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    Oregon: Will Abortion Outplay the Economy

    on 9/20/02.

    Campaign Tip SheetPrimary/Filing Dates, Latest Polls, Latest
    Ads...Ex-OR Supreme Court Justice Ted Kulongoski (D)
    launched his fall ad campaign "with a withering attack" on
    ex-state Sen. Kevin Mannix's (R) "opposition to abortion."
    Pollster Tim Hibbitts said Kulongoski "may have been quick to go
    on the attack because voters are increasingly looking for change
    and may be more likely to tie" Kulongoski to term-limited Gov.
    John Kitzhaber (D) and the legis. "budget stalemate." Kulongoski
    "dismissed accusations that he is trying to deflect attention"
    from OR's "economic crisis." Mannix spokesperson Mike Beard:
    "Try telling the people with the pink slips right now that Ted
    Kulongoski's No. 1 concern is abortion." Kulongoski spokesperson
    Kristen Grainger: "Kevin Mannix sees it as a red herring. We see
    it as a Great White that's going to bite him. ... When he calls
    it a red herring, he's insulting the intelligence of the
    pro-choice voters of this state" (AP, 9/18).
    Portland Oregonian's Mapes reports, the OR legis.' decision
    to hold a 1/03 election on a proposed income tax increase "threw
    a new curve" in the gov. race as Kulongoski and Mannix "took
    opposite positions on the measure. Mannix: "I am willing to do
    some short-term borrowing to avoid tax increases, particularly
    in a recession." Kulongoski: "Kevin must have a pocket full of
    credit cards, because this is just borrowing against the future
    of the state, and it's very, very dangerous to us." Mannix
    again: "I'm a great believer in restructuring and being creative
    about how we make ends meet with the means presently available
    without raising taxes -- and he's not" (9/19).
    Citizens for a Sound Economy is running a statewide TV ad
    "criticizing" Kulongoski for supporting a "temporary" income-tax
    increase to "help fill" the budget shortfall. OR chapter head
    Russell Walker said the group spent "more than $116K to air the
    ad "for a week"