USA | Biden needs to act on growing anti-death penalty sentiments

The flattening of public discourse — political, social, moral and ethical — into a simplistic left-right binary is a disturbing trend that too few of us push back against. People are encouraged to live in their echo chambers through news outlets tailored to confirm their worldviews and social media feeds custom-designed to reinforce their biases. This polarized discourse has created a false narrative around the death penalty that relies on simplistic and overgeneralized notions of our country’s partisan divide. It is a narrative that, while easy to communicate, ignores the diversity of voices expressing serious concerns about how the death penalty operates in America. For instance, the authors of this op-ed belie that simplicity. One of us is a former Democratic U.S. senator from Wisconsin, a state that has not had the death penalty since 1853, and who has worked tirelessly throughout his public life to end the death penalty. The other is the former Republican-appointed United States a

California | Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer vows to resume executions if elected

Crime continues to be a part of the debate in the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said on Tuesday he will end Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty if he is elected. 

He said the change would be immediate.

“There has to be consequences and if you do not have that, you are not going to see a change in behavior,” Faulconer said.

2 months after taking office in 2019, Newsom signed the executive order to halt executions in California, dismantling the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison. 

The move angered some prosecutors and crime victims.

In Tuesday’s virtual press conference, Faulconer pointed to California’s rise in crime and tens of thousands of inmates that are eligible for early release.

He was joined and supported by Marc Klaas, whose daughter, Polly, was murdered by a now death row inmate.

“This is not a partisan issue, this is not about any kind of a Republican takeover of the state of California,” Klaas said. 

“I am a registered Democrat, I proudly voted for President Biden. This is about something else entirely.”

Faulconer is one of the dozens of candidates on the ballot, and on the final week of the campaign trail, he is urging voters to recall the governor.

The latest ballot tracking numbers show 26% of ballots have been returned. 

Faulconer hopes his message will resonate with those who have yet to turn in their ballots.

Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit Wednesday to campaign with Newsom, Faulconer said he doesn’t think she or any other national leaders can save the governor.

Source: KTXL news, Staff, September 8, 2021

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