July 27, 2009
AND THEY WONDER WHY LATINOS THINK REPUBLICANS HATE THEM?:
Grassley to vote against Sotomayor confirmation (TOM BEAUMONT, 7/27/09, dmreg.com)
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said today he planned to oppose the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court when the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on her nomination Tuesday.
The vote, which Grassley announced to The Des Moines Register, marks the first time Grassley will have opposed a high-court nominee in his 29 years on the committee.
Hatch’s Rejection of Sotomayor Somewhat Puzzling to Analyst (Jeff Robinson, 7/27/09, KCPW News)
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch’s decision to vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor tomorrow is somewhat puzzling to one local political analyst. Matt Burbank, chair of the political science department at the University of Utah, notes that Hatch didn’t give many reasons for why he would vote “no.”Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2009 5:41 PM
“This is somebody who, over the years, has indeed prided himself on looking carefully at what was going on in these hearings, and being fairly careful about trying to support presidential nominees when he can, so it is a little bit different, I’m a little bit surprised by his decision, actually,” said Burbank.
In his nearly 33 years in the senate, Hatch has never before voted against a Supreme Court nominee. In fact, he voted in favor of both of former Democratic President Bill Clinton’s picks.