Between the Lines l Death penalty debate, NASA, 'sin tax'

A troubling execution has renewed the death penalty debate in Ohio.

Convicted murderer Dennis McGuire was pronounced dead 25 minutes after being injected with an untested mixture of drugs.

Witnesses described him snorting, struggling and gasping for air. How much pain did he feel? Was it the "torture" his family members claim?

Some are calling on Governor John Kasich to declare a moratorium on future executions until a thorough study of McGuire's execution is complete. The next scheduled Ohio execution is March 19.

Is there a "right" to a pain-free execution? How much effort should the state make to find the most "humane" way to execute prisoners deemed worthy to die?

What will the governor do?

NASA'S top administrator came to NASA Glenn and declared the future of the agency and center is bright.

Does the region fully appreciate the value of Glenn? How much weight does the annual budget analysis carry in predicting the center's stability?

Ed FitzGerald has reset his campaign with a new lieutenant governor candidate partner.

WIll lawyer Sharen Neuhardt energize his campaign? Does her advocacy for women's reproductive rights guarantee those will be primary campaign issues?

Will this enable FitzGerald to put the chapter involving first running mate Eric Kearney and his money problems in the past?

The Cavs and Indians gave Cuyahoga County Council a wish list of repairs they'd fund with sin tax dollars if the issue passes.

Will voters see the tax as an investment in public facilities? Or will opponents call this "corporate welfare" for rich teams and wealthy owners connect with the public?

What's the outlook for the issue as County Council debates whether to put this before voters in May.

Tom Beres discusses these issues with conservative Plain Dealer columnist Kevin O'Brien and Cuyahoga County Democratic Vice Chairman Blaine Griffin on this edition of Between the Lines.


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