<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:24:14 -0400 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:24:14 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Big Pa. Child Predator Sweep Nets 22 Arrests]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:37:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010065100_1200x675_429954115710.jpg Keith Jones explains how the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Child Predator Unit has arrested 22 people over the last two weeks.]]> <![CDATA[Gun Threat at City Council Candidate's Office]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ori+Feibush+Office+Gun+Threat.jpg

A Philadelphia City Council candidate's campaign staff are shaken after they say a man walked into their Center City office and threatened them saying he had a gun.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ori Feibush's office at 20th and South Streets in the Graduate Hospital section of the city, police said.

The man walked into the office, made threats and said he had a gun, but did not show one, police said. He then left and fled on foot. No one was injured.

Feibush was not in the office at the time. He tells NBC10 the threat came days after his Point Breeze campaign office was vandalized.

Investigators from Philadelphia Police's South Detective Division are looking into Friday's incident.

Feibush, a local developer, is running for the city's 2nd District council seat currently occupied by Kenyatta Johnson. The district encompasses Southwest Center City, Graduate Hospital, Point Breeze and parts of South and Southwest Philadelphia.

Both men have been campaigning hard ahead of the May 19 Democratic primary election and are well-known rivals. Feibush filed a lawsuit against Johnson in the past claiming the councilman blocked his attempts to buy city land.

Feibush has sparred with neighbors in the past over gentrification concerns. A coffee house his real estate company owns was also vandalized in 2013 amid neighborhood protests.

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<![CDATA[10 Questions for Philly's Mayoral Candidates]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:02:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DebateForMayor_1200x675.jpg

NBC10 and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring you the first official debate among all six 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates right here on NBC10 on April 7 at 7 p.m. moderated by Jim Rosenfield.

In an effort to help keep you informed about each candidate and their political stance on various issues, we've asked all six the same 10 questions.

Click on a candidate's picture below to see the questions and their answers.

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<![CDATA[Philly's 1 of World's Most Romantic Cities]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:03:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LOVE+PArk+Generic.JPG "Bustle" magazine named Philadelphia one of the Top 10 most romantic cities on the planet.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Tom Wolf Talks New Job Creation on Pennsylvania Tour]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Pennsylvania+Governor+Tom+Wolf.JPG Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was in Berks County thursday for his "Jobs That Pay" tour.

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<![CDATA[Christie on Presidential Run: "I Have Not Made This Decision Yet"]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:31:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stock-2016-christie-AP762540963375.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn’t decided whether he will run for president in 2016 but said if he does make a bid for the White House he’s going to “do it honestly” and “won’t give up” his identity.

Speaking exclusively with Matt Lauer in a New Hampshire ice cream parlor on NBC’s “Today,” Christie said he plans to make a decision about whether he will seek the Republican party’s nomination for president in the next couple of months.

“We’re still going through the really personal personal part of this decision,” Christie said. “You don’t want to rush this decision. You do that in the time that it takes.”

Though Christie hasn’t announced a campaign, he has spent several days in New Hampshire, which holds a presidential primary a week after the Iowa caucuses, holding town halls.

He said if he does run, he won’t change his boisterous personality to do it.

“If I decide I want to do this, I’m going to do it honestly, and I'm going to go at as hard as I can and try to win every day,” he said. “I will never give being who I am, because that's a thing that stays with you forever."

Christie was once considered a presidential frontrunner for the GOP, but his popularity waned in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. The governor was never implicated in the traffic-jamming political payback scheme, but he saw his popularity dissipate in the Garden State and across the country in the aftermath of the scandal.

“I don’t think anybody likes to have something like that happen on their watch,” Christie said. “There's no way that it doesn't affect you. In part because it happens and in part because of the incredible coverage it’s gotten.”

Christie added that he is comfortable with his approval ratings, which plummeted both in New Jersey and nationally after news broke about the politically-motivated lane closures. He said that, if he runs for office again, he’ll be comfortable not being a frontrunner.

"Poll numbers go up and go down based on your performance and I am far, far from finished with my career,” he told Lauer.

Though he didn’t announce a run for the Oval Office, Christie weighed in on presidential candidates from both parties.

He told Lauer he believed that the person sworn in to the nation’s highest elected office will be a former governor because that the country has had bad experiences with one-term senators as presidents – an apparent swipe at President Barack Obama, who was elected after one term in the U.S. Senate, and Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, all one-term Republican senators who have announced presidential campaigns.

“I will tell ya this, I think a governor is going to be our nominee,” he said. "I think our party and our country needs someone who has actually run something." 

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Fast Food Workers Rally for Higher Minimum Wage]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Minimum+wage+rally+04152015.JPG Protesters march in front of a Philadelphia McDonalds calling for a $15 minimum wage.

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<![CDATA[Prank Targets Lawmaker Trying to Take Down Swatting]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paul+Moriarty+911+Swatting.jpg

A South Jersey lawmaker said he recently became the victim of a modern-age crime he's trying to fight with tougher penalties.

“Some sick, evil person had reported that there was a shooting at my house,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-District 4).

Moriarty became the victim of swatting. The NBC10 Investigators brought the issue of swatting to the Garden State lawmaker last October and now the problem has come to his front door.

