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It's that time again. Time to sit down and do your homework and figure out who will best repressent your community's interests and your own interests. If the candidates below don't fit the bill, then you're probably a leftist/progressive/liberal so you can go elsewhere to get some feedback on the candidates. I don't really care. For those of us who love America and want to MAGA, then it's the people I endorse below who I think may have the best chance of heading us in the right direction. I may be wrong on a few of them because the RINOs are not always evident in their candidacy, but I try to make the best decisions I can with the information I have. I hope to support the most Conservative candidates out there; but not "Libertarians" because they support abortions and drug use and I don't think that's Conservative. Personally, IMHO, "Libertarian" is just another way of hiding behind some issues to support the holy grail of abortion. It doesn't wash with me.


In the "Amendments" category, I support the following amendments and encourage you to VOTE YES on the Amendments as listed below the "candidates" section.

For the 2018 mid-term elections I endorse the following candidates:



U.S. Senator (Goes to D.C. to serve): Rick Scott (R) current Governor of Florida. He's done well for Florida and he's stood up to the left and done a lot of good here. I do not say he is perfect. I do say he's better than the rest, IMHO. But this is my website and you're here reading my opinions and choices so getting someone else's "Humble Opinion" would be an absurd expectation.


United States Representative (Brevard County): Bill Posey (R), because he's done mostly good here, too.


Florida Governor: Rep. Ron DeSantis, because I think he's the best choice. I like his qualifications, his goals and his attitude. I also like his endorsements.


Florida Attorney General: Ashley Moody, because she has solid people behind her, and I looked into the "United Conservatives" (her opponent's PAC) allegations and found that they are VERY misleading. When your opponent has to mislead others to get votes that means that they will mislead during their term in office, too. Check out Ashley Moody's website and do the research on her opposition yourself. Personally, I don't think he's a very nice man.


Florida Chief Financial Officer: Jimmy Patronis (R) (Acting CFO) because he's done a good job so far and is considering a new position to oversee the cryptocurrency thing: Bitcoin, etc. I think that's a very good idea. I think the consumers of Florida who decide to go into that arena need to have a resource better than those using smoke and mirrors to sell these things as "valuable". I think cryptocurrencies are a bunch of hooey and to see anyone be misled into giving up hard earned money to buy into them is a sad occurrence in my eyes. His main opponent thinks it's a bad idea: I think it's a good one.


Florida Commissioner of Agriculture: Matt Caldwell (R), because he has the history needed to make the right decisions, is PRO-Second Amendment, has the support of people I respect and I think his long history (family and personal) within Florida's orange growers and their troubles and concerns. His opponents may have some ties, but they also have other troubles: Troutman has a questionable "loan" to his own campaign and is worth $40 Million - why he wants to be a lowly Ag Comm, I have no idea, but I will never believe it's purely altruistic, IMHO. Grimsley didn't answer questions on the 2008 "Political Courage Test". That says something. Check into the others yourself. I don't endorse those I basically disagree with from the get-go.


Florida State Senator (Brevard County): Dorothy L. Hukill (R), because she's better than the (D) possibility.


State Representative (Brevard County):

  • District 50: Rene "Coach P" Plasencia because he is the best candidate running, and the incumbent.

  • District 51: Tyler Sirois (R) because I would love to endorse Henry Parrish (I've known him for over ten years) but I have spoken to a few businesses in the last year and they have told me that they have all but given up doing anything in Cocoa because it's too hard to do business there. I can't support that. I love Henry, but I have to go with Tyler Sirois. Sorry, Henry.

  • District 52: Thad Altman (R) who has his faults, but I had a personal encounter with his Republican opponent, Matt Nye, and I cannot endorse him when Nye wants to silence anyone who does not support Nye's viewpoint. I support and endorse Thad Altman.

  • District 53: Randy Fine (R) because he is not a dumboRAT. What can I say? I don't believe in the dumboRAT platform.

County Commissioner D2: Bryan Lober (R) because he has the endorsement of a man I totally respect: Scott Ellis. Because he is NOT chuck nelson. Because we need someone who wants to save taxpayer dollars instead of tax and spend, spend, spend, as did nelson when he was in office. I don't like the way nelson did things in office and I will never, ever endorse him.


