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Senior Political Reporter

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 Senate Narrowly Passes Bill That Trims Some PERS Benefits

Oregon Democratic senators agonize over whether to vote for a bill that would trim retirement benefits for state and local government employees.

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Bonamici Joins Call For Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, charging that President Donald Trump is sending the message that he is "above the law," wants to open an impeachment inquiry against him.

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Changes To PERS Advance To Oregon Senate

Tight-lipped Oregon legislative leaders on Tuesday set the stage for tense votes in the House and Senate over a controversial pension bill that is opposed by many public employees.

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Dairy Industry, Dietitians’ Roles Scrutinized After Death Of Plant-Based Hospital Food Bill

Supporters of an Oregon bill requiring hospitals to offer plant-based foods to patients question whether opposition by a dietitians group was influenced by dairy industry.

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Oregon Legislative Leaders Present New Plan For Tackling Big PERS Debt

Legislative leaders have rolled out an Oregon pension plan that differs in important ways from one offered by their Democratic colleague Gov. Kate Brown.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Republicans Walked Out, But Now What?

On this week's episode, we look at the Republican walkout at the Oregon Capitol. Who wins, who loses and how does it all end? 

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Skipping The Ballot, Lawmakers Work To Give Undocumented Oregonians Driver's Licenses

Oregon legislators have traditionally been wary about overriding the will of voters. But lawmakers may upend that custom this year on the controversial topic of immigration.

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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley Has Stopped Taking Corporate PAC Cash

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has quietly become the first member of the state’s current congressional delegation to stop taking money from corporate political action committees.

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PERS Plan Would Limit Tax Rebates, Affect School Retirement Benefits

The governor's sweeping plan seeks to shield Oregon school districts from continuing increases in public pension rates.

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Oregon's Dorchester Conference Moves To Welches

Oregon's oldest political gathering will begin Friday at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, about an hour east of Portland. For decades, Dorchester was held in Seaside, but it was moved to Salem in 2017.  

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Milwaukie Mayor Eyeing Rep. Schrader's Oregon Congressional Seat

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said Tuesday that he will run against Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader in next year’s Democratic primary.  

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Oregon Effort To Add Density In Many Neighborhoods Gains Momentum

An Oregon House committee unanimously approves a bill to force larger cities to accept multi-family housing in neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State

Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.

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Former Oregon Gov. Wants To Reduce PERS Benefits To Offset Mounting Costs

Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is leading a new initiative drive that would ask voters to reduce some public employee retirement benefits to help reduce the costs of the financially troubled pension system.  

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Metro Chair Lynn Peterson Says I-5 Rose Quarter Project Needs To Help Revitalize Nearby Area

Metro Chair Lynn Peterson joins with the Albina Vision Trust in pushing for major changes to Interstate 5 improvement project in Rose Quarter area of Portland.

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Oregon Takes 1st Step Toward Campaign Finance Limits

Oregon legislators took the first step Wednesday toward asking voters to amend the state Constitution to allow donation limits on political campaigns.

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ODOT Used Long Dead I-5 Bridge Replacement To Plan Rose Quarter Upgrade

The Columbia River Crossing still lives — at least in the traffic projections of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon Campaign Finance Reformers Focus On 'Dark Money'

Would-be campaign finance reformers in Oregon say they want to tighten disclosure requirements for nonprofits that run advertising targeting candidates.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.

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Opponents Dominate Hearing On Portland Rose Quarter I-5 Expansion Project

The Oregon Department of Transportation took flak for an environmental assessment that opponents say present a sugar-coated view of the big project to add lanes on Interstate 5 near Portland's Rose Quarter.