<![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, 01 Mar 2015 07:38:45 -0500 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:38:45 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Local Politician Speaks on Homeland Security Funding]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:24:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Department-of-Homeland-Secu.jpg Republican Congressman Charlie Dent shares his thoughts on a funding bill that will keep the Department of Homeland Security running for another week.]]> <![CDATA[Wolf Offers Hope for Underfunded Philly Schools]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:51:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009622386_1200x675_405726787602.jpg Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf looks to pump money back into anemic school budgets in Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Brokaw Special: 'The Men Who Changed the World']]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:50:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/239*120/tom+brokaw2.JPG Award-winning NBC journalist Tom Brokaw joins NBC10's Vai Sikahema to talk about his American Heroes Channel special, "The Men Who Changed the World."]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Wolf in Philly to Unveil Plan for Older Pennsylvanians]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:18:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Tom+Wolf+Innauguration.JPG Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will be in Philadelphia on Friday to introduce a plan for improving community-based healthcare services for seniors as 15 percent of the state's population is age 65 and older.

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<![CDATA[Privatizing Pa. Liquor Stores]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:32:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/n10pr_v-liquor_store_ro_FH8YWY6016x9_722x406_29776451814.jpg Republicans in Pennsylvania pushed through another bill to privatize the state's liquor stores.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Officer Meets President Obama]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:39:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Officer+Obama+Camden.jpg

Although cops are used to being called to important gatherings, a New Jersey officer was shocked to discover who she would be meeting at an upcoming event.

Officer Virginia Matias of the Camden County Police was told by Chief Scott Thompson that she would be meeting President Barack Obama.

“He called me and told me I would have the honor of meeting the president,” the 28-year-old said. “It was unreal, I thought ‘is this a joke?’”

Matias went to the White House and met Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in at the White House on Feb. 24 along with five other officers across the U.S. who were nominated by the heads of their respective departments.

“As soon as they opened the door to the Oval Office he was right there with a smile on his face,” Matias said. “He was very welcoming, I felt like I was at home.”

Obama met with the officers to thank them for their service and discuss how law enforcement can work with communities to ensure public safety.

“We’re a model of community policing, so he wanted to get our feedback on what’s working,” Matias said.

Matias was motivated by a tragic event in her teens to become an officer.

“When I was around 17, I had an uncle who was murdered in North Camden while he was operating his bodega in 2003,” Matias said. "At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of a change in my city."

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<![CDATA[Trenton Mayor Asks for School Budget Help]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:08:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009605516_1200x675_404731459895.jpg Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson is requesting help after the budget fell several million dollars short.]]> <![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[Voters Strike Down School Tax Hikes]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009605499_1200x675_404733507595.jpg Two proposed tax hikes were denied for the Christina School District sending the board back to the drawing board.]]> <![CDATA[Rally for More Education Funding]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:38:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009605443_1200x675_404721219714.jpg The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will be in Harrisburg Thursday pushing for more education funding along with other issues.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 @ ISSUE: Sen. Chris Coons]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:18:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009574650_1200x675_402904643817.jpg U.S. Senator Chris Coons joins NBC10's Jim Rosenfield to talk about issues affecting his state of Delaware and the nation.]]> <![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:22:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg

Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, setting the stage for an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Results showed the incumbent mayor with about 46 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent-plus-one support he needs to win another term outright. Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, came in second place with 34 percent. 

The results mean the two will face off April 7, a potentially embarrassing result for a high-profile politician who has already spent millions in his re-election bid. It is the first time since the city changed its election system in the 1990s that an incumbent mayor is forced into a runoff. 

"We have come a long way and we have a little bit farther to go," Emanuel told supporters. "This is the first step in a real important journey for our city. To those who voted for me in this election, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who voted for someone else, I hope to earn your confidence and your support in the weeks to come." 

A boisterous Garcia celebrated the outcome as a win over moneyed interests and other powerful forces supporting the incumbent, saying the results show "the people have spoken."

"Nobody thought we’d be here tonight," Garcia said. "They wrote us off; they said we didn’t have a chance. They said we didn’t have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we’re still standing! We’re still running! And we’re gonna win!" 

Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, struggled to rise above 50 support throughout the campaign, even as he outpolled his four lesser-funded and known challengers. A late campaign blitz that blanketed the airwaves and a public appearance last week with President Barack Obama — a move seen as an effort to appeal to undecided African-American voters — couldn’t propel the 55-year-old mayor to victory.

The 55-year-old Democrat anchored his re-election bid on first-term efforts to better the lives of Chicagoans, highlighting pushes to expand access to early childhood education, raise the minimum wage and improve the city’s business climate and infrastructure. But he faced criticism for other major policies pursued during his first term, including his decision to close dozens of schools.

The school closures fueled a tumultuous relationship with the Chicago’s Teachers Union, which went on strike in 2012. The union, which also clashed with Emanuel over other changes to the city’s education system, endorsed Garcia after a brain cancer diagnosis sidelined its own president, Karen Lewis.

