<![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 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:36:13 -0400 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:36:13 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[$50 Million Project Will Bring Medical Complex to Cherry Hill]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:44:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/penn+medicine+sign.jpg

A $50 million project that will see a long-vacant clothing store become a medical complex will go before Cherry Hill Township's planning board Monday night, officials confirm to NBC10.

The project, announced Saturday, will see an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania Health System redevelop what was a Syms store on Route 70. 

The Syms store has been closed since 2012. 

The Courier Post has more details about the project.

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<![CDATA[Renting Out Your Place for Pope's Visit? Be Ready to Pony Up the Tax]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/For+rent+generic+sign+722.jpg A new law in Philadelphia requires people renting their homes for the Pope's visit or any other event to pay a tax. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports the city is implementing a hotel tax on those properties.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Nutter Heads to Mexico]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:31:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011046785_1200x675_477866051647.jpg Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will travel to Mexico on Monday to foster economic opportunities in an area connected to the Philly region.]]> <![CDATA[First Woman President at La Salle Begins Term]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Colleen+Hanycz+La+Salle.jpg Dr. Colleen Hanycz will officially become the first female president at La Salle University when she begins her term on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Blames Border for SF Shooting]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/DonaldTrump_Getty_07032015.jpg

Donald Trump on Friday blamed the United States' vulnerable southern border for this week's fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately," the Republican presidential hopeful said in a statement.

Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton, was gunned down Wednesday evening near the Embarcadero and Mission Street in the city's South Beach neighborhood. Police arrested Francisco Sanchez following what they believe is a random incident.

New details emerged about the suspect Friday when the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported that Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant with nearly a dozen aliases and a long criminal history. He has previously been deported to Mexico five times, according to authorities.

San Francisco County Sheriff's Legal Counsel Freya Horne told NBC Bay Area Friday that the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and they do not turn over undocumented people – if they don't have active warrants out for them – simply because immigration officials want them to.

For his part, Trump deemed the situation “absolutely disgraceful” and blasted his fellow candidates for lacking the “guts to even talk about it.”

“The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, economy and our safety,” he added. “I am the only candidate who would build it. I will make America great again!”

Trump’s candidacy announcement June 16 had a similar flavor.

"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," he said. "And these aren't the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best...they're sending people that have lots of problems...they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

But several business organizations — including NBC, Univision, Macy’s and NASCAR — have disassociated themselves from Trump after his incendiary comments came to light.

Hispanic leaders have also pressed the rest of the GOP presidential candidates to condemn Trump. So far, most of the candidates have either stayed mum or quietly sidestepped his statements. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has even defended him, saying that "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration."

Only Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Hispanic, denounced Trump's statements as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive."

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<![CDATA[2016 Hopefuls Flood NH for July 4 Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

Presidential hopefuls are going on parade throughout the Granite State this July 4. 

At least seven 2016 candidates will spend Independence Day courting residents who will vote in the nation's first presidential primary contest next year, according to scheduled logged in necn's 2016 New Hampshire Primary Candidate Tracker, making a combined 14 stops.

While parades are by far the most popular stops during the holiday tour — at least 11 such appearances are expected — candidates' Saturday calendars also include breakfasts, cookouts and grassroots events. Revelers along the routes in Amherst and Merrimack will watch no fewer than three candidates strut by. The resort town of Wolfeboro, where 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney owns a home, will be greeted by at least two GOP hopefuls.

For some candidates, one parade just isn't enough. Republicans Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry, as well as Democrat Lincoln Chafee, are marching in two apiece. Perry, the former Texas governor, appears to have the busiest public schedule on Saturday so far, stopping by parades in Amherst and Merrimack before greeting crowds at the Windham GOP July Fourth Cookout later in the day.

The holiday hand-shaking isn't limited to July 4 itself. Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor, has been barnstorming the state since making his official entry into the race on Tuesday, including several events on Friday. Perry and Democrat Hillary Clinton are also getting their patriotic partying started early with Friday events, while former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both candidates for the GOP nomination, will join New Hampshire residents wishing America a belated birthday with Sunday celebrations.

