Representative Government

Self government of District of Columbia;

An accountable, representative, responsive government process;

Fair apportionment of elected legislative bodies based on population;

Improved methods of financing political campaigns;

Citizen participation in the political process and government decision making;

National elections by direct popular vote;

Abolition of the Electoral College;

Protection against threats to basic constitutional rights ;

Individuals right to make reproductive choices.

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International Relations

Cooperative work with other nations and strengthening international orgaization;

Strengthening the United Nations;

Reduction of trade barriers;

Presidential authority to negotiate trade agreements;

U.S. policies that meet long-term social and economic needs of developing countries;

Arms control measures;

Continuous examination of defense spending;

Management of natural resources with responsibility shared by all levels of government;

Adequate supplies of food and fiber at resonable prices to consumers;

Economically viable farms, environmentaly sound farm practices and increased reliance on the free market.

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Social Policies

Equal rights and opportunity for all and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment;

Equal access to education, employment and housing;

Affordable, quality child care for all;

A quality health care system for all U.S. residents and control of health care costs;

Adequately funded programs to reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency and provide for essential support services;

Income assistance programs based on need that provide decent standards for food, clothing and shelter;

Policies to provide a suitable living environment for every American family;

Protection of the economic health of cities;

Violence prevention programs in all communities;

Regulation of the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons;

Regulation of firearms for consumer safety;

Progressive overall tax system that relies on a broad-based income tax to provide adequate funding of gov’t programs;

Responsible deficit policies.

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Fact of the Month – April 2014

After the League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, Eleanor Roosevelt became the League’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs. She lobbied for reforms in Congress and worked tirelessly to strengthen women’s role in politics. She wrote, “The League…trains good citizens who have a sense of responsibility about what goes on in their locality, in their state and in their nation.”

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