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Stephen Breyer on VoteMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Wrote opinion upholding partial-birth abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Roe v. Wade is “settled law”: Neutral on topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Disabled people can sue states under federal ADA law: Favors topic 2
Women under-represented as managers enough for gender bias: Strongly Favors topic 2
Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing: Favors topic 2
Let rape victims sue alleged attackers as gender-bias crime: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Favors topic 3
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Favors topic 3
Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity: Favors topic 3
Anti-gay funeral pickets ok if they follow police directions: Neutral on topic 3
State laws can protect gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Boy Scouts should be required to accept gay scoutmasters: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Broad authority for interstate commerce, like ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Allow states to restrict cigarette ads beyond federal rules: Strongly Favors topic 5
States have authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Favors topic 5
Federal government decides insurance issues, not states: 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)
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Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public education needs improvement, and civic lessons: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Federal aid to parochial schools is OK: Strongly Favors topic 7
Parochial school vouchers violate church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Limited public funding OK for parochial school materials: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
EPA regulations ignores precedent of judicial review: Favors topic 8
Migratory birds should extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Eminent domain applies to public economic development: Opposes topic 8
Clean Water Act applies to tributaries & wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
Delay executions if asked by International Court of Justice: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Fleeing police is not in itself sufficient to allow search: Opposes topic 9
No death penalty without considering mitigating evidence: Opposes topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative should affect death sentence: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Congress can regulate guns in school under Commerce clause: Opposes topic 10
No right to loaded guns in crime-ridden cities: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Award back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Favors topic 12
INS may not hold deportation suspects indefinitely: Favors topic 12
AZ law intrudes on federal immigration policy & civil rights: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity applies to foreign-controlled companies: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supreme Court can learn from foreign laws: Opposes topic 14
Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers: Strongly Favors topic 14
Guantanamo detainees allowed habeas writ in US courts: Opposes topic 14
Treaty giving individual rights should bind US courts: No opin. on topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Campaign finance reform should level candidate playing field: Strongly Favors topic 16
Corporate speech can be restricted but not banned: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public campaign finance can fund based on opponent spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force: Opposes topic 18
States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Extend CWA restrictions to isolated water bodies: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
Sentencing rules change allows crack sentence reductions: Opposes topic 19
Tactile inspection for drugs should be legal, like visual: Strongly Favors topic 19
No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Must have well rounded vision to institute change: Opposes topic 20

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

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About Stephen Breyer:
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Page last updated: Jun 25, 2015