HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What impact would Rupert Murdoch’s purchase Time Warner have on the American media industry?
2. How can the Republican Party enhance its appeal to blue collar workers?
3. Would dividing California into six states produce a terrible economic outcome?
4. If there is a stock market bubble, how much of it is the result of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies?
5. Will Cormac Carney’s ruling against California’s death penalty survive appeal?
6. Should the federal government have a reduced role in the terrorism insurance market?
7. Does the House’s IRS probe still have legs?
8. Should vaccinations become compulsory for all American citizens?
9. Does President Obama have the right recipe for fixing America’s infrastructure woes?
10. Is John Kasich a viable presidential candidate?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

HOTtopics1. What is the best way for Bolivia to eradicate extreme poverty?
2. Will the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 significantly damage the ability of Ukrainian separatists to achieve their goals?
3. Should nations be held legally liable when their peacekeepers fail to protect civilian populations?
4. Is the world making significant progress in fight against AIDS?
5. Will David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle enhance his electability?
6. What is wrong with Malaysia Airlines?
7. Will the Australian economy benefit from the abolition of the carbon tax?
8. Is the Russian economy heading into recession?
9. Are the BRICS too politically and economically diverse to make the NDB and CRA work?
10. Will Operation Protective Edge succeed?

Site News: Announcing the Availability of the 2014-2015 Extemp Central Season Subscription Package

Extemp Central is happy to announce that 2014-2015 season subscription packages are now available for purchase in the SpeechGeek Market.  The season subscription package will give you access to all of Extemp Central’s premium content and strategy pieces dating back to 2008.  Premium subscribers will get access to a new topic brief, posted to the site each Tuesday, on an important domestic or international issue.  Each topic brief has links to all of the sources used to create it and a special R&D will be included with each brief.  This means that extempers will acquire 20-30 sources on the topic for their files after reading the brief.  The price of the 2014-2015 season subscription will be $25, which equates to a mere fifty-four cents per brief.

Also included in the package is the 2015 NSDA topic area analysis, which will be released on June 1, 2015.  Since purchasing this topic area analysis independently will cost $20, you can get this along with over forty 2014-2015 topic briefs for an extra $5 by purchasing a season subscription.

The first premium content topic brief will be posted to the website on August 5.  The last premium topic brief of 2014-2015 will be released the week of NSDA Nationals.

Those who subscribed to 2013-2014 content will have their accounts deactivated on July 31, so those wishing to renew should use the above link and purchase a new subscription.

Those wishing to see a sample premium topic brief can click here for Extemp Central’s November brief about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

2014 Extemp State Champion Roll Call

TrophiesExtemp Central would like to recognize this year’s extemporaneous speaking state champions. Based on the state championships results that we gathered and that were submitted to us, here is our 2014 extemp state champion roll call.

This is a working document, so if you do not see the champion(s) of your state listed here, contact me at logan.scisco@topper.wku.edu and I will add them here and on our state champions page.

*-Denotes the number of times that a champion successfully defended their title.
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HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Is a third intifada looming?
2. Has the Syrian civil war damaged the United Nations credibility?
3. Is Joko Widodo the Indonesian Obama?
4. Why have international peacekeepers failed to reduce human rights violations in the Central African Republic?
5. Do Latin American countries need to enact more mine safety regulations?
6. Does Nicaragua’s canal plan carry significant environmental risks?
7. Will Tunisia’s constitution empower women?
8. Is Afghanistan’s complete election audit necessary?
9. Should Great Britain pass legislation legalizing assisted suicide?
10. Can Ekmeleddin Ihasanoglu beat Tayyip Erdogan for the Turkish presidency?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

HOTtopics1. Has the American public lost confidence in President Obama?
2. Does the border crisis help or hinder Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential prospects?
3. What steps should Rahm Emanuel take to reduce Chicago’s high crime rate?
4. Has the vilification of the Koch brothers gone too far?
5. Is Carl Icahn right about the need for investors to be cautious about U.S. stocks?
6. Should the federal government break up America’s largest banks?
7. Is GOP obstructionism the message that Democrats should double down on to win the 2014 midterms?
8. Should the FCC grant Amazon permission to test drones?
9. How important is Louisiana’s Senate race?
10. Does Kanerva v. Weems bode ill for Chicago’s economic future?

2013-2014 Year in Review (Part I)

by Logan Scisco

The 2013-2014 season ended several weeks ago in Overland Park, Kansas.  The season yielded some record breaking moments, surprising upsets, and unusual situations.  Extemp Central compiled the top fifteen stories of the national circuit season as part of its review of 2013-2014, with stories chosen for their historical value, newsworthiness, and controversial nature.

This first part of our review will cover stories ranked #8-#15.  Check back tomorrow to see which stories cracked the top seven.
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