Tony Knowles on Crime

2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)

Thanks anti-death penalty group for their work

The weekend of July 7 to 10, 2000, CUADP [Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty] worked with Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty (PAUADP) to organize several actions at the National Governors Association meeting at Penn State University in State College, PA.

Perhaps they didn’t discuss the death penalty in their formal meetings, but there was no question that the death penalty was on the “informal” agenda that weekend. About 75 abolitionists made it the issue on Saturday night, when the governors held their “Night under the stars,” street party in downtown State College, PA. We gathered at the end of the street, and we were very hard to miss with the banners provided by CUADP. Amazingly, we were allowed to mingle with the partygoers. The only governor I met was Governor Knowles from Alaska, who thanked me specifically for our presence and the work that we are doing. (AK has no death penalty!)

Source: Citizens United for Alternatives to Death Penalty website Oct 20, 2004

Reform the system while protect everyone’s right in court

Q: Do you believe that limiting the liability of corporations or physicians for mistakes is necessary to curb rising medical costs?

KNOWLES: Just like I did as governor, I’ll bring all parties together to figure out a way to reform the system while still protecting everyone’s right to their day in court. Take the most famous case in Alaska history, the Exxon Valdez damages. The 32,000 injured Alaska private property owners, fishermen and Native villagers deserve their day in court.

MURKOWSKI: Limiting liability by capping non-economic damages is necessary to reduce medical costs. In Alaska, two of our four liability insurers left the state in the past year because of large liability damage awards. The result is higher insurance rates for doctors and higher rates for patients. If the trend continues, the ability for patients to access a doctor will decrease.

Source: AK Senate Debate, Q&A by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Oct 10, 2004

Abolish death penalty across the US

This past weekend Pennsylvania Abolitionists organized and participated in several actions at the National Governors Association meeting at Penn State University, July 7th - 10th. The activities met with heavy police surveillance and unnecessarily violent force.

Abolitionists received a different response from Alaska Governor Tony Knowles who crossed the street to thank the demonstrators for being present and to indicate his support for abolition of the death penalty in United States.

Source: Newsletter from the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Jul 7, 2000

Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs.

Knowles adopted the National Governors Association position paper:

The Issue

NGA’s Position

Source: National Governors Association "Issues / Positions" 01-NGA10 on Sep 14, 2001

Zero tolerance for violence against government employees.

Knowles signed the Western Governors' Association resolution:

  1. America’s communities, schools and workplaces are the building blocks of our peaceful and productive society.
  2. It is the obligation of governments to ensure citizens and visitors in our nation are protected from violence and do not feel threatened by it.
  3. Employees of the federal, state and local governments, including public land managers, are sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to faithfully discharge the duties of their offices. Government employees are working men and women with families who, as our neighbors, contribute to the communities in which they live.
  1. Western Governors unequivocally endorse a zero tolerance for violence throughout our society. We support the use of all legal authority to prevent violence.
  2. Western Governors unequivocally endorse a zero tolerance for violence directed specifically against government employees. The Western Governors express their appreciation for all of the contributions that government employees have made and continue to make to the states and communities in which they live.
Source: WGA Policy Resolution 01 - 07: Zero Tolerance for Violence 01-WGA07 on Aug 14, 2001

Other governors on Crime: Tony Knowles on other issues:
AK Gubernatorial:
Sean Parnell
AK Senatorial:
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (R)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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