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Sonia Sotomayor on Abortion
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  • Government may spend public funds on its abortion position. (Aug 2009)
  • Rejected abortion rights challenge to Mexico City Policy. (Jul 2009)
  • Precedents must be given deference in any situation. (Jul 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Budget & Economy
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Sonia Sotomayor on Civil Rights
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  • I'm an "affirmative action baby" at Princeton & Yale. (Oct 2011)
  • Wise Latina woman reaches better conclusion than white male. (Aug 2009)
  • Anonymous offensive speech by off-duty cops is protected. (Jul 2009)
  • Struck down parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act. (Jul 2009)
  • In some situations, race in some form must be considered. (Jul 2009)
  • 1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets. (Mar 2011)
  • Women under-represented as managers enough for gender bias. (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Corporations
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  • Ok to sue for corporate direct OR indirect negligence. (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Crime
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  • Denying vote to convicted felon violates civil rights law. (Oct 2011)
  • Government is responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Death penalty is constitutional under certain situations. (Jul 2009)
  • Some documents may be allowed without testimony. (Jun 2011)
  • Delay executions if asked by International Court of Justice. (Jul 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Drugs
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  • Reduce crack sentences to follow powder-vs.-crack changes. (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Education
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  • School policies on grade transfers must be race-neutral. (Jul 2009)
  • Often supports local school districts in her rulings. (Jun 2009)
  • Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits. (Apr 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Energy & Oil
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Sonia Sotomayor on Environment
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  • Ok for EPA to balance cost vs. environmental effectiveness. (Jul 2009)
  • Government taking to develop a blighted area was appropriate. (Jul 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Families & Children
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  • Parental custody includes preventing child from leaving USA. (Jul 2009)
  • 1st Amendment protects videogame violence as "speech". (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Foreign Policy
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Sonia Sotomayor on Free Trade
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Sonia Sotomayor on Government Reform
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  • Barring felons from voting disqualifies race-based groups. (Jul 2009)
  • The president can veto laws but not make them. (Jul 2009)
  • Public campaign finance can fund based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Gun Control
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  • 2009: supported individual right; 2010: opposed it. (Nov 2010)
  • States may restrict weapons; Heller only applies to feds. (Jul 2009)
  • The Second Amendment gives an individual right to bear arms. (Jul 2009)
  • Many factors influence Congress's powers on gun control. (Jul 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Health Care
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  • Insurers must pay benefits even when sued by beneficiary. (Aug 2009)
  • Ok to collect health benefits from 2 sources for same injury. (Jun 2006)
  • Congress did not intend disparate result on generic drugs. (Jun 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Homeland Security
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  • Construe FOIA exemptions narrowly, in favor of disclosure. (Jul 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Immigration
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  • OpEd: personal story is a classic immigrant struggle. (May 2009)
  • AZ law obstructs uniformity in immigration enforcement. (May 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Jobs
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  • 1995: OK'd free-agent system; ending baseball strike. (Aug 2009)
  • Sexual harassment counts as a hostile work environment. (Jul 2009)
  • Acceptable to cancel civil service test results due to race. (Jul 2009)
  • The Supreme Court's Ricci decision set a new standard. (Jul 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Principles & Values
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  • Confirmed for Supreme Court by 58-31 vote. (Oct 2010)
  • OpEd: All Latinos proud of her, not just Puerto Ricans. (May 2010)
  • Advocates following and honoring the Constitution. (May 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on Social Security
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Sonia Sotomayor on Tax Reform
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  • Some trust fees should be only partly tax deductible. (Aug 2009)
  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
Sonia Sotomayor on Technology
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  • Newspapers may electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
Sonia Sotomayor on War & Peace
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Sonia Sotomayor on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Government may spend public funds on its abortion position: Favors topic 1
Rejected abortion rights challenge to Mexico City Policy: Opposes topic 1
Precedents must be given deference in any situation: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I'm an "affirmative action baby" at Princeton & Yale: Strongly Favors topic 2
In some situations, race in some form must be considered: Favors topic 2
Women under-represented as managers enough for gender bias: Strongly Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Anonymous offensive speech by off-duty cops is protected: Opposes topic 3
School policies on grade transfers must be race-neutral: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sexual harassment counts as a hostile work environment: Favors topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Insurers must pay benefits even when sued by beneficiary: Favors topic 5
Ok to collect health benefits from 2 sources for same injury: Strongly Favors topic 5
Congress did not intend disparate result on generic drugs: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Often supports local school districts in her rulings: Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Denying vote to convicted felon violates civil rights law: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Government is responsible for abuses in private prisons: Opposes topic 9
Death penalty is constitutional under certain situations: Favors topic 9
Some documents may be allowed without testimony: Opposes topic 9
Delay executions if asked by International Court of Justice: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2009: supported individual right; 2010: opposed it: Strongly Opposes topic 10
States may restrict weapons; Heller only applies to feds: Strongly Opposes topic 10
The Second Amendment gives an individual right to bear arms: Favors topic 10
Many factors influence Congress's powers on gun control: Opposes topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Some trust fees should be only partly tax deductible: Favors topic 11
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
OpEd: personal story is a classic immigrant struggle: Favors topic 12
AZ law obstructs uniformity in immigration enforcement: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
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No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can fund based on opponent spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce crack sentences to follow powder-vs.-crack changes: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Sonia Sotomayor is a Moderate Liberal.
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