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Can you imagine actively applying for a job every day for more than 700 days?

That is what John McCain and Barack Obama are doing. It has to be a tremendous stress and strain, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Just imagine traveling throughout the entire country day in and day out, making speeches, shaking hands, kissing babies, and eating on the run.

Imagine the amount of planning for all these appearances, the amount of supporters involved, the incredible million of dollars for publicity. It is amazing that a campaign can be organized and conducted so efficiently.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The Halifax Consort, Daytona State College’s resident early music ensemble, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library auditorium.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Jill Biden, wife of vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, urged nearly 300 Democratic supporters at the Woman's Club of New Smyrna Beach this afternoon to take advantage of early voting before the expected Nov. 4 election-day crush.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- He's the ultimate conservative Republican. She's the ultimate liberal Democrat. You won't finfd more polar opposites in the 2008 elections than incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Fenney and liberal Democratic challanger Suzanne Kosmas.

 

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I wonder how many Americans realize that if George Bush had gotten his way with privatizing social security the Bush Administration would already have gambled away a large vestige of its citizens’ economic survival. The stock market would have gobbled it up in the last few weeks.

Unlike the unregulated profiteers being bailed out, the private citizen would be left to the mercy of whatever soup kitchen would keep him plodding along until he dropped dead from lack of everyday necessities.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Early voting for the presidential election as well as a host of local, state and national congressional races started with a bang today with 862 ballots cast at the New Smyrna Beach Library, according to the Volusia County Elections Office.

Overall, 4,241 voters took advantage of early voting on the first day. Early voting runs through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

New Smyrna Beach ranked third among four Volusia library locations where voters cast their votes. New Smyrna Beach had 862 voters.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Dan Sawyer returned home to Orlando after the extended weekend Biketoberfest motorcycle rally. He rode out of town on his 1998 Harley-Davidson Road King. And yes, he wore his helmet.

The annual four-day fall biker rally in Volusia County was smaller crowd-wise and bikers like Sawyer were conservative in their spending, even with gas being as cheap as it is.

With the sour economy and the looming recession, there were far less bikers this time around. If there was a real positive that came out of this special event that is supposed to boost the local economy, it's that there were no road fatalities.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Barack Obama and John McCain could learn a thing or two about money from 14-year Logan Colee. After all, he's going to be in the nation's capital when one of the presidential hopefuls is sworn into office in January. The New Smyrna Beach High School freshman was succinct and clear in his mission Tuesday when he addressed the New Smyrna Beach City Commission to seek funds to help supplement his trip.

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