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After botched executions Oklahomans want to replace death penalty with restitution

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After a series of highly publicized botched executions that garnered national attention, a new poll reveals that a majority of Oklahomans want to rid the state of the death penalty in exchange for restitution.

When the state was humiliated for their inability to perform an execution, a grand jury was announced that found corrections officials were to blame for the failures. Now, according to NewsOK, more than three-quarters of Oklahomans polled said that they still believed in capital punishment, but 53 percent would rather do away with it for something else. Instead, they’d prefer life without the possibility of parole, a forfeiture of owned property and mandatory restitution to victims’ families for the rest of their lives.

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Forfeiture of property might be difficult given that property can often belong to the family of those convicted, punishing spouses and children. Restitution similarly could cause problems since any funds earned from prison jobs go back into the prison.

Ronald Stromberg, an 84-year-old Evangelical Christian was polled by the survey and supports a new penalty because it “saves us from violating the commandment against taking a man’s life,” he said.

The poll showed higher support for the plan among Democrats and Independents at 58 and 57 percent respectively. About 48 percent of Republicans like the idea and 41 percent are against.

Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center told NewsOK that the poll reveals support for the death penalty isn’t as strong as many lawmakers believe it is.

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“It may be a mile wide but only a couple inches deep,” he said. “When other alternatives are offered, those alternatives are much more acceptable to the public than the death penalty.”


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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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Oil prices soar more than 10% after Saudi plant attacks

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Oil prices surged more than 10 percent Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran and raising the possibility of a military strike on the country.

West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

The attack by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, effectively shut down six percent of the global oil supply.

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Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all

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Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.

Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

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