On The Issues
Scott is conservative up and down the line; his life and initiative into public service are both deeply rooted in American and Christian values. Like so many, he came to Idaho because of its limited government and respect for individual liberty.
Under Biden, a woke Congress, and woker bureaucratic agencies are trying to stop Idaho from being Idaho. The government in Boise has not been strong enough in response. It needs a voice that will turn back the tide.
Scott Herndon is that voice.
Want to learn more? Click on any issue below to get details about Scott’s position on these important issues.
Economy and Reopening Idaho
Unconstitutional lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic cost hardworking North Idahoans their livelihoods, and it is time to rebuild.
Scott will work to ensure that North Idaho’s economy is never at the mercy of the government and politicians. All Idahoans will have the liberty to pursue their dreams and provide for their families.
Covid-19 State of Emergency
In March, 2020 Idaho Governor Brad Little declared a state of emergency related to Covid. Late in 2021 the declared state of emergency is still in effect. The Idaho legislature passed two bills in early 2021 that would rightfully have ended the state of emergency, but after the governor vetoed those bills, 5 Republican senators joined 7 Democrats in the senate to sustain the governor’s veto. As a true conservative, Scott Herndon would have voted to end the Covid state of emergency.
The long-running state of emergency was used to funnel billions of dollars in federal debt to Idaho to enrich certain businesses and government, and this debt will burden future generations of Americans, including our children and grandchildren. We are already paying the price in the form of massive inflation.
Scott is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
When North Idahoans were subject to a gun ban at The Festival at Sandpoint, held in a public park, Scott personally led efforts to fight for their right to carry. A former varsity rifle team member and expert at competitive shooting in military school, Scott is a proud member of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance and a lifetime member of the Second Amendment Foundation.
Scott will work to restore in Idaho the original intent of the 2nd amendment. Your lawful right to possess and carry firearms is not just about your right to hunt or practice shooting sports. The right to keep and bear arms must be vigorously defended against those who would take away this right.
Scott is a strong advocate for the sanctity of human life and opposes all abortion in the state of Idaho. Quite simply, the intentional killing of living, preborn children should be stopped, and there should be equal protection of all human life from womb to tomb.
Scott championed an official change to the Idaho state Republican Party Platform supporting the Idaho Constitution’s Right to Life. The Republican Party embraced this change overwhelmingly.
There are over 1,500 abortions in Idaho every year. With the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court in the June 2022 Dobb’s decision, it is likely the abortion fight will move to the state courts and the State Legislature. It is important that we have legislators like Scott Herndon who can articulate the inherent value of all human life.
Covid-19 and Religion
On March 25, 2020 Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a Covid-19 proclamation that made it a crime to go to church or to meet with your pastor for communion. It was a crime to even gather for prayer and a bible study. Under the governor’s proclamation, all religious expression was completely banned. Being a clear violation of the 1st amendment, the Idaho constitution and state statutes, Scott Herndon was the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit filed in April 2020 against the Idaho governor (Herndon v. Little).
Within weeks of the suit (May 2020), the governor relented and lifted the ban on religion, and months later a federal judge issued a clear warning in the case to the governor not to ban the exercise of clearly enumerated constitutional rights like religious expression. The freedom of religious exercise is fundamental to the American way of life, even in pandemics.
Taking any medical product is your personal decision alone. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 “vaccine” has been weaponized to create division and mistrust among neighbors. Specifically, those who are opposed to the vaccine are being ostracized by vaccine adherents. Even Idaho governor Little has attempted to browbeat Idaho citizens by claiming their only way to properly “love their neighbor” is to get the jab.
In agreement with the Idaho Republican Party, Scott Herndon is opposed to any mandate by government to get the jab. Scott is also opposed to private businesses mandating the jab of customers in order for customers to be able to conduct business. Further, Scott is opposed to employer mandates and coercion of employees to get the jab as a condition of employment.
Where there is risk, which there is with these medical drugs, there must be personal choice. Some Idaho Republicans have suggested that “conservative” government has no business interfering in the business relationship between employers and their employees. But, consider the Declaration of Independence, which states in part that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The government’s job is to secure individual liberty and to guarantee equality. In a world where many employers instituting jab mandates are goliaths in their industry, the relationship between the employer and the employee is not equal – the employer has vast power above the individual employee. Idaho’s duty is to guarantee that the individual liberty of the employee in the area of medical freedom is not trounced by the coercive force brought to bear by the significantly more powerful employer.
Finally, consider that it would not be new for Idaho to intervene in the affairs of private business. Idaho has long done that by instituting all sorts of mandates on employers that include permits, board registrations, insurance requirements and a plethora of requirements of employers in relation to their employees, particularly in the areas of discrimination in employment, ADA workplace access, workers compensation insurance, and employee safety and fair labor laws.
State Sovereignty and Balance of Power
Benjamin Franklin said America is a “republic if you can keep it”. But, what kind of republic is America? Even North Korea is called the Democratic REPUBLIC of North Korea. Clearly, in order to keep America, we must know what is the design that we are to keep.
America is the first ever in history seven boundary republic.
The first boundary is between state and federal power. The federal government has limited, expressed and enumerated powers that are specifically listed in the US constitution. Federal power is greatest when America is in a time of war with foreign nations. By contrast, the states possess all of the rest of the powers, and it must be kept in mind that the states created the federal government, not the other way around. This balance between federal versus state power is called dual federalism.
Then, six additional boundaries of the American Republic are the divisions of power between the courts, the executive branches and the legislatures at both the federal level and the state level. 3 branches at 2 levels of government = 6 boundaries.
Too often in recent decades, Idaho has ceded authority to the federal government that the federal government does not possess by law. Worse, Idaho has ceded authority to the un-elected judges of the federal government, particularly the United States Supreme Court. We see many cases where that court’s opinion is clearly unconstitutional and has harmed Idaho’s authority and sovereignty. Examples include the acceptance by Idaho that abortion is a “constitutional right” according to the Supreme Court, and that homosexuals may be legally married even though the Idaho Constitution states the opposite.
Most recently, Idaho’s Fairness in Womens’ Sports Act, a law passed by Idaho that prevents biological males from competing in girls’ sports, has been “blocked” by a federal appeals court.
The way forward on some of these critical topics is that where the federal courts are constitutionally wrong on matters of life, death, liberty and morality, Idaho should should vigorously pursue a remedy in the courts whils also exercising its constitutional authority under the 9th and 10th amendments to implement proper, constitutional laws.
Tackling Growth in North Idaho
According to the census, Bonner and Boundary County added 7,317 people between 2010 and April 2020. But, because of a Covid exodus from other states, growth has accelerated in the last year. Prices of real estate are at all-time highs and are unaffordable for many. Infrastructure like roads, bridges and water tables are also impacted by growth.
We need to plan for growth. The prices of real estate are impacted by two variables, supply and demand. The supply of land in Bonner and Boundary Counties is particularly limited because a significant portion of our land area is off limits to growth and resource management since it is claimed by the federal government as federally owned land. Another significant percentage of the land area is owned by the state as endowment lands.
The “federal lands” contain a vast area of natural timber and mineral resources, resources that could be used to sustain the infrstructure for a growing population. The Idaho Republican Party Platform states that “we need to limit and reduce the amount of land owned or administered by the federal government.” Scott Herndon agrees.
“Transgenders” in Sports
In 2020, Idaho was the first state to pass the so-called “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” which simply bans biological males from participating in girls’ sports. This is thoroughly common sense and is a question of fairness, because biological males have documented physical strengths over biological females, and thus it is impossible for them to compete against girls on a level playing field. Nationally, the Republican Party overwhelmingly supports banning biological males from girls’ sports.
The fairness bill, H500, passed the Idaho House with 96% of the Republicans voting for it. In the senate, 86% of the Republicans voted for the bill. In both the House and Senate, 100% of the Democrats voted against this common-sense legislation. Republicans stand against the confusion of gender dysphoria that is being pushed on our innocent children by various interests.
Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an ideology that suggests America is inherently racist, and those particularly who are white and male need to check their “privilege”. Whereas Marxism promoted class division between capitalists and workers, CRT is a leftist replacement of Marxism that promotes class division based on race.
Sometimes operating under the guise of “equity” and “social justice”, critical race theory is an academic subject that is now deeply rooted in many American public institutions. In public education, critical race theorists would separate all students into the oppressors and the oppressed.
Last year the Idaho legislature considered a $6 million grant that would have paired the Idaho State Board of Education with a private organization that promotes a book called “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Dyson to parents. The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children, which would have received the funding from the grant, promotes “Anti-Bias” teacher training, which focuses on making white children aware of their supposedly inherent bias against black students.
The grant was designed to teach the agenda of the leftist private organization to children aged birth to five years old. The Idaho House killed the bill, but the Idaho senate passed a replacement bill, SB 1193, that narrowly passed the Senate by one vote and was never taken up in the House. CRT indoctrination is being attempted in Idaho, and the legislature will need to continue its vigilance to prevent it.
In 2021, 100% of the Republicans in the Idaho House passed House Bill 249. The bill was the third attempt to strengthen parental rights over the sexual topics taught to their children in public schools. It would have strengthened parental authority of children by adding opt-in language for discussions on “the topics of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, eroticism, sexual pleasure, or sexual intimacy.” The bill gained 100% of the Republican votes to pass the House and was opposed by 100% of the minority Democrats.
Unfortunately, the bill was killed in the Senate education committee.
Scott Herndon would have supported House Bill 249 (the third year such a bill was brought to the Senate education committee) since the authority is given to the legislature in the Idaho Constitution to prescribe curriculum for all Idaho schools, and primary authority over children is given to parents in both the Idaho constitution and in Idaho statutes.
During Covid, not all public schools offered in-person schooling even 4 days a week. In response to the lack of in-person instruction by local public schools, House bill 293 was passed by 99% of the House Republicans in 2021 and would have allowed parents to take their public education dollars and apply them elsewhere if their local schools did not offer in-person instruction.
Unfortunately, the bill was killed in the Senate education committee. Scott Herndon would have voted in favor of school choice and HB 293.
In 2021, Senate bill 1052 would have allowed advanced, public schooled K-6 students to apply for flexible schedules, allowing students to have partial or full-day absences “for the purpose of family activities, enrichment opportunities or home-based educational activities.” Scott Herndon would have voted in favor of this bill.
2021’s Senate bill 1046 provided for groups of students in public schools to form “innovation classrooms” where teachers can personalize curriculum and teaching methods to students’ individual needs. Parents of students at public schools would be able to enroll their children in these innovation classrooms and have more autonomy over what their children learn. Scott Herndon would have favored some version of SB 1046.
Finally, the Idaho Republican Party recently passed a resolution and platform changes at their 2022 convention calling for more competition in public education funding. Basically, money follows the student, not the institution. The mix of public schools, charter schools and private schools provides the competition that produces a better public educational system and offers opportunities that match the diversity of personalities of Idaho’s students. Scott is in favor of making Idaho public education as excellent as it can be so that Idaho students are among the best in the country.