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."
Oregon Democratic senators agonize over whether to vote for a bill that would trim retirement benefits for state and local government employees.
Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, charging that President Donald Trump is sending the message that he is "above the law," wants to open an impeachment inquiry against him.
Supporters of an Oregon bill requiring hospitals to offer plant-based foods to patients question whether opposition by a dietitians group was influenced by dairy industry.
Legislative leaders have rolled out an Oregon pension plan that differs in important ways from one offered by their Democratic colleague Gov. Kate Brown.
On this week's episode, we look at the Republican walkout at the Oregon Capitol. Who wins, who loses and how does it all end?
Oregon legislators have traditionally been wary about overriding the will of voters. But lawmakers may upend that custom this year on the controversial topic of immigration.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has quietly become the first member of the state’s current congressional delegation to stop taking money from corporate political action committees.
The governor's sweeping plan seeks to shield Oregon school districts from continuing increases in public pension rates.
Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said Tuesday that he will run against Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader in next year’s Democratic primary.
Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.
Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is leading a new initiative drive that would ask voters to reduce some public employee retirement benefits to help reduce the costs of the financially troubled pension system.
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Metro Chair Lynn Peterson joins with the Albina Vision Trust in pushing for major changes to Interstate 5 improvement project in Rose Quarter area of Portland.
Oregon legislators took the first step Wednesday toward asking voters to amend the state Constitution to allow donation limits on political campaigns.
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The Columbia River Crossing still lives — at least in the traffic projections of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.
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The Oregon Department of Transportation took flak for an environmental assessment that opponents say present a sugar-coated view of the big project to add lanes on Interstate 5 near Portland's Rose Quarter.