Representative Lois J. Frankel's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Lois J. Frankel
Current Office: U.S. House - District 22, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 22
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 1 Child: Benjamin
Birth Date: 05/16/1948
Birth Place: New York City, NY
Home City: West Palm Beach, FL
Religion: Temple Beth El
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Lois Frankel refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Lois Frankel. Lois Frankel gets Planned Parenthood endorsement. 17 April 2012. "I have always been a staunch supporter of women and their ability to make their own vitally important healthcare choices. Florida's women can count on me to protect their rights and access to health care," she said in the statement." (www.loisfrankelforcongress.com)
  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Lois Frankel. Issue Position: Women and Families. 26 April 2012. "Lois has never wavered in her belief that a woman must have the right to make choices about her body without the involvement of government officials. She is a life-long supporter of women's reproductive rights. Lois is a committed supporter of Roe v. Wade and believes that access to effective birth control and emergency contraception should be guaranteed for all women." (votesmart.org)

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  • Dara Kam. The Palm Beach Post: Jacobs-Frankel U.S. House race shaping up as David vs. Goliath. 1 August 2012. "The two Democrats are similar on the issues. Both support maintaining Medicare and Social Security and doing away with the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. And both say they identify with middle-class voters worried about health care, jobs and how to pay for college for their children." (www.palmbeachpost.com)
  • Lois Frankel. Facebook: Timeline. 29 August 2012. "RNC has proven that the Tea Party is living in a fantasy world where cutting taxes for the wealthiest and raising taxes for the middle class is sharing the burden." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Lois Frankel. President Bill Clinton Backs Lois Frankel. 12 September 2012. "I will work to grow our economy by investing in infrastructure, encouraging innovation in education, and promoting research and development." (votesmart.org)
  • Lois Frankel. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 26 April 2012. "Lois' Priorities for Creating Jobs: -Investing in infrastructure and technology to modernize the economy and create jobs. We should not accept a second rate infrastructure in the United States." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lois Frankel. Issue Position: Jobs and Economy. 26 April 2012. "Lois' Priorities for Creating Jobs: -Working with small businesses to provide incentives for creating new, good jobs. Small business is the real engine of our economy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only. Other or expanded principles: "Birth to three.-- Greatly Increase"
  • Lois Frankel. Issue Position: Education. 26 April 2012. "A good education is critical to creating a strong economy and preparing our children for the future. From supporting good teachers to making sure class sizes are manageable to giving parents a greater role in their child's education, Lois has always been a strong voice for improving our schools. As a parent and education advocate, Lois knows quality education starts early. That is why she supports funding early childhood education programs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lois Frankel. Lois Frankel Wins Endorsement of League of Conservation Voters Action Fund. 18 September 2012. "'I am proud to have the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, a strong champion for clean water, clean air, and healthier communities,' said Lois Frankel. 'In Congress, I will always vote for a clean, safe environment, and stand up against those who want to remove safeguards that stop companies from polluting our environment [¦] As the mayor of West Palm Beach, Frankel made environmental issues a priority. In 2007, she was among the first of one thousand mayors who signed the Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, which calls for reduction in carbon emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. During Frankel's time as mayor, the city created a department of sustainability and built its first LEED certifiable public buildings, awarded to buildings that meet high standards of energy efficiency and water savings. She successfully opposed the expansion of a road that would have threatened the city's water supply and wetlands. Frankel also supported planning that encouraged walking, increased the number of bike lanes, and improved free downtown public transportation. In the state legislature, Frankel voted to begin restoration and protection of the Everglades, as well as to increase funding for their preservation. She also voted for the restoration of Lake Apopka and to clean up Florida's lakes, rivers, and coastal areas." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Lois Frankel. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Florida State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Anthony Man. Sun Sentinel: South Florida candidates split over need for tighter gun controls. 23 July 2012. "Democrat Lois Frankel said she's been "for more gun control" for decades. But she doesn't think it will happen. "The gun lobby has a huge hold in this country and the general public is pro-gun. We don't have enough members of Congress that have the courage to move an agenda," said Frankel, who favors "responsible controls," including reimposition of a ban on so-called assault weapons that lasted for 10 years before it expired in 2004." (articles.sun-sentinel.com)

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  • Lois Frankel. Facebook: Wall. 29 June 2012. "The Affordable Care Act has provided an additional 32 million people with health insurance and fought waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare. Stand with me and show your support for the great things ACA has accomplished and will accomplish is the future by liking this post." (www.facebook.com)
  • Lois Frankel. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 April 2012. "While I support the current health care plan passed by Congress- I believe we need to do more to keep the insurance industry from holding the middle class and working families hostage with unfair rates and limits on care. The current law has very worthwhile provisions such as covering those with pre-existing conditions, providing coverage to young people and reducing cost. But I would suggest we go further to get real reform that works. We have to pursue a system that gives all Americans a real choice and gets control back to the people and away from insurance and HMO bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)

