On this Day of Infamy, here are a few links to start you out…
Ricketts Dumps the Death Penalty
Haven’t seen a Friday evening news dump around here in a while.
But at 5pm this past Friday evening, Governor Ricketts announced that he would not be seeking any executions before the vote of Nebraskans on the issue next November.
Further, he won’t be seeking to obtain the controversial lethal injection drugs before then either.
Here is the full press 5:53pm release:
“In November 2016, Nebraska voters will determine the future of capital punishment in our state at the ballot box. To give deference to the vote of the people, my administration will wait to carry out capital punishment sentences or make additional efforts to acquire drugs until the people of our state decide this issue.
“Over the last several weeks, I have stepped up conversations with the Attorney General and the Corrections Director regarding a comprehensive review of the capital punishment protocols used in other states. My administration will continue to review potential protocol changes.”
Not real clear why they went that route, news-wise. It seems like Ricketts must see this move as a defeat. Nebraskans are more likely to see this as a very reasonable move, considering the upcoming vote.
Now the thing with the drugs is a little…different. On the one hand, if they aren’t going to for sure execute anyone ever again, why bother with them. On the other hand, one would hope they’re figuring things out so they don’t have the India debacle once again after the vote goes through.
Sort of reminds me of the Athletic Director who fires the head coach without a plan on whom to hire. Point is, have a clear PLAN after you make your big move. Otherwise you’ve left a lot swinging in the breeze.
Non-Sequitur of the Weekend
Goofiest point though was Dan Parsons of the anti-Death Penalty group claiming,
“Governor Ricketts’ decision to immediately stop all attempts to illegally obtain execution drugs is an admission that the death penalty in Nebraska is broken beyond repair.”
Well, now there’s a leap for ya.
How about, “Ricketts move is an admission that he hates puppies!”
Logic just flowwwwws.
Sasse travels to California
Speaking of late-night media submissions, Senator Ben Sasse put out this video just before midnight Sunday evening:
This is Sasse standing in front of the memorial for the San Benardino massacre.
It is in essence a response to the President’s statement from last night.
Not clear why Sasse decided to do it there.
Or whether he was certain about what the President was going to say.
Though the video looks to be pretty professionally done — doesn’t seem to be shot on an iPhone like most of Sasse’s videos. Has a “film” quality to it.
Carly in Omaha
And also on Sunday, Carly Fiorina spoke to Nebraska Republicans — introduced by Legislature Speaker Galen Hadley.
Chip Maxwell put it up live on Periscope, and you can see two different versions — Fiorina’s speech and a Q&A, up on Periscope until this evening. After that, if Maxwell uploads to YouTube, we will link.
More this afternoon!