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Christopher Cousins

About Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.

Maine Republican Party launches anti-Michaud website; Democrats say they’ll reciprocate

The Maine Republican Party continued its all-out assault on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Michaud on Wednesday with the launch of a website called MichaudFacts.com. The site, which the GOP said was launched Wednesday but which contains posts dating back to last month, is a clearinghouse for many of the attack narratives that Republicans have waged […]

Eight GOP, two Democratic candidates drop out of State House races; 7 stories you need to read

Eight Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives have dropped out of their respective races, eating into the GOP’s efforts to portray its slate of candidates as strong heading into the November election. Most of the GOP drop-outs were in urban districts where historically, Republicans have had little or no chance […]

Joe Biden visiting Michaud in Maine hours after Clinton leaves; Monday roundup, Tuesday edition

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud will bring another Democratic all-star to Maine Wednesday when Vice President Joe Biden comes to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Biden’s visit is scheduled back-to-back with a rally for Michaud Tuesday night in Portland with former President Bill Clinton. Though Biden’s visit is being publicized by his congressional office — which means […]

‘Fed up’ Richardson rejects Poliquin call to quit congressional campaign

Blaine Richardson, a staunch conservative who left the Republican Party in order to run as an independent for the 2nd Congressional District seat, said Friday that he has rejected a request from Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin to drop out. Richardson said, and a Poliquin spokesman confirmed, that Poliquin made the request to Richardson in a phone […]

Michaud moves rally with Bill Clinton to larger venue after being flooded with ticket requests

Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor has moved a rally with former President Bill Clinton to a larger venue. When the Democrat’s campaign announced Clinton’s visit earlier this week, the 750 available slots were claimed within three hours. Tuesday’s event has been moved from the Portland waterfront to the Portland Exposition Building on Park Avenue, where according to […]

Labor union endorsements for Collins bolster her identity as a rare kind of Republican

Republican Sen. Susan Collins continues to pile up labor union endorsements in her bid for re-election. This time it’s three union locals at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who will line up behind the third-term U.S. senator. Members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, New England Council/AFL-CIO; […]

LePage becomes subject of second partisan book; pro-Cutler court ruling likely to benefit LePage, Michaud

Call it the year of the political thrillers in Maine, though how thrilled you are probably depends on your political persuasion. Ray Richardson, a conservative talk radio host on WLOB, has announced the imminent release of a new book titled “Governor Paul LePage: Rebuilding Maine’s Future.” That’s what it says on the book’s cover, though […]

Planned Parenthood chief’s rally for Mike Michaud postponed two days ahead of time

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

A “Women for Michaud” rally by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which was scheduled for Wednesday in Portland in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, has been postponed. The Michaud campaign said in a written statement that the event will be rescheduled for sometime this fall. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action […]

TV political ad crush imminent; Collins launches statewide tour; 7 stories you need to read

Political advertisements in the run up to the November election are beginning to blanket the airwaves as local and national groups who have vowed for months to funnel money to Maine are writing checks. With Labor Day around the corner, the campaigns are about to reach a feverish pace and I’m comfortable making the prediction […]

Planned Parenthood’s endorsements highlight divisive women’s rights issues in upcoming election

Planned Parenthood Maine’s Action Fund PAC announced Thursday that it will launch a $500,000 campaign to elect candidates this November who support women’s health and reproductive rights. That includes Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, whom the group endorsed earlier this year. The group also rolled out numerous endorsements in Maine Senate races, which all went […]