Articles by Michael Shepherd

 
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.

Maine’s new opiate limits could be targeted in lawsuit

By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Two midcoast men who suffer from chronic pain informed state officials on Tuesday that they intend to sue over a new law that limits opiate prescriptions.
STATE & CAPITOL

More than 50 Maine lawmakers may have violated income disclosure rules

on March 28, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from broadcast media following a maple tree tapping ceremony on the Blaine House lawn in mid-March.

LePage seeks to lock tougher welfare rules into law

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage unveiled a bill that represents his latest effort to incorporate tougher welfare policies into Maine law.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage: Republicans who bucked Trump on health care should ‘go home’

on March 27, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL
Starting yesterday, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires a passport or birth certificate and other proof that the person trying to get a Maine driver's license is a Maine resident and is in the U.S. legally. For the complete lisdt of requirements and acceptable documents, visit www.maine.gov/sos/bmv.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY GABOR DEGRE)

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Starting Monday the Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires a passport or birth certificate and other proof that the person trying to get a Maine Drivers License is a Maine resident and is in the U.S. legaly.   For the complete list of requirements and acceptable documents visit www.maine.gov/sos/bmv.
 (Bangor Daily News photo illustration/Gabor Degre)

After shunning it for 10 years, key Maine panel backs REAL ID compliance

on March 24, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
STATE & CAPITOL
BANGOR, MAINE -- 11/09/2016 -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin declares victory over Emily Cain in the 2nd Congressional District after midnight Wednesday at Dysart's in Bangor. Micky Bedell | BDN

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

on March 22, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage: Surtax to boost school aid ‘punishes success’

on March 21, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage advises Brooklyn Tarbox, 10, of Gorham how to hammer a tap into the maple tree on the Blaine House lawn in Augusta last week.

How LePage found a Land for Maine’s Future project he can support

By Michael Shepherd on March 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bucking his pattern of opposing taxpayer-funded conservation projects, Gov. Paul LePage is backing a proposal that could clinch a $5.7 million easement on property that includes a major maple forest in Somerset County.
STATE & CAPITOL
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to a question from the audience at a Trump town hall campaign event at the Lions Club in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. Candidates are campaigning for a final day before New Hampshire's crucial first-in-the-nation presidential primary.   REUTERS/Jim Bourg

What Mainers need to know about Trump’s budget

on March 17, 2017, at 8:53 a.m.
Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March.

Maine nears deal on REAL ID rules

By Michael Shepherd on March 16, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.
Some on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee indicated support for a bill that would implement the REAL ID program but allow residents to opt out.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

Maine lawmakers ask Trump to fix ‘privacy disaster’ in REAL ID law

By Michael Shepherd on March 16, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
The plea to Trump comes from two libertarian-leaning state senators — Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, and Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester.
STATE & CAPITOL

Data undercut LePage claim that many dump private insurance for Medicaid

on March 15, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Daniel Wathen in a 2012 file photo

LePage: Decertification of state psych hospital was ‘retaliation’ by Obama

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 14, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage made an explosive but unsupported suggestion on Tuesday.
Michael Thibodeau (from left), Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

Here’s where the fight will get real on LePage’s budget

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 12, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
Here are some of the big pressure points and where legislative leaders are lining up before any grand bargain.

LePage, Democrats still can’t agree on the basic math of Question 2

By Michael Shepherd on March 10, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage, Democrats still can’t agree on the basic math of Question 2

on March 10, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage: ‘You can’t go from Obamacare to RINOcare’

on March 09, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

GOP health plan could give new urgency to Maine Medicaid expansion backers

on March 08, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage lets Paul Ryan, Trump know why he thinks their health care plan is a bad idea

on March 07, 2017, at 5:33 p.m.