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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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 […]

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. […]

Islamic State on Vice News

The Islamic State from Vice News

Last night, 60 Minutes ran a piece on ISIS called, “Campaigning for ISIS in the West.” The piece was informative and enlightening coming from a religious leader in the United Kingdom who is an avid supporter of ISIS, or Islamic State. It is important to watch news pieces like that (and the one below) to […]

Announcement: Write in Richard Dedor on November 4

After watching enough negative advertisements, listening to candidate statements, and reading about the two leading candidates running to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, I encourage all Iowans to look at their options and consider me as a write-in to represent them, the great people of Iowa, as their US Senator in the next Congress.

Guest Column: No Labels seeks change

Check out my guest opinion article in the October 26, 2014, issue of the Globe Gazette. Excerpt: I believe debate is good. In fact, it is the only disinfectant in a thriving democracy. Our government is only at its best when opposing viewpoints are shared and debated. Through those actions, trust is developed which leads […]

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Chat with Richard: The Tragedy of the Third Rail

As we near the midterm election of 2014, one issue that has slowly cropped up has been Social Security. There have been some bits of misinformation and I have been engaging with fellow Americans on Twitter and I thought it was time to clear a few things up. First, I have never advocated for a […]