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 Primary 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
Feedlots
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, salmonella & listeria
Food allergens
Livestock antibiotics
ANIMAL WELFARE
ANIMAL HABITATS
Endangered species act
Factory farms
Great apes
ANIMAL PROTECTION
Dogfighting
Fur trapping
Meat substitutes
ANIMAL TREATMENT
Cosmetics testing
Horse slaughter
Puppy mills
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Elephant, rhinoceros & tiger parts trade
Endangered species trafficking
Shark finning
MARINE ANIMAL PROTECTION
Dolphins
Sea turtles
Whales
BANKS
BANK FEES
Credit card fees
Overdraft fees
Student loans
BANKS
Bank bailouts
Green banks
Minority banks
HOMES
Home ownership
Mortgage insurance
Redlining
REGULATION
Derivatives
Glass-steagall act
Securities and exchange commission
CONSUMER PROTECTION & PRIVACY
DISASTER PROTECTION
Catastrophe preparedness
Oil trains
Sea level rise
PRIVACY
Cybersecurity
Medical privacy
Online data collection
SURVEILLANCE
Domestic drones
Facial recognition
Social media privacy
TRAVEL
Air travel
Texting while driving
Traffic cameras
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
Missing children
VIOLENT CRIMES
Domestic violence
Hate crimes
Sexual assault
EDUCATION
ECONOMICS
College affordability
Erly childhood education
Student loan debt
SCHOOL EFFICIENCY
School facilities
Stem fields
Teacher shortage
SCHOOLS
Charter schools
Coronavirus relief
School lunch program
SPECIAL NEEDS
Bilingualism
Head start
Students with disabilities
ENERGY
CLEAN ENERGY
Geothermal energy
Solar energy
Wind energy
ELECTRICITY
Energy efficiency
Energy storage
Smart grid
ENERGY EXTRACTION
Fracking
Keystone pipeline
Offshore oil drilling
VEHICLES
Electric vehicles
Petroleum exports
Renewable fuels
ENVIRONMENT
AIR
Automobile emissions
Industrial emissions
Low carbon fuel standard
ECOSYSTEMS
Biodiversity
Overpopulation
Rainforests
EPA
Clean water act
Great lakes
Superfund sites
POLLUTION PROTECTION
Brownfield sites
Drinking water
Military sites
REGULATION
Arctic national wildlife refuge
Carbon tax
Green new deal
WATER
Emerging contaminants
Nonpoint source pollution
Oceans
LABOR
CHILD LABOR
Winning Issue: Child farmworkers
ORGANIZED LABOR
Winning Issue: Federal contractors
WORKERS
Winning Issue: Unemployment
WORKING CONDITIONS
Winning Issue: Domestic workers
LEGAL SYSTEM
COURTS
Winning Issue: Courtroom tv
LAWS
Winning Issue: Capital punishment
TORT
Winning Issue: Civil damages
MEDIA & ADVERTISING
DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING
Winning Issue: Crisis pregnancy centers
INVASIVE ADVERTISING
Winning Issue: Pharmaceutical ads
MEDIA
Winning Issue: Social media
MILITARY
MILITARY PERSONNEL
Winning Issue: Military contractors
POLICY
Winning Issue: Afghanistan war
VETERAN’S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Homeless veterans
WOMEN WARRIORS
Winning Issue: Military sexual trauma
NATURAL RESOURCES
FISHERIES
Winning Issue: Illegal fishing
FORESTS
Winning Issue: Forest infestation
MINING
Winning Issue: Acid mine drainage
WATER
Winning Issue: Aquatic ecosystems
WETLANDS
Winning Issue: Blue carbon
NUCLEAR
NUCLEAR EVERGY
Winning Issue: Nuclear energy accidents
NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Winning Issue: Nuclear first strike
REPRODUCTION
ABORTION
Winning Issue: Abortion services
ABORTION ACCESSIBILITY
Winning Issue: Birth control
FERTILITY
Winning Issue: Fertility clinics
SCIENCE, SPACE & TECHNOLOGY
SCIENCE
Winning Issue: Climate geoengineering
SPACE
Winning Issue: Asteroid defense
TECHNOLOGY
Winning Issue: Artificial intelligence
SPORTS
ATHLETES
Winning Issue: Amateur athlete compensation
COMPETITION
Winning Issue: Boxing
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Tv blackouts
TAXES
CORPORATE TAXES
Winning Issue: Corporate welfare
OVERSEAS TAXES
Winning Issue: Overseas headquarters
TAX RATES
Winning Issue: Child tax credit
TAXES
Winning Issue: Beer taxes
TERRORISM
TERRORISM
Winning Issue: Peacebuilding
TERRORISTS
Winning Issue: Disaster aid
WAR POWERS
Winning Issue: Rendition & torture
FOREIGN POLICY & IMMIGRATION
CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Winning Issue: China/tibet conflict
EMBARGOS & SANCTIONS
Winning Issue: Cuban embargo
HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Winning Issue: China human rights
IMMIGRANT CITIZENSHIP
Winning Issue: Dreamers
IMMIGRANTS
Winning Issue: Guest workers
IMMIGRATION
Winning Issue: Border security
GLOBALIZATION
CHINA
Winning Issue: Covid-19 accountability
GLOBAL FINANCE
Winning Issue: International monetary fund
GLOBAL HEALTH
Winning Issue: Neglected tropical diseases
GLOBAL TRADE
Winning Issue: Reshoring
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
ELECTION REFORM
Winning Issue: Election reform
GOVERNANCE
Winning Issue: Antitrust reform
GOVERNMENT
Winning Issue: Infrastructure
GOVERNMENT POLICY
Winning Issue: Net neutrality
LAWS
Winning Issue: Revolving door
POLITICS
Winning Issue: Redistricting
STATUTES
Winning Issue: Election interference
GUNS
AMMUNITION
Winning Issue: Armor piercing ammunition
CRIME
Winning Issue: Gun violence
OWNERSHIP
Winning Issue: Firearm background checks
RESPONSIBILITY
Winning Issue: Child access to guns
TRAFFICKING
Winning Issue: Gun dealers
WEAPONS
Winning Issue: Assault weapons
HEALTHCARE
CANCER
Winning Issue: Breast cancer
CHILDREN
Winning Issue: Childhood cancer
EMERGENCY SERVICES
Winning Issue: Emergency medical technicians
HEALTHCARE
Winning Issue: Hmo competition
HOSPITALS
Winning Issue: Drug shortages
ILLNESS
Winning Issue: Heart disease
REGULATION
Winning Issue: Affordable care act
SENIORS
Winning Issue: Alzheimer’s disease
HUMAN RIGHTS
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Americans with disabilities act
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Child abuse
CIVIL RIGHTS
Winning Issue: School safety
DISCRIMINATION
Winning Issue: Housing discrimination
LGBTQ RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Lgbtq civil rights
POVERTY
Winning Issue: Homelessness
SENIOR'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Elder abuse
WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Winning Issue: Gender pay gap