<![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 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:41:52 -0400 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:41:52 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Philadelphia Civic Flag Day]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:06:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009878907_1200x675_419360323967.jpg There was a ceremony at City Hall for Philadelphia's Civic Flag Day.]]> <![CDATA[Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Leaving for Amtrak]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:01:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009878896_1200x675_419360323692.jpg Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Rina Cutler, is leaving for a job at Amtrak.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Wolf's Schools That Teach Tour]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:57:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009878488_1200x675_419348547971.jpg Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited Cedar Crest High School during his Schools that Teach Tour.]]> <![CDATA[Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Speaks in NH]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:22:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cruz-AP938170470053.jpg

Just days after making his presidential candidacy official, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in New Hampshire for a two-day swing.

Cruz was the first major candidate to announce a run for president. He made the announcement on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia.

On Friday, he attended a rally in Merrimack, New Hampshire, at 3 p.m.

He's also scheduled to speak later in the day at the "New England Freedom Conference" in Nashua, being held by the Young Americas Foundation. On Saturday, he is scheduled to speak at a brunch being hosted by the Rockingham County Republican Committee and the Seacoast Republican Women.

Cruz has made four previous visits to the Granite State with more than a dozen individual stops dating back to 2014. See those visits and more in NECN's New Hampshire Candidate Tracker. 

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<![CDATA[Wolf Budget Hearings]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:23:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009866262_1200x675_418990147683.jpg PA lawmakers discuss the hearings on Gov. Wolf's budget proposal.]]> <![CDATA[Delaware PTA Says Parents Should Choose if Kids Take State Test]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:43:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic-School-pen1.jpg The Parent Teacher Association wants parents to have a choice when it comes to a new standardized test

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<![CDATA[Overseas Crash Reveals Commercial Airline Standards Vary Across Globe]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009868059_1200x675_418861635747.jpg The Germanwings crash in the French Alps is revealing that commercial airline standards vary across the globe. NBC10's Drew Smith explains why these issues affect your safety and security in the skies.]]> <![CDATA[SRC Refinances Bonds to Save District Millions]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+School+Hallway+.jpg Saving money and investing in education was the goal of the moves made by Philadelphia's School Reform Commission on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[NJ Landscaping Co. Allegedly Price Gouged During Superstorm Sandy]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:30:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009867836_1200x675_418824259662.jpg A North Jersey landscaping company, Stephen's Garden Center, will pay a hefty fine for allegedly price gouging during Hurricane Sandy.]]> <![CDATA[More People Living in Philly: Census]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:11:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009867797_1200x675_418819139749.jpg According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more people living in Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Possible Commission for Women in Philly]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009867781_1200x675_418816067828.jpg Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a new ordinance Thursday that authorizes a ballot question regarding the establishment of a commission for women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.]]> <![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[Delaware Officials Kick Off Small Business Saturdays]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:49:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009867783_1200x675_418813507793.jpg The Delmarva Broadcasting Company came up with the idea for Small Business Saturdays, a push to get more of us to shop at state's non-chain stores.]]> <![CDATA[Break Down of Pope Francis' Visit, World Meeting of Families Schedule]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:33:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/164714770.jpg On this day six months from now, Pope Francis is expected to attend closing events for the World Meeting of Families on the Ben Franklin Parkway. There are days of activities that lead up to it. NBC10's Jim Rosenfield breaks down the schedule.

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<![CDATA[Philly's Big Cost of Paying Off Lawsuits]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:36:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic-money.gif The city of Philadelphia is spending big money paying off lawsuits. The NBC10 Investigators found hundreds of millions of dollars spent on settlements.

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<![CDATA[Legality of Death Penalty Moratorium Questioned]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009866620_1200x675_418737731747.jpg Pennsylvania lawmakers gathered at Philadelphia City Hall Thursday for a hearing on Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on executions.]]> <![CDATA[Wolf Budget Analysis, Part 2]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:06:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009866088_1200x675_418692163517.jpg PA Gov. Tom Wolf's Chief of Staff discusses the governor's proposed budget. Watch part 1, here.]]> <![CDATA[Wolf Budget Analysis, Part 1]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009866120_1200x675_418690115692.jpg A local CPA discusses the impact of PA Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget.]]> <![CDATA[Should College Athletes Be Paid?]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:13:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009864791_1200x675_418589763817.jpg Should college athletes be paid? Vai Sikahema discusses that topic with a professor from Drexel University.]]> <![CDATA[CA Attorney General Moves to End Anti-Gay Initiative]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:44:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/file-kamala-harris-ca-ag.jpg

California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

Harris issued a statement saying she was making the unusual request to stop the measure filed by a Southern California lawyer late last month. The initiative seeks to amend the California penal code to make sex with a person of the same gender an offense punishable by "bullets to the head or by any other convenient method." The distribution of gay "propaganda" would be punishable by a $1 million fine or banishment from the state.

"This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society," Harris said.

Matthew McLaughlin, the Orange County lawyer who paid $200 to submit the initiative, did not respond to a telephone call seeking comment. A Democratic state senator, Ricardo Lara, has asked the California bar to investigate whether McLaughlin's actions make him unfit to practice law.

The measure puts Harris in a difficult position. Although the bill has no discernible momentum or likely chance of success, she said unless a judge rules otherwise, she will have no choice but to give McLaughlin the go-ahead to seek the nearly 366,000 votes needed to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot.

