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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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Oregon's Closest Primary Race Could Take Time To Find A Winner

In Deschutes County’s House District 53, Redmond real estate agent Jack Zika leads conservative activist Ben Schimmoller by just 11 votes in the Republican primary.

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McLeod-Skinner Nominated To Take On Walden For Oregon Congressional Seat

Democrat Jaime McLeod-Skinner triumphed over six rivals to win the party's nomination to take on GOP Rep. Greg Walden in Oregon's vast — and conservative — Second Congressional District.

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Republican Buehler Nominated To Face Brown In Oregon Governor's Race

Republican Knute Buehler appears headed to victory in Tuesday's Oregon GOP gubernatorial primary.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Split On Proposed Oregon Gun Measure

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler took a stand against a proposed ban on military-style, semi-automatic firearms in Oregon. But Sam Carpenter said he would enforce it.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Primary Election Crunch Time

Oregon’s primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters.

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Buehler Remains Confident Ahead Of Tuesday's Republican Primary

Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler’s two chief rivals – Bend businessman Sam Carpenter and retired Naval aviator Greg Wooldridge – both insist he could be in for a shock Tuesday.

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Dems Flock To Challenge Walden In Oregon's Most Conservative District

An unusually large field of Democrats is running in the May 15 Oregon primary for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. Greg Walden in November.

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Buehler Airs Ad Hitting Republican Rival Carpenter Over Tax Liens

The new attack advertising comes as the Republican primary race for governor heads into the final weeks.

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Unusual Twists Crop Up In Oregon GOP Race For Governor

Rep. Knute Buehler's big advertising campaign in advance of the Republican gubernatorial primary on May 15 appears to be bearing fruit, according to a poll taken by one of his opponents.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Previewing Legislative And Labor Commissioner Primaries

Ballots for the May 15th primary are arriving this week, and we’ve got you covered on the latest "OPB Politics Now" podcast.

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Buehler Looks To November As Other Republicans Question His Conservatism

Knute Buehler is already looking ahead to a November matchup against Gov. Kate Brown, but other Republican candidates for governor say he's not conservative enough for Oregon. 

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Union-Backed Oregon Group Once Again Aiming A Ballot Initiative At Corporations

Our Oregon returns with a more modest ballot measure on corporate transparency following its big loss on corporate taxation in 2016.

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Buehler Narrowly Wins Straw Poll In GOP Race For Oregon Governor

By one vote, Washington County Republican precinct officials favored Buehler over retired Naval aviator Greg Wooldridge.

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Richardson Axes Explainer On How Nonaffiliateds Can Vote In Primaries

The move to eliminate the mailing comes as the number of nonaffiliated voters is rapidly rising in Oregon under the new registration system.

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Families Of Shooting Victims Back 2nd Gun Initiative For November Ballot

An initiative that would require guns to be locked up when not in use is the second proposed ballot measure filed in reaction to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Guns, Grocery Taxes And Potential Oregon Ballot Measures

On this week’s "OPB Politics Now," we talk about the dramatic attempt by Oregon students and religious leaders to put a ban on military-style rifles on the ballot.

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Buehler Comes Under Fire For Skipping Oregon GOP Candidate Forums

The leading candidate in the race for the Republican nomination for governor has missed several chances to mix it up with his rivals.

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Kitzhaber Agrees To $20,000 Fine In Ethics Case That Goes To Commission Friday

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to settle ethics charges against him.

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How This Subsidiary Produces A Fundraising Gold Mine For Oregon Hospitals

Earlier this month, an obscure company known as Oregon Healthcare Enterprises donated $400,000 to the Oregon Hospital Political Action Committee.  

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Lawmakers Revive Funding For Rural Oregon, But It's No Long-Term Solution

Oregon lawmakers say they've revived funding for an expired federal aid program that provided money to rural counties whose economies relied heavily on federal timber harvesting.