Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Seven candidates will vie for four school board seats, and three council seats will be up for grabs between six hopefuls.
The day before the Bensalem School Board votes on a controversial budget proposal, voters took their chance to decide who will compete for the four seats up for grabs in November's general election. Of the four school board seats, only one incumbent, Kim Rivera, chose to run again. After winning the nomination on Tuesday, Rivera will appear on the Republican ballot with Jason Harris, Kiran Patel and Jennifer Ryan. Like the majority of school board candidates, Ryan crossfiled her candidacy and earned enough votes to appear on both parties' ballots, joining Bill Nazarro, Eric Stern and and Peter Waitze on the Democratic side. The primary results were much less dramatic for the Bensalem Township Council seats. The three Republican incumbents…
Monday, May 20, 2013
Three council seats and four school board positions are up for grabs this year.
The following are the candidates running for office at the state, county and township level and seeking the nomination from Tuesday's primary election. The unofficial list has been provided by the Bucks County Board of Elections office. Pennsylvania has a closed primary, meaning that only party members can vote for candidates in their party. Democrats vote for Democrats, and Republicans vote for Republicans. Independents cannot vote in the primary election. If you are unsure where to vote, visit this site and input your address. Polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. The general election takes place Nov. 5. The last day to register for the general is Oct. 7. Judge of the Superior Court (vote for one) Vic Stabile (Republican) …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Here are some family activities you can do to foster environmentalism. Sponsored by Sony.
Very few events are celebrated around the globe, but Earth Day is. This year, it’s come and gone. But we’re here to ask: What can we do to show our love of the earth on that day, and every day? On May 31st, Sony will release After Earth, an action-packed movie that takes place 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to leave. It’s the kind of scenario that makes you want to donate to Greenpeace, recycle everything, and start biking every where, immediately. So, in honor of Earth Day, Patch has teamed up with Sony to present these ideas for making every day Earth Day. How can we make every day Earth Day? Begin with little things. Easy things. Obvious things. Things we take for granted each day, and use and/or abuse because of…
Monday, April 8, 2013
The primary election is May 21. Check the list below to see who is running for open positions on the county level.
Though it may lack the glamour of a national campaign, this election year is no less important, especially if you believe in the old adage, "All politics is local." The following are the candidates running for office at the county level and seeking the nomination from the May 21 primary (incumbents are bolded). The unofficial list has been provided by the Bucks County Board of Elections office. The last day to register before the primary is April 22. Pennsylvania has a closed primary, meaning that only party members can vote for candidates in their party. Democrats vote for democrats, and republicans vote for republicans. Independents cannot vote in the primary election. The general election takes place November 5, 2013. The last day to …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The upstart organization wants to show Bucks voters who are sick of the two-party system that there is an alternative.
If you believe that the government overtaxes its citizens and interferes with the free market, then you are probably a Republican. But wait, you also believe in the separation of church and state and that the government should not impose religious standards that limit individual freedoms, so that must mean you are a Democrat. Instead of suffering through this political identity crisis, Dr. Tom Stevens suggests that, if you generally follow the fiscally conservative/socially liberal philosophy, you are most likely a Libertarian. It's a realization that has expanded exponentially in the past, politically charged year. "We doubled our registered members since April 2012," said Dr. Stevens. "Most people don't have the time to sit and really …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Pat Bachtle received the second highest number of votes for a Bucks County row officer in 2009.
Tuesday, January 15
One week following Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler kicked off his re-election campaign, Pat Bachtle announced she will seek re-election as the Bucks County Prothonotary on the Republican ticket. According to the Bucks County website, the office of the prothonotary is the clerk of the civil division of the court of common pleas. This elected row officer has responsibility for all official documents and records of the civil and family divisions. The office records legal documents such as appeals, complaints, liens and subpoenas. A press release from Bachtle lists the following accomplishments: “Because we’ve put new technologies in place and because my employees are extremely effective, I’ve been able to reduce the size of …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
David Heckler touted his office's record of solving all but one homicide since he took office in 2010.
Election season has barely ended, but it looks like it's about to start up again. In a statement released to the press, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler announced his intention to seek re-election to a second term for his office. "I cannot imagine more fulfilling work," Heckler said in the statement. "I am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last three years. I will be seeking re-election this year because my team and I have more work to do." Since taking office in 2010, Heckler and his team has solved all but one of the homicides that have occurred. The March 2012 shooting of Erick Stephens outside his apartment building in Morrisville is still under investigation. He also highlighted the national accreditation …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of generic drugs, gave thousands in campaign dollars to Pennsylvania lawmakers.
Friday, November 9, 2012
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — One of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers, known for its morning-after pill, has given hundreds of thousands in campaign funds to Pennsylvania politicians. Teva Pharmaceuticals captured headlines this fall, when its Plan B One-Step was offered for free to high school students along with contraception and health-care services through a New York City program. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, the company’s political action committee, spent more on campaign dollars this year than in the past. Donations totaled more than $275,000, compared with around $138,000 in 2010 and $47,000 in 2008, according to election money tracker OpenSecrets.org. In 2012, the PAC gave: In the U.S. Senate, …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Pennsylvania Democrats achieved a historic swing in the state Senate Tuesday
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Democrats picked up net three state Senate seats Tuesday - their biggest gain since 1970 and the largest swing since the GOP won four seats in 1994, according to a PoliticsPa report. The party went three for three in open seats, picking up districts formerly held by Republicans. According to PoliticsPa: "The big night will immediately shift the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans had held a 30 to 20 majority. Now, they’ll have 27 seats to 23 for the Democrats. The math is important. The Senate Republicans have consistently tempered more conservative legislative efforts from House Republicans, in part because the Senate caucus contains half a dozen moderates – mostly from southeast Pennsylvania. Now, they’ll have to moderate …