Party Lines Political Notebook

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.

Making the Grade

space shuttle EndeavorPhoto by NASA/Kim Shiflett / Space shuttle Endeavor awaits its final launch scheduled for Monday at Cape Canaveral.

Grade: A

The countdown is on for Monday’s 8:56 a.m. EDT liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavor. In one of the most expensive, but rewarding undertakings our government has ever directed, the space shuttle program is first class as it winds down to its final missions.

After Endeavor, space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to lift off for the final time on June 28.

Of all the shuttle launches, though the two that stand out are the tragic ones. Challenger blew up just 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven astronauts on board, and on Feb. 3, 2003, Columbia disintegrated during re-entry, killing its crew of seven. 

The Cartoon

User login