Resolved, that all Presidential candidates on enough state ballots to win a majority vote in the Electoral College be included in the Presidential Debates

Resolved, that all Presidential candidates on enough state ballots to win a majority vote in the Electoral College be included in the Presidential Debates

Link for reporting chapter debate results:HERE

October Debate of the Month: Resolved, that all Presidential candidates on enough state ballots to win a majority vote in the Electoral College be included in the Presidential Debates.

Brief: During the current Presidential Election we have seen the American public’s opinion of the two major-party candidates reach historic lows, while the support for alternative choices has never been higher. This leads many to question why the nationally-televised debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates do not include any of the presidential candidates besides Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Commission states that third-party candidates like Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, despite being on enough state ballots to be elected President, do not meet their minimum requirements for public support and therefore are not invited unless they reach 15 percent support among the voters in a series of respected Presidential preference polls. But considering most Americans would like to see third-party candidates included, is it time for the Commission to lax its rules and add the extra podiums, or do the current third-party candidates not receive enough support to justify their inclusion in these potentially election-deciding debates?

Pro Arguments:

  • It is extremely unlikely that any third-party candidate could reach the Commission’s current polling threshold, because in order to get that level of support candidates would need to get their message out during a major televised event like a Presidential Debate where they could speak to tens of millions of voters who may not know who they are otherwise.

  • Both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are on enough state ballots to be elected President of the United States via the Electoral College, therefore the Commission should allow the American people to hear from all the possibilities and not set an arbitrary threshold based on polling, which can often misrepresent the will of the voters.

  • The two-party system does not represent the broad spectrum of Americans’ political views, and considering both the current major-party candidates’ unpopularity, adding more points of view to the debates would better reflect the true ideological diversity of our democracy.

Con Arguments:

  • The Commission’s requirement that candidates reach 15 percent in 5 well-respected presidential preference polls is a totally acceptable qualifier because there is no possibility a candidate with less support could win the election.

  • The two current third-party candidates that this resolution would include, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, do not deserve to participate in the Presidential Debates because they are not remotely qualified candidates for the office, especially considering the former has a warrant out for her arrest and the later doesn’t even know what Aleppo is.

  • Two more candidates on the stage would be a distraction from the two candidates who could actually win the election, thus wasting the time of the American voters who want to hear from the person who will be their next President.

For information regarding the Commission on Presidential Debate’s requirements for candidates to be included click here. To see the two major candidates’ aggregated support in national polls since June click here. For an analysis of how significantly the Presidential Debates affect the election click here. For Governor Gary Johnson’s Presidential campaign website click here. For Dr. Jill Stein’s Presidential campaign website click here.

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Fall State Pricing Guide

Pricing package details for all Fall State conventions are listed below.  Note that these prices apply only to chapters that register online using MyJSA. The paper registration fee is an additional $10 per student.  There is also a late fee of $15 per person for chapters that do not complete their registration by the registration deadline.

Fall State Pricing Package Details 2017

CONVENTIONEARLY REGISTRATION PRICESREGULAR REGISTRATION PRICES
Southern California
(Los Angeles)
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Southeast
Fort Lauderdale Marriott North
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Northern California
Santa Clara Marriott
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Ohio River Valley
Sheraton Columbus
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Pacific Northwest
Doubletree Seattle Hotel Airport
Nov. 11 - 12, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Mid-Atlantic
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Southern California
(Orange County)
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Texas
Sheraton Austin Hotel
Nov. 18 - 19, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Midwest
Madison Concourse Hotel
Dec. 2 - 3, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA


Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Arizona
Tucson Marriott University Park
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Northeast
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Dec. 9 - 10, 2017
Early Bird Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA
Standard Registration Period: TBA

Student Package 1 - Registration Fee: TBA
Student Package 2 - Registration Fee + Extra Night: TBA

Teacher Package 1 - Shared Room: No Charge
Teacher Package 2 - Private Room: TBA
Teacher Package 3 - Private Room 2 nights: TBA


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