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State Rep. Dorothy Hukill recaps 2012 legislative session: Balanced budget passed

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State Rep. Dorothy Hukill address her colleages in the Statehouse in Tallahassee prior to the end of the legislative session.

PORT ORANGE -- Dear Friends: As you probably know, the 2012 Legislative Session ended last month. Now that I’m back in Volusia County, I wanted to pass along a report of the main issues that were discussed and acted on in Tallahassee this year. Most importantly, I’m proud to report that we once again fulfilled our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget.

State Rep. Dorothy Hukill's 2012 message: 'We as a people will face many choices' is New Smyrna Beach's 24/7 Internet newspaper

State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy DOROTHY L. HUKILL

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PORT ORANGE -- 2012 is now upon us. This coming year will bring many challenges, and we as a people will face many choices to determine which way we want to move forward. Our economic situation remains uncertain.

We have all worked together to get things back on track, but we haven’t yet returned to where we want to be. Many are still hurting. But the New Year will also produce new opportunities. Various signs point to a budding recovery, and many Americans are now doing better today than they were just one year ago.

Pearl Harbor legacy endures 70 years later

State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy DOROTHY L. HUKILL
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TALLAHASSEE -- Seven decades ago today, our nation was brutally and unexpectedly attacked in a surprise military strike that claimed over 2,400 American lives. This cruel blow temporarily damaged our military capacity, but it did not damage our American fighting spirit.

Our nation recovered and led the charge to rid the modern world of the greatest threat it has ever known. On this day, we pause to remember those who were lost that morning, and those who whose lives were changed by grievous injury.

Recent news proves state economic programs working


State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy DOROTHY HUKILL
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PORT ORANGE -- In recent weeks, we’ve learned that new jobs may be coming to Volusia County. Several companies are now considering either moving their businesses to our area or expanding their existing operations here.

Teledyne Oil & Gas, a high-tech company that currently operates a 330-worker plant in Daytona Beach, may want to build a new facility nearby. This company specializes in engineering production that is used all over the world, and would be a perfect fit for recently laid-off workers from Kennedy Space Center. It could bring 100 jobs to our local area.

Redistricting: What it means for New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and other local cities

Every decade since 1790, the federal government has administered the United States Census. This survey, which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, gathers population data and statistics for the entire nation.

The information collected by the census is used in a variety of important ways, but of chief concern for Florida right now

Fourth of July: Declaration of Independence has secured freedom through the generations

PORT ORANGE -- 236 years ago, our nation adopted the Declaration of Independence, thereby securing the many rights and freedoms that Americans through the generations have always enjoyed. We celebrate independence in recognition of the brave founders of our great Republic, who risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the pursuit of liberty.

Memorial Day: 'Thinking of our nation’s many heroes and honoring their sacrifices'

State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy State Rep. DOROTHY L. HUKILL

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PORT ORANGE -- In our busy lives, it can be difficult for us to step back and take stock of what’s really important. Our day-to-day concerns often override what truly matters. Despite these obstacles, I hope you’ll join me this Memorial Day in thinking of our nation’s many heroes and honoring their sacrifices.

My father, who earned a Purple Heart as an infantryman in Europe during World War II, was fortunate to safely return home to tend to his injuries.

But in that war, and in others throughout our nation’s history, many brave Americans made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. That is why we have set aside a day of public remembrance in their honor.

Memorial Day was originally celebrated after the Civil War to recognize union soldiers who had been killed in action, but it rightfully now recognizes all Americans who have died while wearing the uniform of our nation’s armed services.

Merry Christmas!

State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy DOROTHY L. HUKILL
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Santa Santa Claus visits State. Rep. Dorothy Hukill and other legislators in Tallahassee.

PORT ORANGE -- Dear Friends:  I just wanted to take a moment to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. This is a wonderful time to pause, recharge our batteries, and take stock of what really matters.

Celebrating Veterans Day on 11/11/11


State Rep. Dorothy HukillBy DOROTHY L. HUKILL
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PORT ORANGE -- Today is 11/11/11 - Veterans Day. On this day, we honor those men and women who have defended this nation since its founding and who defend it still.

We owe so many of our freedoms to these brave and dedicated individuals. Though our busy lives may sometimes cause us to take these blessings for granted, we must never forget our nation's veterans, those devoted warriors who have always guarded the freedom and liberty that we hold so dear.

'We must never forget'


By STATE REP. DOROROTHY L. HUKILL blogger and Port Orange resident

PORT ORANGE -- Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks against the United States. We all can remember where we were or what we were doing when the news came in from New York on that fateful fall morning.

Soon after, we would learn of a larger plot against our nation, one that would also claim American lives in Pennsylvania and in Virginia, near our nation's capital.

It was a day of great national mourning for all the innocent lives that were lost. But it was also a day in which we recognized the great heroism and valor of true American heroes.

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