Senior Political Reporter

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

Politics | local | News

'OPB Politics Now': Kruse And Kitzhaber Back In The Spotlight

We discuss three very different stories of Oregon politicians in the news this week.

Politics | local | News | Election

'OPB Politics Now': Election Wrap-Up

We break down the most important election results in Oregon and Washington.

Politics | local | Nation | News | Environment

Former Legislator From The Dalles Wins Job With Trump Administration

Huffman left the Oregon House in October after 10 years to become Oregon's director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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'OPB Politics Now': Last-Minute November Ballot Cheat Sheet

Haven't voted yet? No problem. We dig into the important issues on Oregon and Washington ballots due Nov. 7. 

Politics | local | Economy | News

How GOP Tax Cut Bill Could Raise Oregon State Income Taxes

The Republican tax cut bill in Congress could have a surprising impact in Oregon if it becomes law.

Politics | local | Forestry | News | Environment

US House Approves Forest Management Changes After Devastating Wildfire Season

The proposed changes to public land management faces tough sledding in the Senate, where Democrats blocked similar legislation last year.

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Oregon's Top Elected Officials Maintain Positive Approval Ratings, Poll Says

Voters continue to be more likely to give positive job approval marks to Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Gov. Kate Brown.

Politics | local | Economy | Business | News

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Takes A Lead Role In Fighting GOP Tax Plan

The full plan is expected to be unveiled in the House on Wednesday.  But just the rough sketches have been enough to turn Wyden into a leading opponent.

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'OPB Politics Now': Sexual Harassment In Salem

The current nationwide discussion about sexual harassment that started with allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread far and wide, including to the Oregon Capital. 

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'OPB Politics Now': What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?

Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed

Politics | local | Economy | News

To Ease PERS Problem, Oregon May Use Mix Of Rewards And Punishments

A task force on Oregon's massive public pension debt wants to prod the 900 government agencies in the state to more aggressively tackle the problem.

Transportation | local | Economy | News

I-5 Expansion In Portland Faces Opposition, Unanswered Questions

A $450 million project to upgrade Interstate 5 at Portland's Rose Quarter has uncertainties about its costs, the prospect of tolls and whether the state should embark on a major freeway project in the middle of the city.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Portland Girds For A Freeway Fight

We talk about where the battle lines are being drawn and dig into the history of Portland's difficult relationship with freeway projects.

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Oregon GOP Candidate Doesn't Want Gun Bills At February Session

State Rep. Knute Buehler, the leading Republican candidate for governor, makes it clear he'll be on the opposite side of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown on guns and health care taxes.

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Oregon Governor Wants To Take Up Gun Control In February Session

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Oregon's governor says she wants to pursue two gun measures that failed in this year's legislative session.

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'OPB Politics Now': Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot

This time, we dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time: gun control and health care.

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Gun Rights Activists Fail To Force Referendum On Oregon 'Extreme Risk' Law

A new Oregon law allowing judges to temporarily revoke the gun rights of people found to be at "extreme risk" of violence can now go into effect in January.

Politics | Nation | News

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Gets Bypassed On Taxes By Trump

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden may be the ranking Democrat on a key tax committee, but he's getting bypassed by President Trump and Senate Republican leadership.


'OPB Politics Now': Health Care Stakes Are High For Oregon

We ask if we've seen the last of the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and get a status update on the effort to repeal a new state tax on health care providers. 

Transportation | local | News

Oregon Will Give Washington A Voice In Developing Portland Freeway Tolls

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown directed her transportation officials Monday to give Washington a voice in a new congestion pricing plan being developed for the Portland area.

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