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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

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'OPB Politics Now': What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed

Economy | local | Politics | News

To Ease PERS Problem, Oregon May Use Mix Of Rewards And Punishments

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017 4:11 p.m. | Portland

A task force on Oregon's massive public pension debt wants to prod the 900 government agencies in the state to more aggressively tackle the problem.

Economy | local | Transportation | News

I-5 Expansion In Portland Faces Opposition, Unanswered Questions

OPB | Oct. 13, 2017 7 a.m. | Portland

A $450 million project to upgrade Interstate 5 at Portland's Rose Quarter has uncertainties about its costs, the prospect of tolls and whether the state should embark on a major freeway project in the middle of the city.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Portland Girds For A Freeway Fight

OPB | Oct. 12, 2017 9:44 a.m.

We talk about where the battle lines are being drawn and dig into the history of Portland's difficult relationship with freeway projects.

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Oregon GOP Candidate Doesn't Want Gun Bills At February Session

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 2 p.m.

State Rep. Knute Buehler, the leading Republican candidate for governor, makes it clear he'll be on the opposite side of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown on guns and health care taxes.

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Oregon Governor Wants To Take Up Gun Control In February Session

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 10:55 a.m. | Portland

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Oregon's governor says she wants to pursue two gun measures that failed in this year's legislative session.

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'OPB Politics Now': Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 3:12 p.m.

This time, we dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time: gun control and health care.

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Gun Rights Activists Fail To Force Referendum On Oregon 'Extreme Risk' Law

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 10:18 a.m. | Portland

A new Oregon law allowing judges to temporarily revoke the gun rights of people found to be at "extreme risk" of violence can now go into effect in January.

Nation | Politics | News

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Gets Bypassed On Taxes By Trump

OPB | Sept. 28, 2017 3:45 p.m.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden may be the ranking Democrat on a key tax committee, but he's getting bypassed by President Trump and Senate Republican leadership.


'OPB Politics Now': Health Care Stakes Are High For Oregon

OPB | Sept. 28, 2017 12:52 p.m.

We ask if we've seen the last of the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and get a status update on the effort to repeal a new state tax on health care providers. 

local | Transportation | News

Oregon Will Give Washington A Voice In Developing Portland Freeway Tolls

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 2:15 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown directed her transportation officials Monday to give Washington a voice in a new congestion pricing plan being developed for the Portland area.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Opens Re-election Campaign

OPB | Sept. 25, 2017 9 a.m. | Portland

To no one's suprise, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she plans to run for re-election to the office she's held since John Kitzhaber's resignation in 2015.

local | Transportation | Politics | News

Washington Senator Wants Her State To Help Develop Oregon Tolling Plan

OPB | Sept. 22, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Portland

Washington Sen. Patty Murray tells Oregon Gov. Kate Brown she wants Washington state and the city of Vancouver to be voting members on an Oregon congesting pricing committee.

Economy | Nation | Politics | News | Communities

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon's Sanctuary Law Under Fire

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 12:44 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland this week, and railed against Oregon’s "sanctuary state" law.

local | Politics | News

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 6 a.m.

Opponents of Oregon's "sanctuary law" are collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot, and feelings are already running high on both sides.

'OPB Politics Now': Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzaman made a surprise announcement — he won't run for reelection next year.

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Former Oregon State Lawmaker Seeks Big Tax, Spending Changes

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 3:19 p.m.

Former state Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, unveiled two proposed ballot measures Wednesday aimed at tax and budget issues — and the state's massive pension debt.

Economy | Nation | Health | local | News | Politics

Jeff Merkley Co-Sponsors Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Legislation

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 3:26 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley joins several fellow senators on the left side of the Democratic caucus in pushing for government-funded health care.

Nation | local | Politics | News

Herrera Beutler Casts Lone NW Vote Against Spending Agreement

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 3:56 p.m. | Portland

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., votes against hurricane aid and more because it included an increase in the federal debt limit.

Economy | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | News | Politics | Environment | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Wildfire Funding Included In Hurricane Relief Bill Signed By President

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 9:51 a.m.

Provisions replenishing the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting budget clears Congress as part of hurricane relief aid legislation.