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The Matter Of Life And Death

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14min 23sec
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In this March 2013 photo, state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, speaks at a podium during a debate inside the Colorado State Legislature, in Denver.

It's one of the most significant powers the state has: to execute those found guilty of heinous crimes. Opponents of the death penalty believe this is the year they will finally succeed in abolishing it in Colorado. But they've thought that before, only to have their efforts derailed by the unique, and deeply personal, politics of capital punishment. This week, the latest effort passed some significant hurdles. The Denver Post's Alex Burness joins hosts Bente Birkeland and Andrew Kenney to discuss the issue, its history, and its prospects this year.