Speech & Debate
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Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

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512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-232-7311

State Champions

September 2013 Practice Extemp Topics

Informative Speaking

  1. Who was responsible for the recent siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi and why did it happen?
  2. How would a Federal easing stimulus affect job gains in the United States?
  3. How has the recession and rampant unemployment in Spain divided its workforce?
  4. How is President Obama defending his healthcare plan?
  5. How are current Indian party agendas striving to repair the country's severely fractured political state?
  6. What political tactics have already begun to arise from 2016 GOP hopefuls?
  7. What has created the recent tension between the United States and Russia?
  8. Why is the Justice Department joining the redistricting lawsuit against Texas?
  9. What factors are driving the discontent in Tunisia?
  10. How has the BBC severance dispute affected the station's reputation as a credible news source?
  11. Senator Wendy Davis: What are her future plans?
  12. What issues are facing Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani as he takes his new office?
  13. How has global climate change become a significant threat?
  14. Why has the American public become concerned with the levels of arsenic in rice?
  15. How would the use of chemical weapons in foreign countries affect the international political climate for the United States?
  16. What steps are being taken to address the growing dissidence between Republicans and Democrats?
  17. How will the distribution of No Child Left Behind Act waivers change long-term federal accountability laws in United States school districts?
  18. Why are many Chinese farmers committing suicide in response to China's urbanization agenda?
  19. What have recent election results revealed about the future of gun legislation in the United States?
  20.  How has the stability of Jordan been affected by the waves of Syrian refugees entering the country?
  21. Why is the National Security Agency allowing Israel access to raw intelligence data it gathers for the United States?
  22. How is digital teaching content transforming education in the United States?
  23. How will the floods in Colorado affect the state's economic stability?
  24. What events lead to the Venezuelan government officially exiting the Inter-American Court of Human Rights?
  25. What are the details of the Navy Yard shooting in Washington?

Persuasive Speaking

  1. Is a cease-fire in Syria's Civil War likely within the near future?
  2. Will iOS7 give Apple a boost over their competitors?
  3. Should investors be concerned about future inflation threats due to the unemployment rate in the United States?
  4. Will Shellie Zimmerman's perjury charge negatively affect George Zimmerman's motion to be reimbursed by the state of Florida for the cost of his defense?
  5. Is there hope for stricter prosecution of crimes against women in India?
  6. Will the inconsistency between state marriage laws and the ruling of individual judges cause a need for federal mandates concerning same-sex marriage?
  7. Should public health experts be concerned about the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes in teenagers and young adults?
  8. Will peace talks between the Myanmar government and the Kachin rebels be successful?
  9. Will the attack on the US Navy Yard cause changes in security measures at military facilities?
  10. Will Ted Cruz's recent filibuster result in growing political support?
  11. Is the new voter ID law in Texas discriminatory?
  12. Will recent changes to STAAR testing have a positive effect on Texas education?
  13. Following the anniversary of 9/11, should US military officials fear another terrorist attack in the near future?
  14. Can China effectively sustain Greece's collapsing economy?
  15. Will the court case of Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, be dismissed at the International Crime Court?
  16. Is the debate over ObamaCare a lost cause?
  17. Is former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's political career finally reaching an end?
  18. Should California pursue raising the minimum wage by 2016?
  19. Does the shrinking population of North Korea's political prison camp indicate that the country is paying more attention to human rights?
  20. Is Is hydroelectric power making a comeback in US dams?
  21. Does the recent siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi indicate a rise in terrorism?
  22. Will the adoption of the new Common Core Standards change the effectiveness of United States public education?
  23. Do recent compensation settlements indicate that Chicago police abuse finally coming to an end?
  24. Does the extension of a state emergency in Egypt reflect poorly on its newly established democratic government?
  25. Will a shutdown of the federal government eventually happen?
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