Editor's Note: The following guest column was written by Rich Gailey, a candidate for the Volusia County Council dist. 5 seat:

Volusia County Council dist 5 candidate Rich GaileyDEBARY -- When there is an ailment that affects one part of the body the whole body is affected. I remember when I popped the posterior cruciate ligament in my knee while playing pick-up basketball, I could not push off with that leg anymore, and as a result, I stopped playing basketball because I was not longer as productive as when I had the full use of both of my legs. It is the same with excessive government spending.


Headline Surfer video by Sera Frederick / Click on the video and see how many Republican Party loyalists in VolusiaCounty you can name from images captured during Friday night's Lincoln Day Gala Dinner at the Hilton in Daytona Beach with conservative talk show host Neal Bortz as the guest speaker. Among them are two people in Congress and various candidates for countywide state and congressional offices.


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Headline Surfer videos by Sera Frederick / Volusia County Council dist. 3 candidates Deb Denys, Jim Hathaway and Justin Kennedy speak frankly on where they stand on the issues in the second of eight debates Saturday at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach sponsored by Headline Surfer. Six more videos inside. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- All three candidates running for the Volusia County Council dist. 3 seat have previously won elected office and tout their experience as reasons why each has an advantage over the other two. But it's the degrees of separation that each asks the voter to consider in defining that experience.


Dorothy Hukill Facebook campaign pageDorothy HukillFrank BrunoState Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, and Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno, D-Ponce Inlet, are term-limited in their current seats and so they're vying for the dist. 8 state senate seat in the November elections.

PORT ORANGE -- Their State Senate showdown isn't until November, but Republican Dorothy Hukill is chomping at the bit against her Democratic opponent, Frank Bruno: "We just won the West Volusia Regional Chamber straw ballot with over 65% of the vote! Thank you for all your support - onward to November!"


Deb Denys mailerA mailing by Volusia County Council candidate Deb Denys that dismisses her two opponents as Obama clones, sets the stage for what's expected to be a lively series of debates Saturday in New Smyrna Beach, eight in all, sponsored by Headline Surfer.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- There's no love lost between the candidates for the Volusia County Council dist. 3 race and that may be just the warm-up for Saturday's big debates at the Brannon Center.

Headline Surfer, the New Smyrna Beach-based 24/7 Internet newspaper, has eight debates set to go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with citizen participation a key component in holding the candidates accountable to the voters.


Mitt RomneyPhoto for NSB News by Joe Raedle /Getty Images
Mitt Romney campaigns in West Palm Beach earlier this month. He'll be in Ormond Beach Sunday evening for a big campaign rally in advance of the Jan. 31 Republican primary.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mitt Romney is making a campaign stop in Ormond Beach Sunday and nobody is more thrilled about it than New Smyrna Beach's Joe Stich, GOP Volusia County chair.

"I think there's a lot of support here for Romney. It's a positive thing that he's coming here," Stich told NSB News this afternoon in confirming the Republican presidential hopeful's local visit, one day after South Carolina's primary.


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I am seeking your vote to serve you on the County Council (Dist. 3, SE Volusia). Having served in various community and public service capacities and boards in SE Volusia,  it is vital we elect a council member who will champion the needs in your part of the county. As Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Counties, I bring experience in working with diverse agencies. With this entrenched recession, we must prioritize job and economic development.  I would truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you on the County Council as your champion for SE Volusia. Please feel free to call me: 386-428-5943.

-- Deborah A. Denys
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ORLANDO, FLA. – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza earler today sentenced former Florida House of Representatives member Dwayne L. Taylor,  50, of Daytona Beach, to 13 months in federal prison for wire fraud.


MONTPELIER, Vt. -- CNN's Jake Tapper lies about his working-class background.