Yesterday, the conservative publication, The Daily Caller, published an article of mine. In the op-ed, I explained that Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty will be returning to CPAC for a fourth year in a row, and I highlighted the many ways that the death penalty landscape has changed just in the past year. I wrote,
As the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) approaches, it is important to be reminded of what conservatism really is. More than anything, it is about commonsense pragmatism and an uncompromising adherence to our core principles, including valuing life and promoting fiscal responsibility and limited government. Increasingly, capital punishment has been viewed through these principles since Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty launched at CPAC in 2013. Since then, it’s been remarkable to observe how the death penalty conversation has shifted.
Between Nebraska’s death penalty repeal, executions and death sentences reaching historic lows, an influx of conservative legislators sponsoring repeal, and a host of local conservative groups springing up to end the death penalty, the narrative has undeniably changed.