Issues

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Polling: You may vote for one issue in each sub-category displayed in this column. Polling remains open for 7 days, after which time the winning issues advance to the Pledging section.

Pledging: If you wish to affect the issues displayed in these columns, you may pledge money, write a letter to your representatives, or both. Pledges will be accepted from Day 8 through the end of each cycle. Issues remain in the pledging section for one week in order to allow administrators enough time to prepare effective trustee candidates.

Trustee Elections: Members who have pledged funds to an issue may vote for a recipient, or trustee, of those funds. This column is displayed from Day 15 through midnight (PST) of Day 21, the last day of the cycle.


Issue List Advocate Trustee List Legislative Trustee List
Week 1 - Polling
Week 2 - Pledging
Week 3 - Trustee Elections
GOVERNMENT, POLITICS & TAXES
GOVERNMENT
Infrastructure
Pork barrel spending
Social security
GOVERNMENT POLICY
Net neutrality
Police militarization
Whistleblowers
LAWS
Sequester
Stand your ground laws
War on drugs
POLITICAL ELECTIONS
Election procedures
Electoral college
Public funding of elections
POLITICS
Campaign finance reform
Redistricting
Term limits
TAX RATES
Fair & flat tax
Marriage penalty tax
Upper income tax rates
TAXES
Alternative minimum tax
Beer tax
Gasoline tax
TAXES - CORPORATIONS
Corporate welfare
Financial transaction tax
Private equity funds
TAXES - OVERSEAS
Offshore bank accounts
Overseas headquarters
Repatriated corporate profits
GUNS
AMMUNITION
Ammunition background checks
Armor piercing ammunition
Large capacity magazines
CRIME
Gun violence
School shootings
Stalking
OWNERSHIP
Firearm background checks
Gun buyback programs
Gun shows
RESPONSIBILITY
Child access to guns
Firearms reporting
Gun manufacturer liability
TRAFFICKING
Gun dealers
Interstate firearm transportation
Straw purchases
WEAPONS
Assault weapons
Gun tracing
Saturday night specials
Undetectable firearms
HEALTH
CANCER
Breast cancer
Colorectal cancer
Lung cancer
CHILDREN'S HEALTH
Chemicals
Childhood cancer
Children’s healthcare
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Emergency medical technicians
Emergency rooms
Public health service
HEALTH CARE
H m o competition
Mobile medical care
Universal healthcare
HOSPITALS
Drug shortages
Hospital preparedness
Nursing shortage
ILLNESS
Diabetes
Heart disease
Mental health
Obesity
REGULATION
Euthanasia
Fluoridation
Pain relief
SENIORS
Alzheimer’s disease
Nursing homes
Prescription drug prices
HUMAN RIGHTS
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES RIGHTS
Americans with disabilities act
Rehabilitation
Workers with disabilities
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Child abuse
Child care
Child support
CIVIL RIGHTS
Foster care
School safety
Voting rights act
DISCRIMINATION
Affirmative action
Housing discrimination
Slavery reparations
LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
Binational spouses
Lesbian gay bisexual & transgender workers
Lesbian gay bisexual & transgender youth
POVERTY
Homelessness
Hunger
Minimum wage
SENIOR'S RIGHTS
Elder abuse
Long term care
Senior c p i
WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Gender pay gap
Poverty
Working moms
LABOR
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LABOR
Child labor
Child soldiers
Sudanese slavery
ORGANIZED LABOR
Federal contractors
Labor unions
National labor relations board
WORKERS
Labor disputes
Unemployment
Worker safety
WORKING CONDITIONS
Child farmworkers
Ergonomics standards
Sweatshops
LEGAL SYSTEM
COURTS
Courtrooms
Self representation
Wrongful conviction
LAWS
Capital punishment
Mandatory minimum sentencing
Three strikes laws
TORT
F i s a court
Mandatory consumer arbitration
Medical malpractice
MEDIA & ADVERTISING
DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING
Winning Issue: Mortgage ads
INVASIVE ADVERTISING
Winning Issue: Pharmaceutical ads
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Alcohol & tobacco advertising
TELEVISION
Winning Issue: Television programming
MILITARY
MILITARY PERSONNEL
Winning Issue: Military personnel health
POLICY
Winning Issue: Afghanistan war
VETERAN’S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Veterans health
WOMEN WARRIORS
Winning Issue: Military sexual assault
NATURAL RESOURCES
FISHERIES
Winning Issue: Bycatch
LANDS
Winning Issue: Carbon capture & storage
MINING
Winning Issue: Acid mine drainage
WATER
Winning Issue: Aquatic ecosystems
WETLANDS
Winning Issue: Wetlands mitigation banking
NUCLEAR
NUCLEAR POWER
Winning Issue: Nuclear accident preparedness
NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Winning Issue: Nuclear disarmament
REPRODUCTION
ABORTION
Winning Issue: Abortion
ABORTION ACCESSIBILITY
Winning Issue: Abortion funding
FERTILITY
Winning Issue: Fertility clinics
SCIENCE, SPACE & TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE
Winning Issue: Aging
SPACE
Winning Issue: Asteroid defense
TECHNOLOGY
Winning Issue: Autonomous weapons
SPORTS
ATHLETES
Winning Issue: Amateur athlete compensation
COMPETITION
Winning Issue: Boxing
PARTICIPANTS
Winning Issue: Synthetic turf
TERRORISM
TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
Winning Issue: Bioterrorism preparedness
TERRORISM PREVENTION
Winning Issue: Disaster aid
WAR POWERS
Winning Issue: Rendition & torture
AGRICULTURE
AQUACULTURE
Winning Issue: Farmed salmon escape
FACTORY RANCHING
Winning Issue: Downed animal usage
FARM POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Biosolid fertilizer
FARMER SUPPORT
Winning Issue: Dairy farms
FOOD SAFETY
Winning Issue: Dioxins
MICROBIAL RESEARCH
Winning Issue: E.coli
ANIMAL WELFARE
ANIMAL PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Cockfighting
ANIMAL TREATMENT
Winning Issue: Puppy mills
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Winning Issue: Elephant, rhinoceros & tiger parts trade
MARINE ANIMAL PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Dolphins
BANKS
BANK FEES
Winning Issue: Bank account fees
BANK POLICY
Winning Issue: Bank commodity trading
BANK REGULATION
Winning Issue: Bank bailouts
HOME MORTGAGES
Winning Issue: Federal mortgage insurance
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY
DISASTER PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Catastrophe preparedness
PRIVACY
Winning Issue: Cybersecurity
SURVEILLANCE
Winning Issue: Domestic drones
TRAVEL
Winning Issue: Red light cameras
CRIME
CRIMES
Winning Issue: Campus rape
POLICE
Winning Issue: Police misconduct
PRISONS
Winning Issue: Inmate health
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Winning Issue: Drug addiction treatment
VICTIMS
Winning Issue: Child trafficking
VIOLENT CRIMES
Winning Issue: Hate crimes
EDUCATION
ECONOMICS
Winning Issue: Early childhood education
SCHOOL EFFICIENCY
Winning Issue: Teacher shortage
SCHOOLS
Winning Issue: Charter schools
SPECIAL NEEDS
Winning Issue: Bilingualism
ENERGY
ELECTRICITY
Winning Issue: Smart grid
ENERGY EXTRACTION
Winning Issue: Offshore oil drilling
VEHICLES
Winning Issue: Gasoline prices
ENVIRONMENT
AIR POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Industrial emissions
ECOSYSTEMS
Winning Issue: Rainforests
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Winning Issue: Ethanol
POLLUTION PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Child pollution protection
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Cap and trade
WATER POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Nonpoint source pollution