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 Supreme Court justices pepper attorneys with questions about whether the court should uphold a Multnomah County ordinance allowing strict limits on donations.
A top U.S. diplomat testifies that Portland businessman Gordon Sondland had early knowledge that President Trump was seeking a Ukrainian investigation of political rival Joe Biden in exchange for military aid.
A coalition of political and government watchdog groups wants to create a commission to redraw political boundary lines in Oregon following the 2020 census, taking the power out of lawmakers' hands.
Cannabis businesses are putting together a jerry-built financial structure as they struggle to get full banking services.
In this week's grab bag episode of "OPB Politics Now," OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss a newsy week in Portland-area politics.
New financial disclosure reports indicate another heated congressional race in Southwest Washington between GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Democratic challenger Carolyn Long.
Newly registered voters once again will be able to join a political party without having to hunt for a stamp.
Public employee unions have historically been one of the reasons Democrats enjoy a stranglehold on Oregon politics. But that might be changing.
A proposed measure to decriminalize drugs and boost addiction treatment programs could also take money from schools.
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Oregon Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. wrote that man-made carbon emissions play only a "minor role in climate change." But he wavered on that in a subsequent interview.
Gordon Sondland, the Portland businessman who is now a U.S. ambassador, was involved in a exchanges of texts relating to President Trump's controversial phone call with Ukranian leader.
Rep. Kurt Schrader on Thursday became the last Democrat in the Oregon congressional delegation to support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Real ID licenses will be available in Oregon next July, and there could be a lot of demand for them because federal airport screeners will no longer accept non-Real ID licenses from airline passengers starting in October of 2020.
Oregon officials are scrambling to protect the state's automatic voter registration system in the face of a new law that could reduce the number of people registered using DMV data.
The eastern Oregon congressman says he misspoke when discussing the problems with a House-passed bill aimed at expanding background checks for gun purchases.