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: Telemarketing
REGULATION
Winning Issue: School commercialization
TELEVISION
Winning Issue: Television ratings system
MILITARY
MILITARY PERSONNEL
Winning Issue: Private military contractors
POLICY
Winning Issue: Military spending
VETERAN’S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Veterans employment
WOMEN WARRIORS
Winning Issue: Women in combat
NATURAL RESOURCES
FISHERIES
Winning Issue: Rockfishing
LANDS
Winning Issue: Forest infestation
MINING
Winning Issue: Mountaintop removal mining
WATER
Winning Issue: Water treatment
WETLANDS
Winning Issue: Wetlands protection
NUCLEAR
NUCLEAR POWER
Winning Issue: Nuclear waste
NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Winning Issue: Nuclear treaties
REPRODUCTION
ABORTION
Winning Issue: Sex education
ABORTION ACCESSIBILITY
Winning Issue: Trap laws
FERTILITY
Winning Issue: Male infertility
SCIENCE, SPACE & TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE
Winning Issue: Stem cell research
SPACE
Winning Issue: Space exploration
TECHNOLOGY
Winning Issue: Nanotechnology
SPORTS
ATHLETES
Winning Issue: National collegiate athletic association
COMPETITION
Winning Issue: Youth sports performance enhancing drugs
PARTICIPANTS
Winning Issue: Stadium security
TERRORISM
TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
Winning Issue: Water systems security
TERRORISM PREVENTION
Winning Issue: Peace
WAR POWERS
Winning Issue: Rendition & torture
AGRICULTURE
AQUACULTURE
Winning Issue: Aquaculture feed
FACTORY RANCHING
Winning Issue: Feedlot waste
FARM POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Nitrogen fertilizer
FARMER SUPPORT
Winning Issue: Small farms
FOOD SAFETY
Winning Issue: Food irradiation
MICROBIAL RESEARCH
Winning Issue: Salmonella & listeria
ANIMAL WELFARE
ANIMAL PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Horses
ANIMAL TREATMENT
Winning Issue: Vivisection
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Winning Issue: Endangered species trafficking
MARINE ANIMAL PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Whales
BANKS
BANK FEES
Winning Issue: Libor rates
BANK POLICY
Winning Issue: Revolving door
BANK REGULATION
Winning Issue: Securities and exchange commission
HOME MORTGAGES
Winning Issue: Refinancing
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY
DISASTER PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Sea level rise
PRIVACY
Winning Issue: Online data collection
SURVEILLANCE
Winning Issue: N s a surveillance program
TRAVEL
Winning Issue: Transportation security administration
CRIME
CRIMES
Winning Issue: Juvenile crime
POLICE
Winning Issue: Police training
PRISONS
Winning Issue: Prison privatization
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Winning Issue: Marijuana
VICTIMS
Winning Issue: Crime victims assistance
VIOLENT CRIMES
Winning Issue: Sexual assault
EDUCATION
ECONOMICS
Winning Issue: Higher education affordability
SCHOOL EFFICIENCY
Winning Issue: Teaching
SCHOOLS
Winning Issue: S.t.e.m. fields
SPECIAL NEEDS
Winning Issue: Students with disabilities
ENERGY
CLEAN ENERGY
Winning Issue: Solar power
ELECTRICITY
Winning Issue: Energy assistance
ENERGY EXTRACTION
Winning Issue: Keystone pipeline
VEHICLES
Winning Issue: Driverless vehicles
ENVIRONMENT
AIR POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Automobile emissions
ECOSYSTEMS
Winning Issue: Overpopulation
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Winning Issue: Clean water act
POLLUTION PROTECTION
Winning Issue: Brownfield sites
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Arctic national wildlife refuge
WATER POLLUTION
Winning Issue: Great lakes pollution