The Huffington Post reported on the Republican push to repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. Huffington Post reporter, Amanda Terkel wrote,
Seven Republican state senators in Nebraska came out against the death penalty Wednesday, urging their colleagues to support a bill to repeal the practice.
State Sen. Colby Coash (R), one of the lawmakers who attended a press conference on the issue Wednesday, argued that supporting the death penalty fundamentally goes against conservative values of reducing government spending and intrusion into individuals’ lives.
“A lot of us said things like this: ‘Send me to Lincoln, I’ll find, I’ll root out, I’ll get rid of government waste wherever I can find it,'” said Coash, according to The Associated Press. “And that’s what repealing the death penalty is about.”
She also interviewed me for this piece, and said,
“I think what is happening in Nebraska is representative of what I’m seeing across the United States,” said Marc Hyden, the national advocacy coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Hyden was in Nebraska on Wednesday for the press conference.
“You’re seeing more and more conservative legislators sponsoring or co-sponsoring repeal legislation in a lot of red states,” he added. “And you’re seeing conservative groups actually forming in these red states to oppose the death penalty.”