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Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Your Age044
Campaign AddressNebraskans for Shoemaker
210 Norris
McCook, NE 69001
P.O. Box 1058
Imperial, NE 69033
Campaign Phone Numbers308 344-3440308 882-5801

308 991-7391 cell
Campaign Email Addressmark@mark44.com
Campaign Web Site Addresshttp://www.nebraskans4shoemaker.com/ http://www.markontherecord.com/ http://www.swnebr.net/http://www.mark44.com/
Current OccupationAttorney/Public DefenderCommodity Broker
Party AffiliationDemocratRepublican
Experience and AssociationsPeace CorpVice President of the SW Nebraska Chapter of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association

NRA

Nebraskans First

WaterClaim

Crossroads Wesleyan

Rotary

Imperial Young Farmers and Ranchers

Experience:

Construction worker

Farmer

Livestock Producer

Grain Elevator

Grain Transport

Lay Speaker
Financial: where the money comes from
EducationArapahoe High School

University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Agricultural Economics 1984
Organization EndorsementsNSEA - Teacher's Union
UTU - Railroad Union
Nebraska Right to Life

Nebraskans United for Life

National Rifle Association

Nebraska Farm Bureau

Six active local Nebraska Farm Bureau chapters, Perkins, Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, Frontier.

WaterClaim

Nebraskans First

Fraternal Order of Police

McCook Professional Firefighters

Omaha World Herald

Imperial Republican

Abortion

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Do you believe life begins at conception? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes
Would you support legislation to require parental notification prior to an abortion? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes
Would you permit an abortion if the life of the mother was at risk? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Would you permit an abortion in the case of rape? Show extended answer Hide extended answer No

Death Penalty

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Do you support the death penalty?No opinionYes
Do you think the death penalty discourages crime?No opinionYes

Drugs

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Should marijuana use be legalized?No opinionNo
Should a doctor be able to prescribe marijuana for pain control?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to subsidize prescription drugs for low income people?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer

Taxes

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Should Nebraska collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Should Nebraska collect taxes on voice calls made from a computer to a telephone via the Internet? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Do you support legislation to limit taxes collected by local government agencies such as counties, cities, schools, and NRDs?No opinionYes
The greatest growth in State spending has been for Health and Human Services. Will you limit the spending on this department, even if it means reduced services to needy people? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Is it better to raise taxes or reduce services?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer

Guns

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to permit a person to carry a concealed weapon on their person? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes
Should a person with a criminal record be permitted to possess a gun?No opinionNo
Should every gun be registered with the State or Federal government? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Show extended answer Hide extended answer

Religion

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to require alternative theories to evolution be taught in schools?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation to permit tax dollars to be used in religion-based schools?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer

Education

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to provide schools with a consistent amount of State funding from year to year?No opinionYes
Do you support the testing of children to measure school performance?No opinionYes
Do you support the testing of teachers to assure competence?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation to require standardized reporting of school finances and performance to permit the comparison of schools?No opinionYes
Do you support a uniform spending per student in every school district?No opinionNo
Should a school be permitted to make condoms available to students?No opinionNo
Should a school be permitted to spank a student? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes
Should a school be permitted to permanently expel a student?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation to cause the consolidation of high cost schools?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to block the Omaha school system from annexing surrounding school districts?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation to require schools to teach basic subjects to children in their native language?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to assure a laptop computer to every high school student?No opinionNo

Environment

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Do you believe global warming is happening?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to encourage nuclear power plants to be built in Nebraska?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Would you support legislation to impose greater controls on animal confinement farms?No opinionNo

Gays

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to permit civil unions for gays in Nebraska?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to permit gay partners to receive insurance coverage similar to married couples?No opinionNo

Economy

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Do you support giving tax breaks to encourage private business development?No opinionYes
Do you support tax dollars being used to finance a venture capital fund to encourage new businesses in rural Nebraska?No opinionYes
Do you support continued financial incentives to encourage additional ethanol development?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer

Health Care

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to provide financial incentives to doctors and nurses to locate in rural Nebraska? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes
Should the State of Nebraska make insurance available to those who cannot obtain insurance because of pre-existing conditions?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation to restrict malpractice lawsuits? Show extended answer Hide extended answer Yes

Immigration

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Do you support additional funding for more illegal immigration control?No opinion Show extended answer Hide extended answer
Do you support designating English as the official language of the State of Nebraska?No opinionYes
Do you support legislation requiring ballots to be available in Spanish?No opinionNo

Legal

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to require the loser in a lawsuit to pay the winner's legal fees?No opinionYes

Privacy

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to make public the name and amount of any individual receiving public assistance?No opinionYes
Would you support legislation prohibiting companies from releasing a customer's contact information without express permission of the customer?No opinionYes

Gambling

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Would you support legislation to permit casino gambling in Nebraska?No opinionNo
Would you support legislation to prohibit charity gambling in Nebraska?No opinionYes

Other info

Frank ShoemakerMark Christensen
Which legislative committees do you most want to be on?Telecommunications. Part owner of a telephone company.Natural Resources
Appropriations
Candidate StatementNote, these questions were answered based on Frank Shoemaker campaign advertisements, press releases, debate statements, and candidate forums. Frank may login and alter the answers to these questions himself at any time and has had the opportunity to do this since the site was created in March of 2006.Southwest Nebraska has to deal with many issues, from outmigration to taxes. There are two key issues facing us right now -- Water and Economic Development. We can solve our issues by:
1) Assuring an adequate supply of water to cities, industries, farmers, ranchers, and recreation. This can be done.
2) Farming must not go backward. It is the backbone of Southwest Nebraska.
3) Main Street must become strong and prosperous.
4) Through economic development, including a strong Ag base and revitalized Main Street, we can draw in ethanol and soydiesel plants, as well as high tech and research jobs from all areas of United States.
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