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    Nebraska Votes Down the Death Penalty

    Their decision is final. Nebraska is the first Republican-run state in 40 years to ban the death penalty — the last was North Dakota in 1973 — and legislators had to go head to head with the governor to do it, winning 30-19, the smallest possible margin to override an executive veto. Nebraska’s life and death decision was hard fought, with an uneasy alliance between liberals and anti-execution conservatives making the difference, but the ACLU is pointing to it as evidence that the U.S. is “turning away from the death penalty.” 

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