Entries Tagged as 'Supreme Court'

Ruben Navarrette says Latinos will remember GOP no votes on Sotomayor

August 15th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Back on August 1, I wrote a blog post asking if Latinos would remember how Judge Sotomayor was treated in the confirmation hearings. I suggested that the Republican Senators, who at that time had decided not to support Sotomayor’s confirmation, were making a calculated risk that could backfire especially if Latinos stayed engaged in the political process […]

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Tags: GOP · racism · Ruben Navarrette · Supreme Court

Judge Sotomayor will be sworn in on Saturday!

August 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

History was made today. Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed after a Senate vote of 68-31. In reading this editorial from the Washington Post, I was struck by this part: “Yet 31 Republicans could not bring themselves to vote for her. Some criticized her vote against white firefighters in a reverse-discrimination case. Others were concerned about […]

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Will Latinos remember how Judge Sotomayor was treated?

August 1st, 2009 · 28 Comments

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor to advance Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to a full vote before the Senate. However, all Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham, voted against her nomination. Notably, Senator “Cronyn” (correctly spelled Cornyn) of Texas, who represents a large Latino population […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · diversity · GOP · racism · Supreme Court

More “Wise Latina” Probing in Day 3 of Sotomayor Hearings

July 15th, 2009 · 21 Comments

I’m sick of hearing about the “wise Latina” comment, but I feel compelled to say something about it as a Latina. Many ethnic minorities who lack representation or parity in certain professions have heard “ethnic pep speeches.” I have heard my fair share from more accomplished Latinos in politics, education, and even the law. Because […]

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Judge Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings Start, while Latino advocacy pushes back against the attacks

July 13th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Today was the start of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination hearings. I was only able to catch the opening session on the radio this morning, but I was struck my how the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary committee focused in on remarks made in speeches to law students, while seemingly omitting Sotomayor’s moderate […]

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Tags: GOP · racism · Supreme Court

Q & A with Nathan Gonzalez, author of Engaging Iran

June 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

Nathan Gonzalez is an expert on Iran, and last week, I read his insightful and timely blog post that was featured on the front page of the Huffington Post about the most recent events unfolding in that country. Sometimes we are focused in our Latino politics realm that we don’t fully contemplate the events happening in other parts […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · diversity · Foreign Policy · GWB · Iraq War · Presidential Elections · Supreme Court · Technology · Voting Rights

Judge Sotomayor’s relatively modest lifestyle

June 6th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Seneca once mentioned that materialism is pretty apparent in the Latino community, and I would have to agree. Sometimes we see this played out with working class people spending thousands of dollars on extravagant quinceañera celebrations or an emphasis on the car culture instead of investing in other things that might be more enriching. And […]

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President Obama picks Latina Judge Sotomayor for Supreme Court

May 26th, 2009 · 35 Comments

Oh happy day mi gente! President Barack Obama delivered what we had hoped President Clinton would give us, a Latino nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I don’t have much to add, but I have blogged about Judge Sotomayor before here on another site. As noted, she endured a whisper campaign to discredit […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · diversity · Supreme Court