Police Brutality

News: New Law H.R.1447

President Obama signed into law on December 18, 2014, H.R. 1447, the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013. Excerpt: Requires states that receive allocations under specified provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, whether characterized as the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Programs, the Local […]

gay blood ban

Reform is a Slow Process

It seems no matter how hard we try, creating positive reform takes longer than any one would like. But slowly, we are moving the conversation on the #GayBloodBan from one of fear to one of science and humanity. Despite the FDA’s reluctance on reforming their policy, I do believe we are edging closer to bringing […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: The FDA’s Failure to Change Fear-Based Policy

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s inaction on reducing the gay blood ban: “Despite a mountain of scientific evidence, the FDA will continue their pattern of ignorance rooted […]

gay blood ban

News: Gay Blood Ban Will Remain

The Hill: Panel: Too many risks to lift ban on blood donations by gay men Excerpt: Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men. The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration are pushing back, as the […]

Corporate Tax Rate

Reform The Corporate Tax Code

For years, businesses and politicians have made the point that the corporate tax system is grossly unfair. It’s unfair to employees. It’s unfair to shareholders. And it is unfair to the American tax system. Our friends over at The Committee for a Responsible Budget put together a calculator to help us talk about potential reforms […]

The Hill

Press: FDA Gay Blood Ban Meeting

The Hill, the newspaper for and about Congress, breaking stories from Capitol Hill, K Street and the White House, recently interviewed me for the upcoming meeting about the gay blood ban. Excerpt: As he was filling out the form, he was shocked when he read a question asking if he had had sex with men. […]