Hotseat: Earl Blumenauer and Peter Defazio

Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.

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President Barack Obama jetted to Portland last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim coun   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

DeFazio on Obama

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio stopped by the office recently. The congressman from the 4th District (it runs from Roseburg through Eugene and Springfield and north to Corvallis) has served for a quarter century and has an opponent in November who, two years ago, came as close to beating DeFazio as anyone has.Given this, one might think that DeFazio would embrace Obama, given that Oregon voters are most certainly ...   More
Monday, June 25, 2012

DeFazio on Sausage-Making

Rep. Peter Defazio

You know the adage, "The making of laws is like the making of sausages—the less you know about the process the better"?  This famous line, (which some credit German leader Otto Von Bismarck for uttering) would apply to the following clip from our interview with U.S. Rep Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).  The bill is the Transportation Bill, which disburses gas tax and other revenues to finance roads, ...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012

DeFazio, Oil, Wall Street, Water

Rep. Peter Defazio

Peter DeFazio is a passionate guy.  The fourth district Congressman has strong feelings about a wide range of subjects, but nothing fires him up quite like the subject of Wall Street. DeFazio's rhetoric and votes have have annoyed finance types for some time, but he really struck a nerve with his (so far unsuccessful) effort during the past couple of years to impose a tax on certain stock ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

Murmurs: EPA Smacks Lower Willamette Group

Portland harbor companies face penalties.

Companies on the hook for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site are facing civil penalties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the companies used “incorrect or misleading inf   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Rep. Peter Defazio

The Oregon Democrat talks about his disappointment with Obama and the cost of the CRC.

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has held his Oregon seat in Congress for more than 25 years. The 4th District Democrat has been...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 WW Staff

Cato Institute Implicates Hales in "Great Streetcar Conspiracy"

Libertarian group accuses mayoral candidate of exaggerating light rail benefits


Charlie Hales is part of a nationwide "conspiracy" to con city planners into building streetcar lines—or at least that's what a libertarian think tank claims.A new Cato Institute report, "The Great Streetcar Conspiracy," accuses light-rail proponents of exaggerating the economic benefits of streetcars to ensure government funding.Randal O'Toole, the Cato fellow who wrote the report, singles out Portland ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

DeFazio's Financial Transaction Tax Gains Steam


For years, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio has been the primary sponsor of a bill that would impose a tax on certain stock transactions in excess of $100,000 a year as a way of balancing the budget and targeting speculators.  The current version of the bill, HR 3313, or "The Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act, faces opposition from Wall Street, which has never viewed DeFazio as sympathetic.But ...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Why Peter DeFazio is Criticizing President Obama

Peter DeFazio

 Add U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to the list of liberal Democrats raising serious questions about President Obama's decision to have U.S. forces be part of an international offensive against the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.The Lane County Democrat isn't going as far as some of his party colleagues in broaching the prospect of impeachment but did say today that, "The president ...   More
Monday, March 21, 2011 HANK STERN

DeFazio TV Spot Wins National Award


Last weekend, D.C.-based Campaign & Elections magazine held its annual Reed Awards dinner to honor the best work done by political consultants in the 2010 mid-term elections. And a campaign commercial for U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was recognized as the best TV spot for a Democratic congressional candidate.  DeFazio, a 13-term representative who's the dean of Oregon's House delegation, ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN


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