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Supreme Court Rules Firefighter Test Cannot Be Invalidated

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Race, Supreme Court

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court has reversed the appellate court decision on a controversial race case involving firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut. Previously, the appellate court including Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, ruled that the city of New Haven did nothing wrong by throwing out the results of a promotion exam because no […]

June 29th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Sonia Sotomayor Who?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Republicans, Supreme Court

Have you noticed how little you’ve heard about Sonia Sotomayor lately? The reason is pretty simple, there are bigger fish for the Republicans to fry. Replacing a liberal justice with a liberal justice on the SCOTUS isn’t a huge deal at the end of the day and they have to save their strength to work […]

June 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

GOP Strategists Surprised By Newt’s Sotomayor Attacks

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Newt, Race, Republicans, Supreme Court

Looks like I’m not the only one. From Huff Post: “Of course this disturbs me,” said Lionel Sosa, one of the more influential Hispanic media advisers in the GOP. “I’m not surprised at Rush Limbaugh but I’m very surprised at Speaker Gingrich because he is one of the key people who knows the importance of […]

May 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Sotomayor’s Record On Race Speaks For Itself

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Race, Supreme Court

The last paragraph in SCOTUSblog’s evaluation of her decisions on race says it all… In sum, in an eleven-year career on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has participated in roughly 100 panel decisions involving questions of race and has disagreed with her colleagues in those cases (a fair measure of whether she is an outlier) […]

May 30th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Sotomayor

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Polls, Supreme Court

Here’s how the numbers break out… Votes approve 54/24 % 22% undecided Democrats support 81/3 % Independents support 50/26 % Republicans oppose 46/26 % Men approve 48/31 % Women approve 59/18 % It’s pretty much a done deal at this point. The “racist” meme isn’t sticking and many Republicans are calling for their cage-rattling compatriots […]

May 30th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Will Sotomayor Get Confirmed? Yes.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Supreme Court

Does anybody think Sonia Sotomayor isn’t going to get confirmed? Well, if you do, here are some reasons why you may want to rethink. First, the rollout went off without a hitch. Even moderate Republicans lavished praise on her credentials, which are impressive and exactly what you’re looking for from a SCOTUS nominee. And there […]

May 27th, 2009 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Former Former Bush Solicitor General Wants To Overturn Prop 8

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in California, Homosexuality, Law, Marriage, Sexuality, Supreme Court

This was a bit of a surprise when I heard about it, but apparently Ted Olson has joined forces with the Equal Rights Foundation and they’ve just sent out a press release about yesterday’s decision. Here are some key excerpts (.pdf) … “Yesterday, the California Supreme Court said that the California Constitution compels the State […]

May 27th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Sotomayor and the Role of Personal Experience

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Supreme Court

Trying to understand what kind of justice a Supreme Court nominee will be is a bit like solving a puzzle. You have to decide which pieces (which legal decisions, which law review articles, which public speeches) are the most important to the picture and which are merely outliers. In the case of Sonia Sotomayor, a […]

May 27th, 2009 | Permalink| 11 Comments »

RNC Talking Points On Sotomayor Nomination

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Republicans, Supreme Court

First, the less reactionary ones… President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is an important decision that will have an impact on the United States long after his administration. Republicans are committed to a fair confirmation process and will reserve judgment until more is known about Judge Sotomayor’s legal views, judicial […]

May 26th, 2009 | Permalink| 21 Comments »

Judging Sotomayor

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Obama Appointments, Supreme Court

So far, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court has produced the expected reactions from political commentators. On the right, Sotomayor is being positioned as a liberal activist and an identity-politics hack who indulges leftist policy preferences rather than ruling fairly. On the left, Sotomayor is being praised and her critics positioned as […]

May 26th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »