Fighting terrorism requires respect for Islam

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Blog, Extremism, Global Affairs, Immigration | 0 comments

Photo courtesy of Lance Theroux Fighting terrorism requires respect for Islam By Rick Smith How America’s politicians label the fight on terrorism is a critical issue dividing the two political parties. The Republicans have been unrelenting in their attacks on President Obama for refusing to use the term “radical Islam” when referring to terrorism. The GOP has attacked the three Democratic presidential candidates as well for their refusal to...

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Why Do We Need an Impartial Secretary of State?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Elections, Extremism | 0 comments

This week I saw a unique presentation or panel discussion hosted at the Des Moines Public Library by Brad Anderson, our Democratic party candidate for Secretary of State. Brad’s two guests were the current secretaries of state for Minnesota, Mark Ritchie, and Missouri, Jason Kander. These two accepted Brad’s invitation for this short panel discussion not because of party affiliation, but rather quite the opposite: they both emphasized how the...

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Branstad’s gift to the extreme

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Extremism | 0 comments

The Civic Skinny article “Odd questions for would-be judges” (Aug. 29) provides further evidence of Gov. Branstad’s deliberate agenda to fill Iowa boards and commissions with the most hyper-partisan, extremist and narrow-minded political operatives. The Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission and its members have had a nationally respected record in choosing the most qualified judges to serve in Iowa. The reputation of that commission is in...

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