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Tony Knowles on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Pro-Choice and Pro-Family. (Jun 2004)
  • Supports stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Right to choose & other freedoms are under attack. (Jan 2004)
Tony Knowles on Budget & Economy
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  • Consolidate funding now distributed to Alaska's 230 tribes. (Oct 2004)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Tony Knowles on Civil Rights
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  • Marriage definition should be by states, not US Constitution. (Aug 2004)
  • Oppose the Patriot Act-it undermines freedoms. (Jun 2004)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Tony Knowles on Corporations
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  • Demand Exxon pay $4 billion in punitive damages to fishermen. (Oct 2004)
  • Force Exxon Mobil to pay punitive damages to Alaskans. (Oct 2004)
  • Exxon must pay fishermen who were harmed by their spill. (Oct 2004)
Tony Knowles on Crime
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  • Thanks anti-death penalty group for their work. (Oct 2004)
  • Reform the system while protect everyone's right in court. (Oct 2004)
  • Abolish death penalty across the US. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Drugs
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  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Education
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  • No Child Left Behind made our education dream a nightmare. (Oct 2004)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (Jun 2004)
  • 3 R's of ed policy: Reform, Resources, and Responsibility. (Mar 2004)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Energy & Oil
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  • Support drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Oct 2004)
  • Seek ANWR through a bill that sets tougher mileage standards. (Oct 2004)
  • Let Alaska supply oil and gas. (Jun 2004)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Environment
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  • Appropriate to levy reasonable fees to upkeep public lands. (Oct 2004)
  • Pro-Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Jun 2004)
  • Support "doing it right" approach to development. (Jun 2004)
  • Habitat protection along with sustained yield. (Feb 2001)
  • Establish wolf and bear protection areas. (Feb 2001)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Families & Children
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  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Foreign Policy
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    No stance on record.
Tony Knowles on Free Trade
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  • Stop shipping jobs overseas. (Aug 2004)
Tony Knowles on Government Reform
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  • A one-party strategy for America doesn't work. (Oct 2004)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Gun Control
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  • Oppose reauthorizing the federal assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Support the right to bear arms. (Jun 2004)
Tony Knowles on Health Care
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  • Seniors deserve access to affordable medicine. (Jun 2004)
  • Extend health care coverage for families. (Jun 2004)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Tony Knowles on Homeland Security
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  • Support a national missile defense system. (Oct 2004)
  • Fairbanksans were not satisfied with the Alaska Fire Service. (Oct 2004)
  • Supports Powell Doctrine & pre-emptive military action. (Aug 2004)
  • Support new missile defense system. (Jun 2004)
  • A Vietnam vet who'll fight for veteran benefits. (Jun 2004)
Tony Knowles on Immigration
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  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
Tony Knowles on Jobs
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  • Promote job opportunities via small business. (Jun 2004)
  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Principles & Values
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  • Didn't make nepotism an issue in this campaign. (Oct 2004)
  • Should've gotten subsistence on the ballot as an issue. (Oct 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Nondenominational. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
  • by MoveOn for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)
Tony Knowles on Social Security
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  • Against Social Security and Medicare privatization. (Jun 2004)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Tax Reform
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  • Oppose the $143 billion corporate tax bill as a tax giveaway. (Oct 2004)
  • Offer a tax credit for the industry to build a gas pipeline. (Oct 2004)
  • Support permanent tax cuts for most wage earners. (Oct 2004)
  • Support tax cuts for lower and middle-class. (Jun 2004)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Tony Knowles on Technology
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  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on War & Peace
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  • We are bogged down as an occupying army in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Could have assaulted on Al-Qaida and bin Laden on full-scale. (Oct 2004)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
Tony Knowles on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
Pro-Choice and Pro-Family: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Right to choose & other freedoms are under attack: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(2 points on Economic scale)
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(7 points on Social scale)
Marriage definition should be by states, not US Constitution: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
Seniors deserve access to affordable medicine: Favors topic 5
Extend health care coverage for families: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(2 points on Economic scale)
Against Social Security and Medicare privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(2 points on Social scale)
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(10 points on Social scale)
Thanks anti-death penalty group for their work: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Abolish death penalty across the US: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(5 points on Social scale)
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(10 points on Social scale)
Oppose reauthorizing the federal assault weapons ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
Support the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Support permanent tax cuts for most wage earners: Opposes topic 11
Support tax cuts for lower and middle-class: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(5 points on Economic scale)
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(2 points on Economic scale)
Stop shipping jobs overseas: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Supports Powell Doctrine & pre-emptive military action: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(5 points on Economic scale)
Support a national missile defense system: Strongly Favors topic 16
Support new missile defense system: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(5 points on Economic scale)
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Support drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Seek ANWR through a bill that sets tougher mileage standards: Favors topic 18
Pro-Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
Habitat protection along with sustained yield: Favors topic 18
Establish wolf and bear protection areas: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(2 points on Social scale)
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(5 points on Social scale)
Promote the next generation of welfare reform: Opposes topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20

Tony Knowles is a Moderate Liberal.
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