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    Potential Resolutions - Topic Wording Meeting

    And after the first round of voting, topics 3, 4, and 5 were eliminated. The first round of Sunday's balloting reduces the number to seven topics. After the second round of balloting, topic 6 was eliminated. In the final round of voting, topic 9 was eliminated. Thus, the topics that will be submitted to the states for the 2016-2017 national high school policy debate topic are as follows: 1. Asian Pacific Rim: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 2. India: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement with the Republic of India. 7. Treaties: The United States federal government should ratify or accede to one or more of the following: Convention on the Rights of the Child, Law of the Sea Treaty, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. 8. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China. 10. Export Controls: The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. Ballots go out in the fall to reduce the list to 2 and then vote at the end of the calendar year. The final topic will be announced in January 2016,
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    NCFL's 2015

    One of the teams from the Jackson diocese didn't actually qualify (they qualled five this year, not six), so I have removed them.
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    NSDA Nationals

    As far as the second question is concerned, what I have noticed in coaching several teams at NSDA is that in prelims the goal seems to be to give you two judges with different styles to make the rounds more equitable (e.g. imagine what would happen if a traditional Missouri team debated Glenbrook South with judges from, say, Texas and California -- the Missouri team is then looking at a huge uphill climb). Then after six preset rounds (so you can either get really lucky or really shafted), all teams with eight ballots clear to the double-elimination portion of the tournament. In the handful of elim rounds I have judged, it seems to be more oriented to what the majority of the circuit community would consider policy debate, but outliers on both sides can be found.
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    2014 Topic Selection Meeting

    I had the framework already prepared and just cut out the resolutions that got knocked out as I saw that they were not going to advance.
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    2014 Topic Selection Meeting

    From the 2014 Topic Selection meeting, the oceans topic has officially been ratified as worded when chosen in January. The eight topic papers being presented at this year's meeting are as follows: 1) Environment/Pollution 2) Civil Rights 3) Income Inequality 4) Criminal Justice 5) Immigration 6) Privacy 7) Native Americans 8) Secondary Education We will now be moving into the Marshall subcommittee work sessions, which will come up with the wordings that will be presented to the Wording Committee on Saturday morning and early afternoon. Group 1 -- Environment/Pollution and Income Inequality Group 2 -- Native Americans and Secondary Education Group 3 -- Privacy and Civil Rights Group 4 -- Justice Reform and Immigration More to follow.....
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    2014 Topic Selection Meeting

    21 voting delegates were present for the rounds of voting -- 18 states plus the NCFL, NDCA, and NSDA. After the first round of voting, the environment resolution was eliminated. The second round of voting resulted in the civil rights resolution being eliminated. The final round of voting resulted in the secondary education resolution being eliminated. Thus, the five resolutions being submitted to the states are as follows: 1) Income Inequality Resolved: the United States federal government should increase progressive taxation, the federal minimum wage, or regulation of predatory lending to substantially decrease income inequality in the United States. 2) Criminal Justice Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly reform its non-military criminal procedure in the areas of grand juries, plea bargaining, admissibility of evidence, and/or sentencing. 3) Immigration Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its legal protection of economic migrants in the United States. 4) Surveillance Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance. 5) Native Americans Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority within Indian Country.
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    2014 Topic Selection Meeting

    From the Sunday morning session, there were two amendments made on the Income Inequality topic. That resolution now reads "Resolved: The United States federal government should increase progressive taxation, the federal minimum wage or regulation of predatory lending to substantially decrease income inequality in the United States." On the criminal justice topic, there has been discussion of how cases related to military courts would come into the resolution as worded. The new resolution is "Resolved: The United States federal government should significantly reform its non-military criminal procedure in the area of grand juries, plea bargaining, admissibility of evidence and/or sentencing." We are about to go to the vote, so stay tuned......
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    Politics DA for NFL?

    Midterms is going to be a scenario. Some of what will work for NFL will depend on what goes on next week, but things like Immigration Reform, Ukraine (more an Obama focus situation than a true political capital scenario) will also probably be in play.
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    CFL Thursday File?

    Chris, What hotel are you staying at? I am the one who you are judging for at NFL and would love to have a chance to meet face to face. Darin
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    CFL Thursday File?

    Now it is telling me that I don't have permission for that / couldn't find the file specified. Please advise.
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    CFL Thursday File?

    Not yet seeing it.
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    CFL Thursday File?

    Chris, Any idea what time today we should be looking for the Thursday File to go up?
  13. Marshall subcommittees have met and we are back in general session -- All nine topics move through to the Wording Committee discussion for Saturday morning. Specific wordings of resolutions will be posted after the Wording Committee has had their deliberations.
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    Debt Ceiling Politics Disad

    Anyone else having trouble getting the website to take a credit card payment?
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    Nationals Quallifiers

    Mississippi is as follows: St. Andrew's Biswas/Chatlani Murrah Campbell/Taylor
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    Towards?