County Commissioner District 4: Trudie Infantini who is doing what I consider a little bit of "carptebagging", but she's so much better than her (R)ino opponent. Curt Smith received Scott Ellis's and MY endorsement in 2014, but when I look at his record, I cannot endorse what he has done on the BOCC. I also cannot endorse Smith's lack of completing his financial disclosure forms properly. Of course, it was Trudie's ex-aide, Matt Nye, who found the information out and made it public, but he's running for District 52 State Representative so he won't be her aide if he wins (hope he doesn't).


Port Canaveral Commissioner District 5: Robyn Hattaway. I don't really know why. Maybe it's time for a change of guard and maybe it's a gut feeling, but I think I should endorse her. We'll see how it works out.


School Board District 1: Misty Belford because I liked her since the last time I endorsed her and I have found nothing to "ding" her for, although the School Board's minutes could be better at recording the discussions instead of being so very, very spotty. I don't think the minutes are well done at all but that's not Misty Belford's fault.


School Board District 2: Frank Sullivan because I disagree with the direction the rest of the candidates want to take public schools. Cheryl McDougall wants to have "social emotional learning". How to cry at the right time? Charles Parker supports STEAM. STEAM leaves HISTORY OUT of the curriculum. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." (George Santayana: attributed to) If you do not STUDY history, how can you learn from it? The other candidate, is also into the "emotional" education crap. Teaching children how to grow up without having any hurt feelings is NOT AN EDUCATION. It's a baby-creating machine and it's NOT GOOD ENOUGH for our students! History will rue the day when "emotional learning" was ever thought of!


School Board District 5: Katye Campbell, again, this endorsement rides a bit on the endorsement of Scott Ellis, which she received. I like what I read on her website as well. I think that Andy Ziegler has been there long enough to have had his day, but the fact that teachers are still allegedly not paid well enough indicates that he may not have been as good an advocate for them as he says. According to the NEA (National Education Association (why should we trust them, I don't know), in 2017,

"The average teacher salary in Florida Public Schools was $37,405."
That's higher than the Florida per capita income of $26,551 and higher than the entire U.S. per capita income of $27,334; but lower than the MEDIAN income in the U.S. of $51,914 and than Florida's MEDIAN income of $47,661. To get the MEDIAN income, (the easy description) is to list all of the incomes you have and then count how many there are and go to the one that is in the middle. So if you have 3,928,404 incomes, you divide that number by two - 1,964,202 - and that's the MEDIAN income as opposed to the average income. To get the average income you add the amount of all of the incomes together then divide them by the number of incomes to get the average. According to the National Education Assoc., the average American teacher makes $38,617. So there is some lag in Brevard County, but considering what I've seen of the "education" our children are receiving in Amerca's (not specifically Brevard's) public schools (hate the president, hate the country, etc.), I can't imagine giving teachers more until our students learn reading, writing, arithmetic, TRUE American and world history, science (not PC science), art and music, and health education (not SEX education: health - how to take care of your body, not abuse it), then let's demand a better education for our students and never give payraises to those who refuse to do so. That includes the School Board!


County Court Judge, Group 5: Katie Jacobus because I like her, too. I don't know her. I don't know much about her except what I found on the internet, but I like her. She also has Scott Ellis's endorsement. He's Clerk of Court, so I think he'd know.


The City candidates, I want you to investigate on your own. You live closer to them than I, have a bigger investment in who they are and what they want to do to the city you live in, and have more personal contacts that can tell you more about them than I can get online. You have neighbors, businesses you frequent, etc. Talk to them and find out if they have any info on them. If you find anything you want to share, tell your neighbors. Make sure you do what you can to get the person you prefer elected. If you don't participate, you can't complain about who got elected because you sat on your duff all day.


There are several candidates running opposed so they automatically "win" election. There is no reason to endorse them; they're in whether or not you or I like them.


That's all of my endorsements for this election. I hope you will share this page and that (if you agree with me) you will remember to go vote in the Primary Election on August 28th, and in the 2018 General Election on November 6th. VOTE or don't complain.


