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Senior Political Reporter

Jeff Mapes

Jeff Mapes is a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Previously, Jeff covered state and national politics for The Oregonian for nearly 32 years. He has covered numerous presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and ballot measure campaigns, as well as many sessions of the Legislature, stretching back to 1985.

Jeff graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in journalism.

An avid bike commuter, Jeff is the author of the 2009 book, "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities."

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Recent Articles


'OPB Politics Now': Corporate Tax Reform Dies In Salem

OPB | June 23, 2017 9:45 a.m.

As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue. 

News | Transportation | Politics | local

The Fight Over Tolls In Oregon's Transportation Bill

OPB | June 22, 2017 4:33 p.m. | Portland

Congestion pricing, which has long been promoted by transportation reformers, is a key issue in massive transportation bill facing an uncertain future in Oregon Legislature.

News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Is Cleared

OPB | June 19, 2017 10:37 a.m.

The federal investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has concluded with no criminal charges.

News | Politics | Nation

'OPB Politics Now': A Busy Week For Oregon Senators

OPB | June 15, 2017 1:33 p.m.

Both of Oregon's senators found themselves in the national spotlight this week. 

News | Transportation | Politics | local

Oregon Transportation Bill Undergoes Surgery To Slim Some Taxes

OPB | June 13, 2017 3:15 p.m.

Senate transportation chief Lee Beyer said new draft of road-and-transit-funding bill will reduce proposed gas tax increases and revamp proposed bicycle tax.

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap

OPB | June 8, 2017 2:24 p.m.

We discuss the latest revenue-raising and cost-cutting proposals in Salem to close the $1.4 billion budget gap.

News | Election | Politics | local

Study: Oregon 'Motor Voter' Program Boosted Turnout And Diversity Of Voters

OPB | June 7, 2017 11:55 a.m. | Portland

A new study finds that Oregon's "motor voter" program helped increase voter participation and drove turnout among younger, minority, rural and low-income voters.

Economy | Politics | Nation

Oregon And Washington House Members Unanimously Oppose Trump's BPA Privatization Proposal

OPB | June 5, 2017 10:41 a.m.

President Donald Trump's proposal to privatize the Pacific Northwest's transmission grid is opposed by Democratic and Republican House members from Oregon and Washington.

Politics | local | Nation | Energy | News | Environment

Oregon Will Join Climate Change Coalition To Meet Paris Goals

OPB | June 2, 2017 2:55 p.m. | Portland

In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris accords, Gov. Kate Brown says Oregon is joining a coalition led by California, Washington and New York to fight climate change.

News | Politics | local | Nation

'OPB Politics Now': Political Aftermath Of The Portland Train Stabbing

OPB | June 2, 2017 8:51 a.m. | Portland

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the stabbings on the MAX train brought up some serious questions about free speech vs. hate speech.

Economy | Business | Politics | local | News

Will Gov. Brown's Plans For A Sale Of State Assets Reap Big Dollars For Oregon?

OPB | May 15, 2017 midnight | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown wants to raise $5 billion from government asset sales, but there are several potential pitfalls.

News | NW Life | local | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Tolls And Trees, Also Pie

OPB | May 12, 2017 1 p.m.

We dig into to the details of the much-anticipated transportation package, hear why the Elliott State Forest won't be sold after all and find out what the official state pie could be. 

News | Politics | local | Nation

Wyden Renews Call For Special Prosecutor After Comey Firing

OPB | May 9, 2017 3:32 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

News | Politics | local | Nation

'OPB Politics Now': This Is Not A Rerun

OPB | May 5, 2017 9:39 a.m. | Portland

We get an update on some familiar themes — Republicans in Congress voting on a health care bill, a Portland protest that turned into a riot, and talk about corporate taxes in the Oregon Legislature.

News | Health | Politics | Nation

Passage Of Republican Health Care Bill Divides Northwest Delegation

OPB | May 4, 2017 11:25 a.m. | Portland

The bill was passed on a 217-213 vote and now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.

News | local

Republicans Weaken Oregon's Big Plan For State-Run Retirement Accounts

OPB | May 3, 2017 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation overturning Obama-era regulations that encouraged state-run retirement plans.

News | Health | Politics | local | Nation

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden Backs GOP Health Care Bill That Cuts Pre-Existing Conditions

OPB | April 27, 2017 4:36 p.m. | Portland

The Republican congressman promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions from higher insurance rates, but critics say the new health care bill won't guarantee those protections.

News | Education | local | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Is There Any Money For Schools?

OPB | April 27, 2017 1:10 p.m.

Voters across the state are being asked to devote millions in new money for Oregon schools, while lawmakers try to come up with more education funding. 

Economy | Business | Politics | local | News

Major Businesses Line Up Against Tax Being Considered By Oregon Lawmakers

OPB | April 25, 2017 7 a.m. | Portland

A coalition of Oregon's major business groups say they oppose a proposed gross receipts tax on corporate sales.

News | Politics

OPB Politics Now: What’s Dead And What’s Alive?

OPB | April 21, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Halfway through the legislative session, we talk about which bills are "dead" and which ones are moving forward.