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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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Blumenauer Partners With Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez On Climate Resolution

The resolution calls for a massive national mobilization to combat climate change.

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Oregon Strikes Exclusive Single-Family Zoning, But Effects May Take Years

The Oregon Legislature made the state the first to move away from single-family zoning. But it could be many years before the law has much impact in the state's urban neighborhoods.

News | Politics | Business | Economy

Campaign Finance Limits On Track To Oregon Ballot

The Oregon Legislature took a big step this weekend toward allowing the state to curb the flow of unlimited money into political campaigns.

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OPB Politics Now: The Wild, Weird 2019 Oregon Legislature

On a special episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll look at how the 2019 legislature has changed life for Oregonians. 

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'OPB Politics Now:' Republicans Walk Out, Again

Senate Republicans staged another walkout in the Oregon Legislature this week. And things quickly turned tense.

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Landmark Oregon Housing Measure Inches Closer To Passage

The landmark measure sailed through the state House on a bipartisan 43-16 vote and now moves to the Senate, where it could get tangled up by a walkout of Republican senators seeking to derail a major climate change bill.

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Trump Administration Abandons Plans To Close Forest Service Job Corps Centers

Oregon lawmakers were among those pressuring Trump officials to back off plans to close nine centers – including two in Oregon and Washington – and transfer 16 others to private contractors.

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Oregon Senate Approves Controversial Restrictions On Electronic Voter Petitions

Democratic lawmakers are moving to more tightly regulate electronic petitions, which are becoming more popular for initiative, recall and referendum campaigns in Oregon.

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Single-Family Zoning Bill Faces Crucial Votes In Legislature's Last Days

House Bill 2001 has drawn strong opposition from neighborhood activists and local officials, but supporters say it will help ease Oregon's housing crunch.

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'OPB Politics Now': What Would Cap And Trade Really Mean For Oregon?

Oregon is trying to fight climate change. But what would a proposed cap and trade rule actually do? 

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Timber Baron Gives $1 Million Boost To Campaign To Overturn Tax For Schools

Rob Freres, Jr. gives big donation to the effort to refer the business tax to Oregon ballot.  At the same time, legislators are moving to hold a Jan. 21 special election if the referendum qualifies for the ballot.

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New Oregon Tax Aims To Succeed After Long History Of Sales Tax Failures

After years of failure on sales taxes, Oregon legislators have fashioned a tax that businesses pay but critics say is really a hidden sales tax.

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'OPB Politics Now:' It’s Legislative Pop Quiz Time

The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.

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Oregon House Passes Campaign Finance Limits

A bill to place new limits on campaign finances draws near-unanimous opposition from Republicans.

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Oregon House Passes PERS Changes In Tense Vote

The contentious bill first appeared to have failed, forcing Speaker Tina Kotek to press individual Democrats to change their minds. 

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Oregon Business Group Tries To Overturn New $1 Billion Tax For Schools

An Oregon business group will attempt to overturn the new tax approved by the Legislature this month to provide an extra $1 billion a year for schools.  

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'OPB Politics Now:' The Cost Of Changing Election Campaign Finance Limits And Remembering Jackie Winters

This week at the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers started work on campaign finance limits that don’t go quite as far as you might expect. And they mourned one of their own.

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Oregon Campaign Finance Bill Might Curb Really Big Donations

Oregon lawmakers are looking at legislation to curb political money, but there's heated debate about whether it goes far enough.

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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.