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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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Oregonians Can Weigh In On New Proposed Smoke Management Rules

Oregonians will have the chance to weigh in on proposed new smoke management rules that could ease the way for more controlled burns aimed at reducing the threat of major wildfires.

local | Transportation | News | Politics

Oregon Transportation Officials Seek Federal Approval For Tolling Plan

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.

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Kate Brown Campaign Is Largest Donor To Group Attacking Republican Rival

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.

local | Election | News | Politics

‘OPB Politics Now’: Washington’s Wild Primary

In the battle for control of the U.S. House, Washington state is now one of the big hotspots.

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Oregon Governor Explains Her Spiritual Beliefs After Franklin Graham Speech

Brown says she believes everyone is a "spiritual being" and cites meditation and yoga as being important to her life.

Nation | Forestry | Science | local | News | Environment | Politics

When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs to be more fire in the forest.

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'OPB Politics Now': Fresh Batch of Controversy In The Oregon Statehouse

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment and overlooks victims.

Health | Election | local | News | Politics

Measure To Ban State Funding For Abortion Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

An anti-abortion initiative qualified for Oregon's ballot by a razor-thin margin.


'OPB Politics Now': The Fight Over Oregon’s Unions

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.

local | News | Politics

Rep. Greg Walden Bringing House Leaders To Wilsonville For Fundraiser

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is bringing the top Republican House leaders to Wilsonville Monday for a pricey fundraiser.

local | Election | News | Politics

Knute Buehler Says He'll Vote To Repeal Oregon Sanctuary Law

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. 

local | Election | News | Politics

New Poll Shows Oregon Governor's Race Is Getting Close, But Is It Really Tied?

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.

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McConnell Withdraws Trump Judicial Pick Minutes Before Vote

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.

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Group Behind Attack Ads On Oregon GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Connected To Governor

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.

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Abortion, Immigration Opponents Say They Will Have Ballot Measures In November

Supporters of controversial initiatives on abortion and immigration hope to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.

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Tax And Anti-Immigration Measures See Movement As Filing Deadline Nears

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.

local | Election | Business | News | Politics

Oregon Governor Negotiating With Business Interests To Keep Tax Measures Off 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.”

local | Nation | News | Politics

Democratic Challenger Says Walden Is Playing Politics With Hammonds Pardon Request

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.

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Oregon's Initiative Process Could Mean 2018 Votes On Taxes, Abortion, Immigration

With the deadline nearing for Oregon initiative petitions, here's a look at what's headed to the ballot and what is still uncertain.

local | Business | Nation | News | Politics

SCOTUS Ruling Prohibits Mandatory Union Dues For Public Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Wednesday ruling in Janus v. AFSCME to prohibit mandatory union dues for public employees could affect more than 400,000 workers in Oregon and Washington.