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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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Rose Quarter Freeway Project Faces Big Debate Over Design, Cost Of Highway Covers

A new state transportation report calls for quick action on figuring out what kind of caps should go over a proposed Interstate 5 expansion project in downtown Portland. Critics say it's more important to get the design right than to rush things.

News | World | Politics | Nation

Oregon, Southwest Washington House Members Stick With Party On War Powers

Oregon and Southwest Washington members of Congress stuck to their partisan lines Thursday on a vote seeking to curb President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran.

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Oregon Tobacco Tax Supporters Bracing For Expensive Political Fight

Supporters of a proposed $2-a-pack increase in Oregon tobacco taxes are continuing to stockpile money as they face the prospect of one of the most expensive political campaigns in state history.

News | Politics | local | Nation

Oregon Looks More Likely To Win 6th Congressional Seat Following 2020 Census

New population estimates show Oregon's growth has remained strong enough to put the state in a good position to gain another congressional seat.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Fight Over Freeway Expansion

This week we discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.

News | Politics | local | Nation

Merkley Talks Up New Federal Money For Home-State Projects

New federal spending bill contains money for hemp research, irrigation projects and much more in Oregon.

Economy | News | Business | Transportation | Communities | local

Oregon Transportation Commission Delays Big Decision On I-5 Rose Quarter Widening

The Oregon Transportation Commission has agreed to temporarily delay a final environmental decision on a controversial plan to widen Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter after Gov. Kate Brown and other elected leaders demanded more study of potential impacts.

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Oregon Gov. Brown Calls For Studies Of Tolling, Covers Of I-5 Through The Rose Quarter

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants tolling and the addition of buildings on top of freeway covers as officials look at widening Interstate 5 through Portland's Rose Quarter. 

Forestry | Economy | Politics | local | News

New Federal Spending Plan Includes Timber Money For Oregon Counties, Wyden Says

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said he’s helped negotiate another extension of federal aid for timber-dependent counties.

Economy | News | Business | Politics | local | Nation

Oregon Businesses Breathe Sighs Of Relief Over New North American Trade Deal

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement wins wide political and business support in Oregon, one of the nation's most trade dependent states.

Economy | Election | Politics | local | News

Oregon Initiatives To Revamp PERS Withdrawn As Political Picture Changes

Backers quietly end their attempt to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot in Oregon to revamp the Public Employees Retirement System.

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Republican Knute Buehler Gives Up $22,500 In Donations From Gordon Sondland

Buehler, eyeing a run Congress, will donate the campaign cash following sexual misconduct allegations against Sondland, a Portland businessman now in the national eye as a top U.S. diplomat.

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Gordon Sondland Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 3 Women, News Report Says

Three women say in a story by Portland Monthly and ProPublica that they faced unwanted sexual conduct from the Portland businessman who has now become a national figure.

News | Business | Election | Politics | local | Nation

Report: Sondland's Ambassadorial Bid Was Initially Blackballed By Trump Officials

Ambassador Gordon Sondland became a key figure in the impeachment hearings this month. But a new report says officials close to President Trump initially blocked giving him a diplomatic post.

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Portland Critics Ease Up On Gordon Sondland After Diplomat's Latest Testimony

In strongly liberal Portland, businessman-turned-diplomat Gordon Sondland finally won some plaudits from critics of President Trump.

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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.

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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.

News | Business | Health | local

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.