California is one of 21 states where citizens can petition to have laws put on the ballot through the gathering of voter signatures. Under California's initiative process, state officials do not have authority to refuse to administer initiatives they find objectionable, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Although few of the dozens submitted to the attorney general each year make it on the ballot, the ease with which a resident with a pet peeve can gain clearance to circulate their proposals while seeking signatures has prompted calls for reform.

University of California, Davis law professor Floyd Feeney, an expert on California's initiative process, said Harris alone cannot impede the proposed law. And despite the numerous legal problems with McLaughlin's proposal, Feeney said he was not convinced a court would agree to halt it at this stage.

"The courts, rightly or wrongly, treat the initiative as sort of the citizen right and they are reluctant to get involved in trying to get rid of it, at least in advance, by using the law to keep something from being presented to the electorate," he said.

On Wednesday, a Southern California real estate agent, Charlotte Laws, countered the so-called "Sodomite Suppression Act" with an initiative of her own. Titled the Intolerant Jackass Act, it would require anyone who proposes an initiative calling for the killing of gays and lesbians to attend sensitivity training and make a $5,000 donation to a pro-LGBT group.

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<![CDATA[Milton Street Ruled Eligible for Philly Mayoral Race]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:40:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/30bdd733db9a47e3be3060672f8e0b02.jpg A judge ruled that former state senator Milton Street can stay on the ballot for mayor of Philadelphia after concerns were raised about his residency.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Lawmakers Propose More Diversity Training for Police]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:42:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009856479_1200x675_418215491527.jpg New Jersey lawmakers want to provide the state's police departments with more diversity training.]]> <![CDATA[Ban on Flying Drones Over State Parks]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

Officials warned drone enthusiasts that they aren't allowed to get a spur-of-the-moment bird’s eye view of state parks in one state.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reiterated Wednesday its ban on all drone flights over state park lands with proper authorization.

“Delaware State Parks believes that, in the best interest of wildlife and other park users, the flying of hobby drones is a recreational activity that must be properly managed,” said Parks Director Ray Bivens. “In our management of drones, we would encourage hobbyists to come to us in an organized way with detailed plans of their group activity.”

The ban, which is enforced by state parks police, also includes radio-controlled model aircraft.

“The flying of unmanned aircraft now presents enforcement challenges at national parks ranging from harassment of wildlife, filming of unaware park visitors and even personal injury as a result of crash landings,” said Delaware State Parks Enforcement Chief Wayne Kline.

Officials wanted to make it clear that are not “anti-drone,” rather they asked for the public to be forthcoming with plans to fly drones. Such an opportunity is coming up at an International Drone Day event at Brandywine Creek State Parks on Sunday.

“Event organizers worked closely with park leadership to plan and issue a permit for the event,” said Bivens. “In fact, we would encourage the public to come learn more about this new emerging technology.”

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<![CDATA[Couple Faces Life or Death to Marry]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:54:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/Omar+Estevez+Linette+Lebron+Dying+Marriage+License.JPG

With only days to live, a New Jersey woman had to play the waiting game to marry the man she loved.

Linette Lebron and Camden's Omar Estevez had to play the waiting game when it came to marrying after Linette got a terminal diagnosis of Stage 4 stomach cancer.

“She was a beautiful mother…a beautiful wife. Mother of my three kids,” said a tearful Estevez.

In her final days, Linette and then fiancée Omar decided to wait on marriage -- instead they focused on her treatment.

Everything changed when she was given only days to live. “It was her dream to get married,” said Omar. What they didn’t expect was a law requiring a three-day application and waiting period for a marriage license in the Garden State.

Running back and forth between the hospital, town hall and the court house, Estevez wasted moments of precious time with his dying wife trying to secure the license.

A call to Assemblyman Angel Fuentes sped up the process. After pulling some strings the license was issued and the wedding happened in Linette’s hospital room.

She died the next day.

Assemblyman Fuentes said it’s not the first time this has happened.

"This has to stop, we have to do a better job," said Fuentes.

Fuentes knows of at least four cases in the last three years just like Omar and Linette’s. With that in mind, Fuentes is drafting a bill that would give doctors the ability to submit an affidavit and waive the three-day wait.

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<![CDATA[Mayoral Candidates Meeting for Education Forum]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:50:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Classroom_generic_investiga.jpg Six Democratic candidates for the Philly mayoral election will meet Tuesday evening to share their visions for the future of education in the city.]]> <![CDATA[Dover Holding 'Library Legislative Action Day']]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:00:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/handshake+2.jpg Legislators will be speaking a Dover Public Library Tuesday to discuss support and funding for the city's libraries.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Candidate Faces Eligibility, Funding Questions]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:38:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/PHI+milton+street+will+run+for+mayor.jpg Milton Street is running for Mayor, but he is facing questions as to whether he is eligible and where he gets his money. NBC10 investigative reporter Mitch Blacher says Street hasn't explained where he gets his money because he's too busy convincing a judge to let him stay in the race.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Dollars Donated to Philly Mayoral Candidates]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:23:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/PHI+Lynne+Abraham.jpg Thousands of dollars have been donated to the Philly mayoral candidates. NBC10's Mitch Blacher reports its a neck and neck race financially between State Senator Anthony Williams and Former DA Lynne Abraham.

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<![CDATA[Senator Casey Wants Universal Pre-K]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009837473_1200x675_416914499560.jpg Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania introduced a bill called "The Prepare All Kids Act" that would advocate for universal pre-kindergarten for all kids.]]>