July 23, 1996 |
Former Oregon Republican Sen. Bob Packwood will not be prosecuted over allegations he altered his diaries to obstruct an investigation into sexual and official misconduct, his lawyers said. Packwood was notified of the decision by the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. Packwood said the investigation was the last unresolved issue from the events that led to his resignation from the Senate last year amid charges of sexual misconduct involving 17 women.
January 31, 1996 |
Last-minute voters braved frigid winds and icy roads to drop off their ballots Tuesday at the close of Oregon's U.S. Senate special election, the nation's first major vote-by-mail contest and an early barometer of the 1996 political year. No results were available at press time for this edition Tuesday night.
December 6, 1995 |
In a special primary that also served as a report card on the nation's first all-mail election for a statewide office, a veteran Democratic congressman and a Republican state legislator won nomination Tuesday to face off for the seat of disgraced former Sen. Bob Packwood. With about 80% of the vote counted, U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden of Portland held a solid lead over House colleague Peter A. DeFazio in the Democratic race.
December 6, 1995
In the news: Argus Hamilton, on citizen groups' complaints about expensive political fund-raising dinners by both parties: "They don't understand. In Washington, the three basic food groups are cash, check and money order." Cutler Daily Scoop, on former Sen. Bob Packwood opening a political consulting business on Capitol Hill: "Bob Packwood Political Consulting: for those groping for solutions."
December 5, 1995 |
The races themselves are interesting enough: In today's primary for the Senate seat Bob Packwood vacated, Oregon Democrats are choosing between two veteran House members whose battle turned nasty, while state Republicans will decide whether to veer from their moderate tradition and embrace a more conservative candidate. But garnering as much attention as the outcome of this special election is the process-- an experiment in postal democracy.
October 26, 1995 |
Mark Hatfield came home to Oregon a dashing, popular World War II veteran and settled into leafy Willamette University, becoming faculty adviser to the campus Young Republicans and setting his gaze on the Legislature. Bob Packwood, one of his prize students, sat out the Korean War because his eyesight was too bad. Packwood is remembered as the quiet protege, an insatiable reader who sat at Hatfield's side in the cafeteria, but was too shy to date much.