<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:46:54 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:46:54 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lawmaker Proposes "Sex Assault by Fraud" Bill: Report]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trenton+State+House+NJ+Capitol.jpg

A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to lie to someone in order to have sex with them.

NJ.com reports that Assemblyman Troy Singleton of Burlington proposed a "sexual assault by fraud" bill that would make it a sex crime if someone tells a lie or claims to be someone else in order to get sexual consent. 

The bill would treat sex assault by fraud the same as forceable sexual assault, with a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars for a conviction.

“Fraud invalidates any semblance of consent just as forcible sexual contact does,” Singleton told NJ.com. “This legislation is designed to provide our state's judiciary with another tool to assess situations where this occurs and potentially provide a legal remedy to those circumstances.”

Singleton told NJ.com he proposed the bill after talking to a woman who had been duped into giving $5,000 to a boyfriend who claimed to be a military official who was actually a serial bigamist and scam artist.

Prosecutors tried to charge the boyfriend with a sex crime but a grand jury wouldn’t indict him on the charge. 

Singleton said that five states -- Alabama, California, Colorado, Montana and Tennessee -- have laws on the books that are similar to his bill.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Zegas told NJ.com he thinks the bill is far too broad and wouldn’t stand up to a constitutional challenge.

“What if a man were to say to a woman ‘I love you’ and engage in sex and he really didn't love her? It could be as simple as that,” Zegas said. “The definition is so broad that it doesn't put the citizens of the state on fair notice of what it is that constitutes the crime.”

<![CDATA[Former Montgomery County GOP Leader Goes on Trial for Assault]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:45:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008734235_1200x675_362674243976.jpg A woman accuses former Montgomery County Republican leader Robert Kerns of sexually assaulting her. Kerns faces aggravated indencet assault charges.]]> <![CDATA[Weighing in on Obama's Immigration Plan]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:01:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008720954_1200x675_361942083551.jpg NBC10's Christine Maddela receives reactions to President Barack Obama's new immigration plan.]]> <![CDATA[Corbett Signs Cop Killer's Execution Warrant]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:43:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008721899_1200x675_361988675904.jpg Christopher Roney will be put to death for killing Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird on in 1996]]> <![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:06:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Del. Leaders Weigh in on Immigration Reform]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:29:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tom-Carper.jpg NBC10's Tim Furlong asks for reactions from Delaware's Gov. Jack Markell and the state's congressional delegation on President Barack Obama's new immigration plan.

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<![CDATA[Wilmington Takes on Vulgar Radio]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:36:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008713256_1200x675_361617987674.jpg The Wilmington City Council is upset that some radio stations that reach Wilmington don't meet federal regulations.]]> <![CDATA[Mixed Local Reactions to National Immigration Changes]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:44:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008713224_1200x675_361616451827.jpg President Barack Obama has announced sweeping changes to the nation's immigration policy focused on families. NBC10's George Spencer spoke with some of the families affected, and also some workers with concerns over the reform.]]> <![CDATA[Woman With Gun Arrested Near W.H.]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:35:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/April+Debois+sketch+Bill+Hennessy+20141121_163224.jpg

A 23-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly carrying an unregistered 9 mm handgun near the White House late Thursday evening. 

April Debois of Mount Morris, Michigan, is charged with carrying a pistol without a license and will remain in custody until a preliminary hearing Monday morning.

Debois was participating in a demonstration along the north fence line of the White House when a plainclothes Secret Service officer observed the firearm holstered on the front of her hip and informed another Secret Service officer, who was monitoring the demonstration.

A U.S. Park Police officer searched Debois and found several rounds of ammunition in her jacket, according to charging documents.

Debois was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and carrying a pistol without a license.

Debois was in the company of another person who was not arrested, according to a Secret Service official.

Debois has not been cooperative in interviews, that official said.

Her arrest came less than two days after an Iowa man was arrested. R.J. Kapheim, 43, had weapons in his car and claimed that President Obama called him directly and asked him to go to the White House, authorities said. Kapheim has pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a rifle.

The Secret Service has been under scrutiny since a Texas Army veteran, Omar Gonzalez, leapt over a White House fence on Sept. 19 and charged into the White House. Gonzalez made it all the way into the East Room before he was tackled, thanks to a string of Secret Service failures detailed in an internal review released last week.

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<![CDATA[Policy Allows Certain People to Inspect Their Own Vehicles]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-fire-lights-generic.jpg All car owners must get their car inspected, but as NBC10 investigative reporter Harry Hairston discovered, there is a Pennsylvania state policy that allows certain people to inspect their own vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Local College Grad Says Life Could Change With Immigration Reform]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:11:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008710278_1200x675_361535043840.jpg NBC10's Tim Furlong spoke to one local college graduate who's life would change under the president's expected change in immigration policy. Maria Garcia is excited to hear President Barack Obama's plan.]]> <![CDATA[Immigration Policy Change's Impact on Local Workers]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:02:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008710238_1200x675_361506883829.jpg While the nation waits for President Obama to unveil possible major changes to immigration policies, NBC10's Doug Shimell examined the impact the announcement could have on people who work in our area.]]> <![CDATA[Kane Undecided in Porn Email Prosecution]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:00:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008710451_1200x675_361508931776.jpg Pennsylvania's Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a state-employed porn email scandal.]]> <![CDATA[City Council Race Ends in Tie]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Padilla-McCann-Chula-Vista2.jpg

The razor-thin race for a Chula Vista City Council seat has ended in a tie, two weeks after Election Day, San Diego County officials say.

