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Supporting home-school families, senior aide resigning, launching of a digital anti-gun campaign: Iowa Capitol Digest, March 13

(File photo) The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, photographed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(File photo) The Iowa State Capitol building in Des Moines, photographed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

HOME-SCHOOL SUPPORT: Speaking at Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said it’s important for the state to “do all we can to support home-school families.”

Passage of Senate File 2131 was a “big win” for home-schoolers because it gives them access to numerous online courses, she said.

In addition to hearing from the governor, members of Homeschool Iowa Network of Iowa Christian Educators met with lawmakers and had a prayer walk and a scavenger hunt before a late morning rally.

SENIOR AIDE RESIGNS: Ed Failor, a senior aide in the Iowa Senate Majority Leader’s office since 2012, resigned Tuesday.

His resignation came a day after Bill Dix resigned as majority leader following the release of a video appearing to show him kissing a female lobbyist.

“It is in the best interest of the Senate Republican Caucus for me leave my position at this time,” Failor said. “I am proud of the broad and substantive conservative agenda this chamber has passed on behalf of Iowans.”

Failor, who said he’s leaving so the new majority leader — whom GOP senators will choose Wednesday — can assemble his own team, plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

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DIGITAL ANTI-GUN CAMPAIGN: Giffords, the gun violence prevention group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has launched a digital campaign urging Iowans to tell legislators they don’t want gun rights legislation, including an amendment to the state Constitution, approved.

Their target is stopping passage of HJR 2009, which would affirm the “right of the people to keep and bear arms … and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right.” Any and all restrictions of this right would be subject to “strict scrutiny.”

Iowa one of six states without similar language in its constitution.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re called honorable, and that means our behavior should be honorable. And certainly the behaviors that have been exposed in the last 24 hours are anything but that.” — Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, in the wake of the resignation of a top Senate leader after a video was posted online Monday that appeared to show him kissing a female lobbyist at a Des Moines bar.

Gazette Des Moines Bureau

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