New Politics DA

The file argues that Obama will win support from the Republican House for raising the debt ceiling, but only just barely, and passing the plan, unpopular with Republicans, will poison the well just enough (more) to upset the impending debt ceiling compromise. If the federal government doesn’t raise the debt ceiling, the world economy is headed for depression, followed by war.

You’ve got to be prepared to prove and defend that the plan is unpopular with Republicans, of course, to win the link, and the file will help with this.

Comes from the NAUDL’s files page.

Might be just the generic disadvantage ticket for this weekend.

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Job Posting: CDC Professional Development Coordinator

As part of its Premier Sponsorship of the Chicago Debate League, Allstate is funding a part-time, one-year position with the Chicago Debate Commission intended and designed to upgrade the professional development offerings to all coaches in the Chicago Debate League. You can learn all about the position, the qualifications for applicants for it, and how to apply, by reading the CDC’s job posting. We encourage you to share this job posting with anyone who might be interested in the position, and we encourage all interested persons to apply.

Outside of administering large and educationally valuable tournaments, and helping build functioning and sustainable debate programs at local schools, training CDL coaches, the vast majority of whom are educators in Chicago’s public school system, may be the CDC’s most central programming function. This position will help upgrade the CDC’s resources, materials, and design, for the benefit of the Chicago Debate League’s 125+ debate coaches and for the 1200+ students that they educate yearly.

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Announcing the 2011 Mayer Brown CDL Nationals Qualifier

The 2011 Mayer Brown CDL Nationals Qualifier will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, with a schedule that runs from 8:00am until 7:30pm. This qualifying event for the 2011 Urban Debate National Championship is being sponsored and hosted once again by Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm with offices in key business centers all over the world, and headquartered here in Chicago, on the 45th floor at 71 S. Wacker Dr.

Ten teams will compete in the 2011 Mayer Brown CDL Nationals Qualifier — one team from each of the four RCC schools, and the top two teams in each of the other three Conferences, as determined by the results of each of their Conference Championships on February 25th and 26th (with one caveat: no more than one team from each school). Each school participating will receive a $375 incentive. Each school will be required to supply one judge. Each school will be on its own for transportation to and from the event. Three meals will be provided by Mayer Brown during the event.

Chicago Board of Education President Mary Richardson-Lowry, a partner at Mayer Brown, will be our official host.

The event will include a workshop orienting the debaters to the legal profession, and titled “Urban Debate and Diversifying the Legal Profession”.

The ten teams will be divided into two equal pods of five teams based on pre-event seeding. Each team will debate every other team in its pod once. Each round will feature two judges — a Mayer Brown Volunteer and a CDL judge. The team in each pod winning the most ballots, with speaker points functioning as a tie-breaker, will represent Chicago at the 2011 Urban Debate National Championship, April 15-17, in New York City, almost all expenses paid by the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. Chicago will be competing to win its fourth consecutive Urban Debate National Championship, its seventh consecutive national title, if you count the three Fuqua Urban Debate Nationals held prior to 2008.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Updated T4 Official Registration

We’ve updated the LCC, “A” Conference, and “AA” Conference T4 Official Registrations.

Please review and forward revisions or initial registrations to Forrest Sumlar at

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Whitney Young Debate Forum

You might be interested in checking out the Whitney Young Debate Forum. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but the WY coaches say that it is likely to get revved up again in the second half of the year. Contact Head Coach Jeff Scheur if you’d like to know more about how WY Debate set up its forum and website.

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Topic for 2011-2012 School Year Announced

The topic for next year’s 2011-2012 school year, starting in Fall of 2011, was announced by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The winner was Space —

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.

There’s still a whole semester of debate on this year’s military deployment topic to learn and research, but for those who want to take a look, there’s a topic paper with an outline of some of the arguments likely to be discussed.

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Updated Professional Development Reporting Notebook

We’ve updated the Professional Development Reporting Notebook.

Congratulations to Phyllis Ford-France, Megan Baskin, and Lamont Holifield for being the most recent recipients of the Allstate Professional Development Coach incentive.

Quick reminder, there is a Coach Training Seminar this Saturday.

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