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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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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.

NW Life | local | Politics | News

'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. 

Nation | Politics | local | News

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.

Nation | Politics | local | News

'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.

Nation | Health | Politics | News

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.

local | News

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.

Nation | Health | Politics | local | News

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 | local | Politics | Education

'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. 

Business | Economy | local | Politics | 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.

Politics | News

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.

Economy | local | Politics | News

4 Things To Know As Oregon's Tax And Budget Wars Heat Up

OPB | April 20, 2017 9:46 a.m. | Portland

The release of an eye-catching list of possible budget cuts signals the start of the Oregon Legislature's end game: negotiations about taxes and budgets.

Nation | Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Greg Walden Faces The Music

OPB | April 13, 2017 12:10 p.m. | Portland

OPB reporters Jeff Mapes and Amanda Peacher join host Geoff Norcross to talk about the raucous reception Rep. Greg Walden has received at town hall meetings this week. 

Health | Politics | local | News

Would A Soda Tax Work In Multnomah County?

OPB | April 13, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

Health advocates have found a winning formula for taking on what they call "Big Soda."

Nation | Politics | local | News

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden Met By Anti-Trump Crowds At Town Halls In Columbia Gorge

OPB | April 12, 2017 7:30 p.m. | Hood River, Oregon

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon's sole Republican in Congress, takes plenty of heat at town halls Wednesday in The Dalles and Hood River.

Economy | local | Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': The Taxes Are Coming!

OPB | April 6, 2017 3:39 p.m. | Portland

With Tax Day approaching, we dig into tax reform efforts at the national, state and local levels.

Politics | local | News

After Health Care Reform Collapse, Greg Walden Returns To Oregon

OPB | April 5, 2017 1:48 p.m.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon has come under pressure to do more town halls in his district. So he will hold six of them next week.

Politics | News

Merkley Speaks For 15 Hours Opposing Gorsuch Nomination, But Was It A Filibuster?

OPB | April 5, 2017 9:15 a.m.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., held the Senate floor for more than 15 hours overnight to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

NW Life | local | Politics | News

Marijuana Advocates: Oregon Senator's Support Hopeful Sign For Federal Legalization

OPB | March 30, 2017 2:07 p.m.

Sen. Ron Wyden wants to sweep away federal barriers to legalizing marijuana, joining fellow Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Nation | Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Resists Trump

OPB | March 30, 2017 1:54 p.m. | Portland

Oregon’s leaders are picking fights with the Trump administration on a number of issues. The administration is pushing back, threatening to withhold grants from states that don’t get in line.

Oregon Treasurer Backs Away From Move To Privatize Elliott State Forest

OPB | March 28, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, who last month voted to sell the Elliott State Forest, says he now sees a viable approach to keeping the 82,500-acre forest in public hands.