Last Saturday afternoon, Moriarty was relaxing at home when he got a call from Gloucester County police dispatchers.

“I was stunned,” said Moriarty. “The dispatch guy says to me next … ‘we need you to come outside and show yourself and keep your hands where we can see them.”

He walked outside to find about one dozen police officers pointing weapons at him and his house.

“I knew right away, I said, ‘I’ve been swatted,’” said Moriarty.

NBC10 obtained the recording of police dispatch reporting what the prankster told him.

"He just hung up on me stating that he tied his family up, his mother, his father and his 5-year-old sister," the officer says in the recording. "He stated he shot his father with a 12-gauge shotgun. He could not tell me whether his father was conscious or alert. Be advised he says he's gonna shoot any cop that arrives." 

Swatting is a cruel prank where someone makes a phony 911 call that leads to a SWAT team showing up at an unsuspecting house.

“I can’t imagine what goes through the heads of people who think this is funny,” said Moriarty. “My heart was beating pretty quick, let me tell you. It was a scary moment to see what was going on outside my door.”

Moriarty said he was grateful he answered the phone since, if he didn’t, police could have possibly stormed into his home. This was one of two swatting incidents over the weekend in Washington Township.

“They’re very dangerous for the officers and the residents,” said Washington Township Police Chief Rafael Muniz. “I mean, all our officers are treating this as actual incidents.”

Moriarty believes he was targeted because of a bill he's sponsoring that increases the penalties for swatting.

“They need to go to jail, this should be a second-degree crime that would be punishable by 10 to 15 years in jail, $150,000 fine and also make that being be responsible for paying for all the SWAT team coming out to your house,” said the lawmaker.

But getting the people responsible for a swatting incident is easier said than done as swatters often hide behind online personas and phone blockers.

“Many times these numbers bounce from different IP addresses, different phone numbers so it can take some time,” said Muniz.

“Law enforcement has to find a way to find out who’s doing this and right now they don’t seem to have the technology to do the job,” said Moriarty.

Muniz said responding to fake calls means his officers could be out of position to get to real emergencies.

“At times these incidents could take -- even if they’re a prank, they’re swatting incidents -- can take up to half an hour to clear. And so we’re backlogging many calls,” said Muniz.

Despite an increased effort to stop swatting, the practice continues.

“Someone could get seriously injured or killed,” said Moriarty.

Moriarty said his bill should be heard in the next few weeks.

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<![CDATA['March 2 Justice' Heads for New Jersey, Philly]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP889054630559.jpg

Demonstrators are going on a 250-mile march that will take them from New York City to Philadelphia to Capitol Hill in protest of police brutality.

The March 2 Justice began Monday morning on Staten Island, the borough where Eric Garner died during a confrontation with NYPD officers last summer. Garner's death, along with others across the nation including that of Ferguson teen Michael Brown, set off protests that culminated with several nights of massive marches when a grand jury chose not to charge the officer seen putting Garner in a chokehold in a widely viewed amateur video with any crimes.

About 100 protesters from the Justice League NYC will begin their journey by marching across the Outerbridge Crossing into New Jersey. They'll stage protests and rallies in Newark, New Jersey; Trenton; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware' and Baltimore, Maryland before making it to Washington on April 21.

Organizers said that the march's timing is to mark the death of Walter Scott, the black South Carolina man shot and killed by a white police officer after running from a traffic stop earlier this month.

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<![CDATA[Delco Community Toughens ATV Laws]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:28:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010016757_1200x675_427090499620.jpg The Upper Chichester Township board of commissioners amended ordinances to include fines and vehicle forfeiture.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Campaign 'Ramping Up' for 2016]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:26:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0c76fcf17173443588592fc3a252a4e7.jpg Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy with a tweet and video posted online.]]> <![CDATA[Senator Looks to Close Amtrak Communications Gap]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:24:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/amtrak-generic-1.jpg Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) wants to allow Amtrak Police to use the same frequencies that first responders do, in the case of an emergency.]]> <![CDATA[Todd on Clinton's Presidential Run]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/454426768.jpg Chuck Todd of NBC's "Meet the Press" weighs in on Hillary Clinton's upcoming announcement that she will run for President of the United States.

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<![CDATA[Philly Mayoral Candidates Attend Immigration Forum]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 23:59:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010006812_1200x675_426780227763.jpg Philadelphia's mayoral candidates attended an immigration forum in the Spring Garden section of the city Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Candidates Speak at Youth Mayoral Summit]]> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Youth-Mayoral-Candidates.jpg Young people in Philadelphia spoke to the city's Mayoral candidates during a youth summit.]]> <![CDATA[Search Warrants Served at AG Kane's Offices]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:46:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/235*120/kathleen+kane+attorney+general+generic.JPG Investigators searched Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's offices for e-mails, according to reports from Philly.com. A grand jury has called for Kane to be charged with perjury for leaking information from a 2009 investigation.]]> <![CDATA[Money Issues In Race for Philadelphia Mayor]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:18:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010001986_1200x675_426426435914.jpg Mitch Blacher explains why limited spending makes it difficult for the mayoral nominees.]]>