Bench Memos


Senator Ken Salazar (D., Col.) says today that the filibuster is an open question on Alito because, in part, of the judge’s 1985 job application opposition to quotas. But doesn’t Senator Salazar oppose quotas, too?


”I’m opposed to quotas,” Salazar said.

—Race-based College Entry Touted; Attorney General Salazar says Colorado Universities should Set Minority Enrollment Goals, Rocky Mountain News, October 22, 1999


Salazar does say he’s opposed to quotas – which is fortunate, since they’re clearly unconstitutional. But, he continues, ”my own sense is that numerical goals are OK, so long as they are just that and not set in concrete.”

—Salazar Eyes Preferences, Rocky Mountain News editorial, October 24, 1999


Salazar said Michigan’s policies are not quota systems, which are unconstitutional.

–Colorado Supports Suit on Affirmative Action, Rocky Mountain News, February 19, 2003

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