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Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish executions

Legislators in one of the most conservative states in the Union have just done something remarkable: they’ve overwhelmingly voted to permanently abolish executions. Republican Governor Pete Ricketts has pledged to veto the historic bill, but since it passed by a veto-proof majority, there’s a good chance it will become law anyway. Activists should take this vote to heart, for it shows that progressive wins are possible, even in the reddest of places.