California: With state executions on hold, death penalty foes rethink ballot strategy

California advocates of abolishing the death penalty got a jolt of momentum in March, when Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would not allow any executions to take place while he was in office.
But after trying twice this decade to persuade voters to end capital punishment, they have no plans to go to the ballot again in 2020. Rather than seeking to build on Newsom’s temporary reprieve for Death Row inmates, activists are taking their own pause.
Grappling with the legacy of their two failed initiatives, advocates are reassessing their strategy and retooling their message. Natasha Minsker, a political consultant who has long been involved with abolition efforts, said the governor’s moratorium has given advocates the opportunity to do long-term planning.
“There’s this excitement and energy in our movement that we haven’t had in a long time,” Minsker said.
Newsom’s executive order caught many Californians by surprise. Although he supported the unsuccessful ballot measures to abolish t…

Most Czechs support euthanasia, death penalty - poll

About 2/3 of Czechs support the possibility of euthanasia and the introduction of capital punishment, according to a CVVM institute's poll released today.

The poll showed that church-goers are often against euthanasia and the death penalty.

While also people aged over 60 tend to be more opposed to euthanasia, capital punishment has lower support among university graduates.

64 % believe that Czech legislation should make euthanasia possible, 27 % are against it.

Nearly 2/3 of the respondents would like to have capital punishment reintroduced and 1/3 is against the idea.

However, in the early 1990s, support for the death penalty was higher, being around 3/4 of the population.

The poll was conducted among 1115 persons over 15 in early May.

Source: Czech Happenings, June 29, 2011
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