Senior Political Reporter
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."
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is weighing whether to sign or veto a bill that would cut off new tax benefits for thousands of small businesses.
Multnomah County Judge Eric Bloch says the voter-approved law placing a $500 limit on donations to candidates for county office violates the state constitution.
The deadline for filing for major political office in Oregon passed Tuesday with no major surprises.
On this special Monday edition, we wrap up the highlights and surprises of the 2018 legislative session. And we examine the state of the Oregon Republican Party after the annual Dorchester Conference.
Former naval aviator Greg Wooldridge won the gubernatorial straw poll at the annual Dorchester Conference, defeating Rep. Knute Buehler of Bend.
Oregon's only Republican congressman says he is interested in a federal version of state laws that allow judges to remove guns from the home of someone who appears at imminent risk of violence.
Oregon lawmakers are rushing toward adjourning the 2018 session, so the OPB politics team is taking a last-minute look at the prospects for several of the major bills still in the pipeline.
The Northwest Grocery Association says it is now going full speed on a proposed constitution amendment that would prevent new taxes on the sales of groceries.
Democrats pushed two business tax bills through the Oregon House Revenue Committee over the objections of Republicans.
A new Oregon economic forecast is changing the politics of taxation at the state Legislature.
As the resolution heads to the Senate, OPB Politics Now looks at both the policy and the politics of the “health care for all” measure.
The Oregon Senate has passed a measure that could produce a one-time $140 million windfall in corporate taxes for the state.
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Lawmakers remain hung up over how to manage forests to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires — and how to pay for fighting these blazes.
Ray Baum, a former Oregon legislator and utility commissioner, was serving as a top congressional aide in Washington when he died.
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This week on "OPB Politics Now," we’ll discuss the policies both Oregon and Washington are considering to tackle climate change at the state level.
The Republican Congressman from Hood River raised $3 million in 2017, almost twice what he had raised the year before.
A new poll taken for OPB shows that most Oregonians know very little about GOP gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler.
If state legislators don't act in the next session, Oregon faces a budget hole of around $200 million because of the federal tax cut.
Oregon legislators will be starting a short session, which is held in even years. We talk about what’s on the agenda in the latest episode of "OPB Politics Now."