6 Political Issues That Aren’t Getting the Airtime They Deserve

Tentpole policies for healthcare, 카지노사이트 climate change, and immigration may rule the debate stage and media attention, but these down-ballot issues also rank high among voter concern.

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With several Democratic presidential candidates coming up on over a year of campaigning and the Democratic National Committee hosting seven (of an eventual 12) debates, it may seem like there’s been no stone left unturned when it comes to political issues to talk about heading into November’s election.

However, while some tentpole issues like healthcare, climate change, and immigration continue to get repeated marquee coverage at virtually every debate and on every campaign stop, there are plenty of other key topics that many candidates have yet to discuss, let alone do so consistently.

Even more shocking, many of these policy areas rank high amongst topics that voters want to talk about and yet continue to get glossed over, even as there continue to be legislative developments at the state and federal levels of government.

So, what do voters need to know about some of the most underrated down-ballot issues?

Here are six to keep an eye on.

Labor Rights

Democratic primary candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have made a big deal out of taking money out of the hands of billionaires and putting it back into the hands of working- and middle-class Americans, but there hasn’t necessarily been discussion about some of the larger labor movements taking place in the United States.바카라사이트

There have been ongoing strikes and other organized actions by everyone from fast food workers to Amazon contractors across the country, who are demanding better wages and working conditions. Not to mention, fields like media are now making gigantic pushes to unionize and create more equal, stable, and equitable working conditions for industry professionals. These movements are likely not going away any time soon.


The conservative-leaning Supreme Court just agreed to hear its first abortion-related case of the Trump era, creating a ripple effect that abortion supporters have long feared would lead to a curtailing of safe, affordable, and accessible abortion options across the country.

On top of that, abortion-related legislation continues to make its way through state legislatures. States like Kentucky, Louisiana, and Georgia sought to ban abortions after six weeks into the first trimester, while Alabama implemented a total abortion ban currently making its way through the courts.

At the same time, states like New York, Nevada, and Maine expanded protections of abortion rights in 2019.

Both sets of legislation are creating an ever-widening gap between who has access to legal abortions and who doesn’t in the United States.


As primary season draws nearer, there are more reasons to be concerned about election interference by third parties, particularly through means of cyberhacking and through vulnerabilities in social media networks. One report found that Russia tried to hack election systems in all 50 states during the 2016 election, and the FBI says it’ll now notify state election officials if they detect an election breach, something they didn’t do despite of election interference in previous cycles.

The Senate recently approved a bill to make hacking an election system a federal crime, but that doesn’t necessarily stop those systems from getting hacked in the first place, and it doesn’t address the issue with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.온라인카지

Early and K-12 Education

Many debate discussions and policy proposals in the education sector have centered around higher education debt forgiveness and free college. While those are definitely still important topics, there are other critical conversations that need to come to the forefront around early education and K-12 education.

For example, the battle between if the country should focus on strengthening its public education system or offering more choice through charter schools—and if local communities or the federal government should be able to make that decision—continues to be an intense debate in every region of the nation. Movements around increasing teacher pay also started to get traction following 2018’s Red for Ed movement. Democratic presidential primary candidates like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren published policy plans specifically supporting salary increases and other benefits for teachers and other education staffers, and several states signed pay increases into law.

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