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PROPUBLICA]]> <![CDATA[Christie's Fiscal Record vs. Rhetoric]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:45:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chris+christie+june+12+2015.jpg

Now that Chris Christie is officially running for president, his record as governor of New Jersey will be getting a lot more scrutiny. As we reported with The Washington Post in April, there's plenty to look at.

Our reporting focused on Republican Christie's fiscal record, an area where he's claimed some of his biggest achievements 2013 and committed some of the "Budget Sins" he attacked his predecessors for.

Kicking off his campaign today, Christie used familiar rhetoric to champion his record in New Jersey. "We rolled up our sleeves and we went to work and we balanced six budgets in a row," he said. "We've refused to raise taxes on the people of this state for six years."

But as our earlier reporting showed, Christie's fiscal record doesn't always line up with his campaign's "Telling It Like It Is" tagline. Take public employee pensions, a chronic problem in New Jersey.

When Christie signed his sixth budget on Friday, he reiterated his claim that his contributions to the state's pensions have far outpaced those of his predecessors. As we pointed out in April, that's only true if you exclude a $2.75 billion pension contribution by former Republican Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.

Christie doesn't count Whitman's payment because it was made with borrowed money, allowing him to assert that pension contributions under his administration are "more than twice as much as any other governor in New Jersey history."

More recently, Christie has also claimed a pension victory from a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that came out in his favor. But again, the circumstances are more complicated than he describes.

"We just won a major court decision supporting the pension reforms that we put into place in 2011," Christie told ABC's George Stephanopoulos during a recent interview on "This Week."

The details: The court ruling actually allowed Christie to avoid making a full $2.25 billion payment to the pension funds due by today, as dictated by the reforms. To allow for a smaller contribution 2013 $893 million 2013 Christie's lawyers had argued that a key provision of the reforms was unconstitutional.

In the past, Christie has claimed the pension reforms as one of his biggest political wins.

Entangled in the recent pension wrangling was another issue we reported on in April 2013 a reduction in the state's Earned Income Tax Credit under Christie. The cut effectively raised taxes on the working poor.

New Jersey Democrats, who control the legislature, had pushed a "millionaires' tax" to help make the full pension contribution in the state's 2016 fiscal year. Christie vetoed the tax 2013 and then sent a surprise proposal back to lawmakers to restore the prior cut in the tax credit and raise it even higher.

But the proposal came with a catch 2013 it required concurrence with the millionaires' tax veto. Democrats groused that it would give Christie a campaign sound bite, but they went along anyway. The tax credit increase now awaits Christie's signature.


Related coverage: See our complete list of Christie's "Budget Sins."


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PROPUBLICA]]> <![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[Christie Endorsed by Maine Gov.]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:22:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Christie+LePage+endorsement.jpg

Just one day after announcing his campaign for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a stop in Maine to receive an endorsement from his friend and fellow Republican Governor Paul LePage.

At Becky's Diner in Portland, Christie and LePage told reporters they are friends and share a similar leadership style.

"He's been an inspiration," said LePage, calling Christie his mentor. He said he is endorsing in Christie because he is "the real deal."

"Our particular style of leadership can give the country a rebirth," Christie said.

LePage's endorsement is the first from a sitting Republican governor in the 2016 Presidential race.

"To get an endorsement from Paul LePage is an incredible honor for me," said Christie, calling him a good friend and strong leader.

The two governors said they have a similar leadership style, "tell it like it is" and put people over politics.

"We need to wake up the American people," said LePage.

The two also share a common experience of political controversy. Christie has weathered the "Bridgegate" scandal of 2013, when he was accused of closing a bridge and causing traffic problems for political retribution.

LePage is also accused of exacting political revenge. Last week, Democrat Speaker of the House Mark Eves accused him of blackmail so his employer, the Good Will-Hinckley charter school, would fire him.

