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Welcome to the new Kevin Patrick Inscoe Public Wiki

My main portfolio page is https://kevininscoe.com.

Introduction

I am a teacher, an author, an operating system and software engineer, a cloud engineer (AWS and Linode), an electronics and radio frequency engineer and hobbyist, licensed ham (Amateur) radio operator (call sign KE3VIN), amateur historian and a weather and atmosphere aficionado. I also am interested in many other things that will likely show up on here. I use wikis because I find them fast and easy to use as opposed to other CMS systems. This wiki is not publicly editable.

This wiki represents all of my personal notes and articles accumulated or created over several decades. It encompasses technical, engineering, teaching, articles I have written, The Bible, prayer and Christian Living my experiences with the world around me.

You can use the search bar above to the right or I have a list of major topics below.

My original public wiki is still at http://ke3vin.org where a bulk of the material is still located. I am consolidating content under my primary domain: kevininscoe.com.

Although I cannot answer every email or message I receive I can be contacted by email atMy email address.pngor on Twittter at https://twitter.com/kevininscoe. A DM will probably get my attention faster.

Major subdivisions of this wiki

2018 election endorsements

My endorsements for 2018 Deltona, Florida General Election

Incumbent Judges Lee Smith, Patti Ann Christensen, Chris France, Terence R. Perkins, Mary G. Jolley, Leah Case, Elizabeth A. Blackburn and Clyde E. Wolfe all qualified with no opponents, and were therefore re-elected.

November 6, 2018

Candidate Name or answer Office
Rick Scott U.S. Senator
Matt Caldwell Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Melody Johnson Volusia County School Board Member District 5
Michael Waltz U.S. Representative of Congress District 6 (CD6)
Ryan Will Florida Circuit Judge 7th Judicial Circuit Group 15
Yes Shall Justice Alan Lawson of the Supreme Court be retained in office?
Yes Shall Justice Eric Eisnaugle of the Fifth District Court of Appeal be retained in office?
Derrick Orberg Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 1
Beth James Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 3
Andy Kelly Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 5
John Hill West Volusia Hospital Authority Group A, Seat 1
Webster Barnaby West Volusia Hospital Authority Group B, Seat 1
Kathie Shepard West Volusia Hospital Authority Group B, Seat 2
Rick DeSantis Florida Governor
Santiago Avila, Jr. City of Deltona Mayor
Ashley Moody Florida Attorney General
Fred Lowry Volusia County Council Member District 5
Loren King Deltona City Commission District 1
Jimmy Patronis Chief Financial Officer
Tom Wright [On the ballot as Dorothy Hukill (Deceased)] Florida State Senator, District 14
David Santiago Florida State Representative, District 27

2018 Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Florida is heavy this year with proposed Constitutional amendments. This due to the meeting this past legislative session of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) convenes once every 20 years to examine the Florida Constitution and propose changes for voter consideration. More at http://www.flcrc.gov/About.html. Note: By order of the Florida Supreme Court, Number 8 Constitution revision (Ballot title: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools) is removed from the 2018 General Election Ballot. See SC18-1368. The numbering for the remaining proposed amendments will not change and will appear on the ballot as currently numbered. So consequently Number 8 below is missing.

More on the amendments in full at https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/laws-rules/constitutional-amendments/

Proposed Florida Amendment Ballot Number Ballot Title Vote Yes or No? Why?
1 Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption Yes This amendment would lower taxes and give approximately $250 back to homeowners by increasing the homestead exemption for homes valued greater than $125,000
2 Limitations on Property Tax Assessments Yes This amendment would protect Floridians from a major tax increase by permanently limiting non-residential property tax increases to 10%.
3 Voter Control of Gambling Yes This amendment would freeze casino gambling at current levels and remove the ability of the Florida Legislature to expand casino gambling, giving Florida voters the exclusive right to control any future expansion of casinos.
4 Voting Restoration Amendment No This amendment would restore the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida with the exception of murder or felony sexual offenders. I support restored rights for certain felony offenders but based on merit. This amendment would blanket restore the rights for repeat or career felony offenders or other violent non-sexual crimes.
5 Super-Majority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees Yes Will require a two-thirds vote in both Florida’s House and Senate in order to enact and impose new taxes or to raise state fees.
6 Rights of Crime Victims; Retirement Age for Judges Yes The CRC by law can put multiple questions in to a single amendment. This amendment would: 1) Create a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims; 2) Require that authority over legal questions rests with appointed judges rather than administrative agencies; & 3) Raise the mandatory retirement age for state judges from 70 to 75 years of age
7 First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities Yes Another CRC multi-question amendment. I strongly support the first question not so strongly the rest. This amendment would: 1) Provide college

