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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 Sen. Jeff Merkley Has Stopped Taking Corporate PAC Cash

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.

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PERS Plan Would Limit Tax Rebates, Affect School Retirement Benefits

The governor's sweeping plan seeks to shield Oregon school districts from continuing increases in public pension rates.

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Oregon's Dorchester Conference Moves To Welches

Oregon's oldest political gathering will begin Friday at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, about an hour east of Portland. For decades, Dorchester was held in Seaside, but it was moved to Salem in 2017.  

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Milwaukie Mayor Eyeing Rep. Schrader's Oregon Congressional Seat

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said Tuesday that he will run against Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader in next year’s Democratic primary.  

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Oregon Effort To Add Density In Many Neighborhoods Gains Momentum

An Oregon House committee unanimously approves a bill to force larger cities to accept multi-family housing in neighborhoods now zoned for single-family homes.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State

Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.

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Former Oregon Gov. Wants To Reduce PERS Benefits To Offset Mounting Costs

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 Says I-5 Rose Quarter Project Needs To Help Revitalize Nearby Area

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.

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Oregon Takes 1st Step Toward Campaign Finance Limits

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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ODOT Used Long Dead I-5 Bridge Replacement To Plan Rose Quarter Upgrade

The Columbia River Crossing still lives — at least in the traffic projections of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon Campaign Finance Reformers Focus On 'Dark Money'

Would-be campaign finance reformers in Oregon say they want to tighten disclosure requirements for nonprofits that run advertising targeting candidates.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

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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Opponents Dominate Hearing On Portland Rose Quarter I-5 Expansion Project

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.

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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley Seeks Re-Election, Won't Run For President In 2020

“My best contribution is to run for re-election and do everything I can to help the Senate be a full partner in addressing the problems before us,” Merkley said in a 4-minute video.  

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Norma Paulus, Pioneering Oregon Republican And Vote-By-Mail Advocate, Has Died

Norma Paulus, who served as Oregon’s first female secretary of state and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1986, died early Thursday in a Portland care facility.

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Brown Enjoys Post-Election Donation Boom — While Pushing Campaign Finance Limits

Many donors rush to give Gov. Kate Brown "make-up" money after backing her opponent, Republican Knute Buehler, in the last election.

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Oregon Secretary Of State Richardson Dies Following Struggle With Cancer

Dennis Richardson, the first Republican to hold the Oregon secretary of state’s office in nearly four decades died following a battle with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday morning.

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3 Northwest Republicans Vote Against Trump On Emergency Declaration

Three Northwest Republican lawmakers parted ways with President Donald Trump Tuesday and voted to block his attempt to fund a border wall through an emergency declaration.  

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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.