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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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Paul Ryan Arrives In Oregon To Fundraise For Rep. Greg Walden

OPB | Aug. 23, 2017 8:57 a.m. | Hillsboro, Oregon

House Speaker Paul Ryan arrived at Intel’s Hillsboro, Oregon, facility Wednesday morning to talk about federal tax reform and other issues of concern to the manufacturing powerhouse.

News | Politics | NW Life | local | Nation

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Gov Race Brings In The Money

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 8:54 a.m.

It's early, but big money is already flowing into the 2018 Oregon gubernatorial race.

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Is Multnomah County's Political Contribution Cap Constitutional?

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 11:55 a.m. | Portland

Multnomah County voters last November passed strict limits on political contributions with the overwhelming support of 89 percent of voters. 

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'OPB Politics Now': The Game Is Afoot!

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 1:29 p.m.

We talk about political maneuvering going on at various levels of state and city government.

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Brown, Buehler Tangle Over Health Care Taxes As Oregon Governor's Race Heats Up

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 4:26 p.m. | Portland

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Knute Buehler called for a special session on health provider taxes, an idea quickly rejected by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

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Oregon Governor To Veto 2 Bills, Plus Projects Sought By GOP Legislator

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 3:29 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown serves notice that she will veto two bills and excise nearly $6 million in spending out of another measure.

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'Sanctuary State' Repeal Campaign Takes Advantage Of New Oregon Rule

OPB | Aug. 4, 2017 3:01 p.m. | Portland

A new petitioning rule from Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson aids a group seeking to overturn Oregon's status as a "sanctuary state."  

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4 Big Questions That Loom Over The 2018 Oregon Governor's Race

OPB | Aug. 3, 2017 5:38 p.m. | Portland

Knute Buehler, a Republican Oregon representative from Bend, becomes the first major candidate to officially enter the race for governor. Here are the four big questions looming over the coming race.

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Oregon Public Pension Debt Officially Rises By $2.4 Billion

OPB | July 28, 2017 5:02 p.m. | Portland

The board that oversees Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System makes a "pragmatic" decision to make a relatively modest reduction in its investment assumptions. 

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'OPB Politics Now': An East Coast View Of Oregon

OPB | July 28, 2017 11:45 a.m.

We talk with Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips about why East Coast journalists view Oregon as the center of resistance to President Trump.

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Oregon Grocery Initiative May Sink Multnomah County Soda Tax

OPB | July 27, 2017 3:51 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon initiative to ban taxes on the sale of food is primarily aimed at countering attempts to raise corporate taxes. But if it passed, it would also prevent a soda tax.

Food | Economy | Business | local | News

Oregon Liquor Agency And Workers Compensation Insurer Could Be Privatization Targets

OPB | July 24, 2017 5:47 p.m.

An Oregon task force says it is looking at a wide variety of provocative ideas for raising cash to pay down Oregon's pension debt.

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Fewer Than 40 Percent Of Oregon, Washington Residents Positive Of Trump

OPB | July 24, 2017 12:35 p.m. | Portland

Fewer than 40 percent of adults in Oregon and Washington give President Donald Trump positive marks, according to a series of Gallup polls conducted over the last six months.

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Oregon Measure Seeks To Head Off Corporate Tax On Grocery Sales

OPB | July 19, 2017 8:15 a.m.

A proposed constitutional amendment has been filed in Oregon to prohibit taxes on sales of groceries.

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Change To Oregon Initiative Process Could Mean More Ballot Measures

OPB | July 17, 2017 3:41 p.m.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is making a key change to the initiative system that could lead to more measures on the state's ballot.

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'OPB Politics Now': Now What For Oregon Lawmakers?

OPB | July 14, 2017 10:45 a.m.

What's on Oregon's political horizon?

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'OPB Politics Now': That's A Wrap!

OPB | July 10, 2017 9:29 a.m.

Taking stock of the 2017 Oregon legislative session.

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Oregon Lawmakers Wrap Session, Describe Mix Of Success And Failure

OPB | July 7, 2017 2:56 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Legislature went home Friday after finishing its 2017 session three days short of the constitutional deadline.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Bucks The Trend On Health Coverage

OPB | July 7, 2017 11 a.m.

While Congress continues to negotiate rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Oregon lawmakers are going the other way.

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Oregon Bill To Remove Guns From Violent Threats Approved

OPB | July 6, 2017 6:03 p.m.

Judges could temporarily remove weapons from a person deemed to be a danger to self or others under a bill that cleared the Oregon Legislature on Thursday.