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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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Poll Shows Brown Holds Slight Lead In Oregon Governor's Race

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.

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Facing Criticism, Buehler Attacks Trump Immigration Policy

State Rep. Knute Buehler, seeking middle ground on immigration issues in his race for governor, criticized the Trump administration Thursday.

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Measure 104 Becomes Debate Over What Is A Tax In Oregon

Oregon voters will decide this November whether to make it more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees.

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Campaign Cash Reports Show Races For Oregon Governor, Ballot Measures Chugging Along

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.

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Oregon Ballot Measure 106 Would Limit Access To Abortions

Oregon’s long support for abortion rights is being tested on November’s ballot by a group of determined activists pushing an initiative to prohibit state funding for most abortions.

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Brown Picks Up Big Donations From Gun Control Group, Democratic PAC

Everytown For Gun Safety makes $250,000 donation to Brown re-election campaign after she signs measures tightening state's firearms laws.

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'OPB Politics Now: A Council Race, A Clean Energy Tax And A Housing Measure

OPB's senior political reporter Jeff Mapes is joined by OPB news director Anna Griffin and reporters Ericka Cruz Guevarra and Amelia Templeton.


Oregon Poll Shows Leads For Gov. Kate Brown, Opponents Of Immigration Measure

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.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

Fires are getting bigger, fire season is lasting longer and it turns out the way we’ve been fighting fires for much of the last century was wrong.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley: Trump Shorting Disaster Funding To Pay For Immigrant Detention

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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Learning To Live With Wildfire

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 Can Weigh In On New Proposed Smoke Management Rules

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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Oregon Transportation Officials Seek Federal Approval For Tolling Plan

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.

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Kate Brown Campaign Is Largest Donor To Group Attacking Republican Rival

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.

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‘OPB Politics Now’: Washington’s Wild Primary

In the battle for control of the U.S. House, Washington state is now one of the big hotspots.

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Oregon Governor Explains Her Spiritual Beliefs After Franklin Graham Speech

Brown says she believes everyone is a "spiritual being" and cites meditation and yoga as being important to her life.

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When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs to be more fire in the forest.

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'OPB Politics Now': Fresh Batch of Controversy In The Oregon Statehouse

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment and overlooks victims.

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Measure To Ban State Funding For Abortion Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

An anti-abortion initiative qualified for Oregon's ballot by a razor-thin margin.


'OPB Politics Now': The Fight Over Oregon’s Unions

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.