All posts by Michael Shepherd

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 can’t decide what it wants to call this confusing holiday

Good morning from Augusta. State offices are closed today for President’s Day. Or is it George Washington’s birthday? Maine is one of three states where it’s both of those things. We’ll explain. We’re really celebrating Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday commemorating the first president’s Feb. 22 birthday that was one of three that was moved to Mondays in 1971 to […]

LePage to Trump: Put somebody in charge

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage said on Thursday that President Donald Trump may have too many high-level aides vying for control in an embattled White House. The Republican president is dealing with a few different crises less than a month into his tenure, with the biggest involving the resignation of National Security […]

LePage eyes replacing utilities commissioner with solar energy critic

Good morning from Augusta, where we emerged from the year’s biggest storm to Gov. Paul LePage saying he’s looking to replace his former lawyer on the state commission that regulates utilities and calling on an Orono legislator to resign. There’s no rest for Maine’s press. Here’s your soundtrack. That first item is a continuation of […]

How Troy Jackson’s son thinks progressives can try to draft his father for governor

Good morning from a cold, post-blizzard Augusta, where Maine Democrats are on the hunt for someone to lead them out of the political wilderness after the 2016 cycle that brought you President Donald Trump, aided by a win in the 2nd Congressional District. It’s leading to calls among Democrats to draft Maine Senate Minority Leader […]

LePage: Maine AG ‘speaks for herself’ on Trump’s immigration order

Gov. Paul LePage stood by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, tweeting that Maine Attorney General Janet Mills “speaks for herself” in opposing Trump’s embattled executive order pausing immigration from seven Muslim countries. It’s the Republican governor’s first public statement in support of the ban, but his stance is no surprise: He endorsed Trump ahead of most other party notables in last year’s […]

LePage to highlight plight of older Mainers in State of the State address

Good morning from Augusta. The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions after the greatest football game I’ve ever seen. Here’s a story on the quandary faced by one of our colleagues when deciding whether or not to watch the game while deployed in Afghanistan. We’ll have more later from the Daily Brief’s Chris Cousins, who was lucky enough […]

Meet Maine’s first 2018 gubernatorial candidate, but don’t expect him to win

Good morning from Augusta, where we think the first 2018 gubernatorial candidate deserves his own headline, even if said candidate is more likely to be the answer to a trivia question than the next governor. It was Republican Deril Stubenrod of Clinton, who is the first one in after filing with the Maine Ethics Commission on Wednesday. But […]

It’s pot legalization day in Maine! Here’s how you can and can’t celebrate

Good morning from Augusta. I can report that marijuana has been legal statewide as of 12:01 a.m. At least one end-of-prohibition party is set for tonight in Portland. But don’t go reefer mad all at once. Maine is now in limbo with its voter-approved law, especially after a moratorium signed Friday by Gov. Paul LePage to delay […]