You may have heard that Montgomery County has been thumbing its nose at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, issuing same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of state law. (Invaluable explainer here.) You may also have heard that Tom Corbett and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wasn’t too happy with that, and sued the county, demanding that they stop issuing said licenses. All this drama will come to a head on September 4th in Harrisburg, where Commonwealth Court will hear arguments. Stay tuned for the inevitable decision-followed by appeal-followed by state Supreme Court decision. [AP]
Since July 24, Montgomery County has issued more than 35 marriage licenses to gay couples, in open defiance of a state law that forbids same-sex marriage. Several of those new couples have already held ceremonies, and seem to consider themselves lawfully wedded. Yesterday, the state sued Montco Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes, the guy giving out the licenses, demanding that he stop. Until the courts rule on the matter, here are a few nagging questions:
Let’s start with: Um, are these people actually legally married?
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21-year-old Schwenkvsville native Matthew Royer went missing one week ago, after texting his mother that he was on his way back from college in Rhode Island. Now, he’s reportedly surfaced, alive, in North Carolina. It’s still unclear why he was there, and the family ain’t talking. And just in case you’re skeptical–there have been some false alarms–NBC 10 confirms: “Missing Student Definitely Found.” [NBC 10]
Last week, we learned that Kobe Bryant’s mom was trying to sell off her son’s old Lower Merion jerseys, among other memorabilia, in the hopes of cashing out and moving to Nevada. Upon learning that his old stuff was being put on the block (“Mom! That’s my stuff!“), Bryant filed a cease-and-desist letter, prompting the guy trying to sell the stuff on behalf of Bryant, West Berlin, NJ-based auctioneer Ken Goldin, to file a lawsuit.
Now, Kobe’s counter-suing, claiming his mother knows very well that the jerseys aren’t hers to sell.
On the day the suit was filed, Kobe Bryant says in his response, he received a call from his mother.
“I confronted her about her false statement that I had given my memorabilia to her,” he wrote.
“I said to her, ‘Mom, you know I never told you that you could have the memorabilia.’
“Her response was, ‘Yes, but you never said you wanted it either.’ Of course, this is untrue, since my wife and I requested that she return my memorabilia several years earlier.”
Also revealed in the court filing: Kobe owns a Teen Choice Award Surfboard and he wants to keep that too. [Inquirer]
Exhibit A that conservatives will try to use Allyson Schwartz’s past against her during her gubernatorial run. Today’s headline in the Weekly Standard: “Did Pennsylvania Democrat Allyson Schwartz Send Women to Gosnell’s House of Horrors?” (From ’75-’88, Schwartz was director a reproductive rights clinic in Philadelphia affiliated with Planned Parenthood.) The Standard‘s answer? We have absolutely no idea, but we thought we’d go ahead and assume the worst.
A Planned Parenthood official denies that Blackwell ever referred mothers seeking abortions to take the 10-minute drive across town to Gosnell’s clinic, though she did not explain how she knew this. “We have never referred to Gosnell,” said the official in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. Could she confirm that going all the way back to 1972, the year Gosnell first opened his clinic? The official did not immediately respond.
The race is on, folks. [Weekly Standard]
Kobe Bryant’s mom wants to sell off a big collection of her son’s old jerseys so she can buy herself a new home in Nevada. Kobe wants to keep the memorabilia for himself. And so they find themselves sparring in federal court in Camden. Pamela Bryant, you see, says her son gave her the items once, and now wants to sell them to a collectibles company, which would subsequently auction them off. (The West Berlin-based Goldin Auctions has already advanced her $450,000.) Kobe says it’s his property and he doesn’t want his maroon Lower Merion “33″ on the back of some punk. Perhaps it would be more appropriate for the two to settle this thing in a therapist’s office, rather than a courtroom. But that’s not really the Mamba’s style. [Courier-Post]
This is probably a story we can all relate to on some level–the high school foreign language teacher who seems suspiciously inept at speaking said foreign language. Pottsgrove dad Tony DiPaolo, who speaks French, Italian, and English, filed a complaint against the local school district, alleging that his kid was being taught by a fraud.
…When his son came home speaking his “mother tongue” incorrectly, DiPaolo did what most parents would do, he went to see the teacher. However, he decided to speak to the teacher only in French. “I was horrified to hear her struggle to form her sentences and make gross grammatical errors,” DiPaolo wrote in his complaint to the state.
Actually, it turns out there’s more than one French teacher. The first one, a “very good Spanish teacher,” was filling in for a departed French teacher. Then, in January, when that one left on sabbatical, she was replaced by another one. Tony wrote her a letter, and was subsequently “much saddened to find (the new teacher) has a poor command of written French” as well. After complaining to various people, he got fed up and filed a complaint, which has now been rejected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
DiPaolo, who indeed looks very authentically French/Italian in this picture, accused the school district of “institutionalizing mediocrity.” Hey, maybe that could be the state education department’s new motto!
Actress and local gal Maria Bello will be in Conshy tonight hosting a fundraiser for her non-profit We Advance, which advocates for women’s rights issues in developing countries. It’s going down from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the Great American Pub, which–fun fact–was owned by Bello’s grandpappy way back when it was the Brown Derby. Tickets are $50 to $80, based on whether or not you’re flying solo. Born in Norristown (was she friends with Mike Piazza?), Bello attended Villanova University, and was great in A History of Violence. [Patch]
State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Duh)–fan of legalized pot, foe of genetically modified corn–is running for Allyson Schwartz’s seat in Congress, assuming she runs for governor, which everybody does. (She hasn’t technically declared, but as Leach’s press guy put it, they’re “putting two and two together.”) Leach is the first candidate to declare for Schwartz’s seat, which encompasses parts of Montgomery county and Northeast Philly. [Daily News]
Republican Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who’s gearing up to Primary Tom Corbett, is being attacked by an anonymous new website that claims his fiscal conservatism is hooey. Tom Corbett’s not mentioned on the site from an election standpoint, but somebody must really like him to be doing this. (Or be him!) Presenting: CastorWatch.
Since launching his exploratory campaign for governor, Bruce Castor has parroted the talking points used by many fiscal conservative, Tea Party affiliated candidates. However, his record on tax and spending issues betray his often repeated statements.Despite railing against the policies and decisions of his fellow county commissioners, Castor ratified their spending by voting for a 17 percent property tax increase in December of 2011.
This, a guy, running to the right of Tom Corbett, who wants to, ahem: “cap annual spending” in “all levels of government”, eliminate property taxation, and become a right-to-work state, among other broadly popular goals. The site also calls him out for testifying on behalf of Vince Fumo. No word on whether CastorWatch.com has teamed up with the mind behind TheRealAlanButkovitz.com, which is still going strong.