Political expert John P. Frendreis said while Garcia is “funny, he’s got a good speaking presence, he’s been around long enough, he’s got this colorful nickname so people kind of know him,” it was the support of the teachers that made the race competitive. 

“It’s really the school controversy, the closure of schools, the continued opening of charter schools and then the ... battle with the CTU and Rahm that has generated any kind of heat in this and has made him even remotely vulnerable,” the political science professor at Loyola University in Chicago, said ahead of Tuesday’s race.

Emanuel's “bare-knuckles” approach to running the city, despite yielding results in some areas, also hurt his standing with some voters, analysts say.

“He’s reasonably good at his job,” Freindreis said. “Now where he has stumbled is that he is a tough guy and he is a bully and sometimes he is just too smart for his own good and so he’s rubbed people the wrong way because he’s not nice.”

Emanuel’s challengers criticized him throughout the campaign for not doing enough to help bring jobs, safer streets and other opportunities to all Chicagoans. Garcia told NBC Chicago he would, to hire a thousand more police officers, reduce class sizes and standardized tests and “invest in neighborhoods to attract manufacturing or industrial-creation jobs.” In addition to the backing from the teachers, he also gained headlines for winning the endorsement of the liberal political group MoveOn.org. The group applauded Tuesday's results as a "huge win for progressives and working families across Chicago." 

Even if Emanuel succeeds in winning a second term in April, some observers say the education initiatives he pushed in his first four years could take a hit in Chicago and beyond.

“Over the next few years you could have mayors, some Democrats and some Republicans, in cities across the nation saying I’m going to pick the kids over the unions,” said Keith Koeneman, author of “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daly.”

Check back with NBCChicago.com for more on this developing story. For complete election night coverage, visit the Ward Room blog. 

<![CDATA[Families Calling for Better Schools]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:43:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009583269_1200x675_403409987949.jpg Hundreds of families in Camden have signed a petition aimed toward getting higher quality public schools.]]> <![CDATA[Fla. Gov. Comes to Pa. to Poach Jobs]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:08:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Florida+Governor+Rick+Scott.JPG

Fewer taxes and better weather.

That's what Florida Gov. Rick Scott hopes will draw Pennsylvania businesses to the Sunshine State.

"You know my experience is that everybody wants to move to Florida," said the Republican governor. "They like the weather, they like our beaches, they like our amusement parks, they like to be able to get out — we have a great education system."

Scott toured the Philadelphia region Monday in hopes of convincing local businesses to move to Florida with the promise of better living and lower taxes — including no income taxes, lower business privilege taxes and no inheritance taxes.

Scott made no apologies about targeting the jobs of Pennsylvanians.

"My job is to get jobs for Florida families," said Scott while standing outside in Center City Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf — a Democrat — said his counterpart's visit to the City of Brotherly Love is nothing more than a political stunt.

"(Wolf) knows what the business community needs, and he is working to improve the stagnant economy he inherited by investing in education and creating strong, middle-class jobs," said a Wolf Administration statement. "Gov. Scott’s political theater doesn’t mean anything.”

Scott disagrees.

"What your new governor is doing is not going to be good for your businesses," said Scott.

Scott's office didn't name all the companies he met with during a series of meetings Monday but at least one Pennsylvania giant planned a joint news conference with Scott to at least discuss expansion in Florida. Wawa and Scott will talk Monday evening about the convenience store favorite's possible plans to build more stores in the Sunshine State.

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<![CDATA[Trenton Teachers Rally Against Staffing Cuts]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:16:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+School+Hallway+.jpg Teachers in Trenton are rallying against staffing cuts that would eliminate 300 teaching and support positions.

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<![CDATA[Man Once on Death Row Speaks Out]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:14:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009574427_1200x675_402863683703.jpg Harold Wilson, who was once on death row in Pennsylvania, shared his story in support of Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on capital punishment.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Nutter Pushes for More Summer Jobs for Philadelphia's Youth]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009574387_1200x675_402853443833.jpg Mayor Michael Nutter is encouraging more local businesses in Philadelphia to hire young people for summer jobs.]]> <![CDATA[Fla. Gov. Looks to Pluck Jobs From Pa.]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_rick_scott_edited_3.jpg Florida Governor Rick Scott is visiting Philadelphia with the intent to attract business to the Sunshine State. NBC10's Matt Delucia reports Pennsylvania officials say this a political stunt aimed to convince local businesses to "Buy a one-way ticket to the Sunshine state."

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<![CDATA[Camden County to Announce New Program for Homeless]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:30:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Generic-Homeless-Generic.JPG A new program called "Housing First" in Camden County aims to address the problem of homelessness. The program will give homeless people with disabilities a place to live and offer programs to help overcome their personal battles.

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