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College Republicans want end to death penalty


The board of the Kansas Federation of College Republicans unanimously passed a resolution opposing the death penalty, but will it matter to GOP leaders in Topeka? “More young conservatives like myself recognize that our broken and fallible system of capital punishment in no way matches up with our conservative values,” the group’s chairman, Wichita State University student Dalton Glasscock, said in a statement last week. “By ending the death penalty, Kansas has an opportunity to promote a culture of life and fiscal responsibility. As Republicans – whether young or old – this is a smart reform that we should support.” In 2010, a bill that would have replaced capital punishment with aggravated murder and a mandatory life sentence fell one vote short of passing the Kansas Senate. – Phillip Brownlee