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."
Supporters of controversial initiatives on abortion and immigration hope to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has reached a deal with union and business officials to toss one controversial tax-related initiative. Meanwhile, a measure to overturn Oregon's sanctuary law could make the ballot.
The governor confirmed on Saturday in an interview with OPB that she is working with the two divergent groups “about a number of issues, including initiatives that may or may not be on the ballot.”
Democratic congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner says Rep. Greg Walden is playing politics by urging President Trump to pardon two Eastern Oregon ranchers serving prison terms for arson.
With the deadline nearing for Oregon initiative petitions, here's a look at what's headed to the ballot and what is still uncertain.
Oregon’s attorney general is joining yet another lawsuit against the Trump administration, this time over the family separation policy.
Reps. Greg Walden and Jaime Herrera Beutler are the only lawmakers from Oregon or Washington to back the measure that seeks to curb immigration — both legal and illegal.
Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising.
Independent Party member Patrick Starnes fended off write-in candidacies from Republican Knute Buehler and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to win the party's gubernatorial nomination.
The Oregon Supreme Court will — at most — give backers of a controversial gun-control measure just two weeks to launch and complete a signature drive to qualify for the November ballot.
The cable giant reaches a settlement with state of Oregon over how to value its assets in Oregon for property tax purposes.
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.
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.
Republican Knute Buehler appears headed to victory in Tuesday's Oregon GOP gubernatorial primary.
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.
Oregon’s primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters.