Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Politics

President Obama will visit Philadelphia to deliver the keynote address July 14 at the 106th NAACP Annual Convention, the organization announced Thursday.
Legislators in Harrisburg are making strange moves on medical marijuana. Since 2009, a number of active bills have languished in the General Assembly. Suddenly, the state reps have a match lit between their toes on the issue. But that has sent them running, full speed in the wrong direction.
Like so much else in Philadelphia, the city’s streets are a product of its past.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Leaders of Pennsylvania's House Republican majority are being recorded as "yes" votes on a key budget-related schools bill, even though they weren't in the House chamber for the vote.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better.
House Judiciary Committee Majority Chairman Ron Marisco, Rep. Mike Regan and Rep. Sheryl Delozier introduced legislation legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They boost their teams from the sidelines and promote them by appearing in calendars and at fan events, but some sports cheerleaders say they are still not considered team employees and are paid what amounts to less than minimum wage.
In a sweep of Philadelphia public schools, investigators from the City Controller's office found a litany of health and safety threats including exposed electrical wires, cockroaches and wide-spread water damage.
PORTLAND, Maine - A day after declaring his presidential candidacy, Gov. Christie on Wednesday picked up what he said was the first endorsement in the 2016 race by a GOP governor - that of another brash Republican facing some drama at home.
N.J.’s once-rising governor seeks to rise again. But his stock is down, and others must fail if he is to succeed.
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget in its entirety Tuesday night, a move that leaves Pennsylvania without a spending plan and sets the stage for a partial government shutdown.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Wednesday it has raised $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of its donors having given less than $100.
The maker of Ritz crackers close their iconic Northeast Philly plant while expanding in Mexico.
A sale of liens on tax-delinquent properties has netted Philly $2.1 million.
Under the agreement, airline subcontractors must pay $12 an hour to about 2,000 airport workers.
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Even as 1,000 supporters cheered on Gov. Christie as he announced his candidacy for president on Tuesday inside Livingston High School, the scene outside was remarkably different, as hundreds denounced his policies in New Jersey.
The Republican presidential field: who's in and who's still waiting for the right moment.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, gay rights advocates argue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job."
ATLANTA (AP) - A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.
Executive director Joe DeFelice claimed a recent Inquirer story amounted to free advertising.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service says it will install sharp metal spikes on the White House fence after intruders scaled it twice in less than a year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some lucky Girl Scouts were set for the ultimate camping experience Tuesday: an overnight in tents pitched on the White House South Lawn. Until late-night rain and thunder washed out the campout.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge says he hopes to set bond for a Florida doctor charged alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez at a hearing Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script.
Daaaa-rryl. Growing up in Brooklyn, watching Mets games, that's what I would hear opposing fans shout at star slugger Darryl Strawberry. Thirty thousand fans at once. To let him know they were there - to get in his head.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Chris Christie won the endorsement Wednesday of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, the first Republican governor to announce a pick in the presidential race and an outspoken leader who called Christie "the real deal."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Want to take a picture inside the White House Blue Room? Well, it's now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera and press "shoot."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department late Tuesday night.