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."
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A new state transportation report calls for quick action on figuring out what kind of caps should go over a proposed Interstate 5 expansion project in downtown Portland. Critics say it's more important to get the design right than to rush things.
Oregon and Southwest Washington members of Congress stuck to their partisan lines Thursday on a vote seeking to curb President Trump’s ability to wage war against Iran.
Supporters of a proposed $2-a-pack increase in Oregon tobacco taxes are continuing to stockpile money as they face the prospect of one of the most expensive political campaigns in state history.
New population estimates show Oregon's growth has remained strong enough to put the state in a good position to gain another congressional seat.
This week we discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.
New federal spending bill contains money for hemp research, irrigation projects and much more in Oregon.
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The Oregon Transportation Commission has agreed to temporarily delay a final environmental decision on a controversial plan to widen Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter after Gov. Kate Brown and other elected leaders demanded more study of potential impacts.
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants tolling and the addition of buildings on top of freeway covers as officials look at widening Interstate 5 through Portland's Rose Quarter.
Buehler, eyeing a run Congress, will donate the campaign cash following sexual misconduct allegations against Sondland, a Portland businessman now in the national eye as a top U.S. diplomat.
Three women say in a story by Portland Monthly and ProPublica that they faced unwanted sexual conduct from the Portland businessman who has now become a national figure.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland became a key figure in the impeachment hearings this month. But a new report says officials close to President Trump initially blocked giving him a diplomatic post.
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.