Articles by Michael Shepherd


Pingree to skip Trump inaugural, joining dozens of other Democrats

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.

Poliquin joins House committee overseeing VA

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
President Barack Obama holds a news conference after participating in the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 9, 2016.

Obama won twice in Maine, but his politics took backward steps

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 10:39 a.m.
Members of the Maine Senate listen to Gov. Paul LePage speak during the first session of the 128th Legislature on at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

Battle lines form on LePage’s tax, welfare proposals

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:10 a.m.
Here’s how the big tax and welfare changes would impact Maine.

This small Maine political operation started the Trump-LL Bean commotion

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.

Trump boosts LL Bean on Twitter after progressives’ boycott call

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
David Boyer, head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, Like Alcohol, speaks at a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society in Portland in this April 2015 file photo.

Legislative leaders’ plan to slow pot legalization draws advocates’ ire

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Legislature’s roadmap for implementing marijuana legalization took shape on Wednesday, with legislative leaders striking deals to delay most of the law until 2018 and form a committee to consider bills on the subject.

LePage to GOP legislators: ‘Fix bayonets’ against Democrats on budget

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.

Fighting drugs, freeing hedgehogs: Here are Maine lawmakers’ priorities for 2017

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Dec. 7, 2016, at the State House in Augusta.

Democrats draw early battle lines on LePage budget proposal

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
The Republican governor’s fourth and final two-year proposal is similar to the one two years ago that was largely rejected by the Legislature, which passed a budget over LePage’s veto in 2015.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage budget would cut 500 state jobs, shift Maine to flat tax by 2020

By mshepherd and ccousins on Jan. 06, 2017, at 10:47 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.8 billion, two-year state budget proposal, released Friday night, would reduce Maine’s state employee workforce by approximately 500 and shift Maine to a flat income tax by 2020.
Gov. Paul LePage

Union: State workers warned about layoffs ahead of LePage budget release

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
A state employees union said Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has notified workers in the Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services that it intends to lay them off, likely signaling a priority in the governor’s two-year budget to be released on Friday.

Legislature’s top Republican, Democrat near agreement on pot moratorium

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
Marijuana can be seen in Hermon in this October 2016 file photo.

Maine medical marijuana dispensaries want early entry to recreational market

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:40 p.m.
The move could give Maine’s eight dispensaries a leg up on market share in the new marijuana environment.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage increases pressure for school consolidation

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Jan. 03, 2017, at 1:06 p.m.
Gov. LePage issued a sweeping executive order Monday calling for new regional school models.

Poliquin opposes House GOP’s proposal to gut independent ethics office

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

What to expect from LePage’s last Maine budget proposal

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 01, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is set to release his fourth and final two-year budget proposal on Friday, giving him one last chance to reshape Maine government before his tenure ends in early 2019.

Legislature slates hearing on LePage mental health facility, but it could be moot

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.

Anti-marijuana forces urge Maine lawmakers to delay legalization

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
“That is a big, big change in the culture of our state and what’s acceptable, what isn’t.”

This book was LePage’s Christmas gift to Maine lawmakers

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.