New York Times

News: NYT Offers Little Praise to FDA

New York Times: Most Gay Men Still Excluded From Giving Blood Excerpt: Under the new rule, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year may not donate blood. The change would still irrationally exclude many, if not most, adult gay men, including men in monogamous sexual relationships. Read the Full […]

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How to Stabalize Our National Debt

While our federal budget is a complicated amalgamation of over a dozen federal departments and agencies, we continue to spend more than we bring in; a model that can not sustain itself over the long term. The goal of this exercise using a tool at The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is to get […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: Praise to FDA for Listening to Science

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 action on reducing the gay blood ban: “Thankfully, the FDA today listened to the recommendation of the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Advisory […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]