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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

'OPB Politics Now': Special Legislative Session Nixed, Rose Quarter Project Moves Forward

The Oregon legislature will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.

local | Transportation

Oregon Transportation Commission Says I-5 Expansion Doesn't Need Full Environmental Review

The commission's decision helps keep the freeway widening project on track. Critics say the state needs to to look more closely at the project's environmental impact.

local | Politics | News

Local Governments In Oregon Unsure On Tax Measures For May Ballot

All around Oregon, local government and school officials are scrambling to figure out whether they can successfully ask voters for financial help when the economy is cratering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Election | Health | Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Effect On Campaign Politics

This week, we look at how the coronavirus pandemic is changing your May and November ballots.

Health | Politics | News

Door-To-Door Petitioning Draws Controversy In Hood River Legislative Recall Race

Canvassers seeking to recall state Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, went door-to-door in his district as the coronavirus epidemic was first starting to take hold.

local | Politics | News | NW Life

Oregon's Mail Voting System Gains New Cachet Amid Coronavirus

Could Oregon's vote by mail system go nationwide? That's the goal of two U.S. senators. 

Election | Health | Politics | News | local

Vote By Mail Saves Oregon's May Primary During Pandemic

While some states are postponing their primary elections, Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced Thursday that the state’s May 19 primary will proceed as scheduled.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Faces Just 1 Opponent: A Non-Lawyer

Republican activist Michael Cross is the only candidate opposing Ellen Rosenblum as she seeks a third term as attorney general.

Business | Economy | World | local | News | Nation

As Unemployment Surges, Oregon Considers Easing Benefit Standards

Unemployment claims are spiking because of coronavirus-related shutdowns. Here's a guide to collecting benefits — and how Oregon may liberalize its unemployment insurance program.

Business | Health | Economy | Politics | local | News

Oregon Leaders Say Coronavirus Means Major Economic Problems

Workers and businesses will both need help to prevent a serious economic downturn, Oregon state leaders say.

Election | local | Politics | News

2020 Political Races Come Into Focus After Oregon Filing Deadline

Tuesday was the deadline for people seeking seats in the Oregon Legislature. Here are the highlights.

Politics | News

Will Oregon's Presidential Primary Matter? Here's What You Need To Know

Oregon is one of the last states on the Democratic presidential primary calendar. But the state's votes still mattered in the last two contested Democratic primary races.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': A Legislative Failure

The Oregon Legislature ended its 2020 session this week in a complete failure after Republicans walked out.

Politics | Nation | News

Oregon Drug Decriminalization Measure Rapidly Gathers Signatures For November Ballot

A New York advocacy group is financing the effort to make Oregon the first state to remove criminal charges against the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Voters Could Decide This Year Whether To Decriminalize Drugs

A New York group backed by billionaire George Soros is seeking to put a first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization measure on the Oregon ballot in November.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': A Legislative Session On The Brink Of Collapse

Oregon Republican legislators from both the House and Senate walked off the job this week in protest of a major climate bill.

Election | local | Politics | News

District Newcomer Crumpacker Raises Big Money In Race To Replace Walden

Jimmy Crumpacker has raised more money than anyone else in the Republican primary race for Oregon Rep. Greg Walden's House seat, but hardly any from anybody living in the district.

Election | local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Quickly Launch New Fight Over Campaign Finance Limits

New legislation would delay voter-approved campaign finance limits if Oregon Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of donor caps.

Election | local | Politics | News

Bloomberg Spends Big On Portland TV Ads In Search Of Voters In SW Washington

New York billionaire and presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $2 million for ads on Portland television stations, even though the Oregon primary won't be held until mid-May.