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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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Oregon Supreme Court Considers Whether To Overturn Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling

Oregon Supreme Court justices pepper attorneys with questions about whether the court should uphold a Multnomah County ordinance allowing strict limits on donations.

News | Nation | Business | World | local | Politics

Taylor: Sondland Talked To Trump Directly About Investigating Ukraine Firm Linked To Bidens

A top U.S. diplomat testifies that Portland businessman Gordon Sondland had early knowledge that President Trump was seeking a Ukrainian investigation of political rival Joe Biden in exchange for military aid.

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Groups Seek To Take Oregon Redistricting Out Of State Legislature's Hands

A coalition of political and government watchdog groups wants to create a commission to redraw political boundary lines in Oregon following the 2020 census, taking the power out of lawmakers' hands.

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Inside The 'Wild, Wild West' Of Oregon Cannabis Businesses As They Seek Banking Services

Cannabis businesses are putting together a jerry-built financial structure as they struggle to get full banking services.

News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now:' Brown Recall Effort, Sondland Testimony, Wheeler Reelection Campaign

In this week's grab bag episode of "OPB Politics Now," OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss a newsy week in Portland-area politics.

News | Politics

Carolyn Long Wins 1st Round Of Fundraising Race Against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

New financial disclosure reports indicate another heated congressional race in Southwest Washington between GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Democratic challenger Carolyn Long.

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Oregon Elections Officials Restore A Postal Subsidy For Newly Registered Voters

Newly registered voters once again will be able to join a political party without having to hunt for a stamp.

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Sondland's Financial Picture: Private Jet, Art Collections And Much More

A financial disclosure report gives a glimpse at the wealth of Gordon Sondland, the businessman-turned-diplomat involved in the impeachment fight.

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'OPB Politics Now:' The Power Of Public Employee Unions In Oregon

Public employee unions have historically been one of the reasons Democrats enjoy a stranglehold on Oregon politics. But that might be changing.  

Education | News | local | Health

Oregon Teachers' Union Raises Concerns About Impact Of Drug Initiative On School Funding

A proposed measure to decriminalize drugs and boost addiction treatment programs could also take money from schools.

News | Environment | Politics | local

Oregon Senate GOP Leader Questions Whether Human Activity Is Causing Global Warming

Oregon Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. wrote that man-made carbon emissions play only a "minor role in climate change." But he wavered on that in a subsequent interview.

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Gordon Sondland Pushed Back On Allegations Against Trump, Texts Indicate

Gordon Sondland, the Portland businessman who is now a U.S. ambassador, was involved in a exchanges of texts relating to President Trump's controversial phone call with Ukranian leader.

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Portland Businessman Will Cooperate With US House Impeachment Inquiry

Gordon Sondland, a Portland hotel magnate who became a top U.S. ambassador in Europe, could be a key witness in House impeachment inquiry.

News | Nation | Politics

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader Joins Call For Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Rep. Kurt Schrader on Thursday became the last Democrat in the Oregon congressional delegation to support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Nation | News | Economy | Politics | local

US House Gives Big OK To Cannabis Banking Bill

The 321-103 vote in favor of the pro-cannabis measure marks a new watershed for the fast-growing industry, supporters said.

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National Group Looking At Ballot Measure To Decriminalize All Drugs In Oregon

The Drug Policy Alliance, which has long argued that the war on drugs is a failure, has filed a decriminalization measure for the 2020 ballot in Oregon.

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Oregon DMV Shares Alternatives Ahead Of Real ID Licensing Launch

Real ID licenses will be available in Oregon next July, and there could be a lot of demand for them because federal airport screeners will no longer accept non-Real ID licenses from airline passengers starting in October of 2020.  

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Legislative Actions Could Chip Away At Oregon's Landmark Voter Registration System

Oregon officials are scrambling to protect the state's automatic voter registration system in the face of a new law that could reduce the number of people registered using DMV data.

News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now:' The Start Of Campaign Season

It’s Labor Day weekend, otherwise known as the ceremonial start of the upcoming campaign year.

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Walden Acknowledges Wrongly Describing Gun Bill In Media Interview

The eastern Oregon congressman says he misspoke when discussing the problems with a House-passed bill aimed at expanding background checks for gun purchases.