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Political Reform

12 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Demand Russian Sanctions Now!

The recent indictments by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller have put Russia’s actions to influence our democracy front and center again. Experts inside and outside of the Trump administration are saying it is irrefutable that Russia illegally interfered with the 2016 election. Republicans and Democrats have been critical of Trump’s ongoing refusal to enforce the sanctions against Russia that Congress voted for as punishment for meddling in our election. I believe this is unacceptable. If you agree with me, you can use your voice to demand President Trump enforce all sanctions now. Last summer, Congress voted overwhelmingly for tough new sanctions on Russia. Many months later, President Trump has failed to follow-through. As our Director of National Intelligence said, Russia views their 2016 election operation as a success – and fully intends to continue their influence operations in the 2018 election. Why would Russia stop interfering in our elections if our own president won’t enforce any consequences? Even after signing Congress’s sanctions bill into law, here is what President Trump has done: Made a list of top Russian political figures and businesspeople for “potential future sanctions” What Trump still hasn’t done: Publicly condemn Russia for meddling in the 2016 election Accept our intelligence agencies' reports and recommendations Direct our government to take action to prevent Russian meddling in the 2018 election The failure to rally the government to respond to anticipated Russian interference in our election this fall is the most alarming. This is a clear dereliction of duty that cannot stand. If President Trump won’t uphold his presidential duty to protect America from all enemies, foreign and domestic – then we the people must speak out. Please sign and share this petition telling President Trump to do his job and protect America – by executing the Russian sanctions that the peoples’ Congress voted for! 

tom roarty
137 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Trey Gowdy, Matt Gaetz, Paul Ryan, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Marco Rubio

No pay for elected federal officials during government shutdown.

Every year those who are federal employees grit their teeth with the fear that their place of employment will go unfunded and they will not be able to pay bills or place food on their tables. The legislative branches failure to agree on a budget means that millions across the country will no receive pay when they need it. This petition is created to ensure that our elected representatives are treated the same as every other government employee. If there is no funding for others why is it that elected officials that work for "the people" still receive pay? This petition aims to receive national recognition in order for all three branches of government to not receive pay for the period that there is no agreeable budget.  Failure to pay serious attention to this subject matter will show the American people that lawmakers truly do not support those who elected them. When it hits the pockets of lawmakers as hard as it hits the pockets of federal employees (which includes the military) they will all no longer play politics and use us as weapons in their political games. This petition will bring lawmakers to more equal footing so that they truly understand how we are ALL affected during times of their disagreement and gridlock.  No pay for those elected to serve in an official capacity in the U.S. government by the people of the united states during a government shut down!

Gary Allsbrook
711 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Syracuse Common Council

Open and Transparent Council Appointment Process: REWRITING DEMOCRACY IN SYRACUSE

to view the full infographic above visit https://franklen9807.wixsite.com/syracusedemocracy The 2017 Syracuse elections showed that the residents of Syracuse are insisting upon real change. We, the undersigned, assert that this expectation should also extend to the appointment of vacant Common Council seats. This city needs a fully apparent, open, and transparent process that is published and followed for these seats, which will occur to Helen Hudson's current At-Large seat when she ascends to the role of Council President. Consider what happened last time there was a vacancy, in 2015: "councilors whisked Joe Nicoletti into the job. Several councilors complained there was minimal discussion prior to a vote, which led to frustration among some councilors. During that vote, Hudson said the process lacked transparency. Former Councilor Bob Dougherty lamented there was no consideration for other applicants. Khalid Bey, at the time, said the decision was "underhanded" and an example of "cronyism." - Chris Baker,  http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/12/syracuse_council_accepting_applicants_to_fill_vacancy_left_by_helen_hudson.html Also according to Baker's story, Majority Leader Steve Thompson indicates they will "look for a credible candidate who can win" which would appear to indicate the Council is preparing to appoint from within their own party in order to maintain as close as possible to a one-party monopoly in our government. The following Councilor At-Large appointment process proposal is based upon actual process just implemented in the city of Seattle, Washington in October 2017. See http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/council-vacancy CITY CLERK TRANSMITS LIST OF APPLICANTS: The City Clerk will provide to each Council member a notebook that includes all the applications received by the December 29th deadline. The City Clerk will also post all applications on their website, giving the public opportunity to review the applications and submit comments via email. SPECIAL FULL COUNCIL MEETING: Applicants for the vacant Council seat may address the Council and the public followed by a public comment period for the community. COMMUNITY FORUM: This process may be facilitated by interested Council members and is intended to be led by community groups. The purpose is to allow community members to meet and ask questions of the applicants. Council expects applicants to attend the forum and Special Full Council Meeting CITY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS QUALIFICATIONS: As permitted by law, the Council will meet in executive session to discuss the qualifications of candidates. Let's come together for citizen participation in Democracy and hold our elected representatives accountable for their management of our city.  After signing this petition, please email your sitting councilors:  cryan@syrgov.net, hhudson@syrgov.net, jkessner@syrgov.net, jnicoletti@syrgov.net, JCarni@syrgov.net, kbey@syrgov.net, nmaroun@syrgov.net, sboyle@syrgov.ne, SThompson@syrgov.net and Incoming Councilors:  JDriscoll@srygov.net, LAllen@srygov.net, TRudd@srygov.net

Frank Cetera
137 supporters