Early voting at NSB LibraryHeadline Surfer photo by Serafina Frederick / The lines were long with waits of up to an hour or more Saturday at the New Smyrna Beach Library, the second heaviest of the five early voting precincts across Volusia County.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Voter turnout was intense today on the first day of early voting for the 2012 general elections with people standing in line for more than an hour waiting to vote at the New Smyrna Beach Library, which was second among the five voting precincts.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Ann Romney visited a beachside school this morning

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Of the 15 public candidate debates Headline Surfer sponsored and moderated, the ugliest by far was Sunday's battle between dist. 8 state senate candidates Dorothy Hukill, the Republican, and Democrat Frank Bruno.

Headline Surfer video produced by Serafina Frederick / The panel for this episode includes Sally Gillies, Stan Escudero, Dana Dougherty and moderator Henry Frederick

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Debates and the transparency, or lack thereof, of candidates, their handlers and the media is discussed in this episode of The Roundtable, Headline Surfer's online news and public affairs show.

Charlie Crist wants his old job back -- boo hoo! Rick Scott better choice for Florida
Dana Swanson, political columnist / Headline Surfer®By Dana Swanson
Dana's Domain
Political columnist for Headline Surfer®
Rick Scott better choice for governor / Headline Surfer®Charle CXrist not a good choice for governor again / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Rick Scott is a far etter choice as a re-elected governor than bringing Charlie Crist, shown in rthe inset, who switches parties at every turn.
DEBARY, Fla. -- Charlie Crist can put out slick ads, but I was around when he used then-state GOP Chair Jim Greer to try to manipulate the Republican support for the U.S. Senate and stack the deck against Marco Rubio.

Crist had Greer try to freeze Rubio out of the Repuiblican National Committee funding, but fortunately that did not work.

1,000 Facebook likes for first 100 days in office

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Editor's Note: Here is the weekly message from Congressman Ron DeSantis...

Congressman Ron DeSantisWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dear Friend – Last week, you helped me reach over 1,000 Facebook likes, which was a wonderful way to celebrate my first 100 days in Congress! Thank you to everyone who has connected with on Facebook and on Twitter at @RepDeSantis - hearing from you is the most important part of my job.

It is a privilege and an honor to represent Florida's sixth district in Congress! When I announced last week that I had co-sponsored legislation mandating that the new drone medal not be given a higher precedence than the Purple Heart, I also stated that it was my hope that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would simply handle it himself at the Department of Defense level.

I am pleased to report that Secretary Hagel has discontinued the drone medal entirely.

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