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  • Lois Frankel. Video: Lois Frankel and Adam Hasner “ immigration. 27 September 2012. "I believe that we should have a fair and humane way for undocumented immigrants and especially for children to either get at least a legal status and in many cases get citizenship. I approve the Dream Act." (youtu.be)

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  • Lois Frankel. Facebook: Wall. 7 February 2012. "The Proposition 8 ruling was a great step forward for marriage equality, but we still have a long way to go." (www.facebook.com)
  • Lois Frankel. Facebook: Wall. 9 May 2012. "Gratified to see our President come out in support of marriage equality." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Florida State Legislative Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

Xa) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
h) Support "buffer zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least 15 feet away from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
i) Other
Yesj) Should Florida government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?

Indicate the principles you support (if any) concerning affirmative action. State government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors:

Yesa) College and university admissions
Undecidedb) Public employment
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
c) End parole for repeat violent felons.
Xd) Support the use of the death penalty.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
h) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
i) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
j) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
k) Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
l) Lower the blood-alcohol-content limit defining drunk driving.
m) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
n) Allow recording devices in execution observation rooms.
o) Support chemical castration for convicted sexual offenders.
p) Maintain electrocution as Florida's method of execution.
q) Adopt lethal injection as Florida's method of execution.
r) Other
s) Should violent sexual offenders eligible for parole, be committed to mental hospitals until they are deemed safe to return to society?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning the economy and employment.

a) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xd) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
e) Allow Native American tribes to operate gambling casinos on tribal land in Florida.
f) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
Xb) Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
d) Favor charter schools where independent groups receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xe) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xf) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xg) Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
Xh) Increase state funds for hiring of additional teachers.
i) Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xj) Grant merit pay raises each year to teachers who excel.
k) Other
Yesl) Should Florida require that all new state school buses be equipped with passenger seat belts?
Nom) Do you support adding the Bible to high school literature or history curriculums in Florida public schools?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Require the use of cleaner burning fuels in order to prevent pollution.
b) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
c) Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Florida.
f) Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
g) Suspend participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power company.
i) Other
Noj) State environmental regulations should not be stricter than federal law.
Yesk) Do you support extending the Preservation 2000 program in Florida?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

a) Do you support limits on the number of terms of the following Florida officials?

No1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governor
Yes3) Members of the Cabinet

b) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
No2) PAC
No3) Corporate
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesd) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yese) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Nof) Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesg) Do you support providing immunity from civil liability to persons who are participating in the process of government?
Yesh) Should using payroll deductions for political contributions from union members be illegal?
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Xb) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
d) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Xh) Require a waiting period and criminal records check for weapons bought at gun shows.
i) Other
Noj) Should Florida visitors be permitted to carry concealed weapons if they have permits from other states?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

a) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
b) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care, through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xc) Provide health care to uninsured children by designing a children's health insurance program.
d) Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
e) Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
f) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
g) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xh) Require HMOs to provide access to mental health care.
i) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
b) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Increase state funds to provide child care to children in low-income working families.
d) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Xe) Favor banning smoking in public places.
Xf) Allow local municipalities in Florida to ban smoking in public places.
Xg) Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
h) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xi) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
j) Require a waiting period between the time a mother consents to adoption and the time the adoption is finalized.
k) Other
l) Do you believe that the Florida government should include sexual orientation in Florida's anti-discrimination laws?
m) Do you believe that the Florida government should recognize same-sex marriages?
n) Should physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill be legal in Florida?

Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories. Select one level only.

a) Agriculture
b) Economic Development
Greatly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increased) Education (Higher)
e) Environment
f) Health care
g) Law enforcement
h) Tourism
i) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
j) Welfare
k) Other

Birth to three.-- Greatly Increase

l) Do you support using state money to fund a proposed bullet train between Miami, Orlando and Tampa?

Indicate the tax levels you will support. Select one level only.

a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gas taxes
f) Property taxes
g) Sales taxes
h) Other
Noi) Do you support implementing a state income tax?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

a) Maintain the four-year limit on welfare benefits.
Xb) Require that able-bodied recipients participate in work-related activities in order to receive benefits.
Xc) Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
d) Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
Xe) Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
Xf) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xg) Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
h) Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
i) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
j) Other
Yesk) Do you support establishing a relocation assistance program for WAGES participants that relocate within the state as long as the relocation contributes to them attaining self-sufficiency?
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.