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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 lawmakers have backed themselves into a corner on tax conformity, Medicaid expansion

Democrats and House Republicans may not see expansion and conformity, respectively, as issues worth sticking around for at this point in the legislative session.

Compromise on latest Maine gun control effort faces long odds

The bill’s Democratic sponsor has amended a so-called “red flag” bill in a bid to win more support, but a top Maine gun-rights group said it’s too late in the legislative session to make such a big change.

Maine lawmakers continue to stumble on path to legal marijuana

Good morning from Augusta, where Maine’s second attempt to set up a regulatory system for recreational marijuana will likely get a vote in the Legislature today, but it’s looking as if it could have some of the same problems that the first one had. Legislators may have done all that they could to get a […]

New report on Maine’s fiscal state could renew old fights over social service spending

A deep and weedy annual report on state government’s fiscal health claims some continuing points of contention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

What the first televised debate tells us about Republicans who want to replace LePage

A dense, hour-long debate hosted by WGME and the Bangor Daily News showed differences between longtime and new Republicans and the lingering influence of Gov. Paul LePage over his party.

Bid to fund Maine’s Clean Election system survives — for now

A bill to make sure Maine’s Clean Elections System has enough money for this year’s elections is making its way through the Legislature.

More investigations loom for busy Maine government watchdog

The Legislature’s watchdog committee may take on two new investigations on Friday, adding to their ambitious probe of Maine’s child welfare system.

Bruce Poliquin sold his family home, reviving questions about his 2nd District residence

A Poliquin adviser says he’s leasing an apartment attached to his family’s former home, which has been a campaign issue for the congressman in the past.