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."
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.
Democratic lawmakers are moving to more tightly regulate electronic petitions, which are becoming more popular for initiative, recall and referendum campaigns in Oregon.
House Bill 2001 has drawn strong opposition from neighborhood activists and local officials, but supporters say it will help ease Oregon's housing crunch.
Oregon is trying to fight climate change. But what would a proposed cap and trade rule actually do?
Rob Freres, Jr. gives big donation to the effort to refer the business tax to Oregon ballot. At the same time, legislators are moving to hold a Jan. 21 special election if the referendum qualifies for the ballot.
After years of failure on sales taxes, Oregon legislators have fashioned a tax that businesses pay but critics say is really a hidden sales tax.
The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.
An Oregon business group will attempt to overturn the new tax approved by the Legislature this month to provide an extra $1 billion a year for schools.
'OPB Politics Now:' The Cost Of Changing Election Campaign Finance Limits And Remembering Jackie Winters
This week at the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers started work on campaign finance limits that don’t go quite as far as you might expect. And they mourned one of their own.
Oregon lawmakers are looking at legislation to curb political money, but there's heated debate about whether it goes far enough.
Oregon Democratic senators agonize over whether to vote for a bill that would trim retirement benefits for state and local government employees.