CURRY VOTERS BUCK STATEWIDE TRENDS
November 10, 2000 11:00 pm

GOLD BEACH Curry County voters proved themselves mavericks once again as they disagreed with the rest of Oregons voters on nine state measures.

They approved 16 of the 26 measures, where only nine passed statewide. Curry voters also proved themselves more conservative than the Oregon average, both on candidates and measures.

Secretary of State Bill Bradbury won reelection in both the state and county over Republican challenger Lynn Snodgrass, but the margin was much closer in Curry County.

Attorney general Hardy Myers won reelection over Republican Kevin Mannix, but Curry voters favored Mannix 52 percent to 42 percent.

Democrat Randall Edwards won the state treasurers race 50 percent to 42 percent over Jon Kvistad statewide, but Kvistad took Curry County 48 percent to 43.

Paul DeMuniz was elected to position No. 2 in the Oregon Supreme Court by a small margin statewide.

His opponent, Greg Byrne, took Curry County 57 percent to 42 percent. His campaign literature portrayed him as tougher on criminals and taxes than DeMuniz.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio showed he still has overwhelming appeal everywhere in the 4th District, but Republican John Lindsey garnered 35 percent of the vote in Curry County, against 31 percent statewide.

Curry voters also backed more measures put on the ballot by a Republican-controlled legislature and anti-tax guru Bill Sizemore. Their yes votes exceeded the state average on 18 of 26 measures.

Measure 84 required the state to continue paying local governments for state-mandated programs. It passed with 84 percent of the vote in the state, and 89 percent in Curry County.

Measure 86, which placed the kicker tax refund in the constitution, passed with 63 percent of the vote statewide. It received 69 percent in Curry.

Measure 88 increased the maximum deductible in Oregon for federal income taxes paid, reducing state revenues by $130 million a year. It squeaked by in the state with 51 percent, but was solid in Curry with 56 percent.

Curry voters also passed a similar measure, 91, which would have made federal taxes fully deductible. State voters rejected it.

State voters rejected Measure 89 dedicating tobacco settlement proceeds to health, housing and transportation programs with 57 percent, but it passed in Curry with 54 percent yes.

Measure 90, which would have allowed Portland General Electric to pass on costs incurred in the Trojan nuclear plant debacle to ratepayers failed with a 76 percent no vote in the state, and 85 percent no in Curry County.

Measure 92, which would have prohibited payroll deductions for political purposes, went down in the state with 55 percent no, but passed in Curry with 57 percent yes.

Measure 93, requiring that voters approve most taxes and fees, was defeated statewide with a 59 percent no vote. Curry passed it with a 52 percent yes vote.

Measure 95, which would have linked teacher pay to standardized test scores, was defeated by voters in both the state and county.

In Curry, however, 45 percent said yes against 36 percent in the rest of the state.

Measure 96, which would have prohibited making the initiative process harder, was also rejected, but received 48 percent yes votes in Curry County vs. 38 percent yes across Oregon.

Measure 98, prohibiting using public resources for political purposes, garnered a 53 percent no vote statewide, but passed in Curry with a 59 yes vote.

The state and county were also divided on Measure 2, which would have allowed the legislature to review administrative rules. The state gave it a 55 percent no vote, Curry a 56 percent yes vote.

Measure 3, requiring conviction in a crime before property could be forfeited, passed solidly in Oregon with 67 percent yes, but even more strongly in Curry with 78 percent.

Measure 5, requiring more background checks in the sale of firearms, passed easily in Oregon with 61 percent of the vote. Not so in Curry, where 54 percent of voters rejected the idea.

Measure 7, which requires payments to landowners if government regulation reduces property value, was estimated by state officials to cost local governments $3.8 billion a year.

It passed in Oregon with 54 percent yes, but garnered a whopping 66 percent yes in Curry, one of the counties where it could cost the most.

The state and county split again on Measure 8, limiting state appropriations to a percentage of the states personal income. State voters gave it 56 percent no, Curry voters 55 percent yes.

Finally, the anti-gay measure, 9, was narrowly defeated statewide with a 52 percent no vote. It passed strongly in Curry with a 58 percent yes vote.