It’s difficult to overstate how profoundly wonderful Nebraska’s abolition of capital punishment is — And the Nebraska legislature even had to over ride an absurdly shallow, political veto by its … Governor, Pete Rickets … A small step, from a small state, but a giant leap for conservative heartland america, or something like that.
Check The New York Times: “Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto,” By Julie Bosmanmay (May 27, 2015).
“Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.
After more than two hours of emotional speeches at the Capitol here, the Legislature, by a 30-to-19 vote that cut across party lines, overrode the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state’s death penalty law. After the repeal measure passed, by just enough votes to overcome the veto, dozens of spectators in the balcony burst into celebration.”