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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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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Abortion Proposal Could Also Impact Oregon's Public Employees

A measure that seeks to ban state funding for Medicaid abortions in Oregon also appears to affect health insurance plans for public employees.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Collision Of Politics And Criminal Justice

Oregon’s attorney general is joining yet another lawsuit against the Trump administration, this time over the family separation policy.

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Walden, Herrera Beutler Support Hardline Immigration Bill That Fails In House

Reps. Greg Walden and Jaime Herrera Beutler are the only lawmakers from Oregon or Washington to back the measure that seeks to curb immigration — both legal and illegal.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon’s Potential Ballot Fight Over Abortion

Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising.

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Cabinetmaker Wins Oregon Independent Party Gubernatorial Nomination

Independent Party member Patrick Starnes fended off write-in candidacies from Republican Knute Buehler and Democratic Gov. Kate Brown to win the party's gubernatorial nomination.

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Oregon Could Be Unlikely Abortion Battleground This Fall

Oregon is nationally known for its strong support of abortion rights. But the debate over abortion could be in the spotlight in Oregon during this fall’s political campaigns.

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Oregon Initiative To Curb Semi-Automatic Guns Can Still Qualify For Ballot, Backers Say

The Oregon Supreme Court will — at most — give backers of a controversial gun-control measure just two weeks to launch and complete a signature drive to qualify for the November ballot.

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Comcast Agrees To Pay $155 Million In Settlement With Oregon

The cable giant reaches a settlement with state of Oregon over how to value its assets in Oregon for property tax purposes. 

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'OPB Politics Now': Follow The Money

On "OPB’s Politics Now" podcast, OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart, along with Hillary Borrud of The Oregonian/OregonLive, bring you inside the special session on a business tax break.  

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Oregon's Closest Primary Race Could Take Time To Find A Winner

In Deschutes County’s House District 53, Redmond real estate agent Jack Zika leads conservative activist Ben Schimmoller by just 11 votes in the Republican primary.

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McLeod-Skinner Nominated To Take On Walden For Oregon Congressional Seat

Democrat Jaime McLeod-Skinner triumphed over six rivals to win the party's nomination to take on GOP Rep. Greg Walden in Oregon's vast — and conservative — Second Congressional District.

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Republican Buehler Nominated To Face Brown In Oregon Governor's Race

Republican Knute Buehler appears headed to victory in Tuesday's Oregon GOP gubernatorial primary.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Split On Proposed Oregon Gun Measure

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler took a stand against a proposed ban on military-style, semi-automatic firearms in Oregon. But Sam Carpenter said he would enforce it.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Primary Election Crunch Time

Oregon’s primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters.