Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

July 30, 2009

Burr announces he’ll vote against Sotomayor

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will oppose Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that he admires her qualifications but that he fears she would impose her personal beliefs in setting legal precedent.
“My fear is that she has been unable to separate her personal belief system from that of the letter of the law,” Burr said in a prepared statement.

Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic member on the court, has been widely criticized by Republicans for a speech in which she said “a wise Latina” might sometimes make better decisions than a white male.
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On Sotomayor, Hagan is a yea; Burr is a maybe

July 21, 2009

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan will support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, but U.S. Sen. Richard Burr isn’t ready to commit.
Sotomayor spent last week answering questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about her record. The committee will begin debate today on whether to recommend her. The full Senate, including Hagan and Burr, would then cast the final vote on her confirmation.

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N.C. may weigh heavily in Supreme Court pick

May 5, 2009

At least four potential picks for the U.S. Supreme Court have North Carolina ties.

Although President Obama has not compiled a short list for the replacement for retiring Justice David Souter, that hasn’t stopped observers from speculating.

Here are four names that have surfaced in the guessing game:


Ruling: N.C. erred in district

March 11, 2009

Voting Rights Act doesn’t apply unless minority is majority

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court limited the reach of the Voting Rights Act yesterday, a decision that could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election when voting districts are redrawn.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that a portion of the law aimed at helping minorities elect their preferred candidates applies only in districts where minorities make up more than half the population


Sidenote: “duh?!”