Amendments:

Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption:   I encourage you to vote YES to this amendment. It not only limits further the amount of property taxes that the State can collect (and local governments can collect) from us via our property, but it also means that we will have more money in our pockets. It's not about whether your house is worth over $100,000 as some will try to convince you. It's about making legislatures and governments (city, county and state) figure out how to stop WASTING the money they take from your pockets and start figuring out how to prioritize their spending onto what is needed, what is best for the MOST people (not the few), and how to budget their own desires to benefit their buddies instead of just increasing taxes and trying their darndest to get elected via our taxpayer dollars and their benefitting their buddies with it. VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 1!


Amendment 2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments:   I urge you to VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 2 because it is estimated to help ensure that renters will be benefited by this and that it will prevent an estimated $700 MILLION INCREASE in taxes on the people of Florida if it fails. VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 2 to help keep $700 MILLION in our pockets!


Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida:   I know there would be a possible decrease in future revenue streams from gambling, however, I do believe that the people of Florida need to be able to be in control of this particular item. I know that we elect representatives to do this sort of legislature, but I love the idea of making it more difficult for people to build casinos here. As a Christian, I don't think that gambling is good for people; especially for those who get addicted -- it can ruin lives. I like the idea of making it more difficult for that to happen. I think we should VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 3. Amazing! On this, the League of Women Voters (a leftist organization) and I agree!


Amendment 4: Voting Restoration Amendment:   I signed the petition to get this on the ballot but I have since done more thinking and research on it. One of the articles I read about Amendment 4 was a little ridiculous as its basis for wanting to NOT pass it. I don't get the guy's thinking at all. It's "all or none"? No. It should be person-to-person basis of restoration, not "all or none" and not "blanket restoration for some". The Florida Family Policy Council says to VOTE NO ON 4, and if you want to know more information about it you can check out The James Madison Institute's guide to FL Amendments. If you look at who is backing this amendment, I think you'll find that it's not just the leftist, LWofV, but it's the leftist ACLU and other leftist groups. That speaks volumes. I say VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 4.


Amendment 5: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees:   I like that the legislature of Florida chose to give us the right to vote on whether they have an easy path through which to raise our taxes, or a hard path. Of course the LWofV is opposing this since they love taxes! I, on the other hand, LOVE this idea and will vote for it! I like the idea of making the legislature have a 60% super-majority to raise taxes. I think that doing this will make the legislature scour the budget and find ways to save money if they need to find revenue. They can cut programs that are not of real value (supporting "the arts", for instance), and they can find waste and fraud -- of which there is plenty -- and do away with it! Limiting their increases ensures that this will have to be done. I say VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 5! Do it for your wallet!


Amendment 6: Rights of Crime Victims; Judges:   I've been reading up on this one and I think that it's a good thing to make victims of crimes a more important part of the process. I think they should have rights and I think that if the courts would have given victims more rights earlier, there would be fewer repeat offenders released. As someone whose house was burglarized, I know what it feels like to have one's property stolen. All of my jewelry was gone, my husband's shotgun was taken (later recovered in the back of the vehicle they stole later and the thieves were arrested), and our family found out what it felt like. We were not really impacted by it: although it was not fun, it was not as harmful to us as I thought it would be. We did get notified of at least some of the hearings, and we did get notified when the two guys were up for parole/probation. I wanted to testify but at the time of the hearing (sentencing) I didn't know where the courthouse was in Rockledge so I didn't make it there in time. Too bad I didn't have a GPS at the time. Anyways, I say VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 4! Give crime victims more input into what should be done to those who have wronged them. Once you've been a victim, it is your right to participate in the decision. After all, when the bad guys do something to you, should you not have some say in what happens to them?


Amendment 7: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities:   I like the new transparency that this measure would bring to the college tuition rate hike that college Boards like to do behind closed doors. I think transparency is important -- especially for ANY spending of taxpayer dollars. If you want to have transparency and see where your taxpayer dollars are going, you're going to have to VOTE FOR AMENDMENT 7. It's good for transparency.


Amendment 8: STRUCK DOWN BY THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT AND WILL NOT BE ON THE BALLOT.


Amendment 9: Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces.   I actually think that we should VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 9! I think that if America can supply its own oil and gas resources and we can find that here, that our independence would be ensured and we would not be held hostage by the OPEC countries anymore. The Middle East wouldn't have us by the throat and we would be able to thumb our collective noses at them and tell them to kiss our "shiney behineys" as we drill our own oil for our own country. That's always a good thing. I SUPPORT drilling in Florida's and all of America's waters! The wording of this amendment's title is meant to confuse you. If you vote in the affirmative on this amendment you are voting -- effectively -- against drilling, which is totally counter-intuitive to most people. That's how they plan on winning this thing. VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 9 and you will be voting FOR drilling for our own oil, using our own resources and doing what is good and right for America! Let's do this! Do NOT be distracted by the "vaping" issue. That's a "Squirrell!" thing. VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 9!


Amendment 10: State and Local Government Structure and Operation:   The Florida Family Policy Council's recommendation is to VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 10, but I admit I am a bit torn on this one. I like the idea of having uniformity in our county governments, but I also like the idea of local government making decisions for itself as to what is best for their area (although there are always those who would abuse that idea). I don't like the idea the State forcing it, either; although having the same offices elected in each county may help prevent certain offices from becoming corrupt via cronyism or bribery. So, I will go with their recommendation. When I see who does NOT support it, I think it's the right decision.


Amendment 11: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes:   I think this one should be passed, and that when it is passed the State Legislature needs to do the follow up actions that need to be done: clean up some other words in our legislation that needs to be changed after this gets passed. If it does not pass, we will still have the obsolete language, but we won't have any other changes that can happen regarding this area without taking out certain wording first. So, VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 11 so that the State Legislature can go ahead and make the changes needed later.


Amendment 12: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers   Ethics is an area that can be discussed for years and years and years -- especially ethics on politics. We've seen those who are totally corrupt (the crooktOOns, james trafficant, and many others). After reading about the amendment on The Madison Institute's guide, I say VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 12. If legislators want to solve the problem, let them write laws that they will vote on themselves and enact it themselves. Let them show us via their own leadership that they want ethics reform, not saying, "No. You vote and force it upon us!"


Amendment 13: Ends Dog Racing:   I love animals (well, most animals: not snakes and insects, nor hyenas [they're disgusting creatures]) and think that dog racing should be outlawed. I had a friend who adopted a greyhound who had been a racing dog and that dog was a sweetheart. When my friend got him, though, he was a bit skittish around people, and even after being around the family for a while was skittish around the hubby (I can understand that). I think that dogs are treated differently than are race horses, who get treated pretty well considering the amount of money on the line in horse racing and how valuable those horses are. Dogs are a dime a dozen; horses are expensive to raise, train, breed, thus the difference in treatment. "For instance:

"The living conditions of these animals create a toxic environment that can lead to serious harm. For example, animals are often subjected to damaging drugs such as cocaine and opiates (over 400 documented cases in the last decade)."
I would LOVE to see everyone choose to end dog racing in Florida. Although, I do wonder wish the legislature could do this without an amendment as well. We already had the 2002 "Pregnant Pig" amendment. Should we enshrine animals "rights" in our Florida Constitution even further? I say VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 13 simply because I see a trend of putting "Animal Rights" in our Constitutions and that is going to slowly lead us to enforced vegetarianism/veganism if we continue down that road. Animals do not have rights. They depend upon our kindness to them. Let us ask our legislature to be kind to them and enact greater protections or to outlaw it without putting it in our Constitution. They have that power, let's make them do it!


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So those are my recommendations for the 2018 election cycle. I don't know how I'll do with my recommendations, but I do know that it's a good idea to do the research for yourself. It's good to know about what you talk (or spout) and if you can't elucidate why you vote for or against something, then your vote is a sheeple vote, not an educated vote. Let's vote with our minds, not with our following.





This is a paid political electioneering communication. Paid for and approved by Linda McKinney 6025 Keystone Ave. Port St. John, FL 32927, Independent of any candidate, campaign, or committee.

This is a paid political advertisement. Paid for and approved by Linda McKinney 6025 Keystone Ave. Port St. John, FL 32927, Independent of any candidate, campaign, or committee.

This is a paid political advertisement. Paid for and approved by Linda McKinney 6025 Keystone Ave. Port St. John, FL 32927. No political candidate approved this advertisement.

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