The Wheels Down Politics Show – State Sen. Beau McCoy – Death Penalty Repeal

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Beau McCoyJerry Kratochvil talks with Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy about Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of the Death Penalty Repeal and the upcoming override vote.

They talk about the path of the repeal vote and the stance of most Nebraskans on the issue.

They also discuss where the vote stands, and what Senators may change their vote and why. They also discuss what could happen if the override succeeds and who could be affected.

And they conclude with a brief discussion about some comments from Senator Ernie Chambers.

On the web: State Senator Beau McCoy
Twitter: @BeauRMcCoy
Facebook: Sen Beau McCoy


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  1. The Eye Ball says:

    McCoy is a totally useless Senator. Can anyone name anything he passed? Also, regardless of where you stand on the death penalty, are you really going to go through on the loops of funding such measure? Other states have no death penalty and yet still have the same public safety issues as anyone else. As for the poll, Streetsweeper, you are just naive.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sweeper ignores discussing the actual questions asked in the ACLU’s poll. There is strong support for the death penalty only if you ask it without anything else. Ask people to consider replacing it with life in prison without parole and it flips dramatically. Then and only the. Does support for the death penalty flip dramatically.

    Also, why is Iowa’s murder rate consistently lower than Nebraska despite having more people and no death penalty. The whole deterrence argument is a joke.

  3. TexasAnnie says:

    Good-on McCoy for ‘promising’ to introduce, next session, a constitutional amendment for a vote of the people on the death penalty. And his regard for the people’s power of initiative and referendum is comforting as well. But his analogy of voting on the death penalty as being similar to the issue of same sex marriage fails because the same sex marriage issue (voted in 2000) is being reversed nationwide! (So now Nebraska will have to amend it’s same-sex constitutional language, or, retain the unconstitutional language within the Nebraska Constitution itself!!!) Indeed the same result could happen should Nebraskans get a vote on the death penalty. Anyone have a poll on American’s desire for a death penalty?

  4. Ben says:

    I would like to see research on how many innocent people sentence to life without parole or life who have died in prison.

  5. The Grundle King says:

    As much as I hate to say it, the death penalty should die.

    Understand that I have no sympathy for the murderers…they deserve far, FAR worse than anything our society has the stomach to put them through. If our spineless senators had the fortitude to reinstate the firing squad, I’d volunteer my services, my firearms, and my ammunition. Reading the accounts of Michael Ryan’s crimes is enough to turn anyone’s stomach…but Michael Ryan’s death in prison basically puts the case against the death penalty in a nutshell.

    He was the worst of the absolute worst…sentenced to death nearly 3 decades ago. If ANYBODY on Nebraska’s death row had it coming, it was that guy. But what happened? Year after year, appeal after appeal after taxpayer-funded appeal, there he sat in his prison cell. Only Father Time could finally deliver the justice that our system failed to mete out. If we can’t put a sick son of a bitch like that to death, then who CAN we execute?

    It’s often said of our legal system that you get the justice that you can afford. We’re paying the bill, but not getting the justice in return. Time to stop payment for lack of services rendered.

  6. In the know says:

    These appeals do not cost that much. The Prosecutors are already hired and so is the Judge. These figures are made up with theoretical billable hours. The public defender is the same as well.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Could this current group of state senators get any worse? Wonder what Kermit Brasher and Mike Flood think of this Session? How about interviewing them, SS?

  8. Joe Bob says:

    Eye Ball @ 7:49 has it all wrong. I’m not defending McCoy, rather I’m challenging the point of view that says a legislator has to get bills passed to be effective. I myself appreciate a do-nothing Legislature or Congress. The fewer bills that are enacted, the lesser the intrusion in the lives of the citizens. If the Legislature or Congress can’t pass bills, that means that they aren’t placing more restrictions on you, your family, your business, your community, etc. It also means that they aren’t screwing anything up by passing bad bills. Good government doesn’t require new laws to be enacted continually.

    We need to get away from the mindset that a representative is only effective if they can get bills passed. They may be just as effective by protecting the citizens from bad legislation.

  9. Outraged at KFAB! says:

    Why did they let Chip Maxwell, a “serious” congressional candidate on their air this morning to talk about the Unicameral? He has been an announced candidate since the day after the 2014 election…

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know about the “serious” part, but Chippy is using the same tired tactics he did a year ago to gather his freebies and media sucks it up like lemmings to the sea. Plus, he hasn’t been in the legislature for 14 years. Tired, old and in the words of Barney Fife: “He’s a nut!”

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