UNTIL his death from Covid-19 last week, Pete Coulson, above, was a member of a task force set up by Idaho’s far-right gun-and-Bible-toting Lt Governor Janice McGeachin, inset.
Its purpose was root out alleged “teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communismand Marxism” from public schools in the state.
Members of the task force include an Idaho Freedom Foundation employee, a charter school leader who pushed to use the Bible in public schools and a cleric “who appears to be a North Idaho Evangelical Christian leader.”
Coulson was appointed to replace Idaho School Boards Association President-elect Jason Knopp, who left the task force on June 4. He withdrew after the force’s first meeting in objection to its “lack of education professionals” and “partisan campaigning.”
Pete was a very healthy 67. He would tell people he was vaccinated in Christ. He didn’t fear death.
McGeachin, a Republican, did not have any details on Coulson’s death as of last Thursday, her chief of staff Jordan Watters said.
McGeachin said in a statement:
I am deeply saddened at the loss of Pete Coulson, as I’m sure everyone in (the) Treasure Valley is. He was loved by everyone who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. I’m praying for his family.
Since then, McGeachin has become embroiled in row with Governor Brad Little, above, after she issued an executive order involving COVID-19 vaccines while Little was out of state.
Her executive order sought, among other things, to prevent employers from requiring their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
A furious Little said:
I am in Texas performing my duties as the duly elected Governor of Idaho, and I have not authorized the Lt. Governor to act on my behalf. I will be rescinding and reversing any actions taken by the Lt. Governor when I return.
In May when Little was out of state, she issued an executive order banning mask mandates that Little scrapped when he returned, saying mask mandate decisions were best left to local officials. Little himself has never issued a mask mandate.
Last month it was reported that Idaho has the lowest vaccination rate in America. At the time of reporting, only 46 percent of Idaho’s population of nearly 1.8 million had received one or more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This puts it at the bottom of the table among 53 US states or territories. For reference, 63 percent of the US population has received one or more doses, with table- topping Puerto Rico at 77 percent.
McGeachin appears to be every bit as deranged as North Carolina’s Lt Governor Mark Robinson, above, who in a summer sermon branded LGBT people “filth.” She too is “super homophobic.”
This via Queerty:
Idaho’s super homophobic Lieutenant Governor Lieutenant Governor went driving around in her truck with a gun, a Bible, and an American flag to protest the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures.
Janice McGeachin is a far-right Republican who doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage and thinks her state’s response to coronavirus is a bunch of godless B.S. So she participated in a video “declaration” about it.
“We recognize that all of us by nature are free and equal and have certain inalienable rights among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing happiness and protecting safety,” McGeachin says in the truly bizarre video.
McGeachin has high hopes of becoming the next Governor of Idaho. And, with the help of Jesus and a bunch of crazy Republican potato-heads, she’ll probably win.
Here’s my favourite Idaho joke: Q: Why couldn’t the baby Jesus be born in Idaho? A: Because they couldn’t find three wise men or a virgin.