On November 8th 2016,Californians had a chance to vote on repealing the Death Penalty in California (Prop 62). Unfortunately the proposition lost. 53% of Californians voted to keep state sponsored executions.
Putting aside moral arguments for the elimination of the DP, the financial cost to the public for long protracted appeals and special housing of those on death row amounts to over $200 million per year.
They have been the primary advocates for women and other minority rights. They have been the primary supporter of labor and workplace safety and justice. They are more for peace than war. They are concerned about long term destruction of the environment. They sometimes appear to be elitist and