Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:59 PM

Kevin Strouse, a Democrat running for Congress in Bucks County, held a news conference at the Warminster VFW Tuesday morning promising to protect programs like Social Security and Medicare if elected.

Speaking to the crowd of about a dozen, he said he understands how important the programs are to seniors, though he later conceded he didn’t know how many constituents in the district benefit from them. 

But before Strouse could take the microphone, he and the crowd listened to an impassioned 15-minute political lecture from Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, a singer from the 1970’s doo-wop band Sha Na Na.

Chris Palmer @ 3:59 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, September 5, 2014, 2:56 PM
Kevin Strouse, a Democrat, is taking on Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

Kevin Strouse, a Democrat running for Congress against Republican incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick, held a meeting at his Bristol Township headquarters Friday to discuss what his legislative priorities would be if he's elected.

In front of about half a dozen constituents and some campaign staff members, Strouse touched on an issue he's emphasized for months - raising the minimum wage - as well as topics like ending subsidies for oil companies, banning members of Congress from becoming registered lobbyists, and making college more affordable.

"These are the kinds of things people are struggling with," he said.

Chris Palmer @ 2:56 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 3:47 PM
U.S. Rep Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), left, and Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse

Two non-partisan political forecasting services released reports in the last week now saying that U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) is likely to win re-election over his Democratic challenger in Bucks County this fall.

The two agencies, the Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, had previously said the race “leaned” Republican, but now say Fitzpatrick is “likely” to stave off Democrat Kevin Strouse, a first-time candidate who previously worked for the CIA and served as an Army Ranger.

No independent public poll has been conducted on the race thus far. The election is just under three months away.

Chris Palmer @ 3:47 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:46 PM

A federal judge has ruled that a Bucks County school district did not violate a high school teacher’s free speech when it fired her in 2012 after discovering her personal blog, which disparaged some students as “frightfully dim,” “utterly loathsome” and “whiny.”

In a Friday judgment that blocked the teacher’s lawsuit from going to trial, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe wrote that the blog failed a long-standing judicial test that balances a teacher’s free speech rights against the interests of a school district to operate efficiently.

Rufe wrote that Natalie Munroe’s blog focused mainly on her personal life, sometimes mentioning unnamed students, their parents and coworkers at Central Bucks High School East. But Munroe rarely addressed issues of greater public concern that are typically protected in free speech cases involving teachers, such as a proposed tax increase or academic integrity, Rufe wrote.

Ben Finley @ 3:46 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 5:11 PM

Two men injured in a tandem skydiving accident in Perkasie on Tuesday are expected to survive.

Skydiving instructor Robert Mandic, 41, of Hilltown, Bucks County, suffered broken ankles, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, among other injuries, his mother Katherine Mandic said.   

“His spirits are good,” she told The Inquirer by phone on Wednesday. “His main concern was his passenger.”

Ben Finley @ 5:11 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 11:16 AM

Bensalem police are looking for the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash the occurred Thursday on Bristol Pike (Route 13) sometime between 6:35 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

The crash killed a pedestrian, identified as Vincent Peary of Philadelphia. He was found about 6:45 p.m. on the 4100 block of Bristol Pike.  

The vehicle fled the scene before police arrived. But it should have damage to its frontend and possibly to its windshield,

Ben Finley @ 11:16 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:25 AM

At Tuesday night's Neshaminy School Board meeting, superintendent Robert Copeland delivered a statement about the dispute over whether the student editors of the Playwickian can enforce a ban on the word Redskin in the school newspaper.

In it, he confirmed that Neshaminy High School Rob McGee had confiscated copies of the Playwickian last week after the student editors printed the paper without approval, and said the confiscation was proper given the circumstances. Copeland, who praised the students passion and maturity, also said district administrators expect "respect for school district authority and the rules that govern," and that the students' decision to print the paper is being investigated.

The editors of the paper unanimously agreed to send the school year's final edition to the printer, according to editor-in-chief Gillian McGoldrick, because McGee had told the students the issue would only be approved if they reversed their decision to edit the word Redskin out of an op-ed that had been submitted by another student. The editors responded by removing the op-ed altogether, replacing it with a note explaining the situation, and sending the issue to print, McGoldrick said.

Chris Palmer @ 12:25 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:07 PM

Jury selection began Monday for the trial of a man accused of beating to death a Bucks County native last year near the university he attended in West Virginia.

Kevin Figaniak, 21, who grew up in Perkasie and attended Pennridge High School, was a business major at Wheeling Jesuit University. In September, he and a friend were walking near the school when they encountered a group of other men and a fight ensued, police said.

Figaniak, who was a senior at the university, later died at a nearby hospital. Prosecutors charged Craig Peacock, 22, of Clewiston, Fla., and Jarrett Chandler, 24, of Winnfield, La., in the death.

Ben Finley @ 6:07 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

Also on
Stay Connected