LePage has admitted that he threatened to pull funding from the school if it did not remove Eves as president.

Wednesday, a government oversight committee voted in favor of investigating the blackmail violations, possibly paving the way for impeachment.

"I support the Governor's leadership," said Christie. "Controversies come and go, but leadership is what stands strong and firm."

LePage has stated that he threatened the pull the funding because he was looking out for the best interest of the school.

Christie said LePage will become a bigger part of his campaign, and will be invited to travel with him.

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<![CDATA[Obama to Speak at NAACP Convention in Philly]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:15:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/AP123071707690.jpg

President Barack Obama will be in Philadelphia later this month to address the NAACP Annual Convention.

Obama will speak at the event, which is taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, on July 14. 

“We are honored to welcome President Obama back to our NAACP national convention,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Our members are looking forward to President Obama delivering a powerful message that reinforces our commitment to being champions for civil and human rights in the 21st century.”

The convention will take place from July 11 to July 15. This year’s theme will be “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice,” and the event will focus on several issues including voting rights, criminal justice reform, health equity, economic opportunity and education equality. 

CLICK HERE for more details on the convention. 

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<![CDATA[Wolf Reopens Budget Talks After Vetoing Republican Bill]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Pennsylvania+Governor+Tom+Wolf.JPG Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has reopened budget talks with lawmakers a day after vetoing the Republican version of the bill. NBC10's Deanna Durante talks about the impact the budget will have on workers and schools.

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<![CDATA[Peas in Guacamole? Obama Weighs in on Twitter Debate ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:15:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/guacamole-GettyImages-456804252.gif

President Barack Obama has a message for The New York Times: please don't pass the peas.

Into the guacamole, at least. 

The president joined the online masses piling on the newspaper on Wednesday afternoon following a much-retweeted story suggesting "adding fresh English peas" to the popular avocado dip.

The tweet sparked cries of culinary foul from users, gaining hundreds of retweets in the process. The Times' public editor even suggested that the backlash could rival the "Minnesota Grape Salad outcry" that hit after the paper listed the obscure recipe as a state favorite. 

When asked about the suggestion during an #ASKPotus Twitter chat Wednesday, the president suggested he'll stick to a more traditional recipe. 

First lady Michelle Obama, a vocal advocate of incorporating more green veggies into daily diets, has yet to weigh in. 

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<![CDATA[Christie Says Temper Is 'Absolute Controlled Anger']]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chrischristieprez.jpg

Presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie told NBC’s Matt Lauer that his temper on the campaign trail is “an absolute controlled anger” that shows his passion about important issues.

"I'm angry about the fact that taxpayers were being ripped off in New Jersey,” Christie told Lauer. “I'm angry about the fact that our urban kids can't get a good education. I'm angry about those things, you're darn right I am. And I think America wants someone who's willing to fight for that.”

The New Jersey Republican spoke with Lauer in an interview that aired Tuesday on Nightly News, the same day Christie launched his campaign in the gymnasium of his old high school in Livingston.

Lauer asked Christie about his temperament and the New Jersey Republican said he’s lost his temper “very few times” during his governorship and that his anger remains controlled “almost all the time.”

Christie said he has become more reflective in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal last fall due to the “battering and badgering” he says he received from the media and the “stress of having something bad happen on your watch.”

Christie was never implicated in the scandal, but two of his top aides were arrested in the aftermath.

He said he didn’t run in 2012 because he didn’t feel like he was ready for the job, but now he has “a little more wear in the tires” and “a little more wisdom.”

“I think that’s great for anybody that’s going to be president of the United States,” Christie said.

Part two of Lauer's interview with Christie will air Wednesday, July 1, on TODAY. 

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump: "I Don't Think It Matters If I'm Nice"]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-univision-pone-fin-a-relacion-comercial.jpg

Donald Trump spoke in New Hampshire Tuesday night- just one day after getting dumped by NBC Universal and Univision due to his comments about Mexican immigrants.

