Articles by Michael Shepherd

 
STATE & CAPITOL

Pingree, King: States should reconsider Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol

on Aug. 18, 2017, at 10:37 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

York County casino bid to be Question 1 on Maine’s 2017 ballot

on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" in October 2016 in Bangor.

The only person who could build a new Maine casino emerges from campaign funding shadows

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:18 a.m.
The developer who would be the only one with rights to a new casino in York County under a 2018 referendum is finally taking a central role in the campaign.
Members of the Ku Klux Klan rally in support of Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, July 8, 2017.

The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 14, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
Their leader was a charismatic man named F. Eugene Farnsworth.
STATE & CAPITOL
The Ku Klux Klan impacted Maine politics during 1923 when over 7,000 of their number rallied to change city government structure from having an elected mayor to hiring a city manager. The Klan had a huge headquarters complex on Forest Avenue. The Klan's Maine director, F. Eugene "Doc" Farnsworth, spoke against Catholics, Jews and immigrants.

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The charlatan who grew Maine’s KKK and how it flamed out

on Aug. 14, 2017, at 9:12 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, accompanied by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Minnesota, speaks with reporters ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 2, 2017.

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 09, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
An early, shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, who is considering running to replace Gov. Paul LePage, says she might have trouble surviving a Republican primary.
STATE & CAPITOL

Shadowy poll suggests problems for Susan Collins if she runs for governor

on Aug. 09, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
A shadowy poll in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial race that looks aimed to ward off U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the community during a drug summit at Crosspoint Church in Bangor in July 2017.

ACLU sues LePage for blocking Facebook critics

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 08, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine sued Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday in federal court, alleging that he violated constitutional free-speech rights by blocking two critical commenters from his Facebook page and deleting their comments.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19 in Bangor.

PAC with ties to China joins campaign for new southern Maine casino

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 08, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
A company apparently tied to China disclosed that it’s backing the campaign for a new Maine casino Monday — a move likely to frustrate state ethics watchdogs investigating millions in offshore dollars already dumped into the effort.
ANALYSIS
Senator Susan Collins speaks with reporters ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on August 2, 2017.

How Susan Collins’ Obamacare vote could harm her chances to succeed LePage

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 05, 2017, at 7:21 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is Maine’s most popular politician and if she runs for governor in 2018, she may be a shoo-in — if fellow Republicans don’t block her path to the Blaine House.
ANALYSIS
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, puts his hands to his face while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget in June.

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 03, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
A recap of the 128th Legislature.
POLL QUESTION
The State House shines through the the fog Tuesday night.

Bucking LePage veto, lawmakers raise Maine’s minimum age to buy tobacco

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 7:31 p.m.
Lawmakers adjourned for the year after overriding 13 of 27 lingering vetoes from the Republican governor, ending a session that gave Maine its first government shutdown since 1991.

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 5:32 p.m.

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 5 p.m.

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 4:47 p.m.

House begins work with strange fight over minor solar bill

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.

Legislature expected to delay action on bonds backed by LePage until 2018

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 11:19 a.m.

The Legislature is coming in

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.

Vetoes, bonds and late LePage surprises

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
Live blogging Wednesday’s Legislative session