Scott Herndon-Why I am running
In a nutshell, I value individual liberty, which is really the right to self-government (this includes your right to govern your own families, churches and businesses). Both the state and the federal constitutions recognize the rights of individuals to self-govern in most aspects of their lives, and these constitutions prescribe a limited authority to the state and federal governments. My mission is to:
1. Value and protect individual liberties.
These liberties include those enumerated in the state and federal constitutions and those granted by our Creator. My mission will be to restrain encroachments on individual liberty from all levels of civil government.
2. Uphold the constitutional authority of the state of Idaho in relation to the federal government and prevent the usurpations of that authority by an overreaching federal government.
Idaho is already constitutionally authorized and must actively oppose federal power grabs, like when the Feds try to unconstitutionally seize power from the state by massive federal cash infusions to the state with unconstitutional strings attached.
The constitutional boundary between federal and state power is only effective if the state enforces the boundary.
3. Enforce the boundaries that exist between the several branches of government.
During the Covid era, we have seen these boundaries obliterated. Legislatures make laws, not governors, Presidents, nor judges.
The Idaho legislature must actively fight for their constitutionally granted lawmaking authority and resist power grabs by activist judges, overzealous governors, Presidents and un-elected bureaucratic agencies. The legislature is closest to the people and is best positioned to fight for the interests of all Idahoans.
See Representative Heather Scott's comments about redistricting in Idaho here:
Speaker Bedke says "Our votes are NOT for sale" but his actions say otherwise. Check out the following article for details. mvlibertyalliance.org/speaker-bedke-for-sale/
Here is a well done article, connecting the dots from the United Nations and World Economic Forum down to the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry who donates to Idaho candidates to push their globlist agenda.
Priscilla Giddings' Positions
One of my main opponents, former Representative Luke Malek, has dropped out of the race.
Malek has now endorsed Scott Bedke, which unfortunately comes as no surprise. Both Bedke and Malek are big-government insiders.
During the disastrous shutdowns last year, while suicide rates were skyrocketing and people were losing their livelihoods, Speaker Scott Bedke refused, as the most powerful legislative leader, to fix the overreaching emergency powers the legislature granted to the Governor.
Conservatives uphold freedom, fiscal responsibility, and our God-given rights. We fight to protect the people’s liberty to live their lives in peace.
Scott Bedke and Luke Malek have consistently voted against true conservative values, even when the rest of the Idaho House has stood for common sense policies.
As a lifelong conservative, I have been a vocal advocate for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Scott Bedke has single-handedly defeated the grocery tax repeal for the last several years, quietly choosing to leave tax cuts in committee, often without a vote.
I’m a staunch defender of medical freedom. Bedke and Malek both supported legislation to set up a vaccine registry, which would allow the government to track and penalize people who chose to wait on the COVID vaccine.
I will continue to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. Bedke and Malek both voted for a state-level Lautenberg Gun Ban, which strips people of their Second Amendment rights for nothing more than a loud argument. The Idaho Constitution states that it is a felony to ban possession of a firearm. Bedke also voted for a “red flag” gun confiscation law, which would strip Idahoans of their Second Amendment rights on nothing more than an accusation.
I stand against CRT and anti-American teachings in our schools, and advocate for parents to choose how and what their children are taught. Bedke claims that “Idaho doesn’t have a Critical Race Theory problem,” while this clear anti-American message is being taught to our children with taxpayer dollars.
I was recently named one of the most conservative members of the Idaho House of Representatives, and received a 100% A+ rating from the Idaho Freedom Foundation.
Bedke has consistently leaned left in his own party, and his conservative rating has continued to drop. Bedke’s lifetime average according to the American Conservative Union is 58% for his last six terms, and 53% in his most recent terms. My lifetime average has been 97%. The average rating in the State House in 2020 was 74%.
In many ways, I’m glad to see Luke Malek drop out of the race. He is, sadly, as left-leaning as Bedke, and we certainly don’t need two of them.
But now, we must win the office. There has never been a more important time for TRUE leadership.
Without strong leadership in Idaho, we will end up with more elected officials who are not only out of touch with the people of our state, but who also do not understand the value of freedom or the importance of defending America’s core values.
Strong leadership requires bravery, and a willingness to stand up for freedom even when the Left and the establishment label it “extreme.”
It is critical we elect those who are not afraid to hold the line.
Bedke’s record makes it quite clear what his priorities have been while in office. His record paints a clear story of political favors and underhanded moves that derail true conservative legislation.
Next year’s election can put an end to the political games in Idaho.
Will you please give $250, $100 or $50 today? With your help, I can hold the line for Idaho, and champion your freedom.
When my opponents start calling conservatism “extremism,” we know it’s time to double down on our efforts. Our future depends on it!
Candidate for Lt. Governor of Idaho
December 15th, 2021