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Mannix blasts state court decision voiding Measure 7

In a speech at the Medford Red Lion Hotel, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix chided the Oregon Supreme Court for striking down Measure 7, a property rights initiative.

I have a message to the Supreme Court: How dare you! Mannix said, adding he believes the Oregon Supreme Court has an attitude problem.

Mannix said that if elected, he won't have a litmus test for judicial appointees, he'll have an attitude check.

The presumption should be 'Let's do everything we can to affirm the desire of the people,' Mannix said.

Mannix was one of several candidates who spoke before about 120 people Saturday at an Oregonians in Action land-use forum. His Democratic opponent, Ted Kulongoski, did not appear, but instead was in Portland at the Greek Festival.

Jackson County candidates who appeared at the forum were Republican Dennis Richardson, who is running for state House District 4; Jackson County Commissioner Jack Walker, a Republican running for re-election; and Democrat Dave Gilmour, who is running against Jackson County Commissioner Ric Holt.

Much of Saturday's forum was focused on land use planning and Friday's Oregon Supreme Court decision striking down Measure 7. Tigard-based Oregonians in Action led the campaign to pass Measure 7 in 2000. The measure required state and local governments to compensate landowners when government regulations reduced their property values.

Opponents to Measure 7 claimed it would have had a devastating fiscal impact on government, and state analysts said it would have cost &

36;5.4 billion a year in claims for compensation.

Kulongski did not support Measure 7, but if elected will work with the Legislature to address the concerns brought up in Measure 7, said Kristen Grainger, Kulongoski's spokeswoman in a phone interview.

Measure 7 itself was a real wake-up call to the Legislature, Grainger said. But Measure 7 wouldn't have worked the way proponents wanted it to.

She declined to give specifics on Kulongoski's plan for a Measure 7-type fix, saying Kulongoski wants to remain flexible and work with legislative leaders toward a solution.

Kevin has an idea a minute, but he's not mindful of other players in the process, Grainger said. That's not Ted's way.

In its ruling, the court said that Measure 7 contained multiple constitutional changes that should have been voted on separately. Many of those at the Oregonians in Action meeting were dismayed by the court action.

Yesterday, we had a real bad blow with the court striking down Measure 7, said Bill Moshofsky, the vice president of Oregonians in Action. It was an outrageous decision and unjustified and heading us in the wrong direction.

This should motivate us and energize us to fight back harder and have a son of 7 or other remedies ... which we will be doing.

He said Mannix's election is the key to their effort. Mannix agreed.

You may think the adverse decision from the Oregon Supreme Court is a roadblock, and if you think that, you are right, Mannix said. But we are going to roll up our sleeves and tear that roadblock down.

Mannix said if he is elected governor, he will ask the Legislature to immediately refer out another Measure 7, with the technical issues resolved.

And we'll send it out to the voters right away, he pledged.