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 Gov. Kate Brown holds a five-point lead against GOP gubernatorial challenger Rep. Knute Buehler, but many voters remain undecided according to a new poll conducted for OPB.
State Rep. Knute Buehler, seeking middle ground on immigration issues in his race for governor, criticized the Trump administration Thursday.
Oregon voters will decide this November whether to make it more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees.
Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised more than $20 million combined, and backers of a ballot measure on grocery taxes are spending heavily.
Everytown For Gun Safety makes $250,000 donation to Brown re-election campaign after she signs measures tightening state's firearms laws.
OPB's senior political reporter Jeff Mapes is joined by OPB news director Anna Griffin and reporters Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Amelia Templeton.
An independent Oregon survey says Gov. Kate Brown has a 10-point lead over Republican challenger Knute Buehler. A measure to overturn the state's sanctuary law is well behind at this point.
Budget documents released by Oregon senator show nearly $10 million was shifted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?
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Oregonians will have the chance to weigh in on proposed new smoke management rules that could ease the way for more controlled burns aimed at reducing the threat of major wildfires.
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The Oregon Transportation Commission this week unanimously agreed to ask the federal government for permission to impose tolls on sections of interstates 5 and 205 in the Portland area.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's re-election campaign gave $100,000 to a group attacking Republican Knute Buehler. The intent, an aide says, is to respond to ads critical of Brown.
Brown says she believes everyone is a "spiritual being" and cites meditation and yoga as being important to her life.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment and overlooks victims.
It’s a new world for the powerful public employee unions in Oregon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states can’t require public employees to pay dues to unions that represent them in the workplace.