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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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Oregon Republicans Wonder If They Can Dig Out Of Their Big Political Hole

The Oregon Republican Party will meet Saturday to elect its leaders after suffering big defeats in last year's elections.

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Devil's Staircase And Several Oregon Rivers Would Gain Protection Under Bill Passed By US Senate

A massive public lands bill includes protection for the Devil's Staircase wildlands in southern Oregon and for numerous rivers and streams in the state.

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Supporters, Critics Pack 1st Oregon Hearing On Single Family Zoning

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and other supporters of the measure said it would play an important role in easing Oregon’s shortage of housing.

Politics | Environment | News | local

Bonamici Gains Spot On High-Profile Climate Change Panel

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was named to House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the same day that fast-rising freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her New Green Deal resolution.

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What Should Oregon Look Like? The Fight Over Single-Family Zoning

With Oregon facing a housing crunch, House Speaker Tina Kotek seeks to channel more duplexes and triplexes to residential neighborhoods across the state.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Back To Work In The Oregon Legislature

In this week's episode of 'OPB Politics Now', OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes talk cap and trade and plastic straws, plus take a look at ways to make the Pacific Northwest more relevant in the 2020 presidential race.

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This Democratic Political Consultant Has His Finger On The Pulse Of Oregon Voters

After helping guide Gov. Kate Brown to re-election last year, Portland consultant Kevin Looper could help shape legislation likely to head to Oregon voters.

Politics | News | Economy | local | Nation

Oregon Legislators Look For Ways To Help Federal Workers

State leaders say they're looking for ways to help federal workers, both those on furlough and others who are being required to work for no pay. 

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Legislative Preview

The Oregon Legislature takes up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week. We’ll give you a quick rundown of the major issues.

Politics | Forestry | News | local

West Coast Governors, Trump Argue Over Wildfire Prevention Efforts

President Donald Trump sets off a tweet storm over wildfire policy with the three West Coast governors.

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Walden Breaks GOP Ranks To Vote For Bill To End Shutdown

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says the fight over funding for a border wall doesn't need to spill over into unrelated government agencies in voting for a bill to end the shutdown.

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Gov. Kate Brown Backs Tighter Drunk-Driving Limit In Oregon

The Oregon governor said she wants to help Senate President Peter Courtney pass legislation to lower the current .08 percent blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley Raises Doubts About Running For President

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., says he now plans to decide whether to run for president by the end of March.

Politics | Environment | News | local

Agreement Reached To Protect Devil's Staircase, Other Oregon Wildernesses

The legislation, which appears headed to a vote in January, also includes provisions aimed at helping protect the Crooked River Ranch in Central Oregon from wildfire.

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'OPB Politics Now:' The Right To Privacy Vs. The Public’s Right To Know

In June, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer. Richardson has long been a fixture in Salem.

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Oregon Likely To Gain Congressional Seat, Population Forecasts Confirm

Oregon is still on track to gain a sixth seat in the U.S. House, according elections experts studying new Census Bureau population estimates released Wednesday.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures

Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks.  

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Oregon Rep. Schrader Continues To Oppose Pelosi's House Speaker Bid

Schrader has been critical of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership ever since Democrats lost control of the House in 2010, two years after he won Oregon’s 5th Congressional District seat.  

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Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management

Congress passed a new Farm Bill on Wednesday that also contains several provisions aimed at reducing the severity of Western wildfires.

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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.