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
MEDIA & ADVERTISING
DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING
Child ads
Healthcare ads
Mortgage ads
INVASIVE ADVERTISING
Pharmaceutical ads
Spam text
Telemarketing
REGULATION
Alcohol & tobacco advertising
Media ownership
School commercialization
TELEVISION
Television programming
Television ratings system
MILITARY
MILITARY PERSONNEL
Military personnel health
Military personnel suicide
Private military contractors
POLICY
Afghanistan war
Military spending
National missile defense
VETERAN’S RIGHTS
Veteran homelessness
Veterans employment
Veterans health
WOMEN WARRIORS
Military sexual assault
Military women’s health
Women in combat
NATURAL RESOURCES
FISHERIES
Bycatch
Illegal fishing
Longline fishing
Rockfishing
LANDS
Carbon capture & storage
Forest fires
Forest infestation
MINING
Acid mine drainage
Cyanide mining
Mine safety
Mountaintop removal mining
WATER
Aquatic ecosystems
Arsenic
Water treatment
WETLANDS
Wetlands conservation
Wetlands mitigation banking
Wetlands protection
NUCLEAR
NUCLEAR POWER
Nuclear accident preparedness
Nuclear power plant construction
Nuclear waste
NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Nuclear disarmament
Nuclear materials
Nuclear treaties
REPRODUCTION
ABORTION
Abortion
Right to life
Sex education
ABORTION ACCESSIBILITY
Abortion funding
Birth control
Trap laws
FERTILITY
Fertility clinics
Infertility
Male infertility
SCIENCE, SPACE & TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE
Aging
Electromagnetic fields
Stem cell research
SPACE
Asteroid defense
Extraterrestrials
Space exploration
TECHNOLOGY
Autonomous weapons
Climate geoengineering
Nanotechnology
SPORTS
ATHLETES
Amateur athlete compensation
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy injuries
National collegiate athletic association
COMPETITION
Boxing
Performance enhancing drugs
Youth sports performance enhancing drugs
PARTICIPANTS
High school sports
Sports gambling
Stadium security
Synthetic turf
TERRORISM
TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
Bioterrorism preparedness
First responders
Water systems security
TERRORISM PREVENTION
Disaster aid
Intelligence
Peace
WAR POWERS
Guantanamo bay
Patriot act
Rendition & torture
War authorization
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
GOVERNMENT, POLITICS & TAXES
GOVERNMENT
Winning Issue: Pork barrel spending
GOVERNMENT POLICY
Winning Issue: Police militarization
LAWS
Winning Issue: War on drugs
POLITICAL ELECTIONS
Winning Issue: Public funding of elections
POLITICS
Winning Issue: Redistricting
TAX RATES
Winning Issue: Upper income tax rates
TAXES
Winning Issue: Beer tax
TAXES - CORPORATIONS
Winning Issue: Corporate welfare
TAXES - OVERSEAS
Winning Issue: Offshore bank accounts
GUNS
AMMUNITION
Winning Issue: Ammunition background checks
CRIME
Winning Issue: Gun violence
OWNERSHIP
Winning Issue: Firearm background checks
RESPONSIBILITY
Winning Issue: Child access to guns
TRAFFICKING
Winning Issue: Straw purchases
WEAPONS
Winning Issue: Undetectable firearms
HEALTHCARE
CANCER
Winning Issue: Lung cancer
CHILDREN'S HEALTH
Winning Issue: Children’s healthcare
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
Winning Issue: Public health service
HEALTH CARE
Winning Issue: Universal healthcare
HOSPITALS
Winning Issue: Nursing shortage
ILLNESS
Winning Issue: Obesity
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Pain relief
SENIORS
Winning Issue: Nursing homes
HUMAN RIGHTS
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Workers with disabilities
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Child support
CIVIL RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Voting rights act
DISCRIMINATION
Winning Issue: Slavery reparations
LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Lesbian gay bisexual & transgender youth
POVERTY
Winning Issue: Minimum wage
SENIOR'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Long term care
WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Working moms
LABOR
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LABOR
Winning Issue: Sudanese slavery
ORGANIZED LABOR
Winning Issue: National labor relations board
WORKERS
Winning Issue: Worker safety
WORKING CONDITIONS
Winning Issue: Sweatshops
LEGAL SYSTEM
COURTS
Winning Issue: Wrongful conviction
LAWS
Winning Issue: Three strikes laws
TORT
Winning Issue: Medical malpractice