Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He was a longtime political reporter for the Oregonian, covering numerous legislative sessions starting in 1985, as well as many state and national campaigns. He was also a Washington correspondent for Scripps League Newspapers. He has a B.A. in journalism from San Jose State University.
Denzil Eugene “Denny” Jones (1910–2012)
Denzil Eugene “Denny” Jones was a rural Oregon legislator of the late twentieth century who gained an enduring legacy in the state capitol. Part of it was his sheer longevity, serving for twenty-six years until the age of eighty-eight—and then hanging around to talk about it until he was 101. …
Oregon Bicycle Bill
On June 19, 1971, Governor Tom McCall, with his usual flair for publicity, stood on the steps of the Oregon Capitol to sign a bill on the seat of a ten-speed Schwinn bicycle. McCall and Don Stathos, the chief sponsor in the Oregon House of what was known simply …