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Sonia Sotomayor on VoteMatch



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Don't require admitting privileges for abortionists: Favors topic 1
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
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No job discrimination for transgender status: Strongly Favors topic 3
Concurred on no longer deny gays the right to marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Overturn DOMA; equal protection for same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
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
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States can fund private schools but not parochial schools: Opposes topic 4
Paying taxes sufficient to oppose religious tax credits: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
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Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax: Favors topic 5
Concurred on allowing federal ObamaCare subsidies: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare's mandate is constitutional under Commerce Clause: Strongly Favors topic 5
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
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Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Schools are limited in regulating student off-campus speech: Neutral on topic 7
Often supports local school districts in her rulings: Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
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Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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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
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
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Company can challenge onerous IRS reporting requirement: Opposes topic 11
Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax: Opposes topic 11
State taxes must credit taxes paid in other states: Strongly Opposes topic 11
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
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation: Strongly Favors topic 12
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
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No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
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Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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AZ mail-in restrictions violate Voting Rights Act: Strongly Favors topic 16
Allow curbside voting & loosen rules during pandemic: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voting Rights Act still needed to prevent discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not protected free speech: 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
States cannot sue each other over eased voting rules: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Expansive reading of EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act: Strongly Favors topic 18
No extensions for refineries' Renewable Fuel Program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
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Reduce crack sentences to follow powder-vs.-crack changes: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Sonia Sotomayor is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive
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Other Justices' VoteMatch: Sonia Sotomayor on the issues:
Samuel Alito
Amy Coney Barrett
Stephen Breyer
Neil Gorsuch
Ketanji Brown Jackson(nominated 2022)
Elena Kagan
Brett Kavanaugh
John Roberts
Sonia Sotomayor
Clarence Thomas

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

Party Platforms:
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About Sonia Sotomayor:
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
School Choice
Social Security
Tax Reform
War & Peace

Page last updated: Mar 21, 2022