R&D: Wisconsin’s Governor’s Race

Today’s R&D covers the Wisconsin gubernatorial election.  Republican Governor Scott Walker is fending off a challenge former Trek Bicycle Corporation executive Mary Burke, who is the Democratic nominee.  Burke is the first female gubernatorial candidate to be nominated by a major party in state history. Walker is deemed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, so winning re-election is crucial.  This is the third gubernatorial campaign for Walker, who survived a recall vote in 2012.  Major issues in the race include Common Core standards, Walker’s championing of a controversial 2011 bill that stripped collective bargaining rights from public employees, Wisconsin’s economy, and an investigation into whether Walker illegally coordinated his campaign activities with outside groups.  Polls show the race as dead even.

 

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R&D: Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today’s R&D covers Iran’s nuclear program.  Iran has been under a cloud of suspicion since 2002 and the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, China, and Russia – referred to as the P5+ 1 – have been negotiating with the Islamic Republic in an attempt to make its nuclear program more transparent.  Last month, the talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations were extended through November 24.  The United Nations is also seeking more proof from Iran that its nuclear program has a non-military purpose.

 

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HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of August 18th-24th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Does the U.S. need a manned space program?
2. Is ISIS an immediate threat to the United States?
3. Should online communications enjoy a higher form of privacy protection?
4. Is legal pot a public health menace?
5. Should the U.S. place an arms embargo on Israel?
6. Does President Obama need a more defined foreign policy doctrine?
7. Will Scott Walker be re-elected?
8. Does the militarization of police forces pose a constitutional threat?
9. Should redistricting powers be taken away from state legislatures?
10. Is it in Hillary Clinton’s best interest to distance herself from President Obama?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of August 18th-24th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Has the Arab Spring morphed into the Jihad Spring?
2. What effect will the death of Eduardo Campos have on the Brazilian presidential election?
3. Should Nawaz Sharif call for new elections?
4. How can the Colombian government reduce tensions in La Guajira province?
5. Should an experimental Ebola vaccine be fast tracked?
6. What steps should the ECB take to raise economic growth in the eurozone?
7. Can welfare states handle large numbers of illegal migrant workers?
8. Will the Iranian nuclear talks continue after November?
9. Is the Mexican oil industry a good investment?
10. What does the future hold for the British Army?

Major Champion Interview with Lily Nellans (Part Two)

LilyLily Nellans competed for Des Moines Roosevelt High School In Iowa and holds the all-time record for major championship wins. She is the three-time winner of the MBA Extemp Round Robin and the Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC). During her career she also won the NCFL National Championship and was a three-time finalist at the NSDA National Tournament. She’s a four time Iowa State Champion, won Extemp Central’s 2012 National Points Race, and she notched victories at Wake Forest, St.Marks, Florida Blue Key, The Glenbrooks, GMU Patriot Games, The Schwan’s Speech Spectacular and Harvard. She will be studying International Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where she will continue her extemp career.

Lily agreed to participate in a two part interview with Extemp Central to give her thoughts on extemporaneous speaking, her career, and the participation of women in high school extemp.  Part one of her interview can be accessed here.
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R&D: Weekly Roundup for the Week of August 11th-17th, 2014

Here is our weekly survey of news stories to round out the week of August 11th-17th.

 

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Major Champion Interview with Lily Nellans (Part One)

LilyLily Nellans competed for Des Moines Roosevelt High School In Iowa and holds the all-time record for major championship wins. She is the three-time winner of the MBA Extemp Round Robin and the Extemp Tournament of Champions (TOC). During her career she also won the NCFL National Championship and was a three-time finalist at the NSDA National Tournament. She’s a four time Iowa State Champion, won Extemp Central’s 2012 National Points Race, and she notched victories at Wake Forest, St.Marks, Florida Blue Key, The Glenbrooks, GMU Patriot Games, The Schwan’s Speech Spectacular and Harvard. She will be studying International Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where she will continue her extemp career.

Lily agreed to participate in a two part interview with Extemp Central to give her thoughts on extemporaneous speaking, her career, and the participation of women in high school extemp.
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R&D: Boko Haram

Today’s R&D covers Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group in Nigeria.  The group, whose name translates roughly as “Western education is forbidden” – it literally translates as “Fake education is forbidden” – is seeking to establish an Islamic state.  Their power base is in northeastern Nigeria.  Boko Haram has been fighting the Nigerian government since 2009 and its activities have led to the deaths of more than 5,000 people.  Last November, the U.S. State Department listed Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.

 

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