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House OKs Cut For Top Idaho Earners

A $36 million tax cut for Idaho’s top earners is roaring through the Idaho Legislature, backed by Gov. Butch Otter and co-sponsored by a majority of the members of the Idaho House. The move comes even as Idaho’s reeling from three years of deep budget cuts to everything from schools to Medicaid, very few of which are being restored. “The governor has recommended that we not collect this money, that we’re collecting too much,” said Rep. Marv Hagedorn (pictured), R-Meridian, one of the bill’s 40 house co-sponsors; the Idaho House has 70 members. “It’s probably the best economic development bill we’ve seen all year,” declared House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, HB 563’s lead sponsor. The bill passed the House on a 49-20 vote today and now heads to the Senate/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: I can think of far better use for a budget surplus than tax cut for Idaho's top earners, can't you?

Trib: Hagedorn’s 15 Minutes Of Shame

In an editorial today, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune lambastes state Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, (pictured) for his insensitive remark that a gun safety class might have prevented the murder-suicide at the University of Idaho that claimed the life of grad student Katy Benoit: “That transcends oafishness. It's beyond ugly. It exceeds insensitivity. Inhumane doesn't begin to describe it. Such talk from anyone is irresponsible. From an elected official charged with writing our laws and embracing our standards of decency, it is nothing short of depraved. Complete editorial here.

Question: Do you think Rep. Hagedorn has learned a lesson in using this tragic matter to push his political agenda?

Statesman: Hagedorn Misses Mark

There is no waiting period on political opportunism. Hence Rep. Marv Hagedorn’s insensitive and ill-timed reaction to the Moscow shootings. On Tuesday, the day the news broke, Hagedorn urged University of Idaho President Duane Nellis to teach gun safety on campus and chided the school for “running away” from the Second Amendment. There’s a backstory here. Hagedorn (pictured), R-Meridian, co-sponsored a bill in 2011 to allow concealed weapons on campuses. Opposed by university administrators and law enforcement officials alike, this misguided bill was defeated in a Senate committee. It’s bad enough that Hagedorn callously reopened the campus gun rights debate. He doesn’t even have the facts on his side/Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Has the tragic murder-suicide at UI prompted you to rethink your position on Hagedorn's 2011 legislation that would permit guns on the state's college campuses?

Hagedorn: Gun Safety Needed @ UI

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, (pictured) who co-sponsored a 2011 bill that would have allowed concealed weapons holders to take guns on campus, wrote University of Idaho President Duane Nellis late Tuesday. Teaching gun safety “could have possibly served as a deterrent to the shooter had he really understood what the mis-use of his gun really meant to her and her family as well as his,” Hagedorn wrote. Hagedorn began his email with a quotation from a statement issued by Nellis earlier Tuesday, after police said graduate student Kathryn Beniot was killed by an assistant professor who resigned Saturday. The professor, Ernesto Bustamante, later shot himself, police said. Wrote Nellis: “I am deeply committed to keeping our students safe and preparing them for a bright future. That is certainty”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should Rep. Marv Hagedorn have commented on this murder-suicide?

Idaho Solon Holds Gun On Intruder

GOP Rep. Marv Hagedorn confronted an intoxicated intruder outside his Meridian home shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Hagedorn, a 20-year-veteran of the Navy, is among the legislators who pressed for a bill allowing guns on college campuses. He sometimes carries a sidearm at the Capitol. Meridian police said Nicholas Kuklish, 21, was “very intoxicated” and apparently used Hagedorn's hot tub before attempting to enter Hagedorne's home. Police said Kuklish “believed he was at his own residence” when he tried to get inside. Police said Kuklish's blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit for driving/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Did Hagedorn handle this situation properly?

Solon: Libya Can Have Our ‘Muslim’

Legislators have made more than their share of bad policy this year. Now they're just making stuff up. Consider this little joke that appeared recently on Rep. Marv Hagedorn's Facebook page. “The Islamic coalition supporting the UN efforts in Libya is having a tough time identifying an Islamic leader suitable to take over when Gaddafi (sic) is overthrown. A retired Navy friend suggested we give them ours…” Get it? President Obama's a Muslim. Yuk, yuk. OK, it wasn't Hagedorn's joke. But the Meridian Republican (pictured) found it amusing enough to spread around/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is Hagedorn's “joke” funny?

Hagedorn Lauds Bomb Hoax Arrest

Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, knew his bill to make using fake bombs in a hoax threat would be accepted by lawmakers.  He had to pitch it twice, because it was initially rejected over ambiguous language contained in the original legislation.  What Hagedorn didn’t know, however, was how quickly his measure would be used by law enforcement.  The law, passed during the 201o legislative session, will be used prosecute its first offender, the Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday. The report from the Statesman says that a transgendered female planted four fake pipe bombs in her mobile home before setting fire to it.   The woman, Catherine Carlson of Payette (pictured), told authorities she set the blaze to bring attention to her plight as a transgendered individual/Dustin Hurst, Idaho Reporter. More here. (Payette County sheriff/AP photo)

Question: Do you agree with the new law that enables officers to arrest individuals who report fake bomb threats?

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