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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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.
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.
Brown says she believes everyone is a "spiritual being" and cites meditation and yoga as being important to her life.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment and overlooks victims.
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.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is bringing the top Republican House leaders to Wilsonville Monday for a pricey fundraiser.
Buehler, the Republican candidate for governor, says he'll vote for a ballot measure repealing Oregon's sanctuary law. His Democratic opponent strongly supports the existing law.
A new poll from a Florida firm shows a tie in the race between Gov. Kate Brown and Republican challenger Knute Buehler, but there are questions about the survey's accuracy.
In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has withdrawn one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees just minutes before he was set for a confirmation vote.
Television viewers are seeing new attack ads in the race for Oregon governor – but it’s far from clear to the casual watcher who is paying for them.
Supporters of controversial initiatives on abortion and immigration hope to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has reached a deal with union and business officials to toss one controversial tax-related initiative. Meanwhile, a measure to overturn Oregon's sanctuary law could make the ballot.
The governor confirmed on Saturday in an interview with OPB that she is working with the two divergent groups “about a number of issues, including initiatives that may or may not be on the ballot.”
Democratic congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner says Rep. Greg Walden is playing politics by urging President Trump to pardon two Eastern Oregon ranchers serving prison terms for arson.
With the deadline nearing for Oregon initiative petitions, here's a look at what's headed to the ballot and what is still uncertain.