Will Wisconsin Repeal Its Death-Penalty Ban?

Troy Davis' execution may prompt calls for a repeal of a state ban on the death penalty, writes Eugene Kane of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Protesters before Troy Davis' execution (Getty Images)

In his column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Eugene Kane expresses concern that a new Republican majority in Wisconsin may bring calls for a repeal of the state's 150-year-old ban on the death penalty. After all, he says, they've already limited collective bargaining for public unions, passed a restrictive photo-ID law and introduced concealed-carry gun laws, among other things.

We haven't had a death penalty in Wisconsin for 150 years, which is a point of pride for some people who like what it says about our reputation as a progressive sort of state.

Wisconsin residents did vote overwhelmingly in favor of reinstituting the death penalty in 2006 in a nonbinding referendum. 

As some will remember, that was way back when Democrats controlled the Assembly and Jim Doyle was governor.

Under a Democratic majority, any plans for a new death penalty were basically dead on arrival, no pun intended.

With all the fuss over the execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis last week, it's a safe bet those looking to revisit the death penalty for the Dairyland were paying close attention.

Read Eugene Kane's entire column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.