"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists," Trump said during his presidential run kick-off speech.

If you thought Trump would apologize for his comments at his first public appearance since the controversy at a pool-side reception in Bedford, New Hampshire, you'd be wrong. He brought research he said he had done to support his earlier statements.

"I mentioned the word 'rape.' I felt oh, maybe, you know, maybe there's never been a rape. Maybe there's never been a problem. Maybe there's never been a crime," Trump began. "To me, it's impossible to almost believe — 80 percent of Central American women and girls are raped crossing into the United States."

In addition, Trump stirred it up on the topics of Univision and NBC. He announced that he is suing Univision for $500 million for dropping the Miss Universe Pageant that Trump runs.

"What NBC and Univision did to these young women is disgraceful," he said.

Trump spoke for more than an hour, at one point defending himself against critics who say he's not nice.

"I don't think it matters if I'm nice or not, because I really believe this is going to be an election that's based on competence."

On the word that Trump weighs in at number two to Jeb Bush in the latest New Hampshire poll, Trump was stumped.

"It's hard to believe I'm second to Bush," Trump said. "Because Bush is not going to get us to the promised land, folks."

The Republican presidential candidate has made 14 stops in New Hampshire so far ahead of the 2016 primary. 

<![CDATA[NJ Gives Green Light to Medical Marijuana Facility]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:37:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010972653_1200x675_473296963756.jpg Compassionate Sciences in Brellmawr, Camden County will be the 5th treatment center in New Jersey to grow medical marijuana.]]> <![CDATA[New Jersey Looks to Ban Powdered Alcohol]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Palcohol-generic-0422.jpg New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could sign a bill that bans powdered alcohol, or "palcohol."]]> <![CDATA[Philly's Smoking Rates Drop to All-Time Low]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:49:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/smoking4.jpg

Thousands of Philadelphians have taken their final drag and have stubbed out their last cigarettes, as smoking rates in the city have reached an all-time low.

The percentage of adult smokers in Philadelphia dropped to 22.4 percent in 2014-2015, representing an 18 percent drop among Philadelphia adults and a 30 percent drop among teens since 2008. Data from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey shows that the result is 60,000 fewer smokers in the city.

“We’re turning the tide against tobacco,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. “My administration has made it a priority to prevent youth from taking up smoking, to help current smokers kick the habit and protect residents from secondhand smoke in indoor and outdoor spaces.”

These studies do not reflect Philadelphia’s $2 per pack cigarette tax that went into effect October 2014, as experience from other communities suggests up to one year is needed to see the initial effects of a tax increase.

Philadelphia’s smoking rate is still higher than the national average of 17.8 percent.

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<![CDATA[NJ Bill to Develop Marijuana Policies at Schools]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:06:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010969719_1200x675_473159747926.jpg The New Jersey legislature is working on a bill that would require schools to come up with marijuana policies.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Lawmakers Want Christie to Focus on Storm Repairs, Not the White House]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:06:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/470114654.jpg While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is gearing up to announce a Presidential run on Tuesday, lawmakers are urging him to divert his attention to storm repairs. NBC10's Cydney Long reports Christie is still taking heat from his Hurricane Sandy response.

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<![CDATA[Delco Asks for Emergency Declaration]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:00:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upland+Delco+Trees+Done+Storm+Damage.jpg

One week after severe storms left thousands without power and damaged numerous homes and businesses, Delaware County officials spoke Monday about the recovery efforts and their attempts to get money from the state and FEMA.

Delaware County Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr. said the council asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency so that they could access money set aside for municipalities hit the hardest. Some residents also didn't have power for days after the storm as crews scrambled to fix downed and damaged wires.

The money -- about $2 million -- would then be sent down to specific areas like Chester and Upland where millions of dollars of damage occurred, said Civera.

No word yet on if Wolf will make the declaration.

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