Our momentum is still growing fresh off of our successful launch at CPAC in March.
Conservatives everywhere are increasingly becoming aware that the death penalty does not align with conservative principles – with the latest evidence coming out of Nebraska. Last week lawmakers in the unicameral legislature debated a bill to repeal the death penalty. A filibuster ultimately blocked a final vote on the bill, but two test votes indicated that a majority would have voted to pass it. Last time Nebraska voted on the death penalty, only a quarter of the unicameral voted yes – so last week’s votes were a sharp turnaround.
Legislators are energized and ready to take this effort up again when the legislature reconvenes next session. We were pleased to get a mention in the Lincoln Journal-Star, whose editorial board wrote, “Republicans in the Legislature should take note. They can vote for repeal of the death penalty without turning in their conservative credentials.”
They aren’t kidding, as evidenced by the warm welcome we got at the Kansas Young Americans for Liberty State Convention and the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention earlier this month. Each of these conferences provided us with unique opportunities and connected us with conservative and liberty-minded individuals.
Ben Jones represented Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty at the Kansas Young Americans for Liberty State Convention. He spoke on a well-attended panel discussion about why the death penalty is contrary to conservative principles and enjoyed a very busy convention booth.
Marc Hyden attended the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention shortly after Ben’s success in Kansas. Many liberty-minded Republicans visited our booth, picked up information, and asked to get involved. Many attendees openly stated their support for repealing the death penalty as if it was already foregone conclusion and clearly the conservative position.
Conservatives everywhere are concerned about the death penalty, and we are voicing our concerns with greater frequency.
Marc Hyden recently was a guest on the Leslie Marshall Show and the American Maverick Show. One of our founding members, Former Montana House Majority Leader Roy Brown, recently penned an article with the Daily Caller detailing why he believes the death penalty is inconsistent with conservative values. Don’t forget to tune in to the TGB Report to hear Thomas Brown interviewing Heather Beaudoin and Marc Hyden on June 5 at 2:00 PM EST.