tuition for the family members of first responders and military members killed in the line of duty; 2) Require a super-majority vote of the Legislature to raise university fees; & 3) Establish the state college system in the Florida Constitution

9 Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces No Again another CRC proposal. So here I want to vote No for the drilling and Yes for the vaping. I don't understand how this got to be an amendment in this form but because of this I am voting No to remain status quo. This amendment would: ban offshore drilling for oil and natural gas on lands beneath all state waters and ban the use of vapor-generating electronic devices, such as electronic cigarettes, in enclosed indoor workplaces.
10 Florida State and Local Government Structure Yes This is the "Sheriff Amendment". This makes your county sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court constitutionally elected officials with their own power base. They no longer answer to the county council or county executive depending on the counties form of government. This is a modification of the Home Rule or Municipal Home Rule Powers Act (MHRPA) amendment passed in Florida in 1968 and adopted in 1973 and now codified in Ch. 166 of the Florida Statutes. For more history on the Home Rule see http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/docs/default-source/Civic-Education/historyofhomerule.pdf
11 Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes Yes This amendment would: 1) Repeal a never used constitutional provision allowing for laws to ban those ineligible for citizenship from owning real property; 2) Remove an obsolete constitutional provision repealed by voters; & 3) Clarify language regarding the repeal of a criminal statute and its prosecution.
12 Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers No This one I am conflicted. The current office for personal gain yes I agree but in some cases there may be positive uses of lobbying and where I am conflicted I vote No. This amendment would extend the waiting period prohibiting public officials from lobbying following their term(s), from two years to six years and restrict current public officials from using their office for personal gain.
13 Ban or end Dog Racing No Now on the surface one could say why would you not ban dog racing and pari-mutuel betting and yes I would rather do that frankly. But again this amendment put forth by the CRC is ambivalent " This amendment would specifically end commercial dog racing involving wagering in Florida by 2020 but it also creates a new “fundamental value” that all animals should have “humane treatment” with no definitions provided leaving them open to interpretation by courts." So for that reason again I have go status quo.

My endorsements for 2018 Deltona, Florida Primary

Most 7th Judicial Circuit judges are unopposed and therefore will automatically be re-elected.

The Florida judicial system explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=fe0Al8Xr-og

All voters in the 7th Circuit covering Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties can vote.

Circuit judges make $146,000 a year and serve six-year terms.

Candidate Name Office
Rick Scott U.S. Senator
Matt Caldwell Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Melody Johnson Volusia County School Board Member District 5
Fred Costello U.S. Representative of Congress District 6 (CD6)
Ryan Will Florida Circuit Judge 7th Judicial Circuit Group 15
TBA Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Seat 1
Rick DeSantis Florida Govenor
Dawn "Pam" Fields County Judge 7th Judicial Circuit, Group 5
Brian Soukup West Volusia County Hospital Authority Group B, Seat 2
Ben Johnson Volusia County Council At Large
Santiago Avila, Jr. City of Deltona Mayor
Frank White Florida Attorney General
Fred Lowry Volusia County Council Member District 5
Loren King Deltona City Commission District 1
Jimmy Patronis (unopposed and wont be on ballot in primary) Chief Financial Officer
Dorothy Hukill (unopposed and wont be on ballot in primary) Florida State Senator, District 14
David Santiago (unopposed and wont be on ballot in primary) Florida State Representative, District 27

My resources for Eclipse 2017

Eclipse 2017