Issues

Welcome. The duration of a Democracy Rules presentation cycle is 21 days. Click here for details.

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
AGRICULTURE
AQUACULTURE
Aquaculture feed
Aquaculture waste
Farmed salmon escape
Farmed salmon toxicity
FACTORY RANCHING
Downed animal usage
Federal lands grazing
Feedlot waste
FARM POLLUTION
Biosolid fertilizer
Honeybee decline
Nitrogen fertilizer
FARMER SUPPORT
Dairy farms
Local farms
Small farms
FOOD SAFETY
Dioxins
Food irradiation
Genetically engineered foods
MICROBIAL RESEARCH
E.coli
Livestock antibiotics
Salmonella & listeria
ANIMAL WELFARE
ANIMAL PROTECTION
Cockfighting
Fur trapping
Great apes
Horses
ANIMAL TREATMENT
Puppy mills
Research animals
Vivisection
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Elephant, rhinoceros & tiger parts trade
Endangered species act
Endangered species trafficking
MARINE ANIMAL PROTECTION
Dolphins
Sea turtles
Whales
BANKS
BANK FEES
Bank account fees
Credit card fees
Libor rates
BANK POLICY
Bank commodity trading
Glass-steagall act
Revolving door
BANK REGULATION
Bank bailouts
Derivatives
Securities and exchange commission
HOME MORTGAGES
Federal mortgage insurance
Lending
Refinancing
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY
DISASTER PROTECTION
Catastrophe preparedness
Oil trains
Sea level rise
PRIVACY
Cybersecurity
Medical privacy
Online data collection
SURVEILLANCE
Domestic drones
Geolocation
N s a surveillance program
TRAVEL
Red light cameras
Texting while driving
Transportation security administration
CRIME
CRIMES
Campus rape
Identity theft
Juvenile crime
POLICE
Police misconduct
Police training
Racial profiling
PRISONS
Inmate health
Prison privatization
Recidivism
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Drug addiction treatment
Drunk driving
Marijuana
VICTIMS
Child trafficking
Crime victims assistance
Missing children
VIOLENT CRIMES
Domestic violence
Hate crimes
Sexual assault
EDUCATION
ECONOMICS
Early childhood education
Federal student loans
Higher education affordability
SCHOOL EFFICIENCY
School facilities
Teacher shortage
Teaching
SCHOOLS
Charter schools
S.t.e.m. fields
School lunch program
SPECIAL NEEDS
Bilingualism
Head start
Students with disabilities
ENERGY
ELECTRICITY
Energy assistance
Energy efficiency
Smart grid
ENERGY EXTRACTION
Fracking
Keystone pipeline
Offshore oil drilling
VEHICLES
Alternative fuels
Driverless vehicles
Gasoline prices
ENVIRONMENT
AIR POLLUTION
Automobile emissions
Industrial emissions
Low carbon fuel standard
ECOSYSTEMS
Biodiversity
Overpopulation
Rainforests
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Clean water act
Ethanol
Superfund cleanup program
POLLUTION PROTECTION
Brownfield sites
Child pollution protection
Military site pollution protection
REGULATION
Arctic national wildlife refuge
Cap and trade
Carbon reduction
WATER POLLUTION
Emerging contaminants
Great lakes pollution
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
HEALTH
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
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