    Having been at the topic selection meeting, I can attest to a discussion of "with" versus "toward" in the resolution. The problem with "with" is that it would have allowed for affirmative cases where one of the countries that is to be the object of the engagement could actually be the initiator of the engagement. Venezuela actually offered the United States medical assistance and other aid in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was felt that such an interpretation would absolutely explode the topic and make it totally unpredictable, along with engendering a bunch of bad theory debates about who the Affirmative should be able to utilize as the agent of action.
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    2013-2014 Topic

    Having attended the topic selection meeting, I can speak to why "toward" was used instead of "with". The problem with the word "with" is that it would allow for Cuba, Venezuela, or Mexico to initiate the economic engagement, which would raise all sorts of questions about fiat theory. For those of you who say "but that would never happen", it actually did -- in the aftermath of Katrina, Venezuela offered medical assistance to the Gulf Coast, which the United States declined. Toward indicates that it is the United States that initiates the action which would increase the level of economic engagement. My sense is that the export controls topic would be an excellent college topic -- I would not be surprised if some people shied away from export controls over fears of how to engage this topic with novices. Brazil and Colombia were actually in some of the resolutions of the topic paper, but the delegates and the Wording Committee seem to be very much moving in the direction of narrower topics, perhaps as a way to encourage more direct clash.
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    2013-2014 Topic Finalists

    Admittedly, a little surprised Export Controls ended up going through. I would wonder if having India and Southeast Asia in the mix made the two topics work against each other, but since things were ranked, I am guessing not so much. Interesting that Export Controls was a lot of states' second choice -- it was the one topic out of the five that was focused on a type of policy versus a particular region of the world.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    The NFHS is supposed to release the final ballot on Monday. Chapters could cast votes to determine the NFL's ballot until the 19th I think.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    In general, there has been a movement in recent years to more restricted and generally unidirectional topics. The topic paper for Latin America did include Brazil (along with Bolivia and Colombia) but the subcommittee felt that including six nations in the list with a term like "economic engagement" would make the topic too big and thus difficult for negatives to adequately develop good case arguments. The India topic initially had some resolutions that included Pakistan. Part of the problem with Brazil is that it's government is relatively friendly with the United States and so there are some good economic ties. Mexico is sort of the same way but between the drug war, NAFTA, and some other issues, it was deemed to be too fertile a ground to ignore. Hence, a Cuba/Mexico/Venezuela resolution. Coming out of the meeting, all the resolutions look promising. Even a couple that didn't make it would have been good too.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    Final round of voting, and the last topic to be dropped is.......China, by one vote. Thus, the five topics going to the states for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows: 2. The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela. 4. The United States federal government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement toward India in one or more of the following: nuclear non-proliferation, trade, terrorism. 5. The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, India, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 8. The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence and/or economic engagement in Southeast Asia. 9. The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the Russian Federation in one or more of the following: nuclear arms reduction, missile defense cooperation, trade barrier reduction. States will be voting in the fall.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    After the second round of voting, Central Asia has been eliminated, with India, Latin America, and Russia having the largest number of votes.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    After the first round of voting...the Women's Topic (1) and Water (3) were eliminated. India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia had the largest numbers of votes.
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    From The Topic Selection Meeting

    From the Topic Selection Meeting, all nine topics were advanced to Sunday morning. They are as follows: 1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its assistance for women and/or girls in one or more of the following: Cambodia, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, Uganda, Yemen. 2. The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela. 3. The United States federal government should substantially increase its assistance for water supply and/or water sanitation in Africa. 4. The United States federal government should substantially increase its diplomatic engagement toward India in one or more of the following: nuclear non-proliferation, trade, terrorism. 5. The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, India, Israel, Russia, Taiwan. 6. The United States federal government should offer one of the following to the People’s Republic of China: decrease its restrictions on high-technology exports or decrease its use of political pressure on human rights issues. 7. The United States federal government should substantially increase its security assistance to one or more of the following: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. 8. The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence and/or economic engagement in Southeast Asia. 9. The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the Russian Federation in one or more of the following: nuclear arms reduction, missile defense cooperation, trade barrier reduction. Updates forthcoming.....
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    2012 Cfl Nationals

    Here are the qualifiers from the Biloxi Diocese St. Stanislaus -- Adams/Perkins St. Stanislaus -- Horstmyer/Kuckyr St. Stanislaus -- McCarroll/Burkes Oak Grove -- Kyzar/O'Quinn Pascagoula -- Allen/Stewart Pascagoula -- Ridge/Denmark
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