The Judicial System and the Law
The U.S. Supreme Court has nine justices. Currently, five of those justices are generally conservative and four are generally liberal. Some liberals propose that if Democrats win the White House and gain a majority in the House and Senate in 2020, they should try to expand the number of justices to 11 or 13 (and presumably appoint more liberal judges to fill those new spots.) Is it a good idea to expand the U.S. Supreme Court to 11 or 13 justices? Defend your answer.
Question 2: International Politics
In 2016, citizens in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a vote known as Brexit. Since that time, there have been a number of economic concerns raised on both sides of the issue. Should the United Kingdom reconsider its decision and remain in the European Union? Should the United Kingdom have a second vote on Brexit? Or should the United Kingdom continue on its path towards separating from the European Union? Defend your answer.
Question 3: The Democratic Ideal
The state of Washington should switch to a Ranked Choice Voting system for all of its local elections (city, county, school board, and other local offices). Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Defend your answer.
Question 4: The Media and Politics
Every country should have its own version of the First Amendment, guaranteeing its citizens the right to free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Note: let’s assume this universal First Amendment would not address the issue of religious freedom and separation of church and state. The goal of this question is to focus on whether residents in every country should have the right to free speech, assembly and press).