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Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.

Maine Republicans are already lining up to fill key Senate vacancies in 2018

Good morning from Augusta, where it’s already been a busy week for legislative Republicans looking for promotions in 2018. Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling said she’s considering a Senate run. The term-limited Republican from New Gloucester said Monday that she has “more to offer,” but she has no timeframe to make a decision on […]

LePage renews pressure on Collins, King to end Obamacare

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is trying to get his Republican base to urge Maine’s senators to support the party’s latest Affordable Care Act repeal effort. He sent an email to supporters calling the latest bill ‘our last chance.’ The email, sent through the Maine Republican Party, also says that party leaders […]

Rushing into the Equifax breach — as fast as Maine’s senators can

Good morning from Augusta, where we think our credit scores are still as intact as journalists’ can be after the Equifax breach. Here’s what our senators think of it. Susan Collins and Angus King have called on federal agencies to investigate Equifax stock sales. The credit reporting agency’s data breach compromised more than 524,000 Mainers, […]

A Maine GOP heavyweight updated his photo. Is he running?

Editor’s note: Regular Daily Brief readers will notice that we’re rolling out a new format today. We’re making the newsletter shorter, breezier and (hopefully) more useful to you. As always, email politics@bangordailynews with feedback or tips. Now, on to the news. Good morning from Augusta, where a prospective candidate taking a picture in front of […]

This Republican lawmaker wants to be the youngest governor ever elected in Maine

Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason will announce a run for governor Wednesday, which will make the young conservative with deep ties to the state’s evangelical right the second Republican vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage. Mason, 32, of Lisbon Falls announced late Monday that he’ll declare his run at an event at Lewiston’s Ironhorse […]

Marijuana, ranked-choice voting to be mulled by Maine lawmakers in special session

The top Republican in the Maine Legislature said Friday that he expects lawmakers to address marijuana legalization and ranked-choice voting in a special session demanded by Gov. Paul LePage that will likely be set for October’s end. The Republican governor notified the Legislature this week that he’d call them back after the federal government deemed a […]

Canadian senator calls LePage a ‘conduit’ to Trump in NAFTA talks

Good morning from Augusta, where New England’s governors and eastern Canadian premiers are set to meet today in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, at a sensitive time for the endangered North American Free Trade Agreement. Officials in the Canadian government — and particularly in New Brunswick — see Gov. Paul LePage as a key intermediary between […]

Poliquin may have to go through a Marine veteran to keep his seat

National Democrats may have their man in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District: Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden of Lewiston said he’ll announce his run against U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin at a news conference today in his home city. Golden, a 35-year-old Marine veteran, is in just his second legislative term and has a climb […]

LePage said 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. It was maybe 30.

Calling himself “a history buff,” Gov. Paul LePage revised Civil War history as we know it in a Tuesday radio interview when discussing the racially charged violence in Virginia and saying “7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy.” There is just a kernel of truth: Maine State Archivist David Cheever said that approximately 30 people are confirmed to have gone from Maine […]