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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.

LePage, Gideon trade barbs as gridlocked Legislature’s return date remains uncertain

Democrats and Republicans in the Maine House of Representatives haven’t reached a deal on two key issues. There’s still fighting about why the Legislature is still working.

The money race in Maine’s 2nd District is heating up, but Poliquin has a huge head start

Maine’s more conservative congressional district is again being seen as a potential swing seat. The Democratic challenger must do a lot of work to flip it.

Despite protests, poll shows Trump’s approval rating holds steady in Maine

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland today. He’ll face protesters who embody Maine’s near-equal political split on his boss.

Dropout candidates reshape Maine legislative campaign calculus

Parties have until July 23 to find replacements for 31 legislative dropouts in campaigns that could change the delicate balance of power in Augusta.

Democrats, Republicans agree to raid Maine Clean Election fund, but not on how much

The legislative session is expected to stretch on into late July after Democrats and Republicans pulled up just short of compromise on one of their last outstanding issues.

What’s at stake in the Legislature’s fight over public campaign financing

The Legislature is still fighting about taxpayer funding for campaigns. Here’s where that fight could impact candidates the most.