John McCann and Steve Padilla each won 18,450 votes for the District 1 seat, according to Wednesday's last tally from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The registrar reports there aren't any other provisional ballots left to be counted that could break that tie.

Ultimately, it will be up to the city of Chula Vista to determine who takes the seat.

Padilla said his campaign is pleased with the results from the provisional ballots.

“We’re just focused on making sure every vote is counted,” Padilla said.

However, McCann told NBC 7 on Wednesday he believes what he called "dirty politics" played a role.

“We had over 900-point lead and every day it seems to continuously vanish. Obviously it raises some questions,” McCann told NBC 7.

The registrar's office will begin making sure all the votes are accurately counted ahead of the Dec. 2 deadline for certifying results.

While Chula Vista is be the second-largest city in San Diego County, the city council race came down to the narrowest of margins as the final 1,000 county-wide provisional ballots were counted Wednesday.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Protecting the Pope on American Soil]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/ruggles+pope+security.jpg NBC10's Terry Ruggles recounts some of the security efforts put into place when Pope John Paul II visited Philadelphia in 1979. Watch more from Terry: Best Memory | Humble Moment | Politics & Money

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<![CDATA[Pope Francis Announces Philly Visit]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:58:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_pope_francis_ok.jpg

Below is the English language translation of Pope Francis' address in Italian, delivered this morning at the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

"We Must Foster a New Human Ecology"

Dear sisters and brothers,

I warmly greet you. I thank Cardinal Muller for his words with which he introduced our meeting.

I would like to begin by sharing with you a reflection on the title of your colloquium. You must admit that "complementarity" does not roll lightly off the tongue! Yet it is a word into which many meanings are compressed. It refers to situations where one of two things adds to, completes, or fulfills a lack in the other. But complementarity is much more than that. Yet complementarity is more than this.

Christians find its deepest meaning in the first Letter to the Corinthians where Saint Paul tells us that the Spirit has endowed each of us with different gifts so that-just as the human body's members work together for the good of the whole-everyone's gifts can work together for the benefit of each. (cf. 1 Cor. 12).

To reflect upon "complementarity" is nothing less than to ponder the dynamic harmonies at the heart of all Creation. This is a big word, harmony. All complementarities were made by our Creator, so the Author of harmony achieves this harmony.

It is fitting that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman. This complementarity is a root of marriage and family. For the family grounded in marriage is the first school where we learn to appreciate our own and others' gifts, and where we begin to acquire the arts of cooperative living. For most of us, the family provides the principal place where we can aspire to greatness as we strive to realize our full capacity for virtue and charity. At the same time, as we know, families give rise to tensions: between egoism and altruism, reason and passion, immediate desires and long-range goals. But families also provide frameworks for resolving such tensions. This is important.

When we speak of complementarity between man and woman in this context, let us not confuse that term with the simplistic idea that all the roles and relations of the two sexes are fixed in a single, static pattern. Complementarity will take many forms as each man and woman brings his or her distinctive contributions to their marriage and to the formation of their children — his or her personal richness, personal charisma. Complementarity becomes a great wealth. It is not just a good thing but it is also beautiful.

We know that today marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment. This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.

Evidence is mounting that the decline of the marriage culture is associated with increased poverty and a host of other social ills, disproportionately affecting women, children and the elderly. It is always they who suffer the most in this crisis.

The crisis in the family has produced an ecological crisis, for social environments, like natural environments, need protection. And although the human race has come to understand the need to address conditions that menace our natural environments, we have been slower to recognize that our fragile social environments are under threat as well, slower in our culture, and also in our Catholic Church. It is therefore essential that we foster a new human ecology.

It is necessary first to promote the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its
nonmaterial goods. The family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child's development and emotional maturity. That is why I stressed in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that the contribution of marriage to society is "indispensable"; that it "transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple." (n. 66) And that is why I am grateful to you for your Colloquium's emphasis on the benefits that marriage can provide to children, the spouses themselves, and to society.

In these days, as you embark on a reflection on the beauty of complementarity between
man and woman in marriage, I urge you to lift up yet another truth about marriage: that permanent commitment to solidarity, fidelity and fruitful love responds to the deepest longings of the human heart. I urge you to bear in mind especially the young people, who represent our future. Commit yourselves, so that our youth do not give themselves over to the poisonous environment of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern.

