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Clarence Thomas on VoteMatch

 



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
1991: There us a right to privacy in the 14th Amendment: Favors topic 1
Personally views back-alley illegal abortions as torture: Favors topic 1
Never discussed Roe v. Wade in law school nor since: Neutral on topic 1
Overruling previous cases is a very serious matter: Favors topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action forever discounts black achievements: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Preferential policies should apply to disadvantaged whites: Opposes topic 2
Affirmative action has stigmatizing effects: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Focus on improving black colleges, not desegregation: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposed the Voting Rights Act & affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Limit employer liability for sexual harassment by employees: Opposes topic 2
Employee must prove negligence to sue city for harassment: Opposes topic 2
Tension between affirmative help and undermining dignity: Opposes topic 2
Reaching out to minorities is OK; but no quotas: Neutral on topic 2
Supports scholarships & internships for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Hate crimes must be separate crimes, not just for sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Congress can't allow lawsuits by rape victims under 14th Am.: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Sodomy laws are uncommonly silly but states can enforce them: Opposes topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
State laws should not protect gay rights: Opposes topic 3
Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
God in schools creates values; but wall of separation needed: Favors topic 4
Public housing entitlements are good programs: Opposes topic 4
Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Favors topic 4
Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools: Opposes topic 5
States have no authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School vouchers preferable to busing & welfare: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers needed for failing urban public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies: Opposes topic 8
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands: Strongly Favors topic 8
Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
As radical, imprisoned blacks were political prisoners: Strongly Opposes topic 9
In criminal-appeals, saw blacks were not political prisoners: Favors topic 9
Balance victimís rights with defendantís rights: Favors topic 9
Due process in death penalty cases, but limited restrictions: Favors topic 9
Uniform sentencing guidelines have eliminated much disparity: Favors topic 9
Scientific testing requires live testimony in criminal cases: Strongly Opposes topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search: Favors topic 9
Shorten time between sentencing and executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Miranda rights can be overruled by Congress: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Interpreting Commerce Clause to ban guns is unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Felons may possess guns unless state explicitly prohibits it: Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Discriminatory fuel sales tax on railroads ok: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Opposes topic 12
INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies: Opposes topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
Courts have no place in reviewing military decisions: Strongly Favors topic 14
No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US: Strongly Favors topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supported stock divestiture from South Africa: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force: Strongly Opposes topic 18
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2: Favors topic 18
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Let states decide on medical marijuana: Favors topic 19
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
Treat drug roadblocks the same as drunk-driving roadblocks: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1980: Voted for Reagan & against ever-larger government: Opposes topic 20

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Stephen Breyer
Elena Kagan
Anthony Kennedy
John Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Sonia Sotomayor
Clarence Thomas

Former Justices:
David Souter
Sandra Day O'Connor
William Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens

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Page last updated: Mar 18, 2014