Politically, Bucks County has been a battleground between Democrats and Republicans in recent elections. James Gould Cozzens, a Bucks County artist, used Doylestown as the setting for two of his novels. The southern third of the county, often referred to as Lower Bucks, is located on the Atlantic coastal plain and is the most populated and industrialized area. The results of Tuesday's municipal elections were telling: Bucks voters are not pleased with the current state of the nation.
This surge of Republican voters has invigorated the Bucks County Republican Party and left Democrats strategizing for next year's midterm elections. Local news sources include Levittown Now, Bucks County Beacon, NewtownPanow, Bucks Happening, and New Hope Free Press. Lower Bucks County is also home to Bensalem's Parx Casino and Racing, a casino and full-blooded racetrack. The administrative branch of Bucks County government provides a wide range of services including emergency, community, and human services, the county prison system, voter registration, and elections.
The county has several local theater companies such as the former and recently reopened Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Town and Country Players in Buckingham, ActorsNet in Morrisville, and the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol. Northampton County was formed from a part of Bucks County in 1752 and Lehigh County was formed from a part of Northampton County in 1812. In presidential elections, Bucks has followed the general Democratic trend that has spread across the Philadelphia area. However, this trend has been less pronounced than in Delaware and Montgomery counties. Since voters handed over five of the county's nine offices to Republicans on Tuesday, the phone at the office of Patricia Poprik, president of the Bucks County Republican Committee, has not stopped ringing.
Local print publications include Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, The Advance of Bucks County, Bucks County Herald, Bucks County Town and Country Living, Radius Magazine, Yardley Voice, Morrisville Times, Newtown Gazette, Northampton Herald, Langhorne Ledger, Lower Southampton Spirit, New Hope News, Doylestown Observer, Warwick Journal, and Fairless Focus. Bucks County is one of three original counties created by colonial owner William Penn in 1682. It shares a western border with Montgomery County and is bordered by Philadelphia to the southwest and Northampton and Lehigh counties to the north. Terry Madonna from Lancaster said that suburban areas such as Bucks County became top concerns for Republicans this year to attract blue-collar voters. The political climate in Bucks County is one that has been divided between Democrats and Republicans for some time now. This division was made clear during Tuesday's municipal elections when voters expressed their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.
This red wave of Republican voters has energized the local GOP while leaving Democrats strategizing for next year's midterms. The county offers a wide range of services through its administrative branch including emergency services, community services, human services, voter registration and elections. It also boasts several local theater companies such as the recently reopened Bucks County Playhouse, Town and Country Players in Buckingham, ActorsNet in Morrisville and Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol. In presidential elections over recent years Bucks has followed a general Democratic trend that is seen across Philadelphia but less so than Delaware or Montgomery counties.
This year's election saw five out of nine offices go to Republicans which has caused a stir among both parties. Local print publications include Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, The Advance of Bucks County as well as several other local newspapers covering different areas within the county. Bucks is one of three original counties created by William Penn in 1682 and shares borders with Montgomery County to the west as well as Philadelphia to the southwest and Northampton and Lehigh counties to the north. Terry Madonna from Lancaster noted that suburban areas such as Bucks have become key targets for Republicans this year in order to attract blue-collar voters. Overall it is clear that understanding the political climate in Bucks County requires an understanding of both its history as well as its current state of affairs.