care of other County matters, and are open to the public.

Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony Returns to Pocatello for 82nd Anniversary


(Bannock County Veterans Services Office Press Release, December 1, 2023)

Bannock County – Bannock County Veteran Services is inviting the community to a ceremony honoring those lost in the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor 82 years ago.

People are invited to join together at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., for a beloved Pocatello tradition.

The tradition was started by Pocatello local and survivor of the Pearl Harbor attacks, Christopher “Chris” Harame, Chief Builder retired US Navy Division of Seabee. Harame, his wife, and a small group of friends would gather at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge wearing Hawaiian shirts to toss flower petals into the Portneuf river, honoring the 2,403 service members and civilians killed in the attack.

Harame’s tradition faded away in 2013 after he passed. Bannock County Veteran Services revived the tradition in 2021 for the 80th anniversary of the attacks.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on W Fremont Street. Local dignitaries will be in attendance and Hawthorne Middle School’s advanced band will perform a song for the ceremony.

Lunch will be served following the ceremony at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N Johnson Avenue. The food is provided by a joint effort from the Veteran Services Organizations Auxiliaries.

Guest Column–Idaho Freedom Caucus: The Battle for the Soul of Idaho


December 1, 2023

The Battle for the Soul of Idaho
Stand with the Idaho Freedom Caucus to fight against dirty, underhanded campaign tactics.

By: Idaho Freedom Caucus

We’re in a battle for the conservative soul of Idaho, and we need your help. The Idaho Freedom Caucus, true champions of liberty, is under attack from establishment RINOs. We can’t let these attacks silence our liberty heroes. Your support is crucial.

The shady Idaho Liberty PAC is targeting Idaho Freedom Caucus members. It’s time to expose their calculated assault and untangle the web of money and influence threatening our core principles.

Patriots for Liberty and Constitution to Begin Discussing “Great Political Thinkers”, Monday, December 4

Patriots for Liberty and Constitution

December 3, 2023

On Monday, December 4, the group “Patriots for Liberty & Constitution” will begin discussing the book, Great Political Thinkers, by William and Alan O. Ebenstein.  The Facebook event notes read:

Next week we will be discussing Plato and Aristotle and a general overview of the great thinkers in history. Especially for this book, feel free to bring insights not covered in this book. Also note that the 5th edition was shown, but all the editions from Ebenstein cover Plato and Aristotle. 

The group meets at Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information, click here.

City of Pocatello Calendar, December 3-8, 2023

City of Pocatello City Hall

December 1, 2023


  • No Meetings Scheduled


  • 11:00 a.m.: Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee Special Meeting, Council Chambers
  • 1:30 p.m.: Site Plan Review, Iwamizawa Conference Room
  • 6:30 p.m.: Pocatello Arts Council Meeting, Council Chambers


  • 10:00 a.m.: Child Care Advisory Committee Meeting, Council Chambers
  • 6:30 p.m.: Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, Council Chambers


  • 5:00 p.m.: Special City Council Meeting, Paradice Conference Room
  • 5:30 p.m.: City Council Clarification Meeting, Council Chambers
  • 6:00 p.m.: City Council Meeting, Council Chambers


  • No Meetings Scheduled

IDGOP Announces Chris Christie has Filed Candidacy for the Republican Presidential Caucus


(Idaho GOP Press Release, December 1, 2023)

The Idaho Republican Party is pleased to announce the fifth filing of a declaration of candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Caucus.

Early this morning Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, officially filed and submitted the filing fee to participate in the Idaho Republican Presidential Nominating Caucus. This marks a significant milestone in his pursuit of the Republican nomination for the presidency.

Dorothy Moon, Chairwoman of the Idaho Republican Party, commented, “We are thrilled to announce that this morning Governor Chris Christie officially filed for the March 2nd Presidential Caucus. This is the fifth candidacy filing for our caucus, and further enforces the relevancy the great state of Idaho has on the national level in the race for the Presidency. We eagerly extend an invitation to Governor Christie, and the other qualified candidates, to come visit Idaho and engage directly with our voters to gain insight into the pressing issues that concern the people of our state. This opportunity for open dialogue and firsthand interaction will contribute to a more informed and meaningful exchange of ideas as we collectively address the challenges facing our nation and state.”

Dedicated to upholding the tenets of our constitutional republic, the Idaho Republican Party commits to ensure a caucus process characterized by fairness and transparency. This commitment reflects our dedication to accurately representing the collective will of Idaho Republican voters.

