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 Sen. Jeff Merkley is weighing a Democratic presidential race while keeping his options open to run for re-election if his presidential hopes flame out.
Major League Baseball might be coming to Portland. Tolling might be coming to Oregon freeways. And a day of reckoning might be coming to the state Legislature.
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The Oregon Transportation Commission unanimously approves a tolling plan that officials said probably couldn't take effect for several years.
At their yearly summit, some of the state's largest business interests offered a new vision for solving Oregon's fiscal woes.
Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.
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Oregon transportation officials unveiled a proposal Thursday to eventually toll two stretches along Portland-area freeways.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, whose district includes large parts of the Willamette Valley and the coast, is one of the leading opponents to Nancy Pelosi.
Oregon's major public employee unions join some key businesses, including Nike, in proposing a new approach to finding more revenue for schools and other state services.
Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, has long questioned Nancy Pelosi's leadership of Democrats in the House.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers a split verdict on proposal by Oregon Health Authority to raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco.
Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.
Linn Circuit Judge Fay Stetz-Waters and Wallowa-Union Circuit Judge Mona Williams — two Gov. Kate Brown appointees — were defeated Tuesday.
OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."
So far, the two have doubled the previous record for an Oregon governor’s race, set in 2010.
Republican Knute Buehler and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown are raising record amounts of money. And like big-spending campaigns around the country, most of it is going toward TV advertising.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown benefits from Democratic voter registration advantage but is weighed down by relatively high negative rating, pollster says.
Republican Knute Buehler calls for major changes to public pension benefits in Oregon while Democratic incumbent Gov. Kate Brown calls that unfair to government workers.