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Clarence Thomas on VoteMatch



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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Nothing in Constitution dictates states must allow abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ok for states to require hospital nearby abortion service: Strongly Opposes topic 1
1991: There us a right to privacy in the 14th Amendment: Favors topic 1
Parental notification is lower priority than maternal health: 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
Race-based college preference should be done, after 25 years: 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
Admissions preference is unconstitutional racial balancing: Strongly Opposes 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)
Job discrimination rules don't apply to transgender status: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Anti-gay marriage laws not the same as anti-miscegenation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitution doesn't define marriage, so let states decide: Opposes topic 3
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)
Don't limit schools in regulating student off-campus speech: Favors topic 4
States funding private schools must fund parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
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
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax: Favors topic 5
Concurs that ObamaCare "state exchanges" cannot be federal: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare interprets Commerce Clause too broadly: Opposes topic 5
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)
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Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School vouchers preferable to busing & welfare: Strongly Favors topic 7
Federal aid to parochial schools is OK: 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:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-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
Death penalty is in Constitution & can't be unconstitutional: Strongly 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)
OK to collect sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases: Favors topic 11
States need not credit taxes paid in other states: Strongly Favors topic 11
Upheld "double windfall": plain text of tax law permits it: Strongly Opposes topic 11
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)
DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law: Strongly Opposes topic 12
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:
Support American Exceptionalism
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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)
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Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
Executive privilege applies to Trump's Jan. 6 documents: Opposes topic 16
AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No curbside voting during pandemic; keep existing rules: Opposes topic 16
Federal control over state voting is unconstitutional: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Corporate spending is protected speech, even if anonymous: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Candidates' political speech is at core of First Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Corporate political spending is free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
States cannot sue each other over eased voting rules: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+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
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Federal marijuana laws may no longer be necessary or proper: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Let states decide on medical marijuana: Opposes 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
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1980: Voted for Reagan & against ever-larger government: Opposes topic 20

Clarence Thomas is a Moderate Conservative
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Former Justices:
Merrick Garland(nominated 2016)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg(deceasd 2020)
Anthony Kennedy(retired 2018)
Sandra Day O'Connor
William Rehnquist
Antonin Scalia
David Souter
John Paul Stevens

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About Clarence Thomas:
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Foreign Policy
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Page last updated: Mar 21, 2022