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Gov. Brad Little Needs To Mandate Masks Now, Idaho Statesman Opinion Editor Says

Darin Oswald
Idaho Statesman


The pandemic, which could conceivably have brought our country together, has instead contributed to our growing political divides. According to a paper by the Brookings Institute, partisan affiliation is often the strongest single predictor of behavior and attitudes about COVID-19. Political affiliation is even more powerful than local infection rates or demographic characteristics when it comes to how folks will respond to the recommendations from health experts. 

In fact, the paper goes on to show that a state’s partisan orientation also explains its public health policies, including the timing and duration of stay at home orders, bans on social gatherings and mask mandates.


Scott McIntosh is the opinion editor for the Idaho Statesman, and last week, the paper’s editorial board published a strongly worded op-ed on why Gov. Brad Little needs to do more to protect the citizens of Idaho. McIntosh joins Idaho Matters to talk more about the article. 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.