SUFI To Host Showing of “The Fall of Minneapolis”, Wednesday, December 6


(Stand Up For Idaho, November 26, 2023)

Idaho Falls–Award-winning investigative journalist Liz Collin sets the record straight. She uncovers what really happened on Chicago Avenue and exposes the truth of the 2020 riots. Based on conversations with those who were there—including Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, and other Minneapolis police officers who’ve never spoken out before—Liz exposes how the facts were manipulated to dupe and divide America.

Snake River Event Center (Shilo Inn), 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls
6:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)

We will start promptly at 6:30 so please don’t be late.

Guest Column–Dorothy Moon: Pocatello Awards Drag Queen Story Time an Award for ‘Human and Civil Rights,’ Igniting Concerns from Parents over Child Exposure to Gender Confusion


November 30, 2023

Pocatello Awards Drag Queen Story Time an Award for ‘Human and Civil Rights,’ Igniting Concerns from Parents over Child Exposure to Gender Confusion

By: Dorothy Moon, IDGOP Chairwoman

Dorothy Moon, Chairwoman of the Idaho Republican Party

They tell us it’s not happening in Idaho. They also tell us it’s a good thing that it is.

Earlier this week, the City of Pocatello honored a drag queen story time group with their “Human and Civil Rights” award. They specifically lauded the group for providing “educational spaces for children”.

It’s clear that this award was given in response to recent protests by concerned parents against exposing children to drag events and the gender confusion they promote. It’s no exaggeration to say that there are people out there who really are after your kids and they will call anyone who stands up to them “bigoted” and “hateful.”

Drag story time for children is not just innocent fun. Drag queens are often highly sexualized and they deliberately blur the line between male and female. These events push a radical leftist ideology to confuse young children about their gender. It’s one thing for adults to choose to enjoy this type of activity, but another to push it onto innocent children.

The Idaho Republican Platform is explicit in its support of children and families. Children are the future, more precious than anything else in the world, and protecting them and their innocence is the paramount duty for all parents. Article XIV, Section 4 of the Platform states: “We strongly oppose any person, entity, or policy that attempts to confuse minors regarding their biological gender.”

Children deserve to be raised in an environment where they can safely grow and develop. Drag story times are designed to interrupt that process, to cause children to question ideas about sex and gender before they are mature enough for such subjects. They are designed to circumvent the role of parents in bringing their children up according to their values.

Republican elected officials must do their part to protect children from these overtly sexual and confusing performances. The question is not why children should be exposed to drag queens, but why adults with crossdressing fetishes are so interested in being around our children.

This is also a reminder that local elections are very important. This drag group was chosen to be honored by the Human Relations Advisory Committee, which is made up of people ultimately appointed by the mayor and city council of Pocatello. Voters need to start asking candidates for local office where they stand on sexualizing children, because it’s happening in communities all across our state and our nation.

One of the most important and most difficult duties of parents today is to protect the innocence of their children. It’s disappointing to see organizations and municipalities deliberately making this job that much harder.

The message from the Idaho Republican Party remains simple and clear: We will always oppose the sexualization and gender confusion of children.

99 Participants Complete Mayor’s Walking Challenge


(Blue Cross of Idaho, November 9, 2023)

Idaho communities are receiving a record $86,500 for projects and programs that encourage physical activity, thanks to the efforts of 99 participants who successfully completed the Mayor’s Walking Challenge. The payout and number of winners are the most in the 10-year history of the annual statewide program offered by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

There were 73 mayors who walked at least 10,000 steps per day in October and earned $1,000 for their communities. Two mayors – Crouch’s Trevor Schiefelbein and McCall’s Bob Giles – took more than 1,000,000 steps during the challenge. Mayors who walked at least 5,000 steps per day earned $500 for their communities. More importantly, they promoted the importance of physical activity while doing something that benefitted their own health – walking.

“The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is excited that the Mayor’s Walking Challenge continues to grow, and Idaho mayors are making a positive difference in their communities just by walking,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “Walking is one of the best things a person can do for his or health, and it has been truly inspiring to see so many Idaho mayors out walking in their communities this year.”

This year’s challenge included mayors from 42 of Idaho’s 44 counties. Many mayors took time to visit local schools and walk with students, letting them know how important it is to be physically active every day. Some mayors picked up litter on their walks and spent time meeting with residents while they were out walking and finding out what it’s like to be a pedestrian in their own community.

The Mayor’s Walking Challenge started as a regional program in 2014 and expanded it to a statewide event in 2018. Since its inception, mayors have earned more than $604,000 for their communities. Those funds have contributed to a variety of projects and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle around Idaho, including playgrounds, physical education equipment for schools, walking clubs, amenities at parks, scholarships for youth programs, and more.