Henry Frederick's blog

DAYTONA BEACH -- There is a lot of ground to cover in terms of getting our endorsements published before the Tuesday primary, which is less than 24 hours from now.

With that said, it's time to get bcd to cranking them out. In some campaigns it will be obvious from the in-depth analysis that we are well schooled while in others it might be like pulling teeth. Of the approximately 28 endorsements, there will likely be a handful where we offer only a token recommendation or perhaps none at all. Typically, that would be in some of the smaller municipalities like Lake Helen.

DAYTONA BEACH -- There is a lot of fast-moving political news and we are doing our best to try and keep with it, from the Waverly investigation fallout to beach driving and news leading up to Tuesday's primary.

We will do our best to give you updates via our Twitter and Facebook as we work diligently to develop full stories today ands over the weekend. We appreciate your patience and look forward to providing you with relevant news that matters. And hopefully, a few fun features and brights along the way.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Off the bat, let me say this: Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor Pat Rice did an excellent job in moderating his newspaper's candidate debate for the district 3 County Council race Tuesday at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. But let's be real about this: This was engineered to favor the two-year incumbent, Deb Denys, who purposely avoided not one, but two "public candidate debates" that we held; the most recent just eight days earlier in the same venue and the earlier one last month in Oak Hill.

Michael Redding, CEO of Halifax Media Group is Darth Vader & Dark Helmet / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Halifax Media Groups's Michael Redding showed with his handling of the acquisition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette why he's the Darth Vader of newspaper publishers. With his  ongoing oversight of the flagship Daytona Beach News-Journal he's shown he's more like Dark Helmet in turning the product into watered-down drivel.

County Councilm,an Doug Daniels questioned by FBI on conflicts / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Doug Daniels really is clueless in dealing with investigative reporters, especially one whose award-winning stories are unparalleled in Central Florida. Oh, Daniels likes to run his mouth on the dais, especially when the reporter in question isn't there.  But let's be clear about one thing: He's a two-bit lawyer who serves as a voting proxy for NASCAR's Lesa France Kennedy and her International Speedway Corp. board pals, Hyatt Brown and Mori Hosseini.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Taking cars off the beach behind the closed Desert Inn where a luxury hotel resort is planned won't make a difference as long as Daytona Beach's violent crime persists and it shows no sign of letting up. 

Daytona Int's Speedway flak Lenny Santiago brags how many football staium fit inside the infield / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- You know it's pure public relations when they're bragging about how many football stadiums they can fit in the infield, but not a peep out of them why the Daytona 500 is not a sell out.

Award-winning journalist Henry Frederick banned from media access to Daytona International Speedway on his home turf / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- I know it was going to be a tough day being Friday the 13th and all. But the phone call I received just before high noon from Daytona International Speedway PR flak Lenny Santiago was so over the top, it just made my day complete. He let me know in no uncertain terms I was not going to receive media credentials for the July races.

Deb Denys / Headline Surfer®Justin Kennedy / Headline Surfer®Jim Hathaway / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- The Jonathan Kaney, Jr.-led Waverly investigation is yet another example of the corruptness of Volusia County governance, especially when you consider the motivating factors behind this: A large, quick sum of cash for Councilman Doug Daniels' friend, Kaney, and the cutthroat politics of Councilwomen Denys and Pat Northey who will go to any length to keep their seats on the dais.