Lobbyist Accused of Sexual Assault

Lobbyist A.J. Marisco and 6ABC's Annie McCormick, seen shortly after their April 2013 wedding.

Lobbyist A.J. Marsico and 6ABC’s Annie McCormick, seen shortly after their April 2013 wedding.

Lobbyist A.J. Marsico was arrested Saturday after being accused of a sex assault at a Center City hotel over the summer.

His arrest is notable, in part, because of his many high-profile connections. NBC 10 reports:

“Marsico is a senior associate at Greenlee Partners, a Pennsylvania government affairs firm. He is also the younger brother of Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico Jr. and cousin of Ron Marsico, a Pennsylvania state representative.

“Marsico is also the husband of Action News reporter Annie McCormick.”

6ABC is, of course, a media partner with Philly Mag.

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It’s the End of the War on Drugs as We Know It

Kids, gather round. Let me share with you the horrors of my youth.

Behold:

And:

Back in the 1980s, these commercials were on a near-constant loop — especially on Saturday mornings and any other times kids might be watching TV. It was a steady drumbeat: Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Don’t do drugs. Somehow, people kept doing drugs.

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Allow NRA to Sue Towns Over Gun Laws

Back in 2012, the NRA attempted to sue several Pennsylvania municipalities when they enacted gun laws stronger than Pennsylvania state laws. (Mayor Michael Nutter led this charge — in response to the Batman massacre in Colorado — after stricter gun laws failed in the state legislature.)

The NRA’s lawsuit was dismissed for lack of standing. But, back then, the State House worked on a bill that would automatically give the NRA standing to sue municipalities — including Philadelphia — if they enact stricter gun laws than the state requires.

The bill didn’t become law. But guess what: It’s back! State Rep. Mark Keller, who represents Franklin and parts of Perry counties, has introduced a bill allowing the NRA or another gun-rights group to sue municipalities over their stricter gun laws.

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Philly Cigarette Tax Moves Closer to Approval

A legislative spokesman passes along the following:

Just wanted to provide a quick update on where things stand with Philly schools. House Bill 1177, which contains the Philly $2-pack cigarette tax, was just voted out of the House Rules Committee by an overwhelming majority. The bill was also amended and stripped of all language related to the CRIZ and hotel taxes. It is now a “clean bill” that can be voted on the PA House floor in 24 hours.

At this point, we expect that the House will pass the bill tomorrow and it will be considered by the PA Senate early next week.

So far so good. Now comes the tough part.
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