LIVE BLOG: October 19, 2016 Presidential Debate

Tonight, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face off in the final official presidential debate of the 2016 election.

This debate could prove critical for Trump and Clinton, but even more is at stake for the entire nation. A major misstep by Clinton in this debate could dramatically erode her gains from the last few weeks, whilst a major blunder by Trump could seal Clinton’s victory in November.

I will be live-blogging my reactions to the debate on this post, starting at 9pm EST (6pm PST).

The debate itself is free to watch – a live stream provided by YouTube and NBC is embedded below for your convenience.

Header photo originally by ABC News. Used under the fair use doctrine for nonprofit educational purposes.

LIVE BLOG: October 4, 2016 Vice Presidential Debate

Tonight, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence will face off in the first Vice Presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle. They are the Democratic and Republican candidates for Vice President of the United States.

They both face the same difficult task – persuading disaffected and undecided voters to join their side and vote for their ticket. Pence has the dubious distinction of running alongside Trump – he therefore has the responsibility for salvaging Trump’s disasters last week. Kaine has the unenviable job of defending Clinton and her policies from Pence’s attacks.

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LIVE BLOG: September 26, 2016 Washington Gubernatorial Debate

Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times. Used under the fair use doctrine for nonprofit educational purposes.

Tonight, Bill Bryant and Jay Inslee will face off in the second debate of the 2016 Washington gubernatorial election, immediately following the presidential debate earlier that night.

I will be live-blogging my reactions to the debate on this post, starting at 8pm PST.

The debate itself is free to watch – a live stream provided by MyNorthwest.com is linked to below for your convenience.

WATCH: Washington state governor’s debate

The Supreme Court and Democracy

Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views. Americans considered the arguments and put the question to a vote. The electorates of 11 States, either directly or through their representatives, chose to expand the traditional definition of marriage. Many more decided not to. Win or lose, advocates for both sides continued pressing their cases, secure in the knowledge that an electoral loss can be negated by a later electoral win. That is exactly how our system of government is supposed to work.”

— Antonin Scalia in Obergefell v. Hodges

My take on the Stoa Spring Vote 2015 – Part 4 – TP resolutions

So, the Stoa 2015 Spring Vote items are out, and you’re wondering what you should vote for. Here is a brief analysis of each item on the ballot this May. We last looked at the four proposed LD resolutions. Let’s now briefly go over the three proposed TP resolutions.

I am not a team policy debater, so I’m only going to compile the sentiments I’ve heard expressed in social media, etc.

Team Policy Debate Resolutions – Stoa Speech and Debate

Dear Team Policy Debaters, 1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the People’s Republic of China. 2. Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially change its policy toward one or more private or federal retirement programs in the United States.

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My take on the Stoa Spring Vote 2015 – Part 3 – LD resolutions

So, the Stoa 2015 Spring Vote items are out, and you’re wondering what you should vote for. Here is a brief analysis of each item on the ballot this May. We last looked at OI vs. Storytelling. Let’s take a look at the four proposed LD resolutions. Look for a discussion about the TP resolutions later on.

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Resolutions – Stoa Speech and Debate

Vote: For Two of the Resolutions Developing countries ought to prioritize economic growth over environmental protection. 4. Resolved: The use of economic sanctions to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals is moral. The key to this resolution is the word moral. The word goals implies a level of pragmatism, so is this a directly pragmatic question?

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