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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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Merkley Has Options To Pursue Presidential, Senate Runs Simultaneously

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is weighing a Democratic presidential race while keeping his options open to run for re-election if his presidential hopes flame out.


'OPB Politics Now:' Baseball, Tolling And A Day Of Reckoning

Major League Baseball might be coming to Portland. Tolling might be coming to Oregon freeways. And a day of reckoning might be coming to the state Legislature.

News | Nation | Transportation | NW Life

Portland Tolling Plan Sent To Federal Officials For Approval

The Oregon Transportation Commission unanimously approves a tolling plan that officials said probably couldn't take effect for several years.

Business | News | Economy | local | Politics

Here's 1 Small Oregon Pension Fix That Could Actually Be A Win-Win

In the flurry of ideas for paying down Oregon's $22 billion public pension debt, one proposal stands out as unusual. It’s far from a cure-all, though.

News | Economy | local | Politics

Business Leaders: Pension Reforms Must Be Part of 2019 Education Solution

At their yearly summit, some of the state's largest business interests offered a new vision for solving Oregon's fiscal woes. 


'OPB Politics Now:' Kate Brown’s $23.6 Billion Budget And A Looming Tax Hike

Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.

News | local | Transportation

Portland Tolling Plan Would Cover Downtown, Abernethy Bridge

Oregon transportation officials unveiled a proposal Thursday to eventually toll two stretches along Portland-area freeways.

News | local | Nation | Politics

Schrader Votes Against Pelosi For Speaker Despite Criticism In District

Rep. Kurt Schrader, whose district includes large parts of the Willamette Valley and the coast, is one of the leading opponents to Nancy Pelosi.

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Oregon Unions Join Nike In New Push For Tax Package In Legislature

Oregon's major public employee unions join some key businesses, including Nike, in proposing a new approach to finding more revenue for schools and other state services.

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Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader Joins Dissidents In Opposing Nancy Pelosi As Speaker

Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon, has long questioned Nancy Pelosi's leadership of Democrats in the House.

News | local | Health | Politics

Brown Seeks Tobacco Tax Hike But Backs Away From Higher Alcohol Taxes

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivers a split verdict on proposal by Oregon Health Authority to raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco.


'OPB Politics Now:' Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax

Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.

Election | News | local

2 Kate Brown Appointees Lose In Oregon Judicial Elections

Linn Circuit Judge Fay Stetz-Waters and Wallowa-Union Circuit Judge Mona Williams — two Gov. Kate Brown appointees — were defeated Tuesday.

Election | News | local | Health | Politics

Oregon Voters Trounce Ballot Measure That Sought To Curb State Funding Of Abortion

An underfunded group of abortion opponents put Measure 106 on the Oregon ballot, despite the state's frequent past resistance to adopting new restrictions on abortion.

Election | local | Politics | Economy | Business | News

Oregon Voters Defeat Measure That Sought Make It Harder To Raise Taxes

The fight over the rules for when Oregon legislative supermajority votes are required is of intense interest to lawmakers and lobbyists in Salem.

Election | News | local | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': It's Election Night, And We Have Winners

OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."

Election | News | local | Politics

Oregon's Gubernatorial Campaign Fundraising Continues Torrid Pace

So far, the two have doubled the previous record for an Oregon governor’s race, set in 2010.   

Election | News | local | Politics

In Oregon Governor's Race, The 30-Second TV Ad Still Rules

Republican Knute Buehler and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown are raising record amounts of money. And like big-spending campaigns around the country, most of it is going toward TV advertising.

Election | News | local | Politics

New Poll Shows Brown With Narrow Lead Over Buehler In Governor's Race

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown benefits from Democratic voter registration advantage but is weighed down by relatively high negative rating, pollster says.

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Brown, Buehler Take Divergent Stands On Oregon's Financially Troubled Pension System

Republican Knute Buehler calls for major changes to public pension benefits in Oregon while Democratic incumbent Gov. Kate Brown calls that unfair to government workers.