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."
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.
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.
The eastern Oregon congressman says he misspoke when discussing the problems with a House-passed bill aimed at expanding background checks for gun purchases.
On this week's show, we look at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's continuing fundraising and explain why she's still collecting donations.
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden will make his first public appearances since the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton when he holds five town halls in his district next week.
Despite her differences with many in the business community, Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown managed to raise $120,000 this month from business donors.
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Micromobility is the idea that new technology – including smartphones and more efficient batteries – is sparking a big jump in small, nimble vehicles suited for increasingly crowded city streets.
It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed.
Oregon’s public employee unions filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to overturn the new law that requires state and local government workers to help pay some of the costs of reducing the multi-billion-dollar public pension debt.
Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman said Wednesday that he will keep his legislative job while working for the Freedom Foundation.
The Oregon Legislature made the state the first to move away from single-family zoning. But it could be many years before the law has much impact in the state's urban neighborhoods.
On a special episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll look at how the 2019 legislature has changed life for Oregonians.
The landmark measure sailed through the state House on a bipartisan 43-16 vote and now moves to the Senate, where it could get tangled up by a walkout of Republican senators seeking to derail a major climate change bill.
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Oregon lawmakers were among those pressuring Trump officials to back off plans to close nine centers – including two in Oregon and Washington – and transfer 16 others to private contractors.