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The November general election is of utmost importance. Aside from voting for local, state, and federal elective offices, there are many important ballot measures to decide. More importantly our nation’s president and the control of the Senate will be determined by this election. Republicans firmly control the House of Representatives, but the Senate and the presidency are up for grabs. Those two branches of our federal government will decide who controls the Supreme Court. This election will determine myriad critical issues that will affect millions lives, now and in the future. If you doubt this, here is a brief list of what the outcome of this election will affect positively or negatively.

• Civil rights and respect for all Americans regardless of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

• Voting rights for all Americans.

• Quality and affordable health care for all Americans, including women’s reproductive rights.

• Protecting Social Security and Medicare.

• Overturning Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission and McCullough v. Federal Elections Commission, which is turning our representative democracy into an oligarchy controlled by big corporations and billionaires.

• Environmental policies that can significantly limit climate change, foster clean renewable energy, clean air, clean water, pesticide-free food, and a sustainable vibrant biosphere.

• A comprehensive and fair immigration policy.

• Rational and effective civilian gun control.

• A sane foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy and alliances.

• Workers’ rights that include a living wage and the right of collective bargaining.

-- Charles Ewing - Bradley

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