Could the 2016 Democratic National Convention be coming to Philadelphia. Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro is among Democratic leaders who are trying to lure the convention to the region. Shapiro says, the process is lengthy and competitive.
“Putting together a work group that is going to do some of the early fundraising and make the appeals to the Democratic National Committee. Then out together a staff that is going to be in a position to fill out an RFP and compete with what will presumably be about 5 or 6 cities around the county.”
Shaprio says, the region is capable of providing an ample number of hotel rooms for the convention. The Democratic National Committee is expected to release information by the end of 2014 as to the location of the convention. Shapiro was a guest on the AM-Edition Thursday morning.
Pennsylvania is taking Montgomery County to court over the issuance of same sex marriage licenses. Another elected official has now aired his views on the subject. Pennsylvania Lt. Governor, Jim Cawley says, the law is being ignored.
“The simple truth of the matter is, the law of the land right now, as passed in the mid 1990’s by both houses of the legislature and by the Governor that in this state, marriage is the union between a man and a woman.”
Cawley was a guest Wednesday on Comment Please By Univest.
Cawley adds, the state’s lawsuit against Montgomery County has nothing to do with the morality of gay marriage, but following the law.
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says he’s not concerned about legal expenses associated with defending the county’s controversial decision to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
“There will be some kind of oral arguments in late August or early September and we’ll see where it goes. I think this is a matter that I think ultimately will have to be settled by the courts. I look for forward to seeing that resolution.”
Shapiro says, it’s a tough case, but he thinks the county can ultimately win. In July, the county began issuing licenses to same sex couples. The State, which makes no provision for gay marriage, has filed suit against Montgomery County. The County has issued more than 100 same sex marriage licenses.
A bill sponsored by State Rep. Marcy Toepel calls for more prison time for people who download and disseminate child pornography. Toepel says, it’s been happening for many years.
“In 2001 there were 16-hundred individuals were convicted of disseminating or possession of child pornography. In just one month the Attorney General identified 28-hundred active internet addresses downloading child pornography in Pennsylvania in one month. They’re very slick, the move around, changing their IP addresses.”
House Bill 321 passed in the House. It’s now in the State Senate for consideration. Toepel cites two recent cases for stronger laws. Last week, a Lansdale man was charged with 100 counts of child porn and an assistant wrestling coach at Neshaminy High School was accused of downloading 50 images of young girls performing sex acts. Toepel says harsher sentencing is needed. Toepel was a guest on the AM-Edition Friday morning.