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."
An initiative to allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot.
Advocates of police reform say they plan to keep the pressure on for more in the wake of a special session of the Oregon Legislature.
Oregon lawmakers met for an unusual special session last week focused on COVID-19 and racial justice.
A leading community group and two city leaders have pulled their support for the highway expansion project.
Over the course of three days, lawmakers passed 22 bills dealing with police accountability, coronavirus relief, and much more.
As of Friday afternoon, legislators had approved the bills limiting chokeholds and creating a state task force on policing with broad bipartisan support.
With the end of Oregon's special session in sight, some of its highest profile bills could see big changes.
The special session that began Wednesday is like no other in Oregon history, though not all lawmakers appear to agree with safety rules.
A federation representing law enforcement unions around Oregon say they want to work on police reform. But they've raised a series of objections to the six bills on the agenda of a special session.
Oregon legislators are going back to work next week for the first time since the pandemic began and protests against police brutality became two of the biggest issues of our time.
More than 1.3 million Oregonians cast ballots in the May 19 primary. Because of the state's system of mail-based voting, elections here were relatively unaffected by the pandemic.
Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden say they want two Portland-area Black leaders to co-chair the state's delegation to the Democratic presidential nominating convention.
Oregon state Supreme Court justices showed little overt support for overturning legislation that trimmed public employee pensions in the state.
On this week’s "OPB Politics Now," we discuss the police accountability push that’s spurring quick action in Salem and what challenges lie ahead.
A lobbyist for police unions in Oregon said the donations to Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, had nothing to do with police accountability issues.
Police accountability has been an issue in the Oregon Legislature for many years, but change has been incremental.
In Face Of Pandemic, Opponents Of Partisan Redistricting In Oregon Pursue New Ballot Initiative Strategy
Initiative backers are turning to mail and internet petitioning while battling critics allied with Oregon's Democratic political leaders.
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A top Oregon Department of Transportation official says tolling is now an integral part of the controversial I-5 freeway widening project in Portland.
After a wild primary, two Oregon legislators will face off for the state's second-highest office — and the only statewide office currently held by a Republican.