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Gov. Little To Idaho Legislators: Stop Spreading "Myth" About Emergency Declaration

Gov. Brad Little issued a stinging rebuke to Republican lawmakers Friday, saying they were playing a “shameful” game that threatens the state’s pandemic recovery by trying to repeal Idaho’s emergency declaration.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, national first-time unemployment claims rose 25% the week-ending Jan. 7. Idaho’s jobless numbers remain steady, with about 30,000 residents receiving on-going state or federal benefits.

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Latino and Latina communities continue to face higher rates of infection and death from COVID-19. Now community organizers are working to combat a new obstacle: fear around getting the vaccine.


In dueling shadows of a pandemic and rising political tensions, keeping Idaho's capital city safe has taken on a special urgency.  

"We know that there are steps that have to be taken," said Boise Mayor Lauren McLean. 

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One of Idaho’s most prominent voices of the governor’s pandemic response is supporting a new lawsuit against the legislature’s lack of COVID-19 precautions.

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President-elect Joe Biden outlined his plans for economic relief from the coronavirus crisis on Thursday, citing the need for a more robust vaccination plan as well as for additional direct payments to American families to help recover the U.S. economy. His plan, called the American Rescue Plan, is expected to cost $1.9 trillion.

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A love of apocalyptic horror films may have actually helped people mentally prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, that's according to research published this month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

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State senators are closely mirroring the actions of the Idaho House, introducing their own set of bills to curb executive authority during a state of emergency.

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The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump for "high crimes and misdemeanors" — specifically, for inciting an insurrection against the federal government at the U.S. Capitol.

Just one week before he will leave office, Trump has now become the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

Wednesday's vote came a week after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a chaotic scene that left five people dead.

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Some frontline workers in Idaho will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine earlier than expected.



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Former congressman Raul Labrador was appointed to the Central District Board of Health Tuesday, on a 2-0 vote from newly sworn-in Ada County Commissioners Ryan Davidson and Rod Beck. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon abstained from the vote after criticizing the process.


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Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 22, 2021

During a Friday news conference called earlier that morning, Gov. Brad Little sharply criticized fellow Republicans in the legislature pushing to limit emergency declarations to 30 days. Earlier in the week, state lawmakers in the House approved a bill that would allow the legislature to call itself back into session without the governor's approval.

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