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Tony Ledbetter of Ormond Beach named to key Florida Republican leadership post

Dana Swanson of DeBary tabbed as GOP district 7 alternate chair

Tony Ledbetter with Gov. Scott / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer/ Rising GOP leader Tony Ledbetter, second from left, is shown here in this Dec. 9 photo op. with Gov. Rick Scott, along with Ledbetter's daughter, Kimberly Patterson, Gov. Scott's wife, Ann and Lt. Gov. Jennifr Carroll at the governor's mansion in Tallahassee. 

ORLANDO -- Pledging to his GOP colleagues that he would be a "conservative voice" for the party, Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County, was elected Congressional Dis. 6 chairman for the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting this weekend at the Rosen Centre Hotel. 

"I am honored by the support from the conservative leaders in Congressional District 6. I will be a conservative voice on the State Executive Board of the Florida Republican Party," said Ledbetter, of Ormond Beach, who will represent Volusia, Putnam, St. John and Flagler counties on the State Executive Board of the Republican Party for the next two years.

Gov. Scott pleased ObamaCare headed to U.S. Supreme Court

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TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott released a statement regarding ObamaCare going to the the U.S. Supreme Court, saying in part he hopes that it is repealed by the end of next year.

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Webster Barnaby announces run for County Council at-large seat: 'Time for fresh blood and fresh approach'

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Incumbent Joyce Cusack already in battle with term-limited colleague Pat Northey

Webster Barnaby of Deltona running for at-large County Council / Headline Surfer®Volusia at-large County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack / Headline Surfer®Term-limited Pat Northey challenging for the at-large County Council / Headline Surfer®Display photo for Headline Surfer® /
Deltona City Commissioner Webster Barnaby is running for the at-large seat on the County Council against incumbent Joyce Cusack, in the middle, and fellow Council member Pat Northey.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Saying it's time "for fresh blood and a fresh approach," Deltona City Commissioner and Republican Webster Barnaby announced his candidacy to run for the non-partisan at-large seat on the Volusia County Council against first-term incumbent Joyce Cusack and term-limited dis. 5 seat holder Pat Northey, the latter two Democrats.

 

Gov. Scott in Orlando pays respects to Florida Congressman C.W. 'Bill' Young, 82

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Was longest-serving member of the House until his death

Florida GOP Congressman CW Bill Young dies at age 82 / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Florida's longest serving Congressman, CW Bill Young, shown here at left, died Friday. He was 82.

ORLANDO -- Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement earlier tonight from Orlando regarding today's passing of Florida U.S. Congressman C.W. Bill Young, 82, and the the longest-serving Republican in the House, who had been hospitalized in recent weeks at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“Ann and I join all Floridians as we mourn the passing of Representative Bill Young," Scott said in a statement e-mailed to Headline Surfer and other Florida media outlets.

State Rep. Dwayne Taylor receives 'Legislator of the Year' award during firefighter conference in Daytona Beach

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State Rep. Dwayne Taylor, award winner / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Officials with the Florida Professional Firefighters, Marsh Gilbert, Gary Rainey, its president; and Robert Suarez (shown far right),  surround Democratic Statehouse lawmaker Dwayne Taylor as he receives their 'Legislator of the Year' award. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Dist. 26 State Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, received the Florida Professional Firefighters 2013 "Legislator of the Year" award during the 69th annual conference for professional firefighters at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley takes stock of Stockton, Calif's financial woes

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Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley / Headline SurferORMOND BEACH -- Mayor Ed Kelley gave his city commission colleagues and the public a dose of reality regarding unfunded pension liability issues.

According to the minutes of the April 2 Ormond Beach City Commission meeting, the mayor said Stockton, Calif., recently became the largest city to file for bankruptcy in the U.S. Kelley said Stockton was almost a billion dollars in debt and was driven to that primarily by unfunded pension liabilities.

County Councilwoman Deb Denys to address Young Republicans in Port Orange

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PORT ORANGE -- Dist. 3 County Councilwoman Deb Denys is the featured speaker for the April 15 meeting of the Greater Volusia Young Republicans, where she is expected to discuss tighter regulations for new CRAs.

US Sen. Rubio and Gov. Scott no shows at Romney rally in Ormond Beach

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Ann Romney, Pam Bondi, Mitt RomneyNSBNews.net photo by Sera Frederick / Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi introduces Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, to 2,500 supporters in Ormond Beach on Sunday evening.

ORMOND BEACH -- State Attorney General Pam Bondi was here Sunday night to support Mitt Romney at the big rally, but where were other Sunshine State Republican office holders? NSB News reached out to the offices of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman John Mica, Congresswoman Sandy Adams and Gov. Rick Scott.

Both the Rubio and Scott camps said they were remaining nuetral -- at least for the time being.

Gov. Scott confident ObamaCare will be repealed by High Court

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Gov. Rick ScottTALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Tuesday regarding ObamaCare going to the the U.S. Supreme Court, saying in part he hopes that it is repealed by the end of next year.

“Today’s news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next March in the Florida lawsuit against ObamaCare is a tremendous step in the fight against the job-killing federal mandate.

"With this news, I am hopeful that ObamaCare will be repealed by the end of 2012 and we can put a stop to further tax increases, additional job losses,

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