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 will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.
The commission's decision helps keep the freeway widening project on track. Critics say the state needs to to look more closely at the project's environmental impact.
All around Oregon, local government and school officials are scrambling to figure out whether they can successfully ask voters for financial help when the economy is cratering from the coronavirus pandemic.
Canvassers seeking to recall state Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, went door-to-door in his district as the coronavirus epidemic was first starting to take hold.
Could Oregon's vote by mail system go nationwide? That's the goal of two U.S. senators.
Republican activist Michael Cross is the only candidate opposing Ellen Rosenblum as she seeks a third term as attorney general.
Tuesday was the deadline for people seeking seats in the Oregon Legislature. Here are the highlights.
Oregon is one of the last states on the Democratic presidential primary calendar. But the state's votes still mattered in the last two contested Democratic primary races.
A New York advocacy group is financing the effort to make Oregon the first state to remove criminal charges against the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.
A New York group backed by billionaire George Soros is seeking to put a first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization measure on the Oregon ballot in November.
Oregon Republican legislators from both the House and Senate walked off the job this week in protest of a major climate bill.
Jimmy Crumpacker has raised more money than anyone else in the Republican primary race for Oregon Rep. Greg Walden's House seat, but hardly any from anybody living in the district.
New legislation would delay voter-approved campaign finance limits if Oregon Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of donor caps.
New York billionaire and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $2 million for ads on Portland television stations, even though the Oregon primary won't be held until mid-May.