Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nebraska Joins the Civilised World

Today, the Nebraska legislature voted to abolish the death penalty in our state, overriding the governor's veto of the legislation.

Predictably, the senator representing my district voted to keep it, but they were able to get the 30 votes (and only those 30) needed to override the veto. Ernie Chambers doesn't want to take credit for this, but he's spent the past forty years campaigning against the death penalty and certainly deserves recognition for sticking with it.

Nebraska is a conservative state, but it is also a very religious state. Calling yourself, "Pro-Life" sounds a bit hypocritical if you're clamouring for State sanctioned murder. I think people are finally recognising this. Regardless of the motivation, I'm pleased with the outcome.


Bibi said...

I'm always amazed at how my native California despite being so 'liberal & progressive' remains so pro death penalty.

Curtise said...

I'm pleased too. I find the continued existence of the death penalty unbearable and extraordinary. xx

Goody said...

People are already clamouring to "Put the issue to a ballot" so they can return to killing people. I don't think it will happen, but still.

I know California has that reputation, but I always thought it was rather conservative (Reagan).