Do not fall into the trap of being swayed by political notion. Family is an anthropological fact — a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history. We can't think of conservative or progressive notions. Family is a family. It can't be qualified by ideological notions. Family is per se. It is a strength per se.

I pray that your colloquium will be an inspiration to all who seek to support and strengthen the union of man and woman in marriage as a unique, natural, fundamental and beautiful good for persons, communities, and whole societies.

I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.

Original Italian words of Papal confirmation at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia:

"In questo contesto mi piace confermare che, a Dio piacendo, nel settembre 2015 mi recherò a Philadelphia per l'ottavo Incontro Mondiale delle Famiglie. Vi ringrazio delle preghiere con cui accompagnate il mio servizio alla Chiesa. Anch'io prego per voi e vi benedico di cuore. Grazie tante."

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<![CDATA[It's Official: Pope Francis to Come to Philly Next Year]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:36:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/453725266.jpg

It's official. Pope Francis is coming to Philly.

The pontiff confirmed Monday he plans to attend the highly-anticipated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families," he told a gathering of religious leaders in Rome.

The three-day visit will include a public Sunday mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27, 2015. Officials estimate up to 2 million people could come to see the pope.

"This will be the largest event in the city's modern history," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. The mayor called the visit a "massive undertaking" that will require a "tremendous amount of coordination."

The Holy Father made the announcement in Rome during his opening remarks at the Humanum Colloquium. The Humanum Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars, including Chaput, of various religions around the world focused on marriage and family life.

"We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," said Archbishop Charles Chaput, the leader of Philadelphia's Archdiocese, in a prepared statement.

Chaput said he "applauded the loudest" when Francis made the announcement, according to The Associated Press.

It will be the Pope’s first visit to the United States since he was elected to lead the Catholic church in March 2013. The last time a pope visited Philadelphia was in October 1979 when John Paul II to deliver mass along the Parkway. Over history, only four popes have visited the United States a total of nine times.

The World Meeting of Families will be held from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Held every three years, the conference is a celebration of families, love and life, organizers say. It’s also the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell said that Francis is expected to arrive Sept. 25. Besides the Parkway mass, the Pontiff is also expected to attend the intercultural Festival of Families on Sept. 26, according to the archdiocese. The Vatican will reveal detailed plans in spring or summer of 2015.

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us — Catholic and non-Catholic alike — together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways. We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," Chaput said.

Pope Francis' visit has been expected, but was not officially confirmed until Monday's announcement.

In August, NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson asked the Pope, who turns 78 next month, in Italian if he would attend the meeting. Thompson said the Pope told her “yes,” and mentioned “World Family Day.”

Earlier this year, a group of city boosters — including Nutter and Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett — went to Rome and a contingency from the Vatican visited Philadelphia.

Recalling the Vatican visit in March, Susan Corbett said the pontiff promised her husband that he would come.

"It was there that the governor had the honor of inviting the pope to Philadelphia and the Holy Father answered our invitation by whispering three words in Tom's ear: 'I will come," she said.

Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had earlier committed to coming to the meeting. But still, the Vatican said the official decision would not be made until a few months before.

The World Meeting of Families has a budget of $45 million, which is being offset by donations from private donors and corporations. Organizers say they're just over halfway to their goal. It's unclear, however, whether the pope's visit will increase the event's total cost.

Registration for the WMOF officially opened Nov. 10. Organizers of the conference expect some 20,000 people to attend its Adult and Child Congresses at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Farrell said tens of thousands of additional people are expected to be in the city during the week. Then the number of visitors is expected to grow each day as the Sunday mass nears.

"By the time the weekend arrives for the Festival of Families, I would expect that we would be close to, if not over a million [people] and then on Saturday, well over a million," she said.

The addition of nearly 2 million people to the city's 1.5 million population could temporarily make Philadelphia the third-largest city in the U.S. -- surpassing Chicago and Houston.

Lodging all of those people will be a challenge.

There are 10,500 hotel rooms in Center City and 30,000 hotel rooms overall in the region, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Farrell said organizers are relying on locals to open their homes to visitors through a "Homestay" program. As part of the program, visitors would pay homeowners a small fee to stay.

Answering questions about security, Nutter said the city will be working with state police, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI as well as Vatican police, Swiss Guard and Italian government police.

"We host big events well here in Philadelphia," Nutter said. "This is slightly bigger, with a few more zeros at the end in terms of the number of folks coming, but we'll be ready."

You can find more information on the upcoming event on the official website. You can also register for the event here.

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<![CDATA["Meet the Press" Host Chuck Todd Talks ACA]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:29:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008658024_1200x675_358585411972.jpg Jacqueline London and Keith Jones interview "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd about the Affordable Care Act.]]> <![CDATA[Grant Funds More School Police]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:17:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008657129_1200x675_358570051739.jpg Gov. Tom Corbett announced a $3.9 million grant for